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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:] International Quran News Agency (IQNA)

[Date:] 4 Mordad 1389 [26 July 2010]

 

Special Conference on “Baha’ism; the Past, the Present, the Future” Was Held at the Taliyah Zohour [Prelude to Emergence] Exhibition

According to the Qom Branch of the Quran News Agency of Iran (IQNA), Hojatoleslam Ahmad Haj-Gholi, of the seminary researchers and teachers, referring to the history of the formation of Baha’i thought in the world and Iran, said, “During the Qajar period, and especially during the Iran-Russia war, the matter of Mahdism reached its peak.”

He added, “Since the colonization of Russia, Britain, and later the United States and Israel, supported the formation and expansion of Baha’ism in the world, this sect was able to grow into an international party that currently operates in various fields.”

Hojatoleslam Haj-Gholi added, “Currently, according to the news published by the Baha’is themselves, they have National Assemblies in more than 182 countries as well as 12,000 Local Assemblies and explain their works and activities in the form of radio and satellite programmes in many living languages of the world.”

Emphasizing the tumultuous past of the Baha’is, he stated, “Contrary to the slogans of this sect, their past is full of turmoil and they have many murders and lootings in their history.”

He said, “The Baha’is, contrary to their slogans of peace, in the shadow of which they have forbidden religious uprising and have to hold fast to that which is good, and shun all evil, have created unfortunate events and catastrophes in many cases, including in the cities of Zanjan and Mazandaran.”

Referring to the Baha’i [attempt] in Iran during the Qajar period to assassinate Naser al-Din Shah, the seminary lecturer said, “Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri, who was the Baha’i leader at the time, survived with the support of Russia and was exiled to Russia.”

Emphasizing the Baha’i sect’s teachings of non-interference in politics and state affairs, he continued, “By infiltrating all of Iran’s affairs, including economics, culture and politics during the Pahlavi era, the Baha’is sought to establish a government and expand it from Iran to the world. Fortunately, the victory of the Iranian revolution dismantled this structure.”

He continued, “In the Baha’i criteria of the principle of whether being or not being Baha’i is participation in politics, if someone enters this field, he is no longer a Baha’i, but according to their actions this issue is just a slogan to deceive nations and governments.”

Hojatoleslam Haj-Gholi, emphasizing the deception of some religious people with the slogan of non-involvement of religious people in politics, stated, “This is just a slogan that is expressed with the intention of deceiving nations and governments as well as disarming them, and one should not be deceived.”

He pointed out, “The ultimate goal of the Baha’is, contrary to their claims that they do not seek to form a government, is the formation of a world government that they have chosen by following the example of Imam-i-Zaman [Lord of the Age], and intend to implement justice in the world.”

Emphasizing the Baha’is’ efforts to dominate the economies of Muslim countries, he said, “When the people of a country need others in economic affairs, they should follow their demands, and the Baha’is are looking for the same [situation].”

The seminary lecturer added, “Imitation is one of the issues emphasized in Shiism, which is forbidden in Baha’ism. [This claim is], of course, [contrary to] their practice, and the followers of this religion must follow the orders of the nine people who are elected.”