[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:] Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly

[Date:] 24 Khordad 1395 [13 June 2016]


Baha’ism Cognition Textbook

A Collection of Discussions on The History and Beliefs of Baha’is, Along With Its Challenges to Islam

More than a century and a half has passed since the emergence of a religion founded by Mirza [sic] Ali Muhammad Shirazi (the Bab), a religion which, not having reached its maturity, was impregnated by another religion, called Baha’ism.

From the very beginning of the emergence of Babism and Baha’ism, the writing of analytical and critical books on their beliefs was on the agenda of Muslim scholars. Imami Shiite clergymen and even Sunnis wrote anti-Babi and Baha’i books. Perhaps the book by the late Molla Habibollah Kashani could be considered as one of the first theological works rejecting Babism, and hundreds of books and articles have been written in this field.

At the end of the book, a separate chapter is devoted to introducing the most important Baha’i sources, so that the religious students, propagators and students who are interested in research in this field can research and study in order to gain more familiarity and command, and not be content with second-hand sources. To encourage the researchers to search and study more, a list of useful and relevant books or websites is provided at the end of each chapter.

By using firsthand Baha’i sources, as well as non-Baha’i sources, this book attempts to scientifically examine the most important historical, doctrinal, political, and sectarian issues, [as well as the Baha’i] governing style, Baha’i commandments, and dozens of other issues. Also, the most important [differences] between Baha’ism and Islam, especially in two areas of Mahdism [emergence of the Twelfth Imam] and the finality [of the Prophet of Islam], have been considered in detail.

In this way, the reader will be briefly acquainted with the history, doctrinal belief, doubts and arguments of Baha’is with the Muslims.

Bibliographic Information

This 335-page book, written by Dr. Hossein Rahnamaei, a member of the faculty of the University of Tehran, has been published by Gooy Publishing. The first edition was published in 1395 [2017] in 1,000 copies at the price of 25,000 tomans Also, two copies of this book, with registration numbers 547971 and 547972, are available in Library No. 1 of the Islamic Consultative Assembly for the use of esteemed visitors.