[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:] Yazd Farda

[Date:] 4 Khordad 1393 [25 May 2014]

 

The issue of Baha’ism and Wahhabism Was Discussed at the Meeting of the Electricity Distribution [Company] Righteous Circles

On the occasion of the anniversary of the liberation of Khorramshahr, a meeting of the Yazd Electricity Distribution [Company] Righteous Circles was held, to explain the philosophy of Baha’ism and Wahhabism.

According to the public relations office of Yazd Electricity Distribution Company, Gholam-Reza Vokalaie, a lecturer at Yazd University, said at a meeting of the Righteous Circles, “Baha’ism and Wahhabism are Zionist conspiracies for the dissolution of Islamic thought, and these extremists have caused great damage to the body of Islam.”

Calling for insight and awareness of deviant currents, he said, “Colonialism, with its conspiracies, spread Baha’ism and Wahhabism for the dissolution of Islamic thought from within.”

Vokalaie listed Freemasonry, Satanism, Sufism, Baha’ism, and Wahhabism as deviant thoughts led by Israel and Zionism, and said, “To avoid falling into the traps of these sects, it is necessary to have respect for the Household of the Prophet, participate in the gatherings of these nobles, and to study and inform family and friends.”

He added, “There are two duties upon us Muslims ― ‘to be aware, and to inform others’ of deviant thoughts.”

Vokalaie, with the miraculous news of the Prophet, in promising the coming of the Imam of the Age, [said that he] considered the issue of the Seal of the Prophet and the emergence of these sects a good reason to reject the deviant currents of Wahhabism and Baha’ism.