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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Shabestan News Agency
[Date:] 6 Dey 1394 [27 December 2015]
From the Specialized Mahdism Centre;
The textbook “Deviant Sects (Sheikhism, Babism and Baha’ism)” was published
Shabestan News Agency – The textbook “Deviant Sects (Sheikhism, Babism and Baha’ism)”, including descriptions of sects, claims and new specialized critiques of their beliefs and claims, was published by a group of authors of the critique group of the Mahdism Centre.
According to the report of the Mahdism Seminary of the Shabestan News Agency, the textbook “Deviant Sects (Sheikhism, Babism and Baha’ism)” was published by a group of authors of the critique group of the Mahdism Centre.
The draft of the original textbook included descriptions of sects, claims, and new specialized critiques of their beliefs and claims, which took about four years to shed light on some of the cults that have had an impact on the section of the population in the last two centuries with their wrong elucidations, as well as false interpretations of the verses of the Quran, which have caused many ideological and practical problems in the field of culture of Mahdism.
Among the advantages of this text book are [references] to the main sources of sects in their descriptions and claims and more focus on new critiques of sects’ beliefs in their theological issues, utilizing old and new works written in the critique of these sects and examining the latest claims and developments that have taken place in their beliefs (especially Baha’ism).
In a part of the publisher’s introduction, written by Hojatoleslam Mehdi Yousefian, research assistant of Specialized Mahdism Centre, [we find]:
The need for scientific and up-to-date attention to the consequences of the doctrine of Mahdism in accordance with the current situation; the need for damage-detection study in the field of approach to the doctrine of Mahdism, in order to explain the correct presentation and rational defence of Mahdism; removing the imaginary and hollow veils from the sacred realm of this idea, and fighting the deviant currents are some of the missions of the Specialized Centre on Mahdism.
The Specialized Centre on Mahdism started its scientific and cultural activities two decades ago in order to scientifically and professionally explain the issues related to Mahdism, based on the supreme leader’s instructions on the importance of scientific work on the subject of Mahdism and the fight against deviant currents. In this regard, a special research group [called] “critique of sects and the investigation of the harms of Mahdism” was formed in the Specialized Centre on Mahdism.
In general, given that deviant sects have much in common in terms of deviant beliefs and tactics, this text is also useful for recognizing and criticizing similar sects.
It is worth mentioning that those interested can refer to the Specialized Mahdism Centre of the publishing house located in Qom - Safaieh St. - Amar Alley (22) or by calling 02537737801 to obtain the book.