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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:] Shia News Agency

[Date:] 18 Tir 1397 [9 July 2018]

 

Re-reading the Negotiation of the Grand Ayatollahs Qomi and Shirazi About the Centres of Baha’i Activity

On Tuesday, 15 Esfand 1357 [6 March 1979], the Khorasan newspaper published a report on the meeting between the great ayatollahs, Seyyed Hassan Qomi and Seyyed Abdullah Shirazi, in which the two Shiite marja‘-i-taqlid[1] addressed the issue of the Baha’i sect and the way of dealing with them.

According to Shia News Agency, the Khorasan newspaper published a report on Tuesday, 15 Esfand 1357 [6 March 1979], of a meeting between the great ayatollahs, Seyyed Hassan Qomi and Seyyed Abdullah Shirazi, in which the two Shiite marja‘-i-taqlid addressed the Baha’i sect and the way to deal with them.

The report states:

Yesterday, two high-ranking Shiite authorities met in Mashhad. In this meeting, many issues and problems of the region were discussed and views were exchanged. The spokesman of the house of Grand Ayatollah Shirazi announced that last night Grand Ayatollah Qomi, together with his esteemed son, had visited his house. In this meeting, which was also attended by a group of scholars and clerics, the high authorities agreed on occupying the centres of the Baha’i sect’s activity, obtaining the important documents which reveal their plans and conspiracies to oppose the revolution and the original movement of the Muslim nation. They considered such action to be one of the duties of the Islamic movement that will be satisfied by the Lord of the Age.

Grand Ayatollah Qomi said that Baha’ism had always played the role of spy for Britain, Russia, Israel and the United States, and that its cooperation with Zionism is quite clear. Grand Ayatollah Shirazi said, “As I have already agreed with this action, we now consider it one of the positive things to capture Baha’i centres of activity and access their plans and relations with foreign agents and foreigners. However, we do not consider it correct to attack their members, and in principle there has never been any intention to harass the Baha’is.”

Other important issues were also discussed during the talks.

Source: Shafaqna

 

[1] [Marja‘-i-Taqlid: Religious Jurisprudence Authority]