[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

[Emblem]

Islamic Republic of Iran

National Retirement Agency

 

In the Name of God,

 

Number A/20/157

Date: 25/11/1368 [14 February 1990]

Enclosures:  Included

 

 

Mr. Nourollah Chaleh-Zamini [address is provided]

 

With reference to your letter dated 7/10/1368 [28 December 1989] regarding the National Retirement Agency, although a brief and official reply has been given by the Director of the legal section of the organization, as your letter and those of some of your fellow believers contain statements which indicate that you believe in the unity of God and the fact that His Holiness was the Seal of Prophets, as well as showing your respect towards moral and human values and your hatred towards any betrayal of the nation, it was therefore decided to draw a few points to your attention, in the hope that, absent of any prejudice, which is the requirement of independent investigation of the truth, you will once again review the teachings of Baha'ism and with some thought and meditation will decide upon [either] continuing or changing your ways.

 

Before embarking upon the matter, we would like to draw your attention to the emphasis made by Mr. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá regarding refraining from interpretations.  He says “among the teaching and clear admonitions of the Greatest Name (Bahá’u’lláh), is that the gates to interpretation should be closed and the letter of the Word as current among people should be used” (page 54 of Ganjíniyi Ḥudúd va Aḥkám written by Ishráq-Khávarí)[1]

 

In view of the foregoing, whatever is quoted from the well-known books of the Baha'is should be taken literally and the reader may not interpret them.  Now we address the main matter at hand.

 

Although you and many of the Baha'is proclaim your belief in the unity of God, Mr. Bahá’u’lláh in page 42 of the book "Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" has stated[2], “He who created the world for Himself is imprisoned in the most ruined of cities[3].  Or in the book of Mubín on page 229, He states “There is no God but this lonely prisoner[4].  As you and your fellow believers, proclaim the fact that you believe in Khátamíat[5] of His Holiness Mohammad and although Mr. Bahá’u’lláh in page 293 of Ishráqat has admitted to that fact by saying “All praise be unto Him Who is the Lord of the World and the Educator of the Nations, with whom the line of Prophethood was ended[6], nevertheless in pages 45 and 46 if Ishráqat written by Bahá’u’lláh and page 181 of the book of Mubín written by Bahá’u’lláh and page 54 of Ishráqat, He has designed the station of Prophethood for Mirza ‘Alí-Muḥammad Báb.  Mr. Aḥmad Yazdání who is one of the well-known Baha'is, stated on page 145 of the book Naẓar-i-Ijmálí that “The Verses and Holy Words of the Two great Founders, that is the Bab and Bahá’u’lláh and the Tablets and Blessed Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha and the Guardian (Shoghi), form the vast Holy Writings.”[7]

 

Before proceeding, I must to refer to the intent of many countries such as Russia and Britain to colonize Iran and the oppression which they imposed upon Iran, especially during the reign of the Qajar Dynasty, which is evident to all.   Furthermore, the oppressions imposed upon other countries by the United States and Israel do not need to be expounded upon.

 

We now advise you to first study the history of Baha'ism and its leaders given in the first two volumes of Qarn-i-Badi' [God Passes By], written by Shoghi Effendi, as well as the book of Nabil-i-Zarandi [Dawn-Breakers], and then ask yourself why Mr. Bahá’u’lláh, who claimed to be the leader of people, took refuge in foreign embassies such as those of Russia and Britain.  What did the bestowal of kinghood [Knighthood] or the title of “Sir” to 'Abdu'l-Baha by the former colonizers [the United Kingdom] mean?  Or [how do you explain that] when 6 out of 9 members of the Universal House of Justice are American and reside in Israel (the names of 4 of them are: Kavelin, David Ruhe, Amos Gibson, and Hugh Chance).  Can your judgment be in any way different from other than the general public who believe that [the Baha’i Faith] is manufactured by and serves those –colonizers?  Especially when Mr. Kazemzadeh, the chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States, suggests military attack by the United States against Iran, can you believe anything other than what the general public believe?

 

Do not you believe that now is the time to reflect and return to the arms of a “religion” whose luminous face is illuminating all the Divine schools of thought and who only invite people to God [i.e., Islam].  As you see, despite the admitted weakness of the majority of the countries against the “worldwide arrogance”[8], our resilient nation, in the light of Teaching of Islam and under the leadership of Imam Khomeini (May his soul rest in peace) has been standing firm against all efforts at domination and invasion and defending the prosperity, lives, and children of this nation and who [the nation] is happily give their life [in this quest].  You can witness how the foundation of the Marxist regimes is trembling.  It is time for you to be conscious [of these facts] and through your pure-hearted reflection, to find your path and, God willing, we will be able to with help each other and we will thereby continue in the path of the revolution in support of the leader of the revolution and on the path of our late leader, which is Mohammad’s purest form of Islam, and realize the goals of our revolution.

 

[Arabic]: Peace be on us and on the righteous servants of God

Islamic Council for the National Retirement Agency

 

[Signature over official stamp]

 

[1] [The majority of “references” in this letter are not correctly addressed]

[2] [verse quoted in Arabic and translated into Persian by the author of this letter]

[3] [Authorised translation:  He, for Whose sake the world was called into being, hath been imprisoned in the most desolate of cities... Epistle to the Son of the Wolf p. 56].

[4] [Translation of the author’s Persian translation of the Arabic text]

[5] [This is an Islamic doctrine that Prophet Mohammad was the last “Messenger of God” and there will be no more “Messenger of God”.]

[6] [Provisional translation]

[7] [Paraphrasing]

[8] [It refers to the world powerful governments who dominate the world]