[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:] Saturday, 20 Bahman 1363 [9 February 1985] - 18 Jumada l-Ula 1405

[Issue No.:] 1459

[Page:] 16

 

The president of the Islamic Consultative Assembly described matters regarding the war and the nation’s most prominent economic, political and social topics. 

…They—the Hojjatieh Society—do not have any official activity as a Hojjatieh Society anymore. It is possible that their individual members wish to share their thoughts, but these gentlemen have not committed crimes, as such, that may deserve punishment.

In the past, before the victory of the Revolution, they did not agree to combating [the Pahlavi regime]; they were thinking that Muslims should be satisfied with the few possibilities they had in the mosques, cemeteries and schools, and they should only engage in matters related to worship and morality.

Naturally, after the triumph of the Revolution, those who did not cooperate with the Revolution in the past, and did not accompany the leaders’ struggles, faced difficulty in continuing their activity as a Society. Once the imam expressed his dissatisfaction, [but] since they were Muslims, [he] declared the halt of their activities [but] did not declare clearly the Society’s dissolution. But they announced that they had stopped all their activities. We have no news either of their organizational activities or of their political movement.

Basically, during the time of the shah, their main goal was opposing the Baha’is, because the Americans were in charge and Bahaism is an American/Israeli matter; therefore, Baha’is had found a vast arena for activity. The Hojjatieh Society in those days only fought against the Baha’is, thinking that it was possible to combat [them] by peaceful means. For example, the shah’s personal physician was a Baha’i, as were some of the ministers of the time of the shah. They did not oppose the person of the shah. They were thinking that it was possible to combat the Baha’is. We did not accept their way of thinking and believed that it was a mistake. Now that the Baha’is do not have any place in the regime of the Islamic Republic, the main reason for [the Society’s] reorganization is also void and there is no ground for their activities. Many of them are now employed in the regime of the Islamic Republic. They are teachers, or work in other places and offices, and no one bothers them, nor do they bother the Islamic Republic. and they also serve.