[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[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:] Shabestan News Agency

[Date:] 26 Aban 1387 [16 November 2008]

 

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The Goal of the Perverse Sect is to Deviate Shiites and Sunnis from the Prophetic Tradition and Mahdism.

Provinces – The head of the Islamic Development Office of the City of Sarpol-e Zahab considered the sects of heresy to be one of the factors of Zionism in diverting Muslims from Mahdavi beliefs and the Prophetic tradition.

According to the Shabestan News Agency from Kermanshah, on the occasion of Basij Week, a meeting was held with the presence of Basijis yesterday, 25 Aban [15 November], at the Basij Corps in Sarpol-e Zahab City.

Hojatoleslam Hojatollah Fazeli, head of the Islamic Development Office in the City of Sarpol-e Zahab, referring to the enemies’ tactics for diminishing the name of Islam in the world, said, “Wahhabism and Baha’ism are supported by Zionism and we must all face it vigilantly and confront them wisely.”

He pointed to the effective role of the Basijis in thwarting the conspiracies of the enemy, and added, “It is the duty of every Muslim to study and find out how the perverse Baha’i sect and Wahhabism came into being.”

Hojatoleslam Fazeli said, “Both of these sects are made by the hands of arrogant power who have been trained in Islamic countries to fight against Islam.”

The head of the Islamic Development Office in Sarpol-e Zahab City added, “Baha’ism came into being in the form of distorting the beliefs of Mahdism among Shiites and Wahhabism, with the aim of limiting the prophetic tradition among the Sunnis.” He added, “In the past, Baha’ism was supported by Russian tsardom and Wahhabism by Great Britain, and in recent years both have been supported by the occupying Zionist regime.”