[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:] Saham News

[Date:] 3 Khordad 1395 [23 May 2016]

 

Ayatollah Moghadas: Faezeh Hashemi’s Meeting With a Baha’i Female Prisoner Was [About] Human Sentiments, And There Is Nothing Wrong With That

Ayatollah Mohammad-Ali Moghadas, the former Friday payer leader of Isfahan and the Sharia judge of Isfahan and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Provinces (1357-1380 [1978-2001]), in response to a question from some of his students and enthusiasts about Faezeh Hashemi’s meeting with a Baha’i prisoner, said, “This is an expression of human sentiment and there is nothing wrong with that.”

According to Amad News, Ayatollah Mohammad-Ali Moghadas is faithful and trustworthy for the majority of Marja’-i-Taqlid [religious jurisprudence authority] in Iran. He is one of the representatives of Ayatollahs Khomeini, Araki, Montazeri, Behjat, Fazel Lankarani, Shubairi Zanjani, Makarem Shirazi, Mousavi Ardebili and Saanei.

In response to the question from his students and enthusiasts, this former representative of the supreme leader wrote about “communication with the Baha’is. He said, “I asked the imam, in 1342 [1963/1964], what is the status of dealing with the Baha’is? He replied, “They should not be traded with, but their lives and property are safe as long as they are in the Islamic world and under Islamic rule; however, Muslims should not trade with them.”

Ayatollah Moghadas has also said about Faezeh Hashemi’s meeting with Fariba Kamalabadi, a Baha’i prisoner, “What Mrs. Hashemi has done from a human point of view is an expression of human sentiments and there is nothing wrong with that. But from a social and reactionary point of view in society, sometimes a permissible deed may have an even more negative reaction than forbidden deeds. It was not appropriate for this to be made public; if they wanted to meet, they should have visited privately, but to take pictures and…it was not a good idea to take pictures. But the reactions that took place were extreme and not appropriate at all.”