[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:] Karzar

[Date:] 26 Ordibehesht 1334 [17 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 383

 

We expect that the government will submit a comprehensive and complete law banning the Baha’i faith to the National Consultative Assembly, and not allow this perverted sect to propagate the religion of Baha in an Islamic country.

Last week, for the first time, in one of the great mosques, [which is a] clerical centre, Mr. Falsafi raised the issue of the followers of the Baha’i sect and explained it and the ridiculous beliefs of this population. And now, until the end of the holy month of Ramadan, [during which] he will be preaching in the Soltani Mosque, he will express some of the principles of this sect every day.

[This] will convey clear truths to the listeners, and especially to the young Baha’is, [about] which, in the opinion of [any] honest and disinterested person, there can be [no] room for doubt or hesitation, since Baha’is claim that they are the followers of reason and proof and [must] either convince the other party with reason or become convinced [them]selves; while the second clause is just an empty promise [hypocrisy] and they just say it to deceive the other party. Because these people are so bigoted and stubborn in their rejected beliefs, the followers of the Tudeh Party cannot compete with them.

It happened to the author a few years ago that I personally entered the assemblies, which were named “mahfel” [meetings] after the association, and I started researching this subject. I have been arguing with the sect’s greatest teacher for a long time. Despite the fact that I myself am not fully involved and aware of the exalted religion of Islam, and my level of knowledge does not exceed generalities, I rejected all the reasons―as they said, logical arguments―which they themselves confessed…

... If an informed and literate person reads one of their books carefully, he will see gross contradictions in various matters…on the other hand, in our opinion, this issue is too small to want to make a fuss about it and beat the drums…

… Hopefully, as the government has promised, in this week, a comprehensive and complete law in this regard will be submitted to the National Consultative Assembly and will not allow more than this:  that in one of the largest Islamic countries that follow the rightful Twelver sect, a misguided and corrupt group, [may] destroy our public’s views. We demand that the fate of this polytheistic group be determined as soon as possible and their treacherous acts be terminated.