Translation by Iran Press Watch
Qom Seminary1 has recently started planning classes called “Understanding Baha’ism” and “Understanding Ahl-e Haqq”. These classes, which present a one-sided view of religious minorities, have the sole purpose of destroying the Baha’i Faith and the Ahl-e Haqq2.
Subsequently, the Qom Seminary has started extensive propaganda on these subjects in most government centers and government sponsored news websites.
In an advertisement on its site, Tasnim news agency has announced that the Qom Seminary intends to hold online introductory courses on the Baha’i Faith and the Ahl-e Haqq for all seminary students in the country. These courses will be offered through the “All sects and religions organization”, “Propaganda Secretary” and “Practical training” of the Qom Seminary.
The Islamic Republic does not allow these citizens to defend their religions under any conditions, and has repeatedly violated the civil rights of these Iranian citizens.
Similar to other classes held in previous years, these courses provide an entirely one-sided view and no Baha’i or Ahl-e Haqq citizen has the right to defend his religion.
1. Qom Seminary is the largest seminary, or traditional Islamic school of higher learning, established in 1922 by Grand Ayatollah Abdul-Karim Ha’eri Yazdi in Qom. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qom_Seminary
2. Ahl-e Haq (Dervishes)– “The People of the Absolute Truth” ‒ People treading the Ahl-e Haqq Muslim ascetic path, known for their extreme poverty and austerity. Their focus is on the universal values of love and service deserting the illusions of ego to reach God. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarsanism
July 25, 2015 12:50 am
Sad. However, it is certain that some of the students will want to check out original sources, and that will be good for them.