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[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:] Rasa News Agency

[Date:] 2 Esfand 1395 [20 February 2017]

 

Hojatoleslam Arab: False Mysticism is Being Promoted in the Country Through Social Services and Discourse Building.

In an interview with Rasa News Agency, regarding the main plan of the enemy to infiltrate in three ways, Hojatoleslam Hosein Arab, director of the Institute of Behdashte Manavi [Spiritual Health], said that the first issue is economic; second is the issue of disagreements between officials and people, and the third issue is the influence of belief.

He said, “Today, in the name of social services in this country, they work on the beliefs of young people; for example, in promoting Baha’ism, they work in the form of social services in deprived areas, and after a period of performance on emotional stimulation, they raise [their] deviant doctrinal issues, and attract their audience through an emotional atmosphere...”

He called the sending of jihadi (religious fighting) groups to the deprived areas as antidote to the promotion of false mysticism. He said, “Holding scientific meetings to criticize the Baha’i sect cannot be effective in preventing this sect because the person who is attracted to Baha’ism has entered this process by receiving social services in an emotional atmosphere, and [we have to] attract people in the same way.”

Preventive enlightenment must be used against false mysticism.