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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Mehr News Agency
[Date:] 5 Khordad 1395 [25 May 2016]
Baha’ism Is Neither a Sect, Nor a Single Religion, But a Party Without Structure
On a radio programme called “Political Dialogue”, Omid Rezaie, a political analyst, said, “Baha’ism is a party that has the ability to brainwash and control its members.”
According to Mehr News Agency, “Political Dialogue”, with the subject “Baha’ism and Its Role and Position in the Strategies of the Domination Regime”, was broadcast with the presence of three political researchers: Omid Rezaie, Meghdad Amiri and Hojatoleslam Mahmoud Reza Ghasemi, a professor at Shahid Beheshti University.
At the beginning of the programme, Omid Rezaie referred to the structure of the Baha’is. He said, “About one 160 years ago, a series of individuals, based on their personal beliefs, came and prepared the way for Sheikh [sic] Ali Muhammad, the Bab, with their supportive claims and approval.”
The political researcher added, “The function of this organization is difficult and complex, and the type of function of the Baha’is is also established in this way. The first Baha’i endeavours were formed in 1342 [1963/1964] and the first nine-member assembly was formed. The party’s supervising body was the House of Justice, which was based in Haifa, Israel; according to all Baha’is, all the rules and regulations of this body were binding.
Regarding the Baha’is’ relationship with their Guardian and their charter of education, Rezaie said, “Every country and every region where nine Baha’i members live has an assembly, and all assemblies operate under the auspices of the House of Justice. The executive law is to teach the Baha’i beliefs and principles to children, beginning at the age of four, and this is applicable to their children for generations to come. The Baha’i Faith is neither a sect nor a religion, because it has no structure, but it can be called a party because it only brainwashes and controls members, and the ability of this system is confined to this matter.”
Continuing the programme, Meghdad Amiri commented on these movements: “The Baha’is have a sacred structure, and after they were able to establish themselves, they introduced themselves as an organization and as an economic institution. The Baha’i Faith’s rituals and beliefs sparked the British desire to make the Baha’is dependent on themselves, and as Britain grew stronger, the Baha’i party also became stronger as various groups of the Babi sect were formed during the Qajar period, which, later on, with the intervention of the British, transformed into Baha’ism.” He added, “All the efforts of the Baha’is and Baha’ism are to preserve their domination and eradicate all the thoughts and beliefs of the people from Islam, and to achieve this cause, they have made every effort, so far, and will continue from now on. We hope that, with Trust in God, it does not succeed under any circumstances.