[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]
[Adapted from website:] Jam-e Jam Online
[Date:] 24 Azar 1393 [15 December 2014]
America’s Hidden and Overt Relationship With the Baha’is and Its Impact on Iran
According to official reports, Baha’is began their activities in the state [sic] of Chicago in 1318 [1939/1940] [sic]. The U.S. Baha’is, backed by the U.S. government, at the behest of Mirza Husayn Ali, made great efforts to donate and endow their properties in the name of Baha’ism, giving gifts, encouraging people and attracting them to Baha’ism and spreading Baha’ism by leaving their properties at the disposal of the Baha’i leaders.
The identification and registration of the Baha’i properties first began in the United States; the United States also took the lead in recognizing the Baha’i endowments. Thus, the United States was first in meeting the financial needs of this sect. Accordingly, the Baha’is of the United States succeeded in abolishing the duties and taxes of the Baha’i endowments in a short period of time ,and even provided them with substantial facilities and assistance in order [for them] to merely care for the affairs of the Baha’is and assist in their dissemination in the American continent.
Acceptance and recognition of Baha’i endowments and their bequests in official documents from 1928 to 1942 was approved by the United States [administration], and it was determined that, under agreements and appointments approved by local state governors in those years, Baha’i endowments belonged to the “Central Baha’i Assembly of America” or would be registered under other names, such as “Friends of the Baha’i community.”
Americans welcomed the promotion of the Baha’is in the United States; for example, many of the Baha’i sect’s leaders who were Americans, such as the Maxwells [sic], moved with some to propagate Baha’ism at the behest of Abdu’l-Baha and, in their own words, hoisted the divine flag in the furthermost spots around the world.
These institutions are purely imperialist organizations in the service of American politics. In this affiliated organization, espionage activities are planned for the U.S. government and announced in the name of the Baha’i creed in other countries. Organizations such as the CIA, Mossad, etc., hire their spies from these organizations, and these centres train them and send them to other countries.
Source: Monthly magazine Shaffafiyyat, a specialized magazine for the protection of victims of sectarianism in Iran, Number 14, Azar 1389 [5 December 2010].