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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Adapted from website:] Bahar Newspaper

[Date:] 23 Esfand 1391 [13 March 2013]


Calling Iranianism [the Same] as Baha’i Belief is Biased

Politics (2) Mehraveh Kharazmi

“Iranianism is the [catchword] of the Baha’is.” A few days ago, [this] sentence [was] uttered by Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, who [indirectly] rejected the words and opinions of the head of state and his entourage, and yesterday he was criticized by clerics from various spectra. However, the clerics’ protest, which is somewhat critical or even anti-Ahmadinejad, rather than being the [direct] result of this compelling statement, is the result of the analogy that [has] formed subconsciously between this sentence and past supportive statements. Sentences in support of the work lead to the fact that even sites supporting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are forced to remove [them] from the text of the ayatollah’s speeches. ...

However, what is striking is the stigmatization of Baha’ism on the forehead of Iranianism, not Mesbah’s recent stance on the proposition that there is a history of unparalleled support in previous years―from asking voters to cast their vote for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the unknown candidate of the 1384 [2005] election, to a specific interpretation of the obligation to follow him after he became president in 1388 [2009].

[Equivalency] Regardless of Difference

The presidency of the popular candidate of Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi was extended in the second round, when the ayatollah once again found it necessary to provide special support to Ahmadinejad, and the result was a controversial statement: “I do not like the title of Baha’ism to be given [equivalency] to Iranianism and consider these expressions to [have a] motive.”

Hojatoleslam Ebrahimi, a member of the clergy, emphasized that Iranianism is not to be equated with Baha’ism.

In an interview with Arya, Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi replied by saying, “I believe Iranianism does not correspond to Baha’ism, and that Islamism does not differ from Iranianism. It is wrong to discuss such things.”

Ali Asgari, parliamentary liaison and advisor to the strategic research centre of the State Expediency Council, also addressed Mesbah Yazdi, saying, “Once they used to fast for Ahmadinejad, now they accuse him of being a Baha’i.” He said, “Today, instead of these words, it is better to investigate the past and to tell the people clearly that we do not have ijtihad[1] and expert opinion in political issues, and we only speak our religious words.”



[1] [Ijtihad is an Islamic legal term referring to independent reasoning or the thorough exertion of a jurist's mental faculty in finding a solution to a legal question] https://en.wikipedia.org/