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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

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

 

[Adapted from website:] Raja News

[Date:] 9 Khordad 1387 [29 May 2008]

 

The Support of Some “2nd Khordad [23 May] Front” Politicians of the Perverse Baha’i Sect

While the intelligence agency media of the United States of America, with the help of a fatwa issued by someone hated by the imam and the Muslim community, supports the perverse Baha’i sect, the association with this perverse movement of some politicians affiliated with the 2nd Khordad [23 May] Front has come as a surprise.

According to Raja News, with regard to the Radio Farda’s istifta [seeking religious advice], Hadi Ghabel, who is introduced by the U.S. intelligence agency’s radio as an expert in Sharia jurisprudence and Islamic issues and a member of the Central Council of the Participation Front, said, “So far, the Shiite jurisprudential authorities in Iran, have not commented about the Baha’is in this way.”

Ahmad Ghabel, who was called by the mentioned radio station as an expert on religious issues and has received his degree of ijtihad [ruling on Shia jurisprudence] from the mufti on this subject, has also confirmed the view of Radio Farda.

Hossein Bastani, a journalist close to the government of Seyyed Mohammad Khatami and the chief editor of an anti-revolutionary on-line magazine published abroad, has also called the issue of istifta by the organ of the American espionage agency about the perverse Baha’i sect a reason to pay more attention to this issue.