[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Vazifeh, Newspaper Annex

Date:] 9 Tir 1323 [30 June 1944]

 

Congratulations to the Muslims, particularly Muslim Hajis and Custodians of the Religion!

On Friday, 8 Rajab, I was at the Shrine of Abdul-Aziz for Friday prayer. A group of Muslims were listening to a clergyman who was speaking about the ordinances of Friday prayer; behind him there was a white banner on which was written: [The Society of the Oppressed]. When he, whom I did not recognise, finished his speech, Mr. Khalesi went to the pulpit to begin his sermon. At this time, a person entered the hall and addressed the public, insulting Mr. Khalesi, and forcing the audience to disperse. Those who were waiting for the prayer seemed to be angry and wanted to attack this individual, whose name was Ahmad Sharegh; some knew him as the son of Sakineh Geda [Sakineh the beggar], and others knew him as a Baha’i.

Mr. Khalesi instructed the crowd to remain silent and the Friday prayer continue. [Outside the mosque], the public were quarrelling and insulting each other. At this time, the head of the police force, along with a couple of dignitaries, entered the shrine and spoke with Mr. Khalesi. I could not hear his conversation, but thousands of people left the shrine along with Mr. Khalesi, while they were crying out loud the “Salawat” (peace be upon Mohammad and His holy family).  Witnessing this ignominious act, I was reminded of the misery of fifteen million Iranian Muslims, who, in retribution for their religious rituals—their “God-given justice” —were arrested at the hands of two to three thousand of the most decadent creatures.

Being distressed, thinking about the misery of the Iranian Muslims, I recalled this saying of  Mohammad’s: “When the commandment of doing good and forbidding evil dies out, God will [cause the] domination of the most evil creatures over them, [so] that no matter how much they pray, it will be void of effect”.  Should the situation be other than what Mohammad has predicted in His saying, then, God forbid, He would have lied.  I remember that in Islam, as in many other religions of God, no other religious ritual is as sacred as obligatory prayer. Fifteen million inhabitants of this country, who follow the same belief, made the construction of these magnificent palaces and this lavish life possible for a group of shameless people, through their hard work. Should these fifteen million people be even the slaves of those wicked ones, they would deserve more respect afforded to them for their religious rituals [than what they currently receive].

I wonder whether there has been any relationship between the shameful act of that Baha’i and the news of a meeting between the shah and Shoghi Effendi in the residence of Dehgan in Shiraz.

 

Woe betide Muslims, because Islam is ashamed of our religious behaviour! Do the police and military forces not gain their livelihood by us? For what reason does a group of illegitimate Baha’is officially revolt against our greatest religious rituals in the Muslims’ places of worship?

Do government officials in other Muslim countries have the right to stop people from obeying their religious rituals, particularly when they themselves do not obey the religion? How wicked and indecent a person must be to stop the congregation from praying, under the pretext that Mr. Khalesi has been a foreign spy in exile for 18 years while being in Kashan and Tuyserkan! It is the power of God, which has taken his [Ahmad Sharegh] power of perception and understanding, [to the degree] that he cannot [see] perceive the indecency of [his] words. Because “Espionage in Kashan and Tuyserkan” does not make any sense! In fact these allegations are truly laughable and meaningless.

I would not like to comment on Mr. Khalesi’s personality or on his character or spiritual capabilities. But what, in my view, seems important is that he has been able to revive and transform the disunity of the Muslims into unity, through his dedication and sacrifice. Therefore he should not be insulted in the Muslim community, for the same act, by the irreligious.

I suspect the purpose of this plan was to create a fight between the praying congregation and the insulters and to place the blame on the congregational prayer; however, the perpetrators must realize that they would be more harmed by whatever they are doing. Sooner or later, the Muslims will wake up [arise] and end their protection of the enemy.

 

Bagher Khakzad