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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Iran

[Date:] Thursday, 26 Dey 1387 - 18 Muharram 1430- 15 January 2009

[Issue No.:] 4122

[Page:] 5

 

The Crisis of Incestuous Marriage in a Sect

Political Group - Seyyed Kazem Mousavi, a researcher of religious sects, referring to a girl’s recent complaint against her Baha’i father, who exposed the ruling on marrying a closely related person in Baha’ism, wrote, “In the Baha’i teachings, there is a teaching that is in opposition to and inconsistent with the teachings of mankind. The leaders of the organization, despite trying to prove otherwise, induce individuals to act contrary to the teachings of humanity.”

He added, “There have been some rumours in the media that a Baha’i adulterer has committed adultery with one of his immediate relatives. In order to determine the motives and grounds for the wrongdoer to commit such a heinous act, it is necessary to get acquainted with the basics of the Baha’i sect’s teachings on marriage.

In the orders of the Baha’i organization, marriage is obligatory, and its main purpose is the survival of the generation, which is mentioned by Mirza Husayn-Ali (Founder of the Baha’i sect) in the Book of Aqdas; or, as stated in one of the organizational orders imposed on the Baha’is by Israel, “The Baha’i Faith is aware of the importance of sexual relations and condemns unrestrained and irresponsible marriages without children and offspring.”

Since the main purpose of marriage in these teachings is to increase and expand the population in any way possible, such actions are not impossible in the Baha’i community. Since this sect is an organizational sect and has its own courts of law, the news of this is less likely to be leaked to the media. According to the order of the House of Justice dated 3 April 2007, referring the disputes of the believers to the governmental (judicial) authorities is prohibited and contrary to the interests of the organization. The resolution of disputes has been left to the organization, and they have also expressed the hope that disputes will be handled in such a way that there is no need to go to governmental courts; however, this does not mean that the implementation of laws that even the first humans turned away from and are enforced by some Baha’is should not be heard by the community from time to time. We can refer to the order of marriage with relatives, which is explicitly stated in the book of Hudud va Ahkam, where it is considered to be unimpeded until the goal is reached, which is to gain strength in terms of population.

In the teachings of the Baha’i sect, it is only the stepmother who is considered unlawful for Baha’is to marry; the rest, such as daughters, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc., are permitted to marry each other and have sexual intercourse!

In the treatise, Questions and Answers, Question 50 is asked about the legitimacy of marrying one’s relatives, to which Mirza Husayn-Ali replied, “These matters rest with the Trustees of the House of Justice.”

Following this, the message of the House of Justice of 15 January 1981 reads, “You have asked about the restrictions on marriage with relatives, except in the case where it prohibits marriage with the stepmother. The Supreme Body does not yet consider the situation appropriate for the adoption of additional laws regarding marriage with relatives, so the decision in this matter is now left to the faithful themselves.”

Assigning this ruling to the Baha’i community is, in fact, a confirmation and a kind of silence on the ruling, which shows that the concept of a definitive ruling in the Baha’i Teachings is in conflict with human principles. It is not common in any society to delegate such important matters to the people.

Unfortunately, today, we witness that with such laws, the Baha’i family is exposed to a very serious harm and insecurity; instead of experiencing positive concepts such as love, empathy, self-sacrifice, etc., the Baha’is in a family experience sexual violence by relatives and family members.

Now the question arises in the minds of every free man: What happens to the human rights of a woman in the Baha’i teachings who has been raped by her close relatives? If she pays attention to the orders of the House of Justice and refers the matter to the leaders of the organization, how can she gain her lost honour? Can justice, truth or humanity be reached on this account? Given the entry into the 21st century and the spread of human knowledge in medicine, do the leaders of the organization still need time to reach a reasonable conclusion?

This goes back to the results of the Baha’is who, without prejudice, pay attention to the fabricated laws of the leaders of the organization, and grasp the absurdity of this hellish and evil organization.