[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:]  Ragbar-e Emrooz

[Date:] 22 Ordibehesht 1358 [12 May 1979]

[Issue No.:] 4

[Page:] 5

 

Jamalzadeh and the Islamic Revolution of Iran

Jamalzadeh, the famous writer residing in Switzerland says:

I could never have imagined the Revolution

…Jamalzadeh’s letter

To the holy presence of Mr. Mahmoud Dezhkam, the respected head of the Ragbar-e Emrouz, I submit the following:  I was honoured to receive your letter of 25 Esfand 1357 [16 March 1979]. It was a happy occasion for me [since,] firstly, the postal route to Iran is now open and we are slowly receiving letters and newspapers and magazines, and secondly, that the Ragbar-e Emrooz has beautified the press world.

…We know that not everything that has been said and written about the Pishdadian and Kian [periods], even though they might be partially unknown historically, agrees with scientific and historical measures, and it has a more legendary appearance. In only two thousand and five hundred years, other than the advent of the Bab’s religion, which had more of a religious aspect, and after that the tobacco deal and then the rise of the constitutional monarchy, you cannot really see any other movement that can be called a revolution; and so even the friends of Iran were sad to conclude that the sense of justice and rightful fairness has been destroyed among the people over time by tolerating centuries of injustice, confiscation, abuse, unfairness and endless aggression, and like a sword buried under layers of mud and sludge, not only has it become rotten and rusty but it has also become decayed and worthless over time, and by the slightest move it will fall apart, will become destroyed…