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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The Supreme Jurisprudential Authorities of the Islamic World,

We are respectfully informing you that in one of the cities around Shiraz, the perverse Baha’i sect has been active, and, unfortunately, some uninformed Muslims associate with them; therefore, we are seeking the opinion of you nobles regarding the following cases, in order to inform the public. 

With the hope of eradicating all the enemies of the Ahl al-Bayt (PBUT) and especially the enemies of the precious existence of the Imam Zaman [The Lord of the Age] (PBUH)

1- Marriage to Baha’is: What is the ruling regarding the (marriage of a Baha’i girl to a Muslim boy and the marriage of a Muslim girl to a Baha’i boy)?

2- What is the ruling regarding trade and negotiations with Baha’i people?

3- What is your opinion about shaking hands with Baha’is and kissing them?

4- What is the ruling for eating food at the homes of Baha’i or from the hand of a Baha’i?

5- What is the ruling on drinking water and eating food from a vessel from which a Baha’is has drunk or eaten food?

6- What is the ruling on going to Baha’i celebrations and weddings or funerals under the pretext of being [acquainted] with them?

7- What is the ruling on a Baha’i working (as a construction worker, etc.) for a Muslim, or a Muslim for a Baha’i?

8- Are Baha’is infidels and najis[1]?


The response of the jurisprudential authorities regarding the above questions.

1- His Holiness Ayatollah Khamenei


Islamic Republic of Iran

Date: ---

Number: 014255

In the Name of God

All members of the perverse Baha’i sect are condemned by blasphemy and najasat[2], and food and other things that have been in contact with them through rotubat-i-musri[3] should be avoided. It is incumbent upon believers to confront the deceit and corruption of this misguided sect.


The Office of Ayatollah Khamenei, may his exalted shadow be everlasting

Department of fatwas[4]



2- His Holiness Ayatollah Behjat

In the Name of God

They are najis, and association with them should be avoided.

[Stamp of the Office of Ayatollah Behjat – fatwa section]


3- His Holiness Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

In the Name of God

Any association, communication, visiting, travel, marriage, trade, and any other association with members of the perverse Baha’i sect is forbidden, and Muslims should strictly refrain from it.

The people of the heretical sect are considered to be among the Muslims who have exited the religion and any relationship with them is forbidden.

[His Stamp]

Date: 7 Mordad 1387 [28 July 2008]

Number: 15582

Subject: Istifta[5]



[1] [Najis:  Ritually impure/unclean]

[2] [Najasat” (pl. Najis) means uncleanliness, impurity]

[3] [Rotubat-i-musri:  A kind of contaminated moisture that is transmitted from an unclean substance, body or object to another.]

[4] [Fatwa:  A legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader]

[5] [Istifta:  Asking for religious decree]