[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:] Neday-e Hagh

[Date:] 18 Mordad 1334 [10 August 1955]

[Issue No.:] 253

 

And the Cause of People’s Pessimism and Suspicion of the Author…

He reads the newspaper. I listened too. He reads…

It reached where [it says]; the struggle against the Baha’is ... did not bring about good results inside the country and gave an external existence to the Babis and Baha’is, who were like myths and legends for the majority of the Iranian people. It attracted the attention of all the people of Iran … and people just realized that a sect called Baha’i had become important in Iran and had become a form of religious danger and must be fought by the law enforcement agents and the law! The reaction of this struggle abroad was such that ... 550 telegrams from the world officials confronted the government with problems…

Here the reader … shouted: “Wow, these are the people ... who do not understand what they are writing …. What does it mean to introduce an insignificant, anonymous, incompetent and unknown Baha’i like this!! What nonsense is this that I am hearing―550 telegrams from the world officials!! What is this praise and what is this glorification of an unknown sect ??”

“You, who are writing that they are not important, they are unknown and they are powerless, are you telling the truth or lying?! If you are right, then what are these 550 telegrams from the world officials?! O accursed be all who are liars! And the eternal torment be on such an ignorant Muslim, who does not understand how this news and this issue causes the greatness and importance of this unknown and misguided sect…”

Which people from abroad (according to the author, thousands of people) walked towards the Haziratu’l-Quds!? And where did this Baha’i Faith become a religion? If someone like the author called the Baha’i Faith a religion and wrote about it as a “religion”, does it make a religion? Some European newspapers write these delusions and [this] nonsense, and some people might say it [as well]. But is it really true? Why do they accuse the Muslim Iranians?

If people in Iran want to expel the Baha’is, it is because they never believed that their number was considerable and important. They say that these few people―who are maybe one in every 100,000 people―should not interfere in the affairs of the Muslim people, eat from the bread and salt of the Muslim nation of Iran and propagandize against the Muslim nation …

You write this nonsense and you write about 550 telegrams from the world official authorities in support of Baha’is! Where are these? These are all lies, propaganda and rumours that are spread by these few people! ....