[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:] Omid-e Iran

[Date:] 7 Khordad 1358 [28 May 1979]

[Issue No.:] 1009

[Page:] 5

 

Editor’s View

Ali-Reza Nourizadeh

Governmental Islam and Revolutionary Islam

The death of Empedocles, the father of ancient philosophy, was, without a doubt, one of the strangest events of the misty era of philosophy. . .

. . . However, when the realm of monarchy and caliphate was established in the realm of Islam, great effort was expended to separate the ornament of freedom, struggle for nobility and simplicity, and in short, everything that can be valued with revolutionary concepts and criteria, from the body of Islam.

This effort continued to the extent that during the Safavid era, what was called Islam and Shi’ism, became, in effect, a collection of laws that had been enacted in support of the injustice and cruelty of the children of Shaykh Safi. Once again, the hand of fate began to play out. Any time a voice was raised in opposition to the oppressor, the finger of the religious scholars, who were in service of the system, pointed to the head of the complainant, and cries of “Woe is Islam” by the “inner circles” bothered the ears. In the Qajar era, when the espionage office of England first created the “Bab” and then “Baha,” the rulers of the time and their religious cronies found the best excuse and sent every free-thinking person to die under the sword of the executioner based on the accusation of their being a “Babi” or a “Baha’i.” The constitutional revolution tried to change the standards and depict a glimpse of revolutionary Islam. However, very soon, the Eyn-ed-Dowlehs began to hold religious mourning gatherings, and like saintly cats [hypocrites] began to promote Safavid Islam. Reza khan decided to rid himself of Islam’s presence once and for all, but the deep-seated faith in people’s hearts prevented him from doing so. . .

. . . However, to the contrary, in the second order, or in governmental Islam, fascism is a beloved school of thought and the fascist gains respect and sits at the top. Radio and television become monopolies and, instead of educating you and entertaining you, they come to grate on your nerves every night or to promote the singing of praises and exaggerated veneration.  In the first order, no one gets subjected to slander, and the people’s foreheads do not get branded daily with the anti-revolutionary label. However, in the second order of one hundred years ago, free-thinking people were branded as “Babi” and “Baha’i,” and today they have become anti-revolutionary, SAVAK-related, and foreign cronies. . .