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


[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] 2 Mehr 1362 [24 September 1983]

[Issue No.:] 17116

[Page:] 6


Committees and Organizations of the Ghaedin

In Recognition of the Ghaedin-e Zaman

Written By: A - Baghi

Section Nineteen

The Third Stage

The third stage was a high level, and there was no place for everyone at this time, ... The members and officials of the Society were also selected from this group.

This group was also called the Iqan Critique Group, since the book, Critique of Iqan, was taught in this group. [The Kitab-i] Iqan is a book written by Baha’u’llah, about which Mr. Halabi has written a book called Critique of Iqan in three volumes, each volume is about 300 pages.

Second Committee – (second group): The espionage group or investigation group, which had its own organization and was divided into three groups: the investigators or spies, type one, type two and type three.

The individual from the first type, investigation group, was commissioned to use special methods to approach the Baha’is with the claim that he was interested in joining their group. They would meet and talk with him frequently, and in this way the first type of spy was introduced into the Baha’i community…

There were also groups composed of five or six members within the type 2 investigators. This was a way to prevent the spies themselves from getting to know each other… Individuals in each group had nicknames in their meetings, and sometimes two spies in a Baha’i community reported each other out of ignorance and it was a way to control the spies of the society. Type 2 spies would go to the Baha’is and declare that they had been born into a Baha’i family, and that their parents were now teaching the Baha’i Faith in a certain country. This would allow such people to be more trusted [by Baha’is] than those who would say they had been born Muslim and converted to Baha’ism. The spies would use information stolen from the Baha’is and made fake [Baha’i] ID cards, fake codes, and fake addresses and signs.

The third type of spies: There were those who became Baha’is, both in deeds and conduct, and who were apparently no longer spies for the Society in the Baha’i Faith, and strongly defended Baha’ism and condemned the Society. But they followed the same method of espionage, and when one or more Baha’is came to visit them or [attend a] party, they used to decorate the entire door and walls of the house with pictures and images related to Baha’ism …Type 3 spies would also set up fake Baha’i assemblies in convenient locations where Baha’is were either inactive or absent, seeking other assemblies and exchanging contacts, information, and correspondence. And in this regard, they would send people into their organizations.

Third Committee (Third Group): This was a writing group that wrote about the denial of the Baha’is and the Imam-i-zaman [the Lord of the Age] (PBUH), which was a repetition of the old materials and writings of the others…

The Fourth Group: This was the guidance group, which consisted of two parts:

1- Chase and surveillance

2- Argument and Debate

The surveillance team was tasked with using motor vehicles (cars, motorcycles, etc.) to monitor the homes of Baha’is and their individuals and their seekers. However, one day, the surveillance agents patrolled the home of an influential Baha’i figure in the government, and the influential Baha’i found out about the incident and called the police. The members of our security and surveillance team, who were monitoring the Baha’i house, were arrested by the Intelligence and Security Agency (SAVAK) but released within 24 hours. Subsequently, during the Society’s contact with SAVAK, the group terminated its work, because the struggle against the Baha’is was conditional on the observance of the rule of law…

Part 2 - This was a debate group that was taught the methods of debate; in this regard, pamphlets were given to them. For example, they were instructed to try to be the moderator of the discussion sessions from their own faction (on their side) and always stay in charge of the sessions from the start to the ending of the meeting…

Another method that was common and recommended to them was, “If possible, one should try to attract the Baha’i seekers through non-discussion. For example, in the discussion, pretend to be oppressed and behave in such a way that it will lead to a conflict where you get beaten and attacked. In this case the seeker, will be affected by your persecution and will see you are right.” … Dr. Ghandi … stated, “After failing to argue with the Baha’is, he was able to attract a seeker in this way…”

The Fifth Committee: There was an external relations group, also called the Foreign Ministry of the Society, which was associated with India, the United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, Australia, and some other countries, and would operate there by establishing branches.

From time to time, people from the Society were sent abroad. After their return, they were given the opportunity to give frequent lectures in the Society and association, and at the heart of their message was that the Baha’is had taken over Australia or some other country, and in order to substantiate their claim, they also cited false Baha’i publications.