[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:] 14 Ordibehesht 1393 [4 May 2014]

 

According to Fars News Agency, in the programme called “Heavenly Night”, with reference to the perverse belief of Baha’ism, the director of the Perverse Sects Group of the Theology and Religions Centre at the Qom School of Theology, Hojatoleslam Alireza Rouzbahani, said, “Baha’ism and its preachers make great efforts to introduce this sect as a religion, while the definition of religion is, in fact, a set of understandings related to the Origin [Genesis] and Resurrection, and this knowledge comes to us from a Divine Source of revelation, in which the truth of the revelatory source of religion must be proven.”

He added, “This is where we have to ask the Baha’is which of these religious characteristics does the Baha’i Faith have? The Baha’is have a very difficult time discussing their teachings, and we argue this through their own books.”

Hojatoleslam Rouzbahani, stating that the founders of the Baha’i Faith claimed to be prophets and to be God, said, “Ali Muhammad Shirazi and Husayn Ali Nuri claimed prophethood and that they were God. Ali Muhammad Shirazi first called himself the Gate to Lord of the Age, then the Lord of the Age, and later on called himself God.”

Hojatoleslam Rouzbahani stated, “The Baha’is once considered the existence of a miracle necessary for proof of prophethood and at another time denied it, and in fact there is nothing in the discussion of the miracle except contradiction and confusion in the Baha’i Faith.”

He continued, “The Baha’i Faith is a sect, and the sect is a static society from which the power of thought has been taken away; it has given its authority to a specific group and individual. The Baha’is also have an organization called the House of Justice, and no writings or articles may be published without the permission of the House of Justice.”

In the end, the director of the Perverse Sects Group of the Theology and Religions Centre at the Qom School of Theology noted, “I say with complete confidence that the Baha’is were prescribed by the colonial world for the Shiite land of Iran, and it has never been able to find a place among the Iranians.”