[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:] 31 Ordibehesht 1395 [20 May 2016]

 

Interim Khalkhal Friday Prayer Leader:

Baha’i Animosity Towards Islam Has Been Proven

The interim Friday prayer leader of Khalkhal said, “The Baha’is are the long-time enemy of Islam and the handiwork of the enemies of humanity.”

According to the Fars News Agency from Ardabil, Hojjatol-Islam Seyyed Mohsen Mohseni, in his Friday prayer sermons in Khalkhal this week, referring to the enmity of the Baha’is toward Islam, said, “Baha’ism is the handiwork of the enemies of humanity and is not a religion.”

Referring to the birth of the Lord of the Age, and [commemorating] the occasion on this day, he stated, “Mahdism is the main propaganda priority of the society; the enemy is trying to propagate Mahdism in a negative way, and all the arrogance’s efforts are aimed at erasing Mahdism from [people’s] minds.”

The interim Friday prayer leader of Khalkhal said, “The enemy is continuing its efforts to propagate the subdivisions in a suspicious way.”

Mohseni [said that he] appreciated the efforts of the people in holding public celebrations in the neighbourhoods, decorating and preparing the passages for the celebrations of the Sha’baniyah holidays, adding, “Real waiting is to continue keeping away from harm.”