Ashura Ceremonies and the Bahais

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Ashura Ceremonies and the Bahais

Postby Sen McGlinn » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:47 am

Ashura Ceremonies and the Bahais
Iran Press Watch, January 13, 2009

Ayatollah Tabataba’i, the Friday prayer leader in Isfahan, declared in a speech following Friday prayers ... "This year, in the ceremonies mourning the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (peace be upon him), many of the inappropriate behaviors that called these ceremonies into question were less visible and many of the customs that were innovated in the Qajar period, after the creation of the Bahai sect, were less noticeable."

Two days later, the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA) published comments from a discussion with mid-level cleric Mojtaba Kashani, ... during which Mr. Kashani, ... stated, "The best way to eliminate the religious values associated with an event like "Ashura " an event that is part and parcel of an exalted Islamic foundation and the principles of religious knowledge " is to make these rituals and ceremonies of mourning completely meaningless and empty." He then confidently declared, "A large measure of the harm that has befallen some of the eulogies and mourning ceremonies in the last ten years has been deliberate and premeditated, and without a doubt, Bahaism and the CIA have had a major influence in this regard."

for the full report and discussion by Akhtar Arjmandi, see
http://tinyurl.com/AshuraBahai
the page has links to Baha’u'llah’s Visitation Tablet for Imam Husayn and his Prayer for Islam

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