[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:] Bamdad-e Emrooz

[Date:] 16 Khordad 1358 [6 June 1979]

[Issue No.:] 26

 

Iran: Revolution in the Name of God

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... Shia Islam recognizes the religious minorities, including Zoroastrians, who are mostly living in the region of Yazd, a major city on the edge of the desert, and also the People of the Book, such as the Christians and the Jews. But Baha’is are excluded from this recognition. To the Shiites, Baha’is do not offer anything different from the Freemasons. Earlier on, Ayatollah Shariatmadari, a Shiite religious leader, refused to grant them the rights to be recognised as a religious minority. Baha’is are people from nowhere, who are world citizens. Alien to the highest meaning of the word, that Shah gave responsibility to some of them on his side, against the Shiites. Could these world citizens benefit from any rights in the Islamic Republic, like the rest of the people? The question arises because Baha’is are being persecuted since a few months ago. To the Shiites, Baha’is are the personification of corruption.

In the last days of the year 1978, the word corruption is a key [terminology] in Tehran. Men of religion consider it as a completely imported and anti-Islamic product, of which the operating mode of banks, which is based on usury, is an example. When it comes to corruption in Iran, it is certainly about the royal family and the court, as well as the Freemasons, the Baha’is and the Jews—as if evil comes from somewhere else and is of “another” nature. Men of religion stress that “minorities will be free in the Islamic Republic”. “They will benefit from the freedom that they neither had during the Shah’s regime nor in the Western countries ...