In this recent interview broadcast on Iranian state TV, the unnamed regime cleric called members of the country’s Baha’i minority “unclean” and “untouchable.” It should be noted that Baha’i, like members of other minorities in the country, are brutally persecuted by the regime.
In the program broadcast on April 16, the host, himself a well-known fanatical follower of the regime’s fundamentalist interpretation of Shiite Islam, asks the white-turbaned cleric a question sent in by a viewer, concerning what virtues a Muslim might have by attending a party hosted by Baha’i individuals.
The cleric answers: “Baha’i are unclean according to all Shiite jurisprudence. All Baha’i people unclean, this is the law; so you should consider this – that they are unclean; when they’ve cooked a meal of food, then washed the dishes, their hands got wet touching the dishes, so the dishes they use to cook the meal will be unclean [since they’ve been touched by Baha’i]. So this is naturally considered a very blasphemous action, but it has nothing at all to do with what the religious provisions are [within the Twelver school of Shia Islam]. However, I have nothing at all to do with what are the religious provisions if someone has a relationship with Baha’i people. But here, since the question was related to purity and uncleanliness regarding Baha’i, because of that I’ve explained it in this way. Thus it’s very hard, unless you are absolutely certain that the dishes are clean and their foods have been cleaned [i.e. cleansed from the supposed impurity of being touched by Baha’i individuals] and don’t have a problem in this regard.”
Host: “Is there any problem in terms of having a relationship with a Baha’i individual? For example, is it okay to get married to them?”
Cleric [making disgusted facial expression]: “No, no, it’s not possible to get married to them at all. Baha’i are infidels. They are infidels, and this is according to all Shiite jurisprudence, without exceptions.”