[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:] Digarban

[Date:] 11 Esfand 1392 [2 March 2014]

 

Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi:

The Equality of the [rights of] Baha’is with the Muslims, is Contrary to Islam

Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi announced that considering citizenship rights for the Baha'is and Jews to be equal with those of Muslims is against Islam and the constitution”.

Mr. Mesbah Yazdi announced this at a meeting with a group of students studying to be clergy on 28 Bahman [17 February]. The text of his speech was posted on his personal website on 6 Esfand [25 February].

He said, “Western human and citizenship rights, when defined as equality between Muslims and Baha’is, have no connection with Islam.” He continued, “The human rights and citizenship rights as defined in the West are absolutely against the spirit of Islam and the constitution, and the movement of Imam Khomeini.” 

Mesbah Yazdi added, “Islam never considers a Jew and a Muslim as equal. Although it considers some rights for a Jew, this does not mean they are equal in all rights.”

This member of the Council of Experts said, “If a number of people come and pose the question of citizens’ rights and call for equality for all—such as a Baha’i, a Jew, and a Muslim—this is going back to the past and is not acceptable.” Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi indirectly said that people who pose this question and follow up on it have “studied” in Britain’s universities.

Hasan Rouhani, the president of Iran, studied at a university in Britain. It seems Mesbah Yazdi was referring to him and several members of the 11th government. 

In another part of his speech, the head of the Imam Khomeini Institute pointed to the struggles during the Pahlavi regime, and, referring to the events before 1357 [1978 – 1979] gave Rouhani’s government provocative warnings to ponder. 

He said, “Should a government’s behaviour reach a point where, according to the people of insight, this behaviour [would] be considered against Islam and aim at weakening the religion, there would be no room left for recant and one must fight it forcibly. Mesbah Yazdi emphasized that even if hundreds of thousands were to be killed in this path, there would be no problem, because “There is no cause more sacred than religion.”