[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

[Weekly journal] Iran and Jahan

[Date:] 30 Mehr 1363, 22 October 1984

[Number:] 213

 

Revolt and disturbances incited by the British Embassy and the religious leaders, who were standing against the Belgian consultants, soon became widespread. Religious students in Tabriz, Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd and Mashhad, plus Tehran, attacked the private schools and destroyed them. They began killing and attacking the followers of the Baha’i Faith, whom the clergy considered as the core essence and fundamental founders of the real sciences, and thus, their headstrong opponents. As Ahmad Kasravi[1] mentions in his book “History of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution”, it is surprising that people complain about high customs taxes and the Belgians’ occupying government posts, being hurt by Atabak[2] and his inclination towards foreign neighbours, then taking revenge on the Baha’is. What relationship did that work have with the Baha’is? Yet, the clergy took advantage and used these excuses, not only against the real sciences, but the Baha’is too.

 

“Blessed His Name, the Most High”. It should not be unknown to the Islamic community, especially to those residing in Iran, that the domination of ungodliness, that the respectable Islamic people’s being ruled by foreigners, that the perverse Babi sect’s being in full liberty—may God destroy them—that spreading the unlawful [sale] of alcoholic beverages in Iran, has reached the point where there is no time to lose or even time to reflect. Day by day, it is increasing, and however wisely we have tried to eliminate the obstacles, no results have been seen.

 

From: Section 1 of Iran on Fire, by Pashootan R.

 

[1] [Ahmad Kasravi (29 September 1890 – 11 March 1946 ‎) was a notable Iranian linguist, historian, nationalist and reformer. On 11 March 1946, while being tried on charges of “slander against Islam,” Kasravi was knifed and killed in open court in Tehran by Ali-Mohammad and Hosein Emami, followers of Fadayan-e Islam.]

[2] [Mirza Ali Asghar Khan, 6 January 1858 – 31 August 1907, also known by his honorific titles of Amin al-Soltan and Atabak, was the last prime minister of Iran under Naser al-Din Shah Qajar]