[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:] Tabnak
[Date:] 1 Mordad 1387 [22 July 2008]
Dr. Mohammad Seyyed Tantawy, Sheikh al-Azhar, emphasized: The Baha’is are a misguided sect, and the recognition of the Baha’i sect in Egypt is a departure from Islam and the teachings of the heavenly religions.
According to ABNA, quoting the al-Muhit news website, Tantawy emphasized this and warned against Baha’i propaganda, adding, “The injection of Baha’i poison into Islamic societies must be stopped.”
Sheikh al-Azhar, referring to two Egyptian Baha’is who received permission not to include [their] religion in front of the “title of religion” in their identity cards, said, “Baha’ism is completely contrary to Islamic Sharia and no one should recognize it as an independent religion.” The word Baha’i should not be used as a religion in any identity card.
He pointed out that in 2003, the Islamic Research Association in al-Azhar had issued a fatwa rejecting Baha’ism as a religion and its lack of connection with the heavenly religions, emphasizing its heresy.
Tantawy added, “This innovative religion was created in the late 19th century by the British colonialists in order to divide Muslims and question the rites and customs of Islam.”
It is worth mentioning that the sedition of the Baha’is is one of the important conspiracies that was designed by the colonial centres from the middle of the Qajar period with the aim of harming Islam, especially Shiism, and continues in the course of its dark and destroyed life, [and] along with the enemies of Islam, seeks to strike at this holy religion and destroy its anti-arrogance and anti-oppression characteristics. In other words, the aim of the planners of this sedition was to try to break the unity of Islam and Shiism, which threatened the interests of the arrogant and colonial powers.