[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:] Jahan News
[Date:] 11 Azar 1397 [2 December 2018]
Saffar-Harandi’s Memo About Ayatollah Montazeri’s Support for the Monafeghin
Former Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Hossein Saffar-Harandi has reacted to a quote from a member of Ayatollah Montazeri’s office about his assistance to the families of Monafeghin and Baha’is.
This Stain Does Not Stick to the Mantle of Authority
According to Jahan News, the full text of Hossein Saffar-Harandi’s memo, which was provided to Tasnim exclusively, with the title “This Stain Does Not Stick to the Mantle of Authority” is as follows:
According to published reports, Mr. Mojtaba Lotfi, a member of the office of the late Ayatollah Montazeri, who is credited as information officer, said recently in a debate, “The late Mr. Montazeri helped families of the prisoners monetarily before and after the Revolution, whether they were Muslims, Baha’is, Communists or Monafeghin.
From the context of other statements made by this disciple of Mr. Montazeri, it is clear that he made this claim in praise of the human feelings of his master and did not intend to strike at the remnants of the damaged credibility of the late Montazeri, as in the recent years, he has repeatedly appeared as an unquestionable lawyer and promoter of his views.
Mr. Montazeri is now [deceased] and is unable to deny such allegations or possibly accept their attribution to justify this action. But is it permissible to remain silent in the face of such claims and suspicions? Shouldn’t the suspicion of how the blessed share of the Lord of the Age be presented to those who have risen against Him directly (the Baha’is and other enemies of God)? Shouldn’t they receive a response from the trustees and elders in the field of religion?
Since the convicts [who belong to] the perverse Baha’i sect and their families are directly under the protection of the global network of this colonial Israeli sect, concern about the fate of their families is unwarranted and a sign of naivety, just as this concern about the Monafeghin family is unfounded. If there is a responsibility somewhere, it belongs to the responsible government institutions and not the marjayiat [religious authorities]. ...