[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:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Sunday, 10 Aban 1360 [1 November 1981] - 4[3] Muharram 1402

[Issue No.:] 16565

 

Hojatoleslam… Jannati: “The Anti-Baha’i Society Must Clarify Its Position on Velayat-e-Faqih [Guardianship of the Islamic jurists]”

This week’s unifying and enemy-defeating prayer, as in the previous weeks, was led by Ayatollah Jannati and was held in Qom, the city of jihad [holy war] and ijtihad [clericalism]…

Question from the Anti-Baha’i Society

In another part, Ayatollah Jannati added, “Frequently, we are asked questions by people about the status of this group. To answer them, we ask this group to answer these questions.” …

3- You used to work on the Baha’is and say, “These are dangerous for Islam, and we said we know they are dangerous; you said that they were related to Israel, and we knew [that], and whatever you said, we accepted. Then we would say, “You have to destroy their roots, but you [only] cut their branches and leaves.” Very well, now it has [been] uprooted, and today, in the atmosphere of the Islamic Republic, they have no place. The atmosphere of the Islamic Republic does not allow Baha’is and anti-Islamists to breathe. Now what is your mission in this organization? Your past mission is clear; what is your mission today?”