[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:] Ferghe News

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

 

Imam Khomeini’s View on Baha’ism

Imam Khomeini, who emphasized that the Baha’i sect is a party and spy [organization], also listed the following negative features of the sect: long-standing hostility to Islam and Muslims, constant conspiracy against Islam and Muslims, and continual conspiracy to gain political power and take control of the government from the time of Naser al-Din Shah until now...

According to Ferghe News, from Imam Khomeini’s point of view, Baha’ism is not a [religion], but a political party, which has been a British mercenary and spy [organization] in the past and is now the handiwork of the United States and Zionism.

Imam Khomeini, who repeatedly emphasized that the Baha’i sect is a party and a spy [organization], also listed the following negative characteristics of the sect: Long-standing hostility to Islam and Muslims; constant conspiracy against Islam and Muslims and constant conspiracy to gain political power and seize control since the time of Naser al-Din Shah; infiltration among political and social centres and circles in order to divert or seize the reigns of these currents and centres; inciting the shah’s regime to fight Islam and Muslims, and the effort to strengthen the relations of the shah’s regime with the Zionist regime; unity and cooperation with the shah’s regime against Islam and the homeland, and many other negative features.

1 - Creating deviant parties to protect the interests:

In a message to the Iranian people, expressing his strong hatred of traitors and deviants during the days when the imam was in exile in Najaf, he wrote, “…These enemies have one thing in common, and that is betraying the Islamic country and thrashing its protectors, and because the enemies of Islam and the looters of weak nations see their interests in danger because of the influence of the clergy (who are the sole custodians of the Holy Quran and life-giving rules of Islam), in order to protect their colonial interests, they are forced to form affiliated perverse parties and groups that are seemingly related to Islam, but, in fact, are opposed to it... Islam and the holy Jafari sect form a barrier against foreigners and their puppets (whether left or right), and the clergy, who are the guardians of the Quran, the mere existence of which is a barrier against the foreigners who cannot treat Islamic countries as they wish, especially Iran. For centuries they have been plotting to break this barrier with various tricks, sometimes by making their sinister puppets to dominate the Islamic countries, and sometimes by creating useless religions and promoting Babism, Baha’ism and Wahhabism, and sometimes through deviant parties.” (Sahief-i-Imam, vol. 3, p. 203) [This is an anthology of Imam Khomeini’s speeches, messages, interviews, decrees, religious permissions, and letters.]

2 - Economy and Baha’ism:

Imam Khomeini, in response to the Istifta’at[1] of the businessmen and guilds of Qom, said on 30 Azar 1341 [21 December 1962], “…The independence of the country and its economy are exposed to the Zionists, who have appeared as the Baha’i party in Iran, and it will not be long before, with this deadly silence of Muslims and with the approval of their agents, they will take over the entire economy of this country.” (Sahief-i-Imam, vol. 1, p. 108)

The Baha’is have had and still have a special interest in and relationship with the Israeli government, and based on this interest, they are allied with Jewish businessmen and act in unison in the struggle against the Islamic Republic of Iran. After the formation of the usurper state of Israel, the leaders of the Zionist movement recognized Baha’ism as a religion and allowed the construction of the first Baha’i temple, “Mashriq’ul-Adhkar[2]” there. The Baha’is had close association with spy systems and paved the way for the presence of Zionist Jews in Israel. (Shade and Light of the Baha’is, Keyhan, 133-135)

3 - England and America:

On 7 Khordad 1362 [28 May 1983], Imam Khomeini, in a meeting with regime officials on the issue of U.S. defence of spies and aggressors against the Islamic Republic, objected. He said, “[In a statement, U.S. President Reagan] reached out to the world and sought help for the Baha’is. This defence in itself shows that the Baha’is are spies and are of benefit to the United States.”

Imam Khomeini broadcast the content of Reagan’s speech on some radio stations: “Reagan said, ‘The Baha’is are being oppressed; they are not spies and do not engage in anything other than religious ceremonies; however, Iran has sentenced 22 Baha’is to death.’ Reagan has reached out to the world and sought their help and said that the Baha’is are not spies and they do not interfere in anything.”

Regarding the reason for this execution, the imam said, “We did not sign the sentence of their imprisonment because they were Baha’is. These people have issues... The Baha’i Faith is not a religion; it is a party, a party that was once supported by Britain and is now being supported by the United States. The Baha’is are spies just like them [the Tudeh Party[3]]. There are many other people who also have ideological deviations; they are communists, but our agents did not arrest them because they are communists or because they are deviant… They did not take them and imprison them ... The issue is that they are your advocates, Mr. Reagan, and for this reason they have a special situation, because they [the United States] benefits them [Baha’is], and they [Baha’is] benefit from the United States. Aiding them cannot be anything except spying, … (Sahief-i-Imam vol. 17, p. 459)

With the victory of the Islamic Revolution, this sect suddenly lost all its former support in the country, and all the hopes and aspirations of the Baha’i community were dashed. As before, they turned to the foreigners. The representatives of the Baha’i organizations were in contact with the spying nest of America in Iran. A report from the U.S. embassy to the State Department in June 1979 (1358 solar year) states: “One of the nine prominent men of the Baha’i sect (the leaders of the Baha’i Assembly) said he felt that the Baha’i community was now dying administratively, socially and financially, and is facing the worst crisis in its 128-year history.” A significant number of Baha’is, who saw the plans and promises of the House of Justice ruined with the victory of the Islamic Revolution and wanted to share in the joy of the Iranian people, lost their faith in this sect and became Muslims, individually or as families, and moved in the waves of the revolution. (Spy Nest Documents No. 37, p. 12)

Sobhi Mohtadi (amanuensis and former secretary of Abbas Effendi) is quoted as saying that after the First World War and during the years of British domination of Egypt and Palestine, he decided, together with Ibn-i Asadq (one of the prominent Baha’i elements), to go from Iran to Haifa and meet Abbas Effendi, with the love and efforts of Mr. Naimi (the famous Baha’i poet). Besides the travel document for Palestine, he also got a recommendation from the British embassy. (Sadri, Encyclopaedia of the Islamic World, vol. 4, p. 736)

Although the founders of the Baha’i sect from the beginning were Russia and Britain, after a while, the United States emerged as a new and fresh colonial [power], and by citing numerous [pieces of] historical evidence, the United States can be named as the most important factor in the preservation and expansion of the Baha’i Faith. The documents obtained from the American spy nest clearly show the protection and support of the United States, especially their intelligence services, for the Baha’is, who have always used Zionist Christians to divert public opinion. The Americans also facilitated the presence and recognition of Baha’is in Islamic countries, including Egypt, where the Baha'is were not recognized during the time of Gamal Abdel Nasser and whose activities were illegal, but with the coming to power of Anwar al-Sadat, they enjoyed freedom. (Shade and Light of Baha’ism, Keyhan, pp. 142-146)

4 - Imprisonment of Baha’is:

While abroad, Imam Khomeini, in front of the cultural representatives of the Ministry of Islamic Guidance said, “... Today, governments want to present Iran to the world as notorious. The mass media and great organizations, when they see the victory of Iran and Islam or when they realize that Iraq has oppressed us all, falsely raise the issue of human rights violations in Iran and claim that the Baha’is have no freedom in Iran. And they are imprisoned for being Baha’is...” (Sahief-i-Imam. vol. 18, p. 398)

 

 

[1] [Istifta’at:  Answers to religious inquiries]

[2] [Mashriq’ul-Adhkar:  The Dawning-Place of the Remembrance of God, The main Baha’i Temple]

[3] [Tudeh Party:  the left-wing party following the Soviet Union]