[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:] Ajang

[Date:] Monday, 2 Bahman 1334 [23 January 1956]

[Issue No.:] 37

 

Do Baha’is Love Iran and Believe in Its Greatness?

Esteemed Ajang Newspaper

I have a great love for and interest in the rich and useful contents of that honourable newspaper.

On page one of your current month’s issue, number 36, dated 25 Dey [16 January 1956] of year 2, I read a column entitled “On the Margin of Religions and Sects”, which is very useful for discovering truths and enlightening thoughts and minds. As the world today is dealing with logic and reason, with these two decisive tactics, people can be guided and pointed in the right direction.

Now, of course, the issue of interest! People who have listened to Mr. Falsafi’s eloquent and exciting speech about the struggle against the Baha’is during the holy month of Ramadan have noticed that, by quoting “Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country”[1], he reasons that Baha’is do not love their homeland. Since this matter is very important and in terms of public interest is highly notable and noteworthy, I investigated the matter.

Baha’is state that, “In addition to the fact that we have the explicit text, to love, to advance and to exalt dear Iran, we are also assured that Iran will reach the peak of honour and greatness. It will make everyone proud and will become the Qiblih [point of adoration] of the world, and the sentence that is mentioned in our books is for the people of the world. This is: ‘Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind’[2].”

It seems unlikely that Mr. Falsafi, who, according to the heavenly scriptures, always forbids lies and slander, did not quote the complete the sentence of the text. Therefore, please raise the issue for guidance, so that the learned and scholars can clarify the facts and inform the public.

Respectfully, H–A

 

Dear Mr. Masoudi, Editor-in-Chief of Ajang Newspaper, may your blessing continue,

Yours truly – D-Hajian,

I am obliged to express the gratitude of twenty readers of Ajang’s weekly newspaper and hope that this good practice will always continue.

The request from this group to that esteemed editor is to ask the whole nation of Iran, especially the clergy, to convene meetings [composed] of clergy and Baha’i scholars, as a result of which the doubts and uncertainty of all of us about the truth of the matters will be clarified, because we think this is the best and the most effective way to fight the Baha’is.

 

[1] [From the Tablets of Baha’u’llah – 6th Ishraq (Splendour)]

[2] Ibid