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[Personal information has been redacted.]

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


[Newspaper:] Bahram

[Date:] 1 Mehr 1334 [24 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 7490


Khalesizadeh, Pay Attention

I did not intend to tarnish the pages of Bahram [Newspaper] again by mentioning the name of Khalesizadeh, the demagogue and spy, but since the last issue of the Manshour-e Noor (!), which has not been published for some time due to the increase of your work [insulting term] in the Shah Mosque, he mentioned my name and called me a Baha’i, and I am obliged to open his blind eyes and evil heart with a few small points and leave the judgment of the matter to my dear readers.

Khalesizadeh writes: “I do not know friendship when it comes to telling the truth and I am not afraid of enmity. That is why I write the answer, so that they do not appeal to people like the well-known Parviz Khatibi or other well-known Baha’is and continue their nonsense.”

[He] also writes: “Do you suppose that by cursing the vulgar newspaper of Bahram, an eloquent orator and scholar such as Mr. Haj Mirza Abdollah will refuse to preach and advise the people?”

Khalesizadeh should know that, firstly, I am not a Baha’i. My grandfather is the famous Mirza Reza Kermani, who sacrificed his life for the truth, freedom and independence of Iran. At that time, too, the enemies of freedom and the colonialists erroneously called him a Baha’i, and now the blood of the same patriotic man is flowing in my veins. If necessary, I, like him, will sacrifice my life in the fight against the enemies of freedom and the spies of the traitors….

In conclusion, I am waiting for you to mobilize all the lice that are fed by your esteemed being and your followers and take the weapon of takfir [heresy] to fight me and call me a Baha’i again and again.

Well, what is wrong? People know both of us very well. They will judge for themselves and it is good for you and that eloquent and learned orator! Bother yourself less.

Parviz Khatibi