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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Adapted from website:] Official Website of Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi

[Date:] 6 Shahrivar 1392 [28 August 2013]


Official Website of Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi

The great scholar Mesbah Yazdi: “Citizenship Rights Means Equality Between Baha’is and Muslims, Which is Contrary to Islam and the Constitution”

According to the official website of Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, the head of the Imam Khomeini Educational and Research Institute (RA), in a meeting with a group of seminary students and officials of Roshd Theological School, said that he considered the (Islamic) Revolution to have been a unique phenomenon in the world. He said, “Different factors played a role in the victory of the Islamic Revolution, but one of the most important factors was the existence of a person whom the people considered the deputy general of the Lord of the Age, and considered obedience to him obligatory, and also this revolution is known in the world by his name.”...

He continued, “Therefore, the principle is always Islam, and Western human rights and citizenship rights, in the sense of Muslim and Baha’i equality, have nothing to do with Islam, because human rights and citizenship rights in the sense defined in the West are completely opposite to the spirit of Islam, the constitution and the movement of the late imam. For the sake of Islam, the people of the country have given so many martyrs, and were killed, and endured hardships, and therefore they will not accept anything that is against Islam. However, those who are not Muslims are respected in the shadow of the Islamic regime and have the rights that Islam has set for them.”

He continued, “Therefore, Islam never considers a Jew and a Muslim equal, although it also considers rights for a Jew, but this does not mean their equality in all rights. Sometimes some people put the name of a second-class citizen on it. Let them name whatever they want to, but they do not change this fact.”

The member of the Assembly of Experts pointed out, “Now, some people come and raise the rights of citizenship and demand equality for everyone, whether they are Baha’is, Jews, Muslims, etc. This means that after 50 years and the martyrdom of hundreds of thousands of people in this path and tolerance of sufferings, torture and sorrows, the situation should return to the same state for which the late imam revolted, and this is never acceptable.”

In the end, he pointed out, “No one is immune. Slowly, by associating with some people, participating in some communities, eating certain foods, one gradually reaches a point where Islam and the Islamic regime becomes very insignificant for him.”