[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] 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

Mashhad-

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]