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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, 18 Esfand 1360 [9 March 1982]

[Issue No.:] 16671

[Page:] 11


Western Colonials’ Cultural Promoters

Who is Nasereddin Sahebzamani?  

On the eve of the Cultural Revolution, the influx of sickening Western ideologies poses a danger that continues to threaten our Revolution. Just like a termite, it seeks to chew the fabric of the Revolution and rot it from within. A greater danger is felt when the Western ideology, which is based on the same westernization and Hellenization of over 2,500 years ago in history, wears the attire of religion and sits on the throne of power to rule…

...“Dr. Sahebzamani has, for a long time, been in charge of a profound educational and leadership campaign on issues concerning mental health...

... Sahebzamani writes: “The Jews lost their passion (for the coming of the Christ) as they felt it was unfulfilled with the presence of Jesus...  So they called for his trial. They felt that the punishment he received as a traitor to the nation was the least he could receive as punishment, and they arose to reject his teachings with wrath and disgust. With a visible, painful feeling, they are still waiting for the Messiah, the Promised One, and the glorious salvation that delivers them from [going] astray. They have counted every moment throughout the centur[ies], until in our time [illegible] the new and feasible form called the Zionists Movement [illegible] yielded.”…

…With the writer’s understanding of historical theory, as a matter of fact, we have to see what he thinks about Islam and issues related to it. We shall start with the closest and the most specific matter first. In an article entitled the “Rise of the Bab and Baha,” Sahebzamani writes: “One of the motivations of the Babi and Baha’i uprising was rebellion against the “extremist rule” and the inflexible leadership of the Shia clergy. The clergy considered themselves as the representatives of the Imam of the Time [Promised One] and they (Bab and Baha) tried to shift the Shia authoritative centre...