[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:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Saturday, 9 Mehr 1362 [1 October 1983]

[Issue No:] 17121

[Page:] 6

 

Getting to know the Ghaedin-e-zaman Party

Separation of Religion from Politics and Separation of the [Hojjatieh] Society from Politics!

Written by: A-Baghi (Part twenty-four)….

Shiite Sect and Politics are Two Inseparable Components…

…But they followed a more dangerous path than the philosophy of separation of religion and politics, as this philosophy does not negate interference in politics but considers it as a separate entity from religion, and they believe the mission of religion is limited merely to some moral teachings. However, these two polar sects, meaning the Baha’is and the anti-Baha’i society, are not only promoters of separation of religion from politics, but also consider interference in politics to be beyond their realm of responsibility. It is even more interesting that, owing to their non-political appearance they were acting freely on behalf of the [Pahlavi] regime - these two groups were non-political only in regards to the tyrannical Pahlavi regime - because this matter conformed to the wishes of the colonial machinery, making it easier for them to advance the colonial plan, and the belief contained in their constitution was what the shah’s repressive regime also defended. ..

On the subject of the Ghaedin’s non-interference in politics, Shahid (the martyr) Hasheminejad said: “If they felt someone was politically active, they removed him from the community, and this goes against the path of the Imam. It was for this reason that the regime gave them permission to work against Baha’ism, as the issue for the regime was to keep the young people busy somewhere, so that they would not get involved with the United States, the regime, oil and the political conditions in the country…”

The colonial conspiracy to promote separation of religion from politics, and its more frightening form of basically not interfering in politics, has a political nature and goal itself, and therefore even though the Association, like Baha’ism, is non-political on the surface, both of these phenomena have political roots. The Ghaedin were people who, Ayatollah Khazali says: “Did not allow the members of [the Society] to be politically active”. And Shahid (the martyr) Hasheminejad also said: “If they felt someone was politically active, they removed him from the community, and this goes against the path of the Imam. It was for this reason that the regime gave them permission to work against Baha’ism, as the issue for the regime was to keep the young people busy somewhere, so that they would not get involved with the United States, the regime, oil and the political conditions in the country…”

…One of the pastimes was also [telling them] to go and fight the Baha’is, but not in an absolute manner”. (7)