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[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]

 

[Weekly Newspaper:] Rahavard

[Date:] 13 Mehr 1387 [4 October 2008]

[Issue No.:] 365

 

Fatwas[1] of the Authorities on Association and Dealing with Baha’is

Religious Jurisprudence of Life

Hint: Recently questions have been asked regarding the way to communicate with the [followers of] the perverse Baha’i sect. I decided it was necessary to mention the questions raised and the answers given by the supreme religious jurisprudence authority. As an introduction to these questions and answers it is necessary to be acquainted with the history of this fabricated Zionists group. In case the esteemed readers have further questions in this regard, they can write to the address of Rahavard, and read the answers in the journal.

A discussion regarding the origin of Baha’ism and its emergence, would require more time. In this article, we point out the distinguished points of this fictitious sect.

1. The emergence of the Wahhabi sect, which is a branch of the Babi sect [sic]. One of the scenarios imposed by Britain following the rise of Islam and Shiism in the Middle East, was to conclude that the war on Islam could not be waged by force of arms and occupation. Therefore, [Britain] considered the inclusion of the devised Wahhabism to be among Sunni, Babism and Baha’ism in Shia countries. Basically, the origins of Baha’ism used an individual named Seyyed Ali Muhammad, the Bab (Iran) and Wahhabism used an unbalanced individual named Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (Hijaz) for the fight against Islam, which would take a long time for a precise exploration. In Iran, it was important for these sects to break the power of the clergy and the authority of the nation, because Iran was the only country that colonialism could not directly colonize. Documents and evidence show that the spies and analysts of the British Empire considered the clergy and the authorities to be the main obstacles.

2. Seyyed Ali-Muhammad, the Bab (Leader of Babism) and after him Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri - known as Baha’uddin [sic] (Leader of Baha’ism)— succeeded in attracting people from different sectors and associations by using devotion to Mahdism, a belief which was popular with the people. But they quickly revealed their intentions, so much so that Amir Kabir, a hero, executed Seyyed Ali-Muhammad the Bab and Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri (Baha'u'llah) and his son Abbas Effendi (Abdu’l-Baha) [were sentenced to death by the Ottoman government] for their close cooperation with the British army and their great help in the formation of the fake Israeli country. Abdu’l-Baha got the honorific title of “Sir” from the British government for the good services he rendered to them, and after his passing he was buried in Haifa (centre of the Zionists). After that the followers of this evil sect scattered across Iran, the occupied territories [of Palestine] and some other countries. But their principal centre and their prime place of worship was and is in Haifa (the second city of the Israeli occupying regime).

3. In the turmoil of World War I, the Constitutional Movement and World War II, and through the exploitation and negligence of the people and rulers, the Baha’is gradually infiltrated the centres of power in Iran, in such a way that they played an effective role and were one of the main factors in the formation of the Pahlavi government and its rise to power. The dark reign of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was like a golden age for the Baha’is. For example, people like Hassan Ali Mansur and Amir-Abbas Hoveyda were prime ministers of the Shah’s regime for more than fifteen years, and many of Mohammad Reza’s close advisers were Baha’is.

4. During this period, the prevalence of prostitution and sexual corruption, murder and kidnapping, financial corruption and economic abuse by Baha’is reached its peak. During these years, huge financial resources were created in Iran for the Zionists and injected into the Zionist regime. So much so that in that time the Muslim people of Iran were called “Jewish brotherhood”.

5. Imam Khomeini announced in 1341 [1962], “It is my religious duty to declare danger to the Iranian nation and the Muslims of the world. The Holy Quran and Islam are in danger. The independence of the country and its economy is in the hands of the Zionists, who appeared in Iran as the Baha’i Party.”

Note that Imam Khomeini first of all considered the Baha’is not a school of ideology but a political party.

Second, he considered the Baha’is to be the manifestation of Zionism in Iran.

6. After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, according to the documents obtained by the spy nest, the government faced a severe crisis and lost its most important supporter. In 1362 [1983], the activities of the Baha’i Party in Iran were officially banned.

And since that time the Baha’is continue their filthy lives with secret activities, and now they are trying to revive their public image with deceptive appearances and various gestures such as good morals, charitable donations, and persuasive interaction with ignorant people. Traces of these mercenary elements have been revealed in recent incidents such as the explosion of the Shiraz Martyrs’ Husayniiyyih,[2] which resulted in the martyrdom of 15 innocent men, women and children.

7. In recent years, some religious but ignorant people and some weak elements have been in communication and interaction with them. The following istifta’at[3] can be a serious warning to all of us.

Question 1 - Many Baha’is live here close to us and have frequent visits to our homes. Some say Baha’is are najis[4] and some consider them pure. This group of Baha’is show good morals. Are they najis or pure?

Answer: Fatwas of all jurists: They are najis and they are the enemy of your religion and faith.

Question 2: Sometimes some followers of the Baha’i sect bring us food or something. Is it permissible for us to accept them?

Answer: Avoid any association with this misguided sect.

Question 3: Please state the duty of the believers in dealing with the perverse Baha’i sect and the effects of the presence of its followers in the Islamic community.

Answer: All believers must confront the tricks and corruptions of the misguided Baha’i sect and prevent others from deviating and joining them.

Question 4: What about dealing with the Baha’is if it strengthens them economically?

Answer: of all jurists: It is not permissible in any case, whether it strengthens or not.

Question 5: What is the ruling on associating with Baha’is?

Answer: All jurists: Any relationship with them is absolutely not permissible.

 

 

[1] [Fatwa:  Religious injunction judgment, judicial decree or sentence]

[2] [Husayniiyyih:  Place of congregation for Shia ritual ceremonies especially remembrance of the Martyrdom of Imám Ḥusayn]

[3] [Istifta’at:  Answers to religious inquiries]

[4] [Najis:  Ritually impure/unclean]