[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:] Adyananet

[Date:] 19 Aban 1394 [10 November 2015]

 

Imam Khomeini’s Response to Baha’i Supporters

Adyannet – Although His Holiness Imam Khomeini considered action against Baha’is and all colonial sects useful, he believed that a deep and all-encompassing revolution should destroy any corruption and any element supporting Baha’is; so with his great movement and the help of the Muslim people of Iran, he led the Islamic Revolution to victory and dealt a devastating blow to the bodies of colonialism and Baha’is. In this direction, he greatly served Islam and Iran.

At the same time, one should not be careless and arrogant, because whenever you drive Satan out the door, he may enter through the window, and if you drive him out of the window, he may penetrate and enter through a hole.

After the Islamic Revolution, the Baha’is, who had taken refuge in foreign [countries], especially the United States and Israel, have occasionally provoked their masters…. by pretending to be oppressed under the guise of freedom of religion, defence of human rights, and so on. Their masters pretend to be more compassionate than mothers, and through their propaganda trumpets, echo the cry of the oppression of the Baha’is.

One of these masters was Mr. Reagan, the former president of the United States, who, in the name of human rights, called on the international community to defend the Baha’is in the expression of their (so-called) religion in Iran.

Imam Khomeini (may God have mercy on him), in response to former U.S. President Reagan’s humanitarian speech, said, “I do not know if you noticed the words of the president of the United States that were broadcast in some of the radio stations, in which he appealed to the whole world, saying Baha’is in Iran are oppressed, they are not spies, they are just performing their religious rites, and Iran has sentenced 22 of their members to death just because of their performing their religious rites. He has appealed to the whole world, [saying] that they are not spies ...

“If they were not spies, you [the president] would not have raised your voice. [It is] because they are a group who benefit you; otherwise we know you and we know the United States, whose humanitarian intention has not surfaced, because the 22 Baha’is, as they say, were arrested in Iran. For philanthropy intention, you had cried out and appealed to the whole world to hear the cries of these Baha’is. People know your lies and hypocrisy.”

The imam then referred to the horrific American crimes in the world and to the adventure of the imposed war that caused great damage to Iran and Iraq. He said, “If you were a philanthropist, you would not defend 22 Baha’is, while on the side you had killed a thousand innocents. Therefore, this is a conspiracy that you support the Baha’is. If Baha’is were not spies, or had not acted as a political party for foreigners within the Islamic Republic of Iran, you would never have sympathized with them; your sympathy for them is because of your relationship with them and their service to you.”