[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:] 4 Ordibehesht 1395 [23 April 2016]

 

Mashriq’ul-Adhkar, a Baha’i Temple Or a Centre Against Islam?!

One of the centres that Baha’is use for their preaching is a place called the “Mashriq’ul-Adhkar” or the Baha’i temple. The temple is a place of worship in all religions. But the Baha’i temples not only do not have a spiritual status, they have a political and administrative nature, and in general the basis of this centre is an excuse to oppose Islam and confront Islamic rituals.

Adyannet – One of the centres that Baha’is use for their propaganda and activities under the supervision of National and Local Assemblies is a place called Mashriq’ul-Adhkar, or the Baha’i temple.

The temple is a place of worship and religious ceremonies in all religions and is highly respected among the people of all nations. But since Baha’ism has not been able to establish a strong religious standing among the people, the temples belonging to this sect not only have no spiritual status, but are of a political and administrative nature. The fact that there is no more than one or more [sic] Mashriq’ul-Adhkars in each continent it an evidence to support this claim.

The building of the Mashriq’ul-Adhkar has nine sides and a dome in which ceremonies such as music, anthems and group songs are performed.

What seems to be the case is that the structure and form of the Mashriq’ul-Adhkar, and, in general, the basis of this centre, is an excuse to oppose Islam and to oppose Islamic signs and rituals like mosques. Basically, Baha’ism is explicitly opposed to some of the religious slogans and programmes that unite the people, such as congregational prayers and pulpits (a symbol of the call to the word of monotheism and solidarity).