[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:] Aram

[Date:] 6 Esfand 1337 [25 February 1959]

[Issue No.:] 20

 

A Few Pages of the Book of “Kaj-raviha-ye Kasravi” [Kasravi’s Deviations], Penned by the Scholar and Researcher Mr. Farhang Nakhaie

...Now, in order to find out the similarity of Kasravi’s ideas to [those of] other theologians, and to clarify the truth in these writings that, “Kasravi was the inheritor of the Baha’is”, we draw the readers’ attention to these lines from the Book of Certitude, the so-called Baha’i Holy Book (sic) which reads, “Nay, the manifold bounties of the Lord of all beings have, at all times, through the Manifestations of His divine Essence, encompassed the earth and all that dwell therein. Not for a moment hath His grace been withheld, nor have the expectations (sic) [showers] of His loving-kindness ceased to rain upon mankind”. And what he means is that, “The grace of God always continues by sending Messengers, revealing Books and renewing the Laws and religions, and Muslims who consider Islam as the last religion, in fact, believe in the cessation of Divine Grace.”

Kasravi also says the same thing; yet, the author of the Iqan said [it] in solid and pure rhyming Persian prose and euphuism, and Kasravi expressed it in ineffective and poor Persian language!

In any case, as we have seen, Kasravi introduces the reform of the East and the elimination of the dispersions and turmoil born of religion as the work of God, and considers people to be in need of divine guidance, even as he writes on page 102: “Such a thing could not be done except with the care of God. We do not see anything but God. God also keeps us. [Man] knows himself to be dependent on God”. Finally, he explicitly claims, “This is a divine movement that we have embarked on!”