[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[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:] Entekhab

[Date:] 17 Esfand 1391 [7 March 2013]

 

Mesbah Yazdi: Iranianism is the motto of the Baha’is

A member of the Assembly of Experts for Leadership emphasized, “Being an Iranian should never replace Islam. Iranianism is a slogan that the Baha’is also used, and this is not an honour. We must know that nothing in the world is comparable to Islam, and everything is the sacrifice of Islam, and everything grows in the light of Islam” …

Mesbah Yazdi, emphasizing that this group of people should know that we are followers of the theory and thought that the imam has taught us, said, The imam says that if the president elected by the people is not installed by the supreme leader, he is Taghut (Satan), and obedience to him is forbidden…

A member of the Assembly of Expertise for Leadership emphasized, “Being Iranian should never replace Islam. Iranianism is a slogan that the Baha’is also used, and this is not an honour. We must know that nothing in the world is comparable to Islam, and everything is the sacrifice of Islam, and everything grows in the light of Islam.”

He added, “If someone says that the era of Islamism is over, tomorrow he will say that the era of godliness and morality is also over. Do not the humanists and relativists say it now? One day they say homosexuality is good and the next day they may say it is bad” …

Addressing the audience, he said, “Be careful not to say wrong things, do not let them come and say that we are talking about a righteous government and then raise the matter of the president of Venezuela. In one word, we believe in Islam, Islamic rules, and in practice, we are the followers of the deputies of the Imam of the Age, who is the supreme leader.”

He continued, “The first duty towards God’s help to our society is the originality of Islam. Islam is what God and the Prophet explained. Other interpretations are of the devil and they want to lead us astray.”