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[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Thursday 17 Mehr 1359 [23 September 1980]

[Issue No:] 16258

[Page:] 11


Hojjatol-Islam Sheikh Mostafa Rahnama: “Baha’i Leaders have given Massive Assistance to International Zionism” 


Hojjatol-Islam Sheikh Mostafa Rahnama, who is in charge of the Iranian group for cooperation with Palestine, in a brief interview with Ettelaat newspaper, provided information in relation to the discovery of the Baha’i sect’s team cells in Tehran and Karaj.  Below, we share our full conversation with you.


[Q:] Mr. Sheikh Mostafa Rahnama, a network of the assembly of leaders of the Baha’i sect has recently been discovered in Tehran and Karaj, and this discovery is related to the discoveries of cells of the teams of this sect in Tabriz, Yazd, and Shiraz. We understand that you were involved in this process. Would you please elaborate on these findings?


[A:] In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, after the victory of the holy Islamic Revolution in Iran, our great Imam announced a general amnesty for all.  However the Baha’i leaders, whose connection to the United States, Israel and the criminal Freemasons was proven, instead of repenting for their past actions, took advantage of the situation and set out to conspire against the Islamic Republic of Iran.


On 30 Mordad 1359 [21 August 1980], while investigating the assembly of Baha’ism, in one of the homes of a team cell [member], which belonged to Vargha Tebyanian, his brother, Baha, and Habib Ghods-Jourabchi, [we found] various firearms—such as a revolver, a hunting gun, and many bullets—property deeds, and perverse books. Also, another group of Baha’is was discovered in Karaj during the past two or three weeks, and two of its members, Farahand Mavaddat [Farhang Mavaddat], and Hashem Farnoush, were arrested. So far, we have concluded that these people have been giving assistance to international Zionism. 


In brief, the Islamic Revolution of Iran has protected our beloved country from many great dangers, such as the corruptions being spread by this perverse sect and their supporters, including the [late] shah, his sister, and Hoveyda the traitor. As the Baha’is say, they were planning to change Iran into the “land of Baha[1]” by 1361 [1982/1983].  The traitorous shah had become a Baha’i in 1355 [1976/1977].  Hoveyda and his brother had a huge house between Vanak and Yusefabad, which they kept for hustling and immoral activities. Fortunately, through the uprising and victorious revolution of the people of Iran, a lot of this corruption and criminal activity was eradicated. We hope for the day when our victory will be complete.







[1] [Bahá’u’lláh]