[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:] 5 Mehr 1334 [28 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 259

 

Reply to Times Newspaper Delusions!

The People’s Intense Hatred and Detestation of the Falsifications of an Englishman

Nurses kinder than mothers and closer friends to us than we are to ourselves! Any time, out of their political convenience and interest, they sympathize with us, behind the mask of being interested in us, out of friendship and neighbourliness with Iran, either by their politicians or their newspapers and press, they tell lies and publish them against the Muslim nation of Iran. Of course, the Iranian nation is less aware of those delusions, so that many attempt to deny or defend them. But they use the same words and writings to draw conclusions to their own advantage and to our detriment and there is no one to protest officially and directly and punch the mouths of those who spread the lies and false news…

…The mentioned newspaper writes that the Iranian government is determined to protect the rights of religious minorities in Iran and to stop the clerics who want to gain their lost control, by threatening the rights of religious minorities...

... Elsewhere, he supports the cause of the Baha’is, and in this way, attempts to add one more religion to the list of the three minority religions of Iran, which is determined by the constitution, and are Jewish-Christian-Zoroastrian!...

... Besides, the three [religious] minorities that were mentioned above have always been supported in Iran by the government and people of Iran. They are free to continue with their business and their religious practices, as long as they do not take action against the Iranian nation and its interests. But some unknown and anonymous people called “aqnamollah” [the sheep of God], whose number is not enough to be mentioned, could not be considered as part of the religious minority, because they do not have a religion and they were only created in the form of a cult to advance the intentions and interests of the bordering neighbours that were seeking to plant the seeds of disunity and division at that time in order to gain other benefits from this disunity.

What is the history and information of the Times Newspaper about their number and the thoughts of the Iranian scholars and its people? What knowledge does the Times Newspaper have of the Baha’i Faith? What information does it have about their number and what does it know about the thoughts of the Iranian clergy and its people? How does it contaminate its newspaper with the false canard and accuse the people of irrational actions and make the government pessimistic and suspicious of the clergy, and on the contrary, make them apprehensive and discourage them from the government authorities? Are not all these talks about polluting the water and catching fish? Is it only for the pleasure of God and the compassion of the Iranian nation?! ...

... In political affairs,… write whatever you want and tell us about any irrelevant issues regarding the current affairs, but talking about [the idea that] the followers of the Bab and Baha have religion, that they are among the religious minorities and that the Iranian government supports them, is completely delusional and nonsensical, and the government has not prevented the clergy from interfering in this matter, and your other nonsense is very far from your dignity and completely false...