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[Adapted from website:] Rooykard Emrooz Professional News Site

[Date:] 7 Aban 1398 [29 October 2019]

 

Baha’ism Widespread Propaganda on the Pretext of the 200 Birthday of Ali Muhammad Shirazi (The Bab)

A few years ago, Baha’is celebrated the 200th birthday of Baha’u’llah, and it seems that these days, with the arrival of the birthday anniversary of Ali Muhammad Shirazi, they intend to hold elaborate celebrations in various countries, with a wider ceremony, which is underway.

Rooykard Emrooz – Some foreign channels and social networks related to Baha’is are filled with propaganda. They have been waiting for weeks―perhaps months―to celebrate Seyyed Bab’s 200th birthday. This effort provides an adequate opportunity and favourable conditions for the widespread propaganda of Baha’ism. Under the pretext of this widespread propaganda, we sat and listened to the words of Dr. Hossein Rahnamaei, a writer and researcher in the seminary of Baha’ism.

Dr. Rahnamaei has authored four books and several scholarly articles on Baha’ism. He believes that more should be said about the unrighteousness of this religion. The faculty member of the University of Tehran emphasized in this interview that the Baha’i cultural challenge has now become a security challenge.

What is the most important angle that Baha’ism has with the revolution?

From the beginning of Baha’ism, this religion was in conflict with the Shia community, and consequently with the clergy and part of the people, and there were many disputes before, during and after the constitution between the Babis and then the Baha’is with ordinary people and elites;  there is no opportunity to talk about it now. But what can be mentioned about your question―and it can be said that one of the main reasons for the beginning of Imam Khomeini’s movement and the rooting of the Islamic Revolution―was Baha’ism and the influence of the Baha’is in the Pahlavi court, the imperial army and important economic and political channels of the country.

Many scholars and marja-i-taqlid [sources of religious authority], including Ayatollah Borujerdi and Imam Khomeini, expressed their opposition in various ways to the Baha’i influence at the highest levels of power in the Iranian monarchy. The protest against the presence and influence of Baha’ism, along with other problems that the clergy had with the Shah’s political measures, led to the movement of 15 Khordad [5 June] and the deportation of the imam. Therefore, historically, there is an implication in examining the Baha’i confrontation with the Islamic Revolution and the Islamic Republic.

Especially note that Baha’ism is a propaganda religion, not an isolationist one. Baha’is are obliged to promote and add new people to their religion. For this reason, their programme of multi-year plans to change the religion of the Iranians was not unexpected; for this reason, the clergy felt threatened.

In which countries are Baha’is most concentrated?

If we look at the population range, most of their claims are in India, the United States, Vietnam, Australia and several other countries.

What is the official and main condition for accepting a person into Baha’ism?

The condition for becoming a Baha’i is not just to say certain things (such as testimonies in Islam) or to attend a special ceremony (such as baptism in Christianity) or to accept the teachings of Baha’ism, but the newcomer must also register with the official Baha’i office.

Baha’is have been campaigning extensively recently under the pretext of the Bab’s 200 birthday; explain a little about it.

Baha’is celebrated Baha’u’llah’s 200th birthday a few years ago, and it seems that these days, as the birth anniversary of Ali Muhammad Shirazi approaches, they intend to hold elaborate celebrations in various countries, given the experience of holding the 200th anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s birthday, with a wider dimension. They have used this event as an excuse to introduce themselves to the world. In almost majority of the countries, there have been meetings and ceremonies. During their ceremonies, under the pretext of doing it [celebrating], they do not shy away from propaganda activities against the regime. Although this was not noticed in the local media, there is no reason for us to remain unaware of it.