[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:] Modara News

[Date:] 7 Esfand 1397 [26 February 2019]

 

Ghadiri Abyaneh: Ahmadinejad Seeks to Create a Sect Similar to Baha’ism

The fundamentalist political activist said, “It is time for those who supported Ahmadinejad, having assumed that he was a follower of the velayat [guardianship] and believed in the imam and velayat-e faqih[1], to practically renounce him.”

According to the Modara News website, Mohammad Hosein Ghadiri Abyaneh, a political affairs expert, referred to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent remarks in an interview with Fars, stating that Ahmadinejad’s positions have gradually revealed his anti-religious nature and his opposition to the leadership of the imam and the principle of velayat-e-faqih. He said, “We have to wait for his next steps, because he seems to be trying to create a sect similar to Baha’ism, being called the heretical sect of Baharieh or Baharism.” ...

Ghadiri Abyaneh also referred to the part of Ahmadinejad’s statement [that said] that freedoms were more widespread before the Revolution: “Of course, he is right, because homosexuality was not only allowed, but Hoveida, the Baha’i homosexual, was the prime minister of Iran for 13 years. Also, prostitution and corruption were not considered as crime but even appreciated, and to be mercenary and engage in espionage for the United States and to be pro-Israel, were not only [not] a crime, but also a precondition for accepting government elections. This is while, in the Islamic Republic of Iran, [Esfandiar Rahim] Mashaei had no right, as a government official, to call the usurpers of Palestine his friends...”

 

 

[1] [Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist - The authority of a leading jurist as the leader of society]