[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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Mohammad Nourizad

[Date:] 24 Shahrivar 1393 [15 September 2014]

 

Shame And Nothing Else!

I do not want to recount―we the Islamic revolutionaries―who we had been, and what we have not done; and whom we have not beaten [or] killed; whom we have not imprisoned, which cost them their necks; whose properties we have not swallowed up or whom we have not expelled from their land. But I say this in just one sentence: We have barred 20,000 young Baha’is from studying in universities for thirty-six years and have not allowed them to touch the tree of knowledge in their homeland.

In this photo, Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first president of the University of Tehran after the revolution, and I, representing all humanists, altruists, free people, benefactors, theists, and  Iranians of pure lineage, are sitting on the ground, and apologizing to a small group [representing] three Baha’i generations deprived of education.

Among the Baha’is deprived of education, there is a loved one who became first in the national entrance exam in previous years. But what a pain that no official and no ayatollah paid attention to his superiority and did not ask him and did not open a way for him. In this photo, there is also Shadan Shirazi, the small-figured Baha’i girl who ranked 113 in the national entrance exam this year, but now she is facing closed doors because of her religion and beliefs.

I say, “Gentlemen, [perhaps we should] pull the turbans a little higher? When will our brains [get some] fresh air?

Mohammad Nourizad