[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:] Hawzah News Agency

[Date:] 13 Aban 1395 [3 November 2016]

 

Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi: Baha’ism Is a Political Current Affiliated with the Zionist Regime

Baha’ism is not a religion, but a political current affiliated with the Zionist regime, whose centre of political activity is occupied Palestine.

According to the reporter of the Hawzah News Agency, His Honour Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi said this afternoon, during a meeting with officials of the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs, “Whatever is published against the Shia has a political aspect, meaning that Western policies, with the help of the Wahhabis, do not tolerate a strong independent Shia state; therefore they spread suspicions and tell pure lies.”

In another part of his speech, the marja-i-taqlid[1] stated, “If some people today refer to the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs and claim to be active as one of the existing religions in Iran, I must say that Baha’ism is not a religion, but a political current affiliated with the Zionist regime, whose centre of political activity is occupied Palestine.”

He added, “When the constitution was written, I was one of its authors in the religious section. Our group included representatives of Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians and Sunnis, and we concluded that, considering that the majority of Iran’s population is Shia, the official religion [of the country] is Shia. While respecting the religious minorities, we approved their free activities in the country.”

This marja-i-taqlid of the Shia world said, “It was at this time that some Baha’is approached and communicated [their request] to be considered among the official minorities of the country. We told them that they are not a religion but a political party affiliated with the Zionist regime and their capital is in the occupied lands.”

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi added, “Today, the great Sunni and Shia scholars have numerous scientific interactions and collaborations against the takfiri² currents, and they have representatives in our Legislative Assembly and Assembly of Experts.”

He then stated, “Our enemies are propagandizing against us, [saying] that the religious minorities in our country are not free, while they are living in complete freedom and security, and this propaganda is undoubtedly a lie.”

 

[1] [Marja‘-i-Taqlid: Religious Jurisprudence Authority]

² [Takfiri: One who accuses another Muslim of apostasy]