[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:]  Shaterosh-Shoara

[Date:] 11 Ordibehesht 1359 [1 May 1980]

[Page:] 3

 

An Important Historical Document from Imam Khomeini

Imam Khomeini, in “The Memoir of the Vaziri Library in Yazd”, has written an explanation in his memoir which is still interesting today after thirty-six years, and it is fun to read and talk about in order to get to know the intellectual background of the leader of the great movement of the people of Iran and the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

A document:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate the Merciful

O respected gentlemen who have collected these pages and brought it to the attention of the learned of the town, you should also create a book to bring you together and focus all on the Islamic goals. You should have asked everyone to sign [a statement saying] that should anyone insult the religion in this part of the world, you would rise up all across the country, wholeheartedly against it.  You should learn from the Baha’is how to be religious. If one of them lives in a village, they will be in touch with him from their headquarters, and if the slightest injustice is done to him they will all rise up in his support. You never rose up for your own rights, so the godless bullies rose up and started the whisperings of Satan at every corner, and soon they will overcome your divided group in such a way that your days will become so much harder than your days during the reign of the shameless Reza Khan!!!

 

11 Jumada-l Ula 1363 [4 May 1944]

Rouhollah Al-Mousavi Al-Khomeini