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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:] Islamic Revolution Document Center
[Date:] 30 Farvardin 1396 [19 April 2017]
The Struggles of the Clergy and the People of Shahr-e Rey Against the Baha’i Sect
Islamic Revolution Documentation Center website – Babi and Baha’i groups are among the religious sects that were created by the colonialists in order to create deviations in the original and pure Islamic thought and to fight against the institution of authority and clergy, which is always in conflict with the domination and command of foreigners over the land and destiny of Islamic society in Iran. The sedition of the Bab and Baha’u’llah is one of the important conspiracies that were designed by the colonial centres from the middle of the Qajar period with the aim of harming Islam, and especially Shiism.
Hojatoleslam Zamani, one of the old clerics living in Shahr-e Rey, was one of those who, seeing the expansion of Baha’i activities and their propaganda where the presence of clerics was low, in places such as the villages around Shahr-e Rey, [started] confronting this belief and performed effective and remarkable measures in this field. He once observed Mr. Naser Sadri, who had an office in Shahr-e Rey and had gone to a wedding ceremony in one of the settlements around Shahr-e Rey, where Mr. Sadri often mentioned the name of the Lord of the Age. When they were going out, [Hojatoleslam Zamani] asked, “Why has Mr. Sadri emphasized mentioning the name of the Lord of the Age so much?” And he was told, “The father was a Baha’i but the girl is a Muslim. In this family there are three religions. The mother is of Ali-o-allahi, the father is a Baha’i, and their daughter is Muslim, or wandering.” I thought to myself, why has this situation arisen here, even though it is close to Tehran and there are so many pulpits?
Hojatoleslam Zamani describes the course of these actions as follows:
“In Hasanabad, which is located on the other side of the shrine of Abol-Hasan, there were five landlords, four of whom were Baha’is and one a Muslim. We asked the foreman there if it was possible to get a piece of land in this village to build a mosque or a hall for holding meetings. He said, ‘One of the landlords was a Muslim who died and his wife is abroad now. I will tell her when she comes back.’ I said, ‘If she comes, let us know so that we can go and get a piece of land from her.’ One day the foreman came and said that the landlord’s wife had come, and I went to her and told her the story. She had a piece of land outside the fortress, which was [used as] storage for straw, and she said, ‘Take this and build a mosque.’ It was over three hundred square metres. We asked her to write it down, and she did. We built a mosque, which became a good mosque. Mr. Alavi, one of the [descendants of the Holy Family], who was one of our comrades, agreed to be the prayer leader there. We named the mosque Hojjatieh for appearance only.
“In Hasanabad, there was a public bath, used by both Muslims and Baha’is. Once when the weather was cold, we went there to perform ablution and observed all the Baha’is coming and washing their feet in that water. We created a special separate place for the Muslims and then we went from village to village, penniless.”
Source: The book “Islamic Revolution in Shahr-e Rey (Volume One)”
Islamic Revolution Documentation Center