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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:] Didehban Strategic Institute
[Date:] 26 Aban 1395 [16 November 2016]
Attempt to Create a Baha’i-Muslim Combination!
Some Details of The Baha’i Sect’s Strategic Tactics
According to Didehban, the following text refers to an interview with Hojatoleslam Rouzbahani, an expert in the field of religions and sects; it contains significant material:
-What is the socio-cultural situation of Baha’ism today? And in what spaces are most of their activities seen?
Today, the Baha’i sect has entered a more cheerful arena than ever before, and it seems that their presence and hope for the future has increased. This is quite evident from their existence and their communication behaviour, and the fact that they are in a more prepared state. The only factor that Baha’ism cannot take advantage of is the lack of an official tribune. This in turn causes serious damage to them; it causes them to lose their supporters in the social arena, whose number has decreased, and they have become more engaged in cyberspace. This has harmed Baha’ism, although cyberspace helps Baha’ism and the sects in general, because access is free. On the other hand, they have been harmed in the social arena; a large part of their forces have been active in that area, and they do not have the courage to be physically active in the community, which has happened for various reasons.
-If we want to examine the issue of cultural, political and social influence in Baha’ism, how and what will this influence be?
What is the background of the Baha’i sect? What is the mission it is designed for? This is a debate, and anyone who wants to use Baha’ism looks at its status, and that is another debate.
Suppose that 20 years ago, I had been accepted in the in the Ranger Units because I had the necessary physical requirements to participate, but now I have lost those necessary qualifications. Once, Baha’ism met a number of requirements in some matters and missions that they do not have now. For example, at one time in the Pahlavi period, all the political leaders of the country were either Baha’is, or influenced by Baha’ism, or alongside Baha’ism! This is very different from today, when Baha’is are hiding in a mouse hole, so we cannot say that the opposition currents are so stupid as to come and invest in a dead horse; they will not invest in a fox with amputated limbs. On the other hand, if we look at this issue, we find that this sect has always tried to look alive and young by its very nature.
The connections they have made indicate that Baha’ism is seeking to provoke emotions in their favour, and this is, in fact, a form of cultural influence that will gradually lead to political influence. After all, people also have an eye on them who need their votes to run for city council and parliament.