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

 

[Newspaper:] Resalat

[Date:] Thursday 14 Esfand 1365 - 4 Rajab 1407 - [5 March 1987]

[Issue No.:] 338

[Page:] 10

 

Now, in recognition of the anniversary of the martyrdom-like passing of Ayatollah Rabbani-Shirazi, who was one of the well-known contemporary religious clerics, we arranged for an interview with the son of the deceased, Mohammad-Ali Rabbani-Shirazi, as follows: …

…Resalat [reporter]: When did the late Ayatollah Rabbani enter the political and resistance arenas?

The late Rabbani believed early on in his religious studies that religion is not separate from politics and that politics are the same as religion. Therefore, at the time when the sects of Baha’ism, Shaykhism, and Sufism were engaged in extensive activity and propaganda in Fars, Ayatollah Rabbani-Shirazi believed that these sects were related to outside powers, particularly to the United Kingdom, and were created and developed by the enemies of Islam, and that, therefore, we must cut off their access to the Fars Province.  At every opportunity, he would go to Abadeh and Sarvestan and other towns, and he would familiarize the people with Islamic beliefs and present severe opposition to these sects, to the point where the people, at the instruction of the late Rabbani-Shirazi, killed one of the leaders of the Baha’i sect in Sarvestan, and ultimately sixty to seventy Baha’is converted to become Muslims.  This action resulted in the imprisonment of the late Rabbani, who was no more than about twenty-two years old.  Later, he was released as a result of the intercession of the late Ayatollah Agha Seyyed Noureddin (May he be in God’s paradise) and some other authorities with the Governor of Fars.  Thereafter, he was prohibited from preaching.