[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[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:] Rasa News Agency
[Date:] 9 Farvardin 1400 [29 March 2021]
The Deviant Currents of Mahdism And the Military in World Imperialism
Arrogance Seeks to Present False Models of Mahdism in Order to Induce the Audience to Think That Religion Cannot Solve Their Problems.
The factor that has helped the false claimants of Mahdism throughout history is the existence of poverty and social and economic disorders in society. This feeling of need for a saviour who can achieve true justice in society is in the nature of all human beings, and this feeling is intensified in the unfavourable economic situation. Using the same tactic during the Qajar period, Muhammad Ali [sic], the Bab, established the Babi sect and was able to create a lot of prosperity for himself. The Babi sect eventually led to the formation of the perverse Baha’i sect. Economic motives for abusing people’s opinions have other historical examples as well, such as the efforts of the Vaqifie sect to deny the Imamate of Imam Reza (BPUH) and seizure of the property of Imam Musa Kazim.
However, the factors in sect formation are not limited to individual motives. It can be confidently said that world imperialism, in confronting the Islamic Revolution and the genuine Islamic currents, gives various material and spiritual support to deviant currents; for example, one could point to the Qadiani sect in India, a sect that stood up for the freedom of the people of this country and justified the British colonization in India.
Currently, the Ahmad al-Hassan movement in Iraq has focused a significant part of the energy of the Shia currents in order to divert the minds of the people from the arrogant actions of the United States.
Misconceptions such as the adaptation of the signs of emergence to the events and personalities of the present age have also played a major role in the creation and formation of deviant currents; abuse, fragmentation and the fabrication of narratives are other tools used by the false claimants of Mahdism. In a historical example, the Abbasid government used the same tools to distort the belief of Mahdism and pretended that the promised Mahdi was one of the sons of Abbas. There are closer examples, such as the sects of Baha’ism, Babism and Ahmad al-Hassan, which offer misinterpretations and deviations of verses and narratives.
One of the deviant currents that have made extensive efforts in recent years to create false beliefs among the people is the Ahmad al-Hassan sect. By destroying the position of religious authority in the era of the Major Occultation, this movement seeks to remove intellectual and cultural frontiers from society, while intellectual and religious sources consider referring to scholars one of the most important criteria for salvation in the End Time. There exist many verses and narrations in this regard; in fact, the Ahmad al-Hassan movement could be considered as a political movement that seeks to create discord and sedition in Shia countries.
Today, the rival discourse of the Islamic Revolution, by investing in cultural and artistic productions such as film and animation, has drawn the battlefield into the homes and privacy of children and adolescents. These productions have strong academic support and fighting against them requires the synergistic empathy of cultural institutions such as religious seminaries, universities, radio and television and other related institutions.
The arrogance, behind the scenes of its cultural productions, seeks to present false models of Mahdism in order to instil in the audience the idea that religion and Mahdism must be removed from the scene of people’s lives and that religion cannot save them in the world of oppression, while the experience of forty-some years of the Islamic Revolution show that if the content of pure Islam is acted upon correctly, religion will be the only way to save humanity in the present era.