[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:] Bahaism in Iran

[Date:] 17 Aban 1394 [8 November 2015]

 

Blackmail of the Counter-Revolutionary Media by [Using] Demagoguery of Baha’ism

Bahaism in Iran – The Persian-language counter-revolutionary media have [unanimously] claimed that Fars intelligence and security forces raided the homes of 14 Baha’is living in Abadeh, Fars, last month and arrested a number of them.

In an interview with a representative of the Baha’i International Community at the United Nations, the BBC Persian, as one of the media outlets in opposition to the Islamic Republic, quoted him as saying, “Officers from the Shiraz branch of the Ministry of Intelligence and agents from Abadeh attacked the homes of 14 Baha'is in the area at around 8:00 a.m. on 21 Mehr 1392 (13 October 2013), and during the search, confiscated Baha’i books, CDs, computers, and family photographs.”

The Radio Farda website also [interviewed] a Persian speaking Baha’i [representative] in Geneva, who complained about the persecution of Baha’is in Iran, especially in Abadeh, and claimed, “The people of Abadeh are not hostile to the Baha’is and would like to associate freely with the Baha’is.”

In a report on the arrest of the Baha’is of Abadeh, the Manoto Television News site claimed in an interesting mention, “The Baha’is are the largest religious minority in Iran, but the Islamic Republic of Iran’s treatment of them has forced many of them to leave Iran.” Other top counter-revolutionary media outlets, [such as] Gooya, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera and others, also accused the Islamic Republic of Iran of violating human rights and opposing divine religions by republishing this news, called on intervention by the international institutions to stop these clashes!

The [activity of the] counter-revolutionary media, [in] dealing with the Baha’is and supporting them in promoting the Baha’is in Abadeh, while launching and propagating the perverse Baha’i sect, is one of the sinister colonial plans against Islam and the Shia belief, which has [been] run and supported by Zionist leaders and companies. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s treatment of dissident members and promoters of the perverse Baha’i sect has always been one of the subjects of counter-revolutionary media companies to [turn] the Western world against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the fields of human rights and religious freedom, as if this group had been oppressed in Iranian history and had been treated with great injustice!

Deep and immoral and deviations in religious affairs, propaganda and the promotion of murder and assassination, opposition to the Islamic Republic of Iran and heinous moral deviations among the members of this group are just some of the activities of the perverse Baha’i sect.

Reflecting on the cries of the enemies, the Baha’is in Iran [claim] that more than three decades after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, people in Iran believe that such claims can no longer be of any value. If they were, the people of Islamic Iran would not have reached today’s beliefs and the enemies would not have been so afraid of the influence of the expansion of the Islamic Revolution.