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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Basij News Agency
[Date:] 28 Mordad 1396 [19 August 2017]
Baha’i Endeavour to Celebrate a Birthday!
Following the orders issued by the House of Justice to hold a birthday celebration for Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri, the members of this sect have been trying to carry out this order in any way possible.
According to the Basij News Agency, the House of Justice, which is the centre for issuing guidelines, has recently [issued a] decree, calling for glorious celebrations on the occasion of the 200th birthday of Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri, the sect’s Founder. It is to this end that the elements of this perverse sect with no identity are frantically trying to take some measures to implement this decree and hold internal celebrations with the presence of deceived and attracted Muslims (friends) as well as the so-called inactive Baha’is.
Accordingly, in a meeting held for this purpose in one of the areas of Shiraz, referring to the importance of holding this celebration and to gaining a place and identity in society, the Baha’is of Iran were asked to act in a coordinated manner in holding this ceremony.
Another clause of the ruling is the production and distribution of films [about] the place of Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri, known as Baha’u’llah and the Holy Land, using magnification and exaggeration for graphic and visual appeal in order to attract the viewer.
According to the Baha’i calendar, the ceremony will be held in late Mehr [October] of this year in all parts of the country. [According] to the orders issued by the sect’s headquarters, called the fourth Five-Year Plan (2016-2021), in which it conveyed the special role of these programmes in the continuation of the Baha’i [existence]:
“Celebrating the holy days is of special importance in this regard. The glorious holding of these celebrations will provide opportunities for Baha’is around the world to come to life with extensive publicity by inviting as many friends, acquaintances, and others from all walks of life as possible, and attracting them through a process of deception. Holding these celebrations in any way possible will certainly increase the understanding that observing these days is entirely in our interest and strengthens the Baha’i identity.”
According to the Baha’i fourth Five-Year Plan, the celebration of the 200th birthdays of Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri, known as Baha’u’llah (2017) and Ali Muhammad Shirazi, known as [the] Bab (2019), and the death of Abbas Effendi (2021), [are] three of the special holy days during these five years.
What is certain is that the Baha’is have devoted all their time and efforts to holding these ceremonies in order to prove their false identity and to prove all the non-sense about their sect with a historical pretext.