[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:] 24 Khordad 1334 [15 June 1955]
[Issue No.:] 245
To what extent writing lies?!
To what measure aggrandising the perverse Baha’i sect?!
Vahemeh Newspaper, in its issue of last week, had written the statistics of the Baha’is in Tehran as forty thousand, and in Iran eight hundred thousand; in Africa, two million, in America, one million, one hundred thousand! From these figures, nothing can be achieved, except to strengthen and support their own claims.
The Baha’i statistics of Tehran, which are taken from the letter of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is, signed by the illiterate spy, General Shoa’i, and the hireling Furutan [and] addressed to the Imperial Office and the Premiership, requesting leniency and preventing the presentation of the strategy of Mr. Safai, the member of Parliament, state that the number of Baha’is in Tehran is around one thousand individuals. With such a strategy, they will become masloobod-dam [deprived of life] and masloob ol-mal [dispossessed of livelihood].
Therefore, as we wrote in the previous articles, we guess that the number of all the Baha’is of Iran who claim membership in Baha’ism does not exceed five thousand individuals, who only circle around it to satisfy their lusts.