[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:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 25 Ordibehesht 1395 [14 May 2016]

 

Ayatollah Ka’bi, in a Conversation With Fars:

Bahaism is a Zionist Sect / Attending a Meeting of the Leaders of This Sect and Encouraging Them is an Anti-Scholastic and Counter-Revolutionary Movement

The representative of Khuzestan in the Assembly of Experts, while stating that Baha’ism is a colonial sect and a servant of the United States and the Zionist regime, said, “Tolerance, support and encouragement of this deviant sect is a movement [that is] anti-scholastic and anti-revolution.”

Ayatollah Abbas Ka’bi, the representative of the people of Khuzestan Province in the Assembly of Leadership Experts, in an interview with a Fars News Agency reporter, referring to the presence of Faezeh Hashemi among the Baha’is, emphasized that the Baha’is are a perverse sect. He said, “This sect is heretical and is considered one of the heretics, and it is stated in the religious rulings that the heretics should be dealt with harshly so as not to cause corruption in Islam.”

He added, “Baha’ism is a colonial sect and is the servant of the United States and the Zionist regime; the reason for this is that their central base is in Haifa [with] the Zionist regime.”

The representative of the people of Khuzestan Province in the Assembly of Experts, stating that deviant sects should not be given the chance, clarified, “Deviant sects are security criminals and should not be treated as a religion.”

Ayatollah Ka’bi added, “Any tolerance, compromise, softness, support and even encouragement of these deviant sects is a movement [both] anti-scholastic and anti-revolutionary.”

In the end, he emphasized, “Attending the meeting of the leaders of the perverse Baha’i sect under the pretext of releasing one of their leaders from prison is also considered an anti-scholastic and anti-revolutionary movement.