[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:] 28 Esfand 1391 [18 March 2013]
Details of Roundtable on “Recognition of Baha’ism” in Fars News Agency, the Difference Between the Tsarist and English Education of the Baha’i Leaders
In order to understand the nature of Baha’ism and the seditions of this British proxy puppet sect, we held a roundtable [discussion] called “Recognition of Baha’ism” with the presence of Mojtaba Majdabadi, an expert and researcher in Iranian history, and Seyyed Kazem Mousavi, director of the Roshangar Studies Institute and editor-in-chief of Shaffafiyat.
*As a first question, how was Baha’ism formed and why was it established?
Majdabadi: In the period when Babism was formed, the Iranian nation was suffering from depression―a depression that was caused by the three wars with Russia, the defeat in the wars and the loss of part of the country’s territory.
Therefore, there was a mental preparation―not an intellectual belief; these two concepts are different—for the emergence of the saviour of the human world, His Holiness the Promised One, Who will heal the pain and the unfavourable conditions of society. Iran at that time [had been colonized by] Tsarist Russia and Britain, although the sphere of power of the Russians at that time was more than that of Britain. In the time of Mohammad Ali Shah, his main chamberlain was a Russian, and all court affairs were decided and handled by the Russians.
Therefore, given the great influence of the Russians, they thought of creating a fictitious [sect] so that they could take control of society and increase their influence by abusing the idea of Mahdism.
Mousavi: Let us remember that we consider Baha’ism to be neither a thought nor a belief, but it is an amalgam of different things; we must keep this in mind.
*Do you mean to say that the Babi sect was supported by Russia and not Britain?
Majdabadi: All the colonial work at that time was aimed at dismantling Islam, so none of the other powers opposed it; if a joint coup were to take place, a single person could serve the interests of the West, where the colonizers collaborate, cooperate, give each other sources of information and many other things; this is a principle. As we can see in the formation of the Zionist regime, Britain, France, Russia and the United States cooperated together!
In fact, Baha’ism is a political party; people officially become members and ID card are issued for them; their calendar and life become Baha’i. They thought they would break free from all shackles and take on a modern religion, but when they become Baha’i, they realize what a mistake they have made and they must follow the party’s customs. Once one becomes a member of Baha’ism, [the member] no longer has the right to discuss other ideas.
What was the Baha’i sect’s project in 1362 [1983/1984]?
*Q: Do you really mean to say that Baha’ism sought domination in the country and the seizure of power?
Majdabadi: Yes, they are still pursuing this issue. They consider Iran as their cradle. In the Pahlavi era they took power and government, they had members in the 11th [Iranian] parliament, and they wanted to form a faction at a very high cost. At that time, they spent 150 million tomans. Sabet Pasal, a wealthy Baha’i, owned more than 46 companies and was a major financier at the time. He spent so much that he managed to get eight Baha’i members into parliament! Yes, they were looking for a Baha’i government.
If there was no revolution, they would have wanted to make the Baha’i [Faith] the official religion of the country in 1362 [1983/1984], but God did not want that to happen.
On the other side of the coin, Zionism’s position in the uncovering of the hijab
* In the history of Baha’ism, there is a role of a lady named “Qurratu’l-Ayn” who [removed her] hijab during the Qajar period. Has she been influential in the matter of removing the hijab?
Mousavi: This role the Baha’is played in the removal of the hijab is a symbolic process. In order to know whether the removal of the hijab that Tahereh performed had any effect or not, we must know exactly how the society of the Qajar period functioned.
*As a final question, has the activity of the Baha’is been hidden since the post-construction period?
Mousavi: Yes! By hiding their Baha’i identity and using the country’s resources, they took advantage of reconstruction spaces and the areas devastated by the war, and then they entered the political arena, to the point where they announced their presence to the president during the reform period, and they distributed leaflets in government offices.