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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:] Saheb News

[Date:] 13 Mordad 1394 [4 August 2015]

 

On the [Occasion] of the Anniversary of the Death of Haj Agha Mohammad Motavassel-Arani;

Enlightenment of the Struggle Against the Baha’i Sect in Aran and Bidgol

Haj Agha Motavassel resisted the Baha’i teachers to the point where one of them had told him that if Mr. Motavassel would stop preaching against [them] and leave the scene, more than half of the people would become Baha’is.

Haj Agha Mohammad Motavassel-Arani, son of Molla Mohammad-Hasan, a descendant of Molla Mohammad-Hasan Daie-Arani, was born in Aran in 1264 [1885/1886]. Agha Mohammad lost his father in his youth and dropped out of school to earn a living and take care of his mother, brother and sisters, and turned to the seasonings and spice profession and the sale of plants and industrial and medicinal seeds.

Due to his reputation for trustworthiness and familiarity with the religious laws and related issues, Ayatollah Ameli-Arani, placed a turban on his head and ordered him to offer prayers in the Molla-Shokrollah Mosque, Aran, and introduce people to religious duties. He held congregations in this mosque for more than 10 years.

Among his religious services was the fight against Baha’i teachers in the region. The clerics of Islam, the late Mohammad-Sadegh Sheidaian and the late Azizollah Shakouri-Arani, have said, “When the Baha’is were having extensive activities in Aran, deceiving the trusting, naive, and weak in faith by giving them money and food, Mr. Motavassel preached to the allured in a gentle way.”

Haj Agha Motavassel resisted the Baha’i teachers to the point where one of them had told him that if Mr. Motavassel would stop preaching against [them] and leave the scene, more than half of the people would become Baha’is.

Mr. Motavassel left Aran for Qom in the last years of his life. He rushed to his everlasting abode on 9 Azar 1351 [30 November 1972].