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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:] 31 Tir 1386 [22 July 2007]

 

Sarvestan Friday Prayer Leader Warns Against the Expansion of Dervishes and Baha’i Activities

Political and Social Group – The Sarvestan Friday prayer leader warned, “Strong financial support for Dervishes and Baha’ism has led to the expansion of their activities in Sarvestan, Fars Province.”

According to the Fars branch of the Quran News Agency (IQNA), Hojatoleslam Bahraini, the Friday prayer leader of Sarvestan, Fars, in a meeting with the advisor to the governor general of Fars on clerical affairs, called for confronting the activities of deviant sects.

In explaining the problems of this city, he said, “Currently, the most important problem of Sarvestan is the activity of Baha’ism and Dervishes.”

He said, “These groups have had a great impact on the youth by organizing weekly meetings and face-to-face propaganda, and now their meetings are warmly received.”

The Friday prayer leader of Sarvestan mentioned the main activity of Baha’ism in the two villages of this city, saying, “This perverse sect has established a place of worship and is engaged in extensive activities in one of the villages of this city.”

Hojatoleslam Bahraini added, “In order to prevent the activities of this perverse sect in this village, the leaders have promised to destroy this place of worship; unfortunately, due to the lack of support from the authorities, it did not work and they are still active.”

He said that the most important reason for the success of Baha’ism and Dervishes in this city, in addition to their extensive activities, is the weakness of cultural work, the lack of law enforcement and the lack of a minimum budget in this regard. He said, “If a branch of the Islamic propaganda office is established in this city, it will greatly contribute to cultural issues.”