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[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 1393 [15 May 2014]


Temporary Friday Prayer Leader of Shiraz:

The Establishment of the Brotherhood Party Played an Important Role in the Cohesion of the Clergy

The interim Friday prayer leader of Shiraz said, “The establishment of the Brotherhood Party by Ayatollah Seyyed Noureddin Hosseini Al-Hashimi played an important role in the cohesion of the revolutionary clergy of Shiraz.” ...

He pointed out, “This issue caused the religious people to enjoy a very deterrent popular lever in their political struggles against the deviant sects of Sufism, Babism and Baha’ism.”

Razavi stated, “At that time, the clergy did not have coercive forces, and this initiative of Ayatollah Hashemi did not succeed in front of the people due to Shah’s support for the Babis and the Baha’is.”

He stated, “In a period of time, the Baha’is wanted to rebuild Seyyed Ali Muhammad’s house [located on currently named] Shahid Ayatollah Dastgheib Street as a temple, and they had obtained permission from the government.”

Razavi said, “For Seyyed Noureddin, it was very hard to accept [Baha’is] to build a temple in a city like Shiraz, despite the great scholars of this land.”

He further said, “Whatever Ayatollah Seyyed Noureddin did in correspondence and made contacts to prevent this, he did not succeed, so he devised a clever policy and even disgraced himself in the way of God.”

Razavi, stating that at that time it had not yet reached a point where the clergy could publicly refuse to meet with the Shah and said, “Considering this issue and according to the same clever plan, [Seyyed Noureddin] tells those around him that at the same time when He is in the presence of the Shah is in Shiraz, people with shovels and pickaxes should start destroying the Baha’i Centre so that the officials close to the Shah will cause the government too scared to stop [its destruction.]” …