Bahai News - Azeri Islamic Party official concerned at missionary activity
Azeri Islamic Party official concerned at missionary activity
Text of unattributed report by Azerbaijani newspaper 525 qazet on 15 June
"More than 3,000 missionary organizations [as published] are currently
operating in Azerbaijan. Bahai's, Wahhabis, Nurchus [Islamic sect from
Turkey] and Hare Krishnas are the most active," the head of the press
service of the Islamic Party, Qurban Cabrayil, has told Olaylar news agency.
He said that about 8,400 Azerbaijanis had embraced Christianity under the
influence of missionaries.
Qurban Cabrayil believes that Wahhabis' activity in Azerbaijan is more
dangerous. "They are destroying Islam. They put on Islamic clothes and take
the Koran in their hands, but are confusing people. They penetrate their
ideas into people's minds. These kind of people are destroying the
foundations of our statehood," he said. Cabrayil is concerned at the fact
that nothing is done to ban or at least regulate the activity of missionary
organizations in this field.
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