[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:] Adyannet

[Date:] 17 Bahman 1394 [6 February 2016]

 

The Supreme Leader’s Fatwas[1] About Baha’is

The supreme leader considers Baha’is as najis[2] and about the objects that are exposed to our use has said, “The practice of taharat[3] must be observed.”

He does not consider it permissible to associate with Baha’is, and considers them enemies of the religion and the Muslim world. He has also stated that believers must confront this perverse sect’s deceits and corruptions.

Adyannet – The followers of the perverse Baha’i sect have widespread and multiple deviations in their beliefs, morality, etc… that any contact or companionship with them leads to the fall of the human into the same abyss in which the Baha’is have suffered. For this reason, clergymen and religious authorities have warned us against any contact with them. In this article, God willing, we will discuss the fatwas of the supreme leader regarding this perverse sect.

Considering that numerous questions have been asked of Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution, regarding the Baha’is, in the following we discuss the text of his responses under the title of questions:

1- Taharat and najasat[4] of Baha’is: “All the followers of the perverse Baha’i sect are condemned as najasat” [1]. In another place he declares, “All the members of the Baha’i community are condemned as infidels and najasat.” [2]

2- Baha’is’ contact with the objects that are also exposed to our use: “If they come in contact with something, it is obligatory to observe taharat in relation to the issues that are conditional on taharat.” [3] For example, if a person is an athlete and a Baha’i is playing sports in the same club, if the Baha’i gives the Muslim his/her garment which he/she wore and sweated in, and the moisture of his/her body has reached that garment, then through that moisture, the body of the Muslim person becomes najis and you should wash your body with water for things that are conditional on taharat (such as saying prayer, etc.). Also, if their hands have come in contact with taps, soap, etc., which are for the public use and the moisture of their hands reaches these objects, they must first purify those objects and then use them, so that their impurity is not transferred to our hands. Also, the Muslim must observe the issue of purity in relation to the dishes that Baha’is eat from or any other connection that transmits their body moisture to humans.

3- Encounters with Baha’is at schools: “The treatment of Baha’i students by the principals, teachers, and educators should be in accordance with Islamic law and ethics. [4] According to this fatwa, Muslims’ treatment of Baha’is in any environment, whether in schools or elsewhere, must be based on Islamic ethics.”

4- Relationship with Baha’is: “Avoid having any association with this perverse sect.” [5]

Although our treatment of Baha’is should be based on Islamic ethics, this does not mean that we should associate with them, come and go, befriend them and have comradeship with them; however, if we encounter them in a place, we should observe the Islamic ethics.

5- Our treatment of the seemingly good morals of Baha’is: “Baha’is are najis and enemies of your religion and faith, so beware of them.” [6] Because Baha’is are in the minority and try to attract more people to this perverse sect, they always try to achieve their ominous goals by pretending to be oppressed, or displaying a good image of themselves and appearing to be decent. But a Muslim is always awake and insightful and does not look at the appearance; rather, [he] looks at their wicked hearts and what ominous plots they have in mind.

6- Muslims’ religious obligation towards Baha’is: “All believers must counteract the tricks and corruptions of the perverse Baha’i sect and prevent others from deviating and joining them.” [7] One should not remain indifferent to one’s surroundings; rather, one should be careful about oneself and others, since it is possible that our children or relatives will one day fall into the trap of this perverse sect.

7- Eating foods at the table of Baha’is: “You should avoid food and other things that have rotubat-i-musri[5] and have been in contact with them. It is incumbent upon the believers to confront the deceit and corruption of this perverse sect.” [8]

Hopefully, one day, with the help of Imam Zaman [The Lord of the Age] (may our souls be a sacrifice to him), the guidance of the clergy and authorities and the insight of the believers, this perverse and misguided sect will be removed from the Islamic societies.

Postscript Notes

[1] The Supreme Leader, Ajvabatu’l-Istifta’at [answers to religious inquiries], Tehran, Islamic Revolution Publications, 1394 [2015], p. 72, Question 328; See: Information base of the Office of the Supreme Leader. According to this fatwa, it is necessary to refer to book of the Istifta’at of His Holiness, or his website at the “leader.ir” under his fatwas about najis objects.

[2] Written istifta[6] from the Office of the Supreme Leader, letter number 014255, istifta number 143595.

[3] Supreme Leader, Ajvabatu’l-Istifta’at, Tehran: Islamic Revolution Publications, 1394 [2015/2016], p. 72, Question 328.

[4] ibid.

[5] Supreme Leader, Ajvabatu’l-Istifta’at, Tehran: Islamic Revolution Publications, 1394 [2015/2016], p. 73, Question 330

[6] Supreme Leader, Ajvabatu’l-Istifta’at, Tehran: Islamic Revolution Publications, 1394 [2015/2016], p. 73, Question 331

[7] Supreme Leader, Ajvabatu’l-Istifta’at, Tehran: Islamic Revolution Publications, 1394 [2015/2016], p. 72, Question 329

[8] Written istifta from the office of the Supreme Leader, letter number 14255, istifta number 143595

 

 

[1] [Fatwa:  Religious injunction judgment, judicial decree or sentence]

[2] [Najis:  Ritually impure/unclean]

[3] [Taharat:  Cleanliness and purification according to Islamic religious laws]

[4] [Najasat (pl. Najis):  Uncleanliness, impurity]

[5] [Rotubat-i-musri:  A kind of contaminated moisture that is transmitted from an unclean substance, body or object to another.]

[6] [Istifta:  Seeking religious advice]