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[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:] Eghlim

[Date:] 19 Mordad 1334 [11 August 1955]

[Issue No.:] 87

 

The Letter From the Religious Scholars of Qom Seminary, About the Book, “Claimants of Mahdism From the Emergence of Islam To the Present Time”

Contains the History of the Origin of the Bab and Baha’u’llah

It has been a while since a bright star, which is a book, has risen in the scientific, literary, political and religious circles of Tehran.

This book, “Claimants of Mahdism From the Beginning of Islam To the Present Time", containing the history of origin of the Bab and Baha’u’llah, and written by one of the experienced and informed writers, Ahmad Soroush, has been met with unparalleled and complete acceptance in all circles. It is one of the books that has historical value and represents Mr. Soroush’s tireless efforts and scientific services.

There have also been many eulogistic comments about this book, which the newspaper has refused to include, due to lack of sufficient pages. But recently we have received a letter that is very interesting and valuable in every way, and we publish it as it is:

 

The Honourable Editor of the Unique Newspaper of Eghlim:

The seminary of Qom has received a book written by one of the great and respected writers, Mr. Ahmad Soroush, who is truly one of the great scholars. This book is about the history of the claimants of Mahdism from the beginning of Islam to the present day and the causes of the emergence of the Bab and Baha’u’llah, and so on.

This book investigates, for the first time, the past history of Islam. Since it has not been changed, it can be said that it is the most comprehensive book that has explained the superstitions of false religions with its research method, and very solid and clear arguments. It has exposed the claimants of Mahdism in a very simple language that is understandable by common people. As a result, reading it is very useful for awakening the common people.

After all, the author of this book has shown everywhere what kind of people the claimants of Mahdism were. Therefore, we have attracted the attention of the public to this book, and we hope that by reading this book, the misguided will be saved, and that the scientific scholars will also benefit from its research and propaganda.

Al-Haghir Haj Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi - Hajj Sheikh Gholam-Reza Savehji - Al-Haghir Ahmad Al-Razavi - Hosein Al-Mousavi Al-Zanjani, resident of Qom, and about twenty other signatures.