[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Khorasan

[Date:] 25 Ordibehesht 1334 [16 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 1692

 

Important Documents Recovered From Haziratu’l-Quds [Baha’i Centre] Will Be Sent to The United Nations.

The espionage branch of one of the largest and oldest espionage agencies in the world was being run by the Baha’is in Tehran.

What are the documents that have been recovered from the Baha’i propagators in Turkey?

A number of Baha’is have infiltrated the Toudeh Party and have been working for that party.

In a private meeting, the representative from Iran announced that the Baha’is have perverted Islam.

Occupying the Haziratu’l-Quds, the centre of Baha’ism in Tehran, as well as dismantling other Baha’i assemblies in the entire country, has become the most important issue of the day and has attracted attention from every aspect. According to one informed official, even though the Baha’is had removed some of their files and documents from the Haziratu’l-Quds, the security forces have succeeded in recovering such an important and noteworthy document from this centre.

The subject documents indicate that Baha’is of Iran and the world have a foreign source of income and a foreign country has been financing their teaching activities. In return, that foreign country has been using the information obtained by the Baha’is.

According to this official, “In recent years, the Haziratu’l-Quds had become more of an information and espionage centre of a foreign country with the most elaborate worldwide espionage administration, with half a century of experience”.

This official said, “Even though the Communist Party (Toudeh Party) of Iran, like the other [Communist] parties in the world, is against any religion or worshipping God, it has had relations with the centre for the Baha’is of Iran since 1328 [1949] and a large number of Baha’i youth have become members of the Toudeh Party.

“Based on investigations done by Dr. Yazdi regarding this matter, he has said that since Baha’is do not believe in God and have made up a god for themselves, based on the instructions of COMINFORM, the Toudeh Party has [been developing] relations with the Baha’is since 1328, and helps with the expansion of this ideology.

“In an interpretation produced by COMINFORM about this matter in 1328, it mentioned that the more non-believers and people against Islam and other religions in the world, the more advantageous for the Communist Party and materialistic theory.”

The same official added, “Within past two years, several times, the network of the Toudeh Party was discovered, in which Baha’i books were being sold and the Baha’i religion was being taught.”

Baha’i Propagators in Turkey

Based on a report received last year in Tehran from Ankara, a group of Baha’i propagators who had gone from Iran to Turkey were arrested in that country.

A noteworthy document indicating espionage for foreigners was found in the leather sole of the shoe of one of the Baha’is who was the head of the Baha’i propagators and previously had a shoe store at the Yousef-Abad cross-section. The Turkish police have refrained from disclosing this document. The government and religious officials have become aware of the activities of Baha’is since then, and decided to close up this espionage centre.

Complaint to the United Nations

As mentioned by informed individuals, a few days ago, the Baha’is of the United States complained to the United Nations and sought recourse from the United Nations in relation to the Iranian government’s occupation of Baha’i centres.

Based on reports from New York, the representative of Iran, in a private meeting, provided lots of information about the condition of Baha’is in Iran and their harmful activities to the members of the United Nations, and based on documents published by the Baha’is themselves, told the United Nations that these people do not have a religion, a holy book or a Messenger of God, and have deviated from Islam. The explanations of Iran’s representative have been supported by all the members from Islamic countries of the world and even the Pope’s representative. It is rumored that the Pope’s representative, quoting the Pope, has said that members of the United Nations should not allow the groups who have deviated from the religions to have the opportunity of making up a religion for themselves.