[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:] Tasnim News Agency

[Date:] 1 Khordad 1395 [21 May 2016]

 

Friendship With the Baha’i Sect is “Forbidden and a Blasphemous Act” / Baha'is are Zionist Spies

A member of the Assembly of Experts of the Supreme Leader said, “Communication with Baha’ism is forbidden from a jurisprudence point of view and of Islam, and friendship with them is on the verge of disbelief.”

Ayatollah Hasan Mamdouhi, a member of the Assembly of Experts of the Supreme Leader, in an interview with a Tasnim News Agency reporter, referring to Faezeh Hashemi’s recent meeting with the leaders of the perverse Baha’i sect, said, “Baha’ism is neither a group nor a sect, but they are Zionist spies and have nothing in common other than their mission, which is for everyone to gather around the Zionists.”

He continued, “[Baha’is do] not even believe in the series of principles that exist in their religion, and I believe that the reason for their emergence is just pure espionage for Zionism, the United States and Britain.”

A member of the Central Council of the Teachers’ Association called association with the Baha’i sect very wrong and said, “People should not do such things. With what reason and aim do they do such things?” Communication with [Baha’is] is forbidden from the point of view of jurisprudence and Islam, and friendship with them is on the verge of blasphemy.

Ayatollah Mamdouhi emphasized, “The result of [associating with] [Baha’is] is fire and hell, and we hope that God will give wisdom to those who meet these people.”