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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Asia

[Date:] 18 Khordad 1334 [9 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 118

 

By: An Informed Writer

Baha’ism Is Not a Divine Religion

All arguments, calculations, and interpretations of the phrases, laws and teachings of Baha’is are artificial and invalid.

For more than a month, the struggle against the Baha’is has been in the public eye. They have been mentioned in every gathering and assembly, and members of this perverse sect are also spreading false news and lies, in order to confuse public opinion, disturb the minds of the uninformed and portray the government actions as political. They consider this action as a religious war and try to appear oppressed in the minds and thoughts of the people, so that under the protection of the agents they have for the advancement of their propaganda, [they will] attract those who are unaware of the religion and the truth of Islam.

To dispel this doubt and to show that this perverse sect is totally condemnable in terms of reasoning, and that their arguments are based on suspicion, we bring to the attention of our dear readers this article by an informed scholar who has had conducted debates with their prominent preachers:

“In the first days of Ramadan, public attention was suddenly drawn to the issue of Baha’is, their propaganda, their increasing activities, and the infiltration of their influential elements in all vital affairs of the country. The mention of this deceived and misled group came to the fore in every assembly and gathering and everyone somehow talked about them and [described] their existence and activities. The trigger for this acute and unexpected current was the fiery, sharp and exciting [speech] of Mr. Falsafi, the famous preacher, which was delivered on Tehran Radio Station. His voice against this perverse sect was heard by all Iranians, Muslims and other parts of the world.

“What added to the importance of this process was broadcasting these events on the official state radio, and beginning this serious and wide-ranging struggle under the protection of government, which attracted the attention of the public, which led to the misunderstanding that these statements and this struggle have a political colour and come from a political source. As Mr. Falsafi himself stated, he was the mediator of Ayatollah Borujerdi’s messages to His Majesty the shah, and he himself was the agent implementing this fight, which had been ordained by the highest clerical officials from the monarchy. Of course, the Tehran radio station and his regular speeches during the month of Ramadan were the best opportunity to start this struggle.

“Assuming that this struggle has political colour and purpose, it cannot prove the legitimacy of the Baha’i Faith and the strength of the sect’s arguments. With a glance at their books and published works, which are obtained with difficulty, it becomes clear that this religion does not have a heavenly and divine aspect in itself. In terms of the foundations of beliefs, principles of beliefs, the way of reasoning and other aspects, it has no [resemblance to] the previous divine religions. …

“God willing, I will prove this fact to dear readers in future articles. I ask them to submit these writings to their Baha’i friends, acquaintances and relatives that, they write their arguments to reject the author’s views, so that their suspicions can be dispelled….”