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May 22, 2016

Anti-Bahai demonstration in Qom ; coming of 12th Imam postponed

Gold News (Persian), May 21, 2016.

An anti-Bahai — and anti-Rafsanjani — demonstration was held in Qom after the noon prayers on Friday, May 20. The protest was a reaction to Faezeh Rafsanjani’s taboo-breaking meeting with Fariba Kamalabadi, one of the Bahai “Yaran,” who had been released on prison furlough. The crowd was demanding legal action against Ms. Rafsjaneh for socializing with a Bahai. They were equipped with slogans such as “Death to the traitor, death to the troublemaker,” “What price for defending Bahaism?” “We follow [Imam] Husayn, we will not be silent” and “Down with the monarchist troublemaker.” The report states that another slogan was “Hashemi, may your Bahai link be blessed,” but the photograph shows the slogan “Troublemaker, may your Bahai link be blessed.” “Troublemakers” is the term used in government media for those who questioned the outcome of the 2009 elections. In this context it is a reference to both Faezeh Rafsanjani and her pragmatic-conservative father, who campaigned against the populist incumbent, President Ahmadinejad.

Another report, on the Bahai site “Equality of men and women” states that Hojjat al-Islam Nekounam (حجت‌الاسلام نکونام), the representative of the Supreme Leader (Khamane’i) in the Province of Chaharmaqal and Bakhtiari, has said that the promotion and publicising of the Bahai Faith, for example when the Bahais meet with opposition figures, on flimsy excuses such as Bahais being ‘oppressed’ or in the defence of ‘human rights,’ will delay the coming of the Twelfth Imam. [In actual fact, the publicising of the Bahai Faith in Iran occurs almost entirely through the anti-Bahai propaganda of the government-sponsored media. ~ Sen]

However a very detailed report of what appears to be the same speech, on the government-controlled site Qatreh, abbreviates this part of the speech, saying that the delayed coming of the Twelfth Imam is due to the existence of “deviant thinking (تفکر انحرافی),” without mentioning the Bahai Faith. The report on “Equality of men and women” does not name its source.

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  1. So if you put pressure on Baha’is to convert to non deviant thinking, you can hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam? Now that’s a dangerous scenario.

    Comment by Maury Miloff — May 24, 2016 @ 20:44 | Reply

  2. The fanaticism in Islam continues to reaffirm and solidfy Islams’s suicidal and inevitable destruction–and such a beautiful Faith: wonderful balance in the pragmatic and spiritual dimensions of the Faith, and the Koran’s clarity, style, and spiritual inspiration leaves no doubt as to the génesis of the European Rennaisance, philosophically, artistically and intellectually.

    Comment by kenton dunbar — May 25, 2016 @ 15:49 | Reply

    • Islam will certainly survive this traumatic period. As Shoghi Effendi said of Christianity, “the pristine purity of its teachings, the primitive brilliancy of its light, will, no doubt, be reborn and revived as the inevitable consequence of this redefinition of its fundamental verities, and the clarification of its original purpose.” (The World Order of Baha’u’llah, p. 185)

      Political Islam has done tremendous damage, to the name of Islam and to the orthodox institutions of Muslim societies, but not so much to Sufism and its orders. They may be persecuted by some governments and vilified by the Salafi, but we know that such things cannot eradicate a faith, they strengthen it.

      Comment by Sen — May 26, 2016 @ 11:39 | Reply

  3. This attitude of hate towards Baha’is must stop. It is shameful and shows lack of respect for ones belief. As much as we sympathize with Iranians of their hard time with the ISIS the Baha’is are a peacefull and harmless society. What is all this hate for?

    Comment by victor sapong — June 18, 2016 @ 13:40 | Reply

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