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


[Adapted from website:] Kayhan Newspaper

[Date:] 1 Mordad 1387 [22 July 2008]


(Special News)

Excommunication with [Expulsion of] the Baha’i Zionist Party by Sheikh al-Azhar

Sheikh al-Azhar of Egypt called Baha’ism a poisonous, misguided group, whose venom should not be spread in Islamic societies.

In stating this [opinion], Sheikh Mohammad Seyyed al-Tantawy added that Baha’ism is completely against the religion of Islam and no one is allowed to recognize it as a religion; otherwise, in our view, this action means leaving the religion of Islam and the teachings of all the holy religions.

Al-Tantawy stressed that the word Baha’i should not be allowed to appear on the identity card of anyone who identifies himself as a Baha’i, as this would mean acknowledging Baha’ism as a religion.

Al-Tantawy Sheikh al-Azhar, citing the 1986 fatwa of the late Sheikh al-Azhar Ali Jadd al- Haqq, went on to point out the Zionist nature of Baha’ism; he said that the Baha’is, unlike Muslims, have designated their point of adoration (qiblih) as the occupied Palestinian City of ‘Akka instead of the Ka’bah.