[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:] Shiraze

[Date:] 26 Ordibesht 1395 [15 May 2016]

 

Member of the Council of Experts in a Conversation with Shiraze:

Baha’ism has No Religious Colour and Smells of Espionage

Ayatollah Imani said, “Baha’ism is like polytheism in terms of belief, and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s treatment of this sect is due to the issue of their spying.”

According to Shiraze, Faezeh Hashemi’s meeting with a group of Baha’is in recent days has provoked a wave of reactions. Ayatollah Imani said in an interview with Shiraze, “Baha’ism is a political group who spy in the world.”

The representative of the supreme leader in Fars Province added, “Baha’is [do not comprise a] religious minority; [they] have no religious beliefs and are a tool for the United States and Israel to conspire against Islamic countries, including Iran.” …

The Friday prayer leader of Shiraz said, “Our religious minorities are the three religions mentioned in the Quran; the Baha’is do not have religious colour, and they smell of espionage.