[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:] Bamdad

[Date:] 17 Mordad 1358 [8 August 1979]

[Issue No.:] 78

 

When the Shi’a clergy becomes oppressor

Contemporary Shiite religious revolt has re-established its history as a myth in various religions and anti-power religions. For the Imam, there is no need to use ephemeral power with the aim of being accepted. [For Him] it is enough to be the religious pivot. For the Shiites, the world is unable to recognize the Imam in its present state. When Shariatmadari was asked, “We have heard that the populace were shouting, ‘Khomeini is like [the] shah!’” he answered, “We, who have such an elevated position, what need do we have to go after the deceptive, false and purely material powers?” Here, he speaks of the pure language of religion.  

…The Babi movement is the most contemporary and social reaction to the institutionalized clergy that became the official entity during the reign of the Qajar dynasty in the mid-nineteenth century. [This was a] movement with the dimensions of a real massive uprising of the common people, which the Qajar kings, with the help of the established Shi’a, with its mass killings and torture, brought to an end. But today, this religious cooperation, due to its newly amorous conjugal union of the Iranian Revolution with Islamic Shi’a, has been thoroughly rejected.

The Babi movement was born during the reign of Mohammad Shah (1834 – 1847 A.D.). The initiator of this new religion was a youth from Shiraz by the name of Mohammad Ali [sic]. He gave himself the title of The Bab, meaning The Gate. At the time, he answered one of the Iranians’ deepest desires, the transformation of the societal clergy. The Bab blamed the clergy and sought the reconciliation of different religious beliefs of the Jews, Christians and Muslims.

 

(To be continued)