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[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:] Shabestan News Agency
[Date:] 25 Bahman 1397 [14 February 2019]
Mahdavi Expert Explained
Baha’i Sabotage Against the Lord of the Age / If the Revolution Had Not Won, the Baha’is Would Have Dominated the Country
Hojatoleslam Haj Gholi, referring to Baha’ism’s efforts to gain power in Iran before the revolution, said, “One of the groups active in approving the bill of State and Provincial Associations was the Baha’is; therefore, if the revolution had not won, the Baha’is would have ruled the country today.”
What deviations during the time of Taghut threatened and harmed Mahdism?
The origin of the deviations in this regard dates back to the time of the Taghut, which gave rise to sects, especially Baha’ism. The interaction between the government and Baha’ism was friendly, very close and intimate, and if we want to review the relationship between the two, we can say Baha’ism was involved in the formation of the Pahlavi government, and the Pahlavi dynasty was born out of the behind-the-scenes efforts of Baha’ism!
Then, what about after Pahlavi came to power? What role did Baha’ism play in the system of government, and what were its goals with this influence?
After the establishment of the Pahlavi regime, under both Reza Khan and Mohammad Reza Shah, the Baha’is played a key role in the government and in the ministries, directorates, and broadcasting stations. More than 100 high-ranking Baha’i officers were active in the army and ten of the ministers were Baha’is. Their influence in the [imperial] court was such that the closest person to Mohammad Reza, both during the time when he was Crown Prince and during the monarchy, was from this sect, namely Dr. Ayadi, a prominent Baha’i and the shah’s personal physician, who was present at all times.
In other words, the Baha’is saw the establishment of the Pahlavi regime as a bridge by which they could [establish] the Baha’i monarchy.
Did the Baha’is also engage in cultural activities during the Taghut period to promote their ideas?
Yes, the Baha’is had publications during the Pahlavi era, one of which was the “Ahang-e Badi” [Innovative Song]. In one of its issues in 1332 [1953/1954] an article was published to assure the youth that the Baha’i world government would be established in three stages: First, recognition; second, the implementation of the Aqdas commandments (the Baha’i Holy Book) and the formation of the Baha’i monarchy in Iran; and third, the formation of the Baha’i monarchy in the world (inspired by the idea of the world government of Imam al-Zaman [Lord of the Age]); however, they are trying to hide this goal.
What blessings has the victory of the Islamic Revolution provided in terms of isolating this current and fighting it?
If the revolution had not succeeded, Iran would have become a country where Baha’ism was recognized, and youth would have become Baha’is. The Baha’i monarchy would have come to power, and, given that the traditions state that the people follow the religion of their kings, the people would have become Baha’is by force and corruption! But with the revolution, this sinister goal failed.
One reporter quotes a post-revolutionary Baha’i leader (close to the content) who said, “The (Baha’i) community feels it is dying in various areas, such as financial, commercial, administrative, and economic, and explicitly states that, ‘Since the Revolution we are facing the worst crisis in our 128-year history.’”
Knowledge of these claims and the sinister goals of Baha’ism is enough for those who claim to be religious but are not at peace with the regime, leadership and revolution to know that without the revolution and the martyrs, we would have had a different fate today. There would have been no news of a preaching ceremony or the congregational prayers. The Baha’i community, by dominating the country, would have prevented the implementation of pure, [incomparable] Islam.