Uzbekistan: Kazakh preacher–bahaist is exiled from the country
The Khamza district court of Tashkent deported Timur Chekparbayev, 36-year old citizen of Kazakhstan, from the capital of Uzbekistan. The Kazakh guest was expelled due to active promotion of Bahai religious community ideas, the local web media report with the reference to the decision of the court.
"It might look suspicious that foreign citizen was able to build serious religious organization within short period of time, supported by people not only in Tashkent, but also Dzijak and Bukhara oblasts of Uzbekistan", writes the author of gorizont.uz, sponsored by National security service of Uzbekistan. "However, Uzbek "mission" of Bahai religious sect preacher was short. On July 24th of 2009 Chekparbayev was detained after another "meeting" at 36 Baykurgan Street in the Khamza district of Tashkent".
By the verdict of the Khamza district court he was sentenced to 15-day detention and deportation from Uzbekistan without a right to come back.
"Technically, Chekparbayev did not have the opportunity to officially promote missionary activity since Bahai is not admitted by the world community as independent and official religion", says the author. – "Therefore, this ideological sabotage had clear goals, linked with growing geopolitical influence of Iran and disturbing millions of Uzbek citizens. It is not an easy job to recover from moral damage, caused to immature souls of young people (by the way, among the followers of Chekparayev there were underage children!)".
According to Wikipedia, Bahai is one of the young insight religions (this means that it has independent Scripture). Its founder Bahaullah (1817-1892) is respected by Bahai as the last among "Holy Manifestation of Lord’s divinity" that also includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Bau and others. Bahai faith was formed in 1844 in Persia as independent religion, based on revelations of its founder Bahaullah.
Today, there are over 5 million of bahai followers in 188 countries and 45 dependent territories. The parts of the Scripture have been translated into over 800 languages of the world. The major ideas of bahai are the unity of God, the unity of religions and humanity. Speaking of similar ideas of former religions, Bahaullah says that there is only one religion – "true belief in God, permanent in the past and future".