[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:] Hazrat Zeinab Theological School

[Date:] 31 Ordibehesht 1393 [21 May 2014]

 

The Holy Quran Criticism on Emerging Sects

This morning, a series of meetings was held on the Holy Quran criticism of emerging sects in the presence of Professor Mrs. Javaheri at the seminary of Hazrat Zeinab Theological School, peace be upon her.

The following is a summary of her speech:

Introduction to the Sect of Sheikhism:

[She began by introducing] Seyyed Muhammad Shirazi, [who] adapted [his teachings] from [the work of] Ahmad Ahsai, the founder of Sheikhism. [She said,] “At the beginning of his work in Bushehr, [he] introduced himself as the Imam of the Age, then he claimed to be a prophet and considered the time of Islam to be over. He wrote a book with the title of ‘Bayan’, and considered himself superior to all the Prophets. He eventually went further, giving himself the status of divinity and the manifestation of the Lord.”

Introduction to the Baha’i sect, which branched from Babism and was led by Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri, known as Baha’u’llah:

[She said,] “Baha’u’llah, during the drafting of his will, proclaimed his brother, ‘the Eternal Morning’, as his successor, but in the end a conflict broke out between the two brothers, leading to the separation of the Azalis from the Baha’is. The result of these differences was that the Azalis did not last long, but the Baha’is started their work through Baha’u’llah, and after his death [it was continued] by his son, Abbas Effendi, or ‘Abdu’l-Baha.’”

[Professor Javaheri continued,] “Among the actions of Abbas Effendi was the spread of this sect in European and American countries, the support of Israel and the creation of a place called the House of Justice as the source of the sect’s organizations, along with the slogan ‘Great compassion and great mercy.’

“Most of our mystical classes end in Baha’ism. His grandson on his daughter’s side, Shoghi Rabbani, became his successor. The number of Baha’is in the world is now five million. According to the Baha’is, the writings of the Bab, Abdu’l-Baha and Shoghi Rabbani are considered as sacred.”