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The amazing people at the Muslim Network for Bahá’í Rights have posted a translation of a poster being distributed in Iran for the purpose of deriding the Bahá’í Faith. I have borrowed the translation from there, and I will respond to it.

“True Face of Baha’is”

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has stated: “These people are considered religious heretics and they must be avoided. No business transaction or marriage is permitted with them.”
This just sends chills down my back, as Shirazi indicates that this man is a native of Shiraz, the city in which the Bahá’í faith began.

Since the foundational belief of Baha’is centers on misleading Muslims from the straight path and creating division among them, and Baha’is greatly insist in presenting whatever is accepted in Islam as unworthy and according to Baha’u’llah’s teachings all the sayings of God and the Prophet are completely reversed. In truth, in his books Baha’u’llah has brought a series of teachings all void, devoid of meaning, frivolous, bereft of literary value, and filled with errors – and he has presented these as the principles of the Baha’i faith. So that the reader will be better informed some of them will be discussed below:
One of the foundational beliefs of the Bahá’í faith is the Prophethood of Muḥammad, and the validity of everything he taught. Bahá’ís are also taught to “Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.”

1. No one should criticize monarchs or governments of their time and a Baha’i is not permitted to interfere in political matters, otherwise he will be expelled from the Baha’i community. (This holds true even if a tyrannical monarch is the seat of authority. It is interesting that the Universal House of Justice constantly encourages Iranian to interfere in political matters and to uproot the Islamic Republic, and the very foundational teachings of Baha’is is political in nature and they have no thoughts other than elimination of Islam.)
This is for the most part true, Bahá’ís should obey in all matters the government of the country they live in, and criticism is generally seen as divisive and wrong. This does hold true even if a tyrannical monarch is the seat of authority, and in fact Iranian Bahá’ís are enjoined to obey their government. The Universal House of Justice has never encouraged rebellion or interference in political matters, they have requested from other governments assistance for the Bahá’ís in Iran, and sent inspirational messages to those believers in order to keep their spirits alive under oppression. Obedience has always been enjoined.

2. Baha’u’llah presented himself as effulgent of God and claimed that God has entrusted him with creation and the order of universe.
Bahá’u’lláh is the Manifestation of God, or the Word of God. He has existed from before time, and was the Word with which the Universe came into being.

3. With appearance of the Bab and Baha’u’llah, the Islamic shari‘ih [jurisprudence] was annulled and the period of Muhammad’s prophethood came to an end.
True and not true, Islamic law was annulled, and the dispensation of Muḥammad did end, however His Prophethood is eternal.

4. Each year has 19 months, and each month consists of 19 days. The period of Fasting is 19 days and occurs in the month before Naw-Ruz.

5. Pilgrimage is to the house of Ali-Muhammad Bab in Shiraz or the house of Mirza Husayn-Ali Baha in Iraq, and a specific time has not been designated for it.
While this is mostly true, I am unsure as to whether a specific time has been designated. The Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in Israel is also a place of pilgrimage.

6. One may marry one’s daughter, sister or other family members. The sole exception is marrying one’s step-mother. This act takes place under the supervision of the Universal House of Justice. (The enormous building of the House of Justice was constructed at the cost of $250 million dollars and direct support of Yitzhak Rabin, the former prime minister of the Zionist regime, and under the care of two Iranian Baha’i escapees named engineer Hossein Amanat and Dr. Fariborz Sahba.)
One may certainly not marry a daughter, sister, mother of step-mother, nor may a woman marry a son, brother, father, or step-father. As for cousins and other family members, this is not allowed in most cultures, and the Universal House of Justice has not yet seen fit to rule on the status of this practice by Bahá’ís in cultures which allow it. The Universal House of Justice sits in an expensive building, yes. Does not the body of the Holy Imam Husayn, or the Holy Prophet Muḥammad? (And both of those Holy Personages should be buried in beautiful buildings I might add.)

7. All things are clean and nothing is unclean, not even urine, refuse, dog, pig or semen.
As far as I know, ritualistic hygiene does not exist in our Faith. However, we are enjoined to be cleaner than the average population, and this would include any substance on our body other than clothing, perfume or makeup.

8. Consent of parents of the bride and groom is unnecessary for marriage.
This is totally false. When I became a Bahá’í, it felt so odd to me that the written consent of all living parents of both spouses was necessary for a marriage, but it most certainly is. (I have since come to terms with this, and now I am glad for it.)

9. Obligatory prayers should not be offered in congregation, except the Prayer for the Dead. Baha’is have three obligatory prayers. First one is the long obligatory prayer which is to be offered once in every 24 hours and has completely invented genuflections and verses. The second obligatory prayer is the medium one, offered in the morning, noon and night. The third is the short obligatory prayer and offered at the time of sunset. Of course reciting one of these three prayers will suffice. And if one were to chose the short obligatory prayer it is almost like not praying at all. The Qiblih [the Point of Adoration] is the burial spot of Mirza Husayn-Ali Baha in Akka, Israel.
Most of this is true. However, the Short Obligatory Prayer, while very short, is very deep and is much like the Muslim Shahada. Also, the Qiblih is in Bahji, not Akka.

10. If one does not have water for ablution, then he may repeat five times, “In the Name of God, the Most Pure, the Most Pure.”
True. Prophet Muḥammad also provided for the possibility of a lack of water by allowing ablutions to be done with sand. However, most Bahá’ís do not live in places where sand is any more readily available than water, unlike mos Muslims.

11. The age of maturity of girls and boys is 15.