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[Adapted from website:] International Quran News Agency (IQNA)

[Date:] 28 Mordad 1396 [19 August 2017]

 

A Virtual Training Course on Baha’i Critique is Held for Students of the Seminary

Schools of Theology – The person in charge of holding the training course on Wahhabism and its critique said, “The fourth virtual course on Wahhabism and its critique will be held by the General Directorate of Sects and Religions of the seminary.”

In an interview with the International Quran News Agency (IQNA), Hojatoleslam Abdulghader Homayoun, [who is] in charge of holding a Wahhabism training course and its critique, said, “The course mentioned is the fourth sequence that will be held virtually, solely for the students of the School of Theology to recognize and critique Baha’ism.

Homayoun continued, “[This] course is the seventh sequence that will be held by the General Directorate of Sects and Religions of the seminary, because, in the past, courses were held in the field of critique of Zoroastrianism, Christianity, ancient religions, etc.

The person in charge of holding this course stated, “Registration of those interested in attending this virtual course is possible until 28 Mordad [19 August]. The course will be presented in the form of four research units and three theoretical courses at the beginning of Shahrivar [August].

In response to the question as to why the issue of Baha’ism is on the agenda, he stated that the mentioned period is a completely practical and useful period for propaganda. He said, “In addition to the practical aspect of the propaganda debate, because other topics were discussed in previous courses, this course was re-assigned to Baha’ism in continuation of the previous three courses. Students should become more familiar with this deviant trend while the international efforts of this group are intense, especially in human rights issues.

Homayoun said, “Those interested in registering can call 09391953955.”

It should be noted that the completion of the sixth grade of long-term seminaries or passing 150 courses of ambassadors’ seminaries (for brothers), the completion of level 2 (for sisters) and having high-speed-internet and a computer system are among the conditions for attending this course.

Also, the possibility of long-term migration, the opportunity to participate in advanced courses and research projects, the possibility of membership in the online advertising plan and a certificate of completion of the course approved by the seminaries (equivalent to four courses) [are some] of the benefits of participating in this course.