[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:] Kayhan

[Date:] Saturday, 18 Mordad 1359 - [9 August 1980] - 27 Ramadan 1400

[Issue No.:] 1064

[Page:] 14

 

A definition for religion

An unpublished article from the martyr, Dr. Ali Shariati

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

In the year 1347 [1968], to prevent me from making a statement that I wanted to make regarding the building of the Senate (the building that is being used nowadays by the Islamic Consultative Assembly), and to describe the wrongdoings of its judges, they exiled [me] from the Office of the Disciplinary Prosecutor of Advocates to the Judiciary Legal Office of the Ministry of Justice…

…At the Judiciary Office, our job was to express our opinions regarding judicial or other related matters. In Esfand 1351 [February 1973], there were two texts sent from the United Nations for the governments to express their views, so that their apparent and descriptive assessments [could] be presented at the Twenty-Eighth General Assembly of the United Nations for consequent approval…

…After the receipt of the texts from the Ministry of Justice, on behalf of the Judiciary Office, they were passed to me to express [my] views. After studying them, I became aware that “if such a text were to be approved by the United Nations, a perverse sect that is in this country would take advantage of it—a group of people with the appearance [of supporting a] religion, which, in reality, is political and is a creation of the foreigners, and on the other hand, it would not have a good reflection contradicting a statement that speaks of religious freedom”. Therefore, it should be answered in such a way as not to oppose the main subject, and also not to become the cause of the freedom and propagation of any special sect in this country. Possibly, many other countries may also have had similar meanings in their minds.