[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]
[Adopted from website:] Adyannet
[Date:] 24 Mordad 1397 [15 August 2018]
Seclusion of the Islamic Clergy―Prophecy or Wish of Abdu’l-Baha?!
Abdu’l-Baha, due to his resentment of the Islamic clergy, who hindered the spread of the deviant beliefs of the Baha’is, predicted to his followers that the clerical system of Ejtehad [independent reasoning or thorough exertion of a jurist’s mental faculty in finding a solution to an Islamic question] would be dismantled. However, a century after this claim, not only have Islamic clergy not been secluded, but also with their timely and clever fatwas, they have always been and are the guardians of the rightful beliefs and the kings of the Islamic country.
Comprehensive Database of Cults, Religions and Sects – The Islamic clergy, as the guardians and protectors of the religious laws, have been a strong barrier against the sedition of arrogant and corrupt elements, and therefore, have engaged in intellectual confrontation with the fabricated sects of Babism and Baha’ism. Hence, Abdu’l-Baha, due to his resentment of the Islamic clergy, who are considered hinderers of the spread of deviant Baha’i beliefs, warned his followers that the clerical system and the people’s obedience to the clergy would soon be abolished. As we read, quoting him, “Soon, the clerical system and the rule of the clergy and litigation in the eyes of the religious scholars and the reliance of the masses on them, and the ranks of the congregation and the leadership of the religious authorities will be dismantled.”¹ [provisional translation]
But how could one consider this Baha’i leader to be immune from any error², while a century after this claim, not only have the Islamic clergy not been secluded, but they have always, with their timely and clever fatwas, been guardians of the true beliefs and the kings within the Islamic state, clergy whose influence among the people the constant and poisonous propaganda of the regimes and opposing sects could not reduce, since, according to the words of the holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him), “The clergy are the successors [heirs] of the prophets”³ and religiosity is not possible without considering the prophets and their successors”?
In this case, it can be said that this Baha’i leader has expressed his wish in the form of prophecy.
¹ Abdol-Hamid Eshragh-Khavari, Maedeh Asmani, No reference: Baha’i National Press Institute, 129 Badi, vol. 5, p. 193.
² Look for: Abbas Effendi, Some Answered Questions; Quoted from: Mehdi Hadian, The Issue of Legitimacy, Tehran: Gouy Publications, 2013, pp. 130-129.
³ Mohammad Mohammadi Rey-shari, Mizanoll-Hekmat, Electronic Library of Jurisprudence, vol. 8, p. 18.