[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:] 2 Shahrivar 1393 [24 August 2014]

 

The Book “The Dark Passage” Was Published

Learning More About the Illegitimate British Child / Critique of Baha’ism, by Using the Documents of the Forged Sect

Hamed Niazi published the book “The Dark Passage” with a review and critique of Baha’ism. In this work, the reader will get acquainted with this illegitimate British child in a visual way. According to the Fars News Agency, the book “The Dark Passage” studies and critiques Baha’ism directly, using the documents of Sheikhism, Babism and Baha’ism.

In the first chapter of this book, Baha’i symbols are introduced and studied. In the second chapter, by analyzing the conditions of the emergence of the sect in terms of [intellect/belief]; [culture/society]; and [politics/colonialism]; and explaining the role of colonialism in the emergence and expansion of Babism and Baha’ism, a tangible picture of the conditions that led to the rise of Baha’ism is presented. The points made in this chapter give us the insight to recognize the deviant currents in the society of our time before their formation.

The third chapter of “Dark Passage” examines Babism―the Bab’s claims and contradictions; examines his scientific and literary errors, and the contradictory defences of the Baha’i and Babi leaders about the Bab’s mistakes; and it introduces the religious rulings of the Bab.

Chapter 4 describes Baha’ism in full and its internal divisions, the power struggles, the Baha’i organization, and the introduction of its houses of worship. Chapter 5 is a documentary critique of the “Twelve Teachings” of Baha’ism. In the last chapter of this book, while paying attention to the division of Baha’ism into Eastern and Western Baha’ism, some of the Baha’i religious rulings are introduced and examined.

Part of the book’s introduction states: “Among the sects, Baha’ism is one of the most important. Baha’ism is the product of Russian-British political rivalry in the nineteenth century―a cowardly competition that damaged Iran and the future of humanity. On the other hand, Baha’ism is an illegitimate child, which, although it arose from the deviant and eclectic beliefs of Sheikhism, clashed several times, during its history of evolution and growth, with evil and colonial governments, and because of its colonial content, it has always been supported by colonialists. According to official Western sources, such as the Encyclopedia Britannica, Baha’ism ranks second in post-Christianity in 218 countries in terms of the scope of its propaganda activities.”