[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] Adyannet
[Date:] 18 Tir 1396 [9 July 2017]
Imam Khomeini’s Declaration of Danger Regarding Baha’ism
Before the formation of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini, in a clear and unequivocal position, called Baha’ism in Iran the Zionists’ agent for dominating the country. Although before Imam Khomeini took a stand against the Zionist Baha’i sect, there were currents working against the corrupt thoughts of this perverse sect, this kind of explicit stance by the imam was unprecedented.
Adyannet – Before the formation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Khomeini, by announcing his clear position against Baha’ism, officially called it the arm of the Zionists in Iran. As he said, “According to my religious duty, I declare danger to the Iranian nation and the Muslims of the world. The Holy Quran and Islam are in danger. The independence of the country and its economy are exposed to the Zionists, who have appeared in Iran in the form of the Baha’i party, and it will not be long before, with this deadly silence of the Muslims, they will take over the entire economy of this country with the approval of their agents.” (Sahief-i- Imam, Volume 1, page 110)
Although such words had [been heard before], they had never been so obvious and heard from an emulation authority. Therefore, despite the struggle of the imam and the support of the people and some of the scholars, the Pahlavi regime, in appearance, withdrew―to some extent―from the position of supporting the Baha'is.
Imam Khomeini, Sahief-i- Imam, Tehran: Center for Cultural Documents of the Islamic Revolution, Bita.