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[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:] Parsine

[Date:] 4 Khordad 1393 [25 May 2014]

 

In the Name of God

We praise Muhammad and His family

To the Esteemed Presence of Ayatollah Khamenei,

We would like to respectfully inform you that the [members of the] perverse sect of Bahaism in the city of Rafsanjan have been engaged in teaching activities and activities against the religion of Islam for a number of years, and are using every opportunity to weaken the religious beliefs of the Muslims.  They are using various tricks, such as selling their goods at a low price, deceitful behaviour, etc., to attract the Muslims towards the perverse sect of Bahaism. Seeing that the Baha’is spend most of their income on propaganda activities against Islam, and most of them earn their income through repair [of appliances] in this city, [we therefore would like to ask] about your decree with regard to greeting them, doing business with them, having them repair household appliances, and associating with these people.

(It should be mentioned that the fatwa that states “it is not allowed” is not considered [to mean] ḥaram [religiously prohibited] according to the culture of the city of Rafsanjan. If the above matters are ḥaram, please use the word ḥaram.)

 

[Answer––handwritten note:]

[Number] 146481

In the Name of the Almighty

Any form of association and contact with this perverse and misguided sect should be avoided.

15 Mordad 1388 [6 August 2009]

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Office of Ayatollah Khamenei

Religious Inquiries Section