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[Personal information has been redacted.]

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

 

[Newspaper:] Kayhan Havai

[Date:] Wednesday, 7 Ordibehesht 1373 [27 April 1994]

[Issue No:] 1078

[Page:] 9

 

Baha’is strive to prove their religious identity

Tehran –Kayhan Havai News Agency, 3 Ordibehesht 1373 [23 April 1994]

In the wake of the Western political and press circle’s false reports regarding the violation of the rights of the religious minorities in Iran, there have recently been a series of articles published in the foreign journals indicating the violation of the rights of the Zoroastrian minorities in Iran, where the hidden hands of the Baha’i sect groups in England are clearly visible.

These articles, with the fake Zoroastrian names of Nimrouz and Payam, are published in the Times of London. They have been prepared with the same stereotypical themes and contents of the Western media against Iran, and in them, Iran has been accused of mistreating Zoroastrians.

The purpose of such articles—in the opinion of the opposition—which are written by the Baha’i institutions in Britain, is to make this perverse sect known, as a recognized religious minority in Iran. Since Baha’is are not recognized as a religious minority [in Iran], they are striving by hiding behind the other religious minorities, to prove their religious identity.

The Zoroastrian Society in London, in reaction to the grudges of the Baha’is towards Iran, while denying these articles, stated that Baha’ism, by publishing these articles, is trying to tarnish the good relationship of the Islamic Republic with the Zoroastrians. 

It is said in the assemblies of Iran’s religious minorities that Baha’i leaders, in order to attract the  support of the so-called human rights communities, pretend to defend the rights of the religious minorities in Iran, but their purpose is to present themselves as a sect of faith in line with the followers of other divine religions.

While taking this type of action, [they] reflect the fact that they, too, are aware of the non-religiousness of the Baha’i sect and in this way try to [establish for] themselves a divine religious identity.