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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] Ettelaat

[Date:] Tuesday 15-12- 1357- [6 March 1979]

[Number:] 15801

Page: 3


Discovery of Espionage Activities in Mashahd, to the benefit of Israel

During a consultation between His Highness Ayatollah Shirazi and His Highness Ayatollah Tabataba’i-Qumi, it was stated that some evidence have been discovered at the Baha’i centre of Khorasan which suggests espionage activities for Israel.

Espionage Activities for Israel


His Highness Ayatollah Shirazi and His Highness Ayatollah Tabataba’i-Qumi had a meeting and consulted with each other.

At this meeting, which lasted for several hours, important issues and problems relevant to the province and its people were examined.  The two Marja‘-i-Taqlíd’s[1] discussed the documents discovered at the Haziratu’l-Quds[2], that suggested espionage activities for the benefit of Israel. During this discussion, which occurred at Ayatollah Shirazi’s house, he stated:  “We do not consider Baha’ism to be one of the religious minorities”.

During this one-hour consultation, both of these two supreme authorities approved the occupation of the Baha’i centres and the acquisition of their documents, which would reveal their evil plans.  Ayatollah Tabataba’i-Qumialso said:  “Baha’ism has always played a part, in various regions, as a spy for the United Kingdom, Russia, the United States and Israel. Their collaboration with Judaism is clearly evident and I approve the occupation of their centres of activity”.


[1][Marja‘-i-Taqlíd:  Source of religious authority]

[2] [Baha’i centre]