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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:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 1 Mehr 1394 [23 September 2015]

 

Suspicious Support by a Reformist Organization for a Baha’i

The main page of the Khaneh Azarbaijan website has a link called Azarbaijani Women Scholars, in which it praises Tahereh Qurratu’l-Ayn as the first Baha’i woman in the country and introduces her as the first militant erudite lady and religious scholar.

According to the Fars News Agency cyberspace group, quoted by Rah-e Dana, ten years ago, when the reform government was approaching the last days of its existence, in order to leave its [legacy], it issued unlimited licences in various fields, including [ones for] the formation of new centres.

In this regard, the Khaneh Azarbaijan was established in Tabriz with the cooperation and efforts of the reformist leaders of East Azerbaijan; it is almost inactive except during the election days. ...

Also, the main page of the Khaneh Azarbaijan website has a link called Azerbaijani Women Scholars, in which it praises and expresses appreciation for Tahereh Qurratu’l-Ayn as the first Baha’i woman in the country and introduces her as the first militant erudite lady and religious scholar. Meanwhile, Tahereh Qurratu’l-Ayn was one of the main supporters of Ali-Muhammad Bab Shirazi, [and] propagated this heretical sect during the Qajar period. She [removed her] hijab in the presence of several thousand people during Ali-Muhammad Bab’s [sic] speech in [Badasht] in order to gain more fans for Ali-Muhammad Bab.

She is the first woman in the contemporary history of Iran, according to the instructions of a colonial school, to [remove the] veil from her face and body, and appeared in the community of officials. With this brazen act, she laid the first cornerstone of the removal of the hijab in the Islamic society of Iran, sparked the first controversy by starting the colonial goals and igniting [hellfire].

By presenting a behaviour that was completely contrary to the order of Islam and the spiritual and social conditions of that time, and by showing her naked face, Qurratu’l-Ayn tried to be the first to destroy the customs of the past and to spread the social grounds for the spread of atheism and obscenity.

Khaneh Azarbaijan has recently resorted also to anti-cultural and religious propaganda while having previously conducted political activities in the run-up to the elections.

The inaction and negligence of some government officials in this regard has led to people’s holding government positions entering the electoral arena, and at the same time inflicting major blows on the country’s religion and culture by propagating the perverse Baha’i sect. While many campaigns have been launched on Facebook in support of Tahereh Qurrat’ul-Ayn as the first woman to stand up against Islam, the government should stand up to [similar] actions [of] its employees and deal with them. Some introduce her to the people as a worthy and virtuous woman.