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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:] Ferghe News

[Date:] 26 Dey 1394 [16 January 2016]

 

Are Baha’is Impure?

Baha’is are impure because of their misleading and polytheistic beliefs; on the one hand, they claim the divinity and prophethood of the Bab and Baha, deny that the holy Prophet of Islam [is] the Seal of the Prophets, and on the other hand, they deny the essential rules of religion, such as prayer, fasting, etc. They consider the religion of Islam to be obsolete and, in addition, not only deny the existence of Imam Mahdi (AS), but they are also His enemy. As a result, because of these beliefs, they are infidels and impure from the point of view of all Muslims.

Ferghe News, the Baha’i group – According to Islamic teachings, a person who denies God, or [joins] partners with God Almighty, or who does not accept the prophethood of His Holiness, the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad ibn of Abdullah (PBUH), or denies one of the principles of the religion of Islam, is an infidel, and an infidel is impure, according to the holy verse, “O believers! Indeed, the polytheists are ‘spiritually’ impure.”[1]

Baha’is are impure because of their misleading and polytheistic beliefs; on the one hand, they claim the divinity and prophethood for the Bab and Baha, deny that the holy Prophet of Islam [is] the Seal of the Prophets, and on the other hand they deny the essential rules of religion, such as prayer, fasting, etc. They consider the religion of Islam to be obsolete and, in addition, not only deny the existence of Imam Mahdi (AS), but they are also His enemy. As a result, because of these beliefs, they are infidels and impure from the point of view of all Muslims.

The Islamic Fiqh Academy, in 1987, at the fifth session of the conference of Islamic leaders in Kuwait, while thoroughly examining the claims of the Bab and Baha and their profane statements, rejected the perverse Baha’i sect and thus expressed its opinion about this heretical sect: “It is obligatory for Islamic groups in all parts of the world, with all their means, to eliminate the danger of this group and the atheistic current that has attacked the attainment of Islam in all aspects of the beliefs, rules of religion and the pure life of Islam.”

And it is decreed, “What Baha’u’llah has claimed from the mission and revelation, etc., and the changes that He has made, have been consistently proven in the branches of religion to be the denial of the principles and certainties of religion, and by the consensus of all Muslims, the denial of these principles should make them subject to being ruled infidels.”

The Islamic Studies Association of Al-Azhar University in Egypt, in presenting its report, considers the Baha’i sect to be a servant of Zionism and Western colonialism, and its action as spreading sedition and unrest among the Islamic nations, and issues a fatwa[2]:

“Baha’ism is by no means a [divine] religion; its beliefs are far removed from any religious teachings, and its followers are all misled and perverted. Anyone with a Baha’i thought is an infidel.”

The Dar Al-Ifta of Al-Azhar, in [another] fatwa, states, “The Baha’i sect and group is an apostate of Islam. It is not right to believe in it and associate with [its followers]. One should not be indifferent and close one’s eyes to the communities and institutions that it creates. This is because it believes in reincarnation; [because] its religious legislation is not from God, [and because of its] claims of prophethood and even claims of divinity.”

From the point of view of Shia jurists and the great authorities of imitation, the misguided sect of Baha’ism is [atheistic] and doomed to impurity.

In Islamic teachings, friendship with infidels is forbidden. In the Quran, we come across strong warnings which state, “Believers should not take disbelievers as guardians instead of the believers—and whoever does so will have nothing to hope for from Allah.”[3] Believers should not take infidels as believers and their friends, whoever does so will not benefit from God’s friendship in anything.

Accordingly, friendship with the Baha’is is not permissible; because, as it was said before, the Baha’is are infidels and impure.

In fact, the impurity of the infidels and polytheists is a kind of abstruse and spiritual pollution, the effects of which have spread to their bodies, and the important benefit of avoiding them is to preserve the beliefs and morals of society―especially those people who do not have great religious ability and are affected and misled by relating and associating with perverse and misguided people. Accordingly, unregulated association with them will cause intellectual and doctrinal problems.

For this reason, reformers and sympathizers advise ordinary people to avoid associating with misguided and perverse people in order to be protected from deviation and misguidance. Of course, this does not mean that no one [should] have any interaction with infidels; the relationship of religious scholars and academics with [atheistic] scientists is desirable and perhaps necessary, because this interaction not only does not affect the beliefs of scholars and scientists, but they can change the thoughts of [atheistic] scientists and promote Islamic beliefs with the special methods and instructions prescribed in Islam.

 

 

[1] [Quran 9:28]

[2] [A legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader]

[3] [Quran 3:28] https://quran.com/3/28