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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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Etedaal Professional News Agency

[Date:] 21 Esfand 1391 [11 March 2013]

 

Asgari Sharply Criticizes Ayatollah Mesbah: Once, They Were Fasting for Ahmadinejad, Now They Are Accusing Him of Being a Baha’i

Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi has recently said that Iranianism has its roots in Baha’ism. These remarks, of course, have met with reactions in the news and political circles. On this issue we sat down to talk with Ali Asgari...

Ali Asgari, parliamentary liaison and advisor to the Strategic Research Centre of the Expediency Discernment Council, in a conversation with Arya, reacted to Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi’s remarks that Iranianism is the [creation] of the Baha’is, and said, “Today, instead of these words, it is better to study the past and be transparent with the people. We do not have proficiency and expert opinion on political issues; we only speak our religious words.”

He emphasized, “What is certain is that Baha’ism is a fictitious current from the British side, [referring to] the story of Ali Muhammad the Bab, and some figures and persons who saw themselves in the position of God and then claimed to be prophets, then introduced themselves as the Lord of the Age, and then lowered themselves by saying that they were the Gate to the Divine Will.”

...This former member of parliament stated, “A new current has fallen from the roof and has made a sound, but some of our elders must be held accountable. How come Ahmadinejad was introduced one day as a ‘heavenly food’ and vowed to fast in order for him to win, and now they say that his words are rooted in Baha’ism? ...”