[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:] Ommat

[Date:] 21 Shahrivar 1358 [12 September 1979]

[Issue No:] 23

 

Jalal [Glory] of the Writers, Al-e-Ahmad

These days, the pen has become like a weapon for us, and when you play with it, even if the neighbour’s child is not injured by its accidental shot, the neighbour’s pigeons will take flight… and my hand had better be cut off if it does not know where to use this weapon.

“Three-Year Workbook”

…Of which Jalal should we talk? ...

… Or of Jalal [who writes] the articles, who raised the cry of the West by [his book]

Westernization”, allowing the Westernized people to know their own reality [by asking] “Who are you?” and “Where are you?” he disclosed the intellectual’s service and betrayal and [exposed] a dirty truth [by writing], “There is a reality. Our enlightened Westernized students, since the beginning of their study in the West, when they learned to read and write in the West, were tempted by the governments of the time to become irreligious.”

From the books of Jalal ed-Dowleh to the works of Malcom and to Kasravi’s work, from the controversy of “Baha’ism” up to the main tone of speech of the Tudeh party and most of our enlightened and intellectual movements, opposed the religion and spirituality unknowingly ….