[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:] Shafaqna

[Date:] 12 Shahrivar 1391 [2 September 2012]

 

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood deputy leader emphasizes Baha’i infidelity

The deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has considered as criminal the petition of an Egyptian lawyer, calling for the participation of Baha’is in the founding of the new Egyptian constitution.

According to the report from the Shafaqna translation service, Dr. Rashad al-Bayoumi, the deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, in an interview with the country’s Al-Muhit website, said, “The petition of the Egyptian lawyer for participation of the religious minorities of the country among all the founders of the new Egyptian constitution is a crime.”

Dr. Rashad al-Bayoumi emphasized that the petition of the Egyptian lawyer for the participation of the representative of the Baha’is among all the founders of the new Egyptian constitution is a crime because “the followers of this group are, in fact, infidels.”

The deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood said, “We agree with the participation of Christians in the community of founders of the new Egyptian constitution because the followers of Christ [belong to] one of the three religions with the scriptures, but the Baha’is and the followers of other groups are infidels and their participation in the community of founders of the new constitution is not acceptable.”

An Egyptian lawyer named Ali Ayyoub, director of the centre for defending ethnic rights, has complained to the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt and the speakers of the People’s National Assembly (Al-Sha’ab), calling for the participation of representatives of various ethnic and religious minorities, such as the Nubi, Amazigh or Berber and Baha’i, in the population of the founders of the new Egyptian constitution.

The Egyptian Administrative Court is scheduled to hear the petition of the director of the Centre for the Defence of the Ethnic Rights of Ibn Ayyoub on the 16th of next month [October 2012].