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[Adapted from website:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 31 Ordibehesht 1395 [20 May 2016]


Nur Friday Prayer Leader: Publishing Images with Baha’is is Pursuing the Goals of the Enemies.

The Nur Friday prayer leader said, “Publishing images with Baha’is is pursuing the goals of the enemies.”

According to the Fars News Agency from the City of Nur, this afternoon, in Friday prayer sermons in Al-Ghadir Mosalla, Hojatoleslam Seyyed Mehdi Amiri-Arjomand said, “Due to good deeds, the rains of divine mercy shower upon us, and reprehensible deeds cause [fewer] blessings and increase in retribution.”

In the end, the Nur Friday prayer leader said, “We witnessed the publication of photos taken by our own people with others (Baha’is), the Baha’is who are affiliated with the Zionists and are the fifth pillar of the enemy in the country. What does it mean to take and publish pictures with these people? Except [by these actions,] we are pursuing the goals of the enemy, they are the playthings of Zionism and the arrogance powers. We should not provide the grounds for the abuse of the enemy, and these people should ask God for forgiveness and apologize to the people.”