[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:] Ettelaat

[Date:] 10 Khordad 1359 [31 May 1980]

[Issue No.:] 16154

[Page:] 4


[Penned by:] M. Rajabi

[Re:] Shariah on the gallows

Those who for years were puppets and at the service of the West and the colonial powers were the ones beating the drum harder, and yet had no credit among the people.

Those who had clustered within several religious and political networks were the Freemasons, Baha’is, Azalis, Babis, and the socialists. Although these groups were in minor discord with each other, they were all united in adopting the Western pattern of social and political systems…

 …According to the martyred Nuri[1] and his allies, the political system of Europe, which is based on the laws of human mind and logic, since it lacks the Shariah, is codified and firm. But Islam, in every aspect of human life, whether in specific or general matters, has detailed norms and codes, and does not need to follow the Western codes of behaviour and laws for its political system.

In one of such bills in the first parliamentary period after the formation of the constitution, known as the most popular election, one can understand the true identity of the individuals and groups. 

“….Any assembly formed at this time—let’s say with ten members—will inevitably include four naturalists [atheists], one Babi, two sympathizers with Western civilization and three followers of Shia. But even those [Shias], are not pure and real believers, but ignorant, and followers of lust and worldly desires, and lack understanding to distinguish between good and bad. Therefore, what will happen in a parliament that has130 members in total and is composed of the selected and chosen representatives from all types of the mentioned groups?” (History of Iran’s constitution by Ahmad Kasravi, page 434.)




[1] Shaykh Fazlol-lah Nuri, the anti-Baha’i clergyman of the 1930’s in Iran