[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:] Azadegan

[Date:] Wednesday 1 Ordibehesht 1361 [21 April 1982]

[Issue No:] 640

 

The Spiritual Authority

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

The imperialist thesis of the separation of church and state is for the sole purpose of discrediting the rank of the clergy in the Islamic countries. For that reason, with the coming to power of Reza Khan in Iran, Ataturk in Turkey, the Al-e-Sa’oud in Saudi Arabia, the Hashemian in Iraq and Jordan, the Pashas in Egypt, and the settlement of France in Syria and Lebanon, a widespread effort started to make this thesis a reality.

If we take a closer look at the exact date of the promotion of this motto, we will come to the conclusion that after the fatwa [decree] of the Mirza, two movements started in the Islamic lands, which was the beginning of the excessive attention of imperialism to the Islamic world.

The first movement of the imperialists was to bring about different sects and the creation of made-up religious sects, because suddenly the Baha’is in Iran, the Wahhabis in the Arabian Peninsula and the Ghadianis [Ahmadi] in India announced their presence and started creating problems.  The creation of these sects was mostly for the purpose of separating people, so that imperialism could more easily exploit the Muslim people.

During the period of the progress of imperialism in Iran, which could not resist the power of the clergy and was afraid of the support of the people that were behind them, they were able, by cooperating with the fake clergymen and their other elements, who were trying to defile the pure station of the clergy with their conspiracies, to damage this respected segment of our society.  Of course, to oppose an idea, imperialism always tries to attract agents from the same group and create divisions by creating sects and anti-sects to keep people busy with the side issues and divert their thoughts.  That is how Mohammad Ali of Shiraz, known as the Bab, and the founder of Baha’ism, and Abdol-Wahhab, the founder of Wahhabism, were both clergy. Owing to a lack of awareness, they were deceived by the imperialist campaign and fell into their trap.