[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:] Aien-e Eslam
[Date:] 13 Mehr 1334 [6 October 1955]
[Issue No.:] 28
The Voice of Dirty Elements of Hypocrisy
Mr. Esmail Negahban has written an article with the above title from Kangavar, a summary of which is brought to the attention of the esteemed readers below.
After [stating], “The detested voices of the dishonoured elements of the religion-makers are being heard in this country and have become the source of misfortune and disunity,” he writes, “The silence of the government, the negligence of the Islamic clergy and the feebleness of the nation have permitted a number of rascals in the cities and the remote areas to propagate their own empty religion”. He continues, “A few unknown people have arrived in Kangavar, and contrary to the official religion of the country, propagated the superstitious Baha’ism, not hesitating to insult and obtrude the holy religion of Islam”.
He then said, “The mentioned propagators, in spite of being told by the inhabitants that they should respect the laws of the nation, not only did not pay attention, they even grew bolder.
“So far, the inhabitants of Kangavar have not taken any action against the country’s disciplinary order, but if government will not prevent these corrupt elements, they are obliged to act according to their religious duty and rise against them”.
At the end, he seriously requested that the government take the necessary action against the propagation of the idle religions, thus settling the concern of the Muslims in general, and the inhabitants of Kangavar in particular.
Aien-e Eslam: Some forty honourable individuals of Kangavar, on the matter of the unmanly propagation of the Baha’is, have cabled to the prime minister, the minister of the interior, Dr. Moaven and Dr. Zangeneh. A copy of the communication has also been sent to this office.
We regret that Mr. Sadr, who personally loves the religion of Islam and is much in favour of the execution of the laws of the country, does not pay much attention to such complaints, which might, in the end, result in a tragic incident.
Clearly there are corrupt elements occupying sensitive positions of the government, who take advantage of its silence and negligence and incite a bunch of rascals to create conflict. And when the complaints are launched and the prime minister and high ranking authorities order that investigations be carried out, it is quite possible that these complaints will finally reach those who hold sensitive positions; therefore, there will be an adverse result and those same [Baha’i] propagators who were complained of will be delegated to handle the complaints and [will be trusted with the inhabitants’] complaining telegraphs and letters. Therefore, the government offices, from top managers and deputies to the lowest positions, should be cleansed of these unclean elements, in order for the complaints to be taken into consideration; otherwise, the inhabitants in each region, without interrupting the law and order, will stop and prevent the activities of these social microbes.