[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:] Andisheh Eslami

[Date:] 14 Shahrivar 1358 [6 September 1979]

[Issue No.:] 3

[Page:] 26

 

Dr. Habib Jariri,

Part Three

Revolution [illegible]

In terms of the group division, the first parliament was divided into three groups:

1.  The traditional Muslims 

2.  The progressive Muslims familiar with the requirements of their day and time, such as Seyyed Akhund Khorasani, Seyyed Haji Tehrani and Seyyed Haj Sheikh Mazandarani

3.  The Westernized or modernized [Muslims]
To understand the thoughts of a traditionalist Muslim of that time, consider a letter written by Seyyed Ahmad, the late brother of Mirza Seyyed Mohammad Tabatabai, to his son-in-law, who is Agha Ziaod-Din, son of Sheikh Fazlollah:

“You do not know how much this National Consultative Assembly harms the religion and people’s world and what detrimental religious consequence it has. A parliament whose internal members, the constituent parts and chief executives, are composed of the Babis and Naturalistic will not be better than this.  You are not aware how much strength this perverse Babi sect has acquired and what sedition and turmoil they have caused. May God curse this ungodly preacher, Sayyid Jamal al-Din Va'iz [Esfahani], who led the people astray to the point [where they] stopped saying prayers and reading the Quran, when they heard him saying, “Do not pray nor read the Quran; instead consider reading the newspaper!”

(I would draw the reader’s attention [to] how many Muslims, as compared to the Babis and atheists, were in Iran that writer is lamenting in such a way? Are these not the same Muslims who lamented the opposition groups in vane at that time?)

They were the same traditionalist Muslims who raised the call of “Legitimacy of the Constitution” or the “Legitimacy of Sharia Law”, and Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri was also from this same group, who was, perhaps for the same reason, approved by the Imperial Court.