[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:] Sunday, 13 Shahrivar 1362 [4 September 1983]

[Issue No.:] 17100

[Page:] 6

 

In Recognizing the Party of Gha’edin-e Zaman [Hojjatieh Society]

By: ‘A-Baghi (Part Four)

Basically, after the revolution, the Gha’edin Party, which had a completely anti-revolutionary and anti-Islamic history. If they were chanting slogans against the United States or Israel, it was only to disguise their case and gain prestige. After the revolution, they repeatedly called the Baha’is in their own publications as the guardians of the interests of imperialism and Zionism, so that by raising the Society’s opposition to the Baha’is in society, to be considered as their [Hojjatieh Society’s] opposition to the United States and Israel and their leading role.

But while we accept that… the Baha’is are a spy network for foreigners and basically the claim of the Imam’s line in pre -revolutionary period was that he said, “The source and root of the Baha’is is in the hands of the United States and the Shah’s regime and let us fight the nation instead of the Baha’is”…

The other issue is that if you knew that many of the officials, ministers and heads of the corrupt government are Baha’is, if you were really anti-Baha’i ... why didn’t you oppose the government? And why did you want to fight the Baha’is by relying on it [Shah’s regime]?... The fight of Gha’edin with Baha’ism …was serious. The Society…. was absolutely an anti-Baha’i force... 

Hojjatol Eslam Hashemi Rafsanjani states in this regard: “…What they wanted to do was, for example, stop the Baha’is. That was their effort... since it was safe, many welcomed it. That is, there were young people who had a desire to serve the religion and because the field was open, they would go there. They did not welcome danger.”

Hojjatol Eslam Hashemi Rafsanjani states: “Another current that had emerged and was problematic was the Hojjatieh Society. Many years ago a group thought of fighting the Baha’is and…Their job was to identify the Baha’is and they used to go to their meetings and would condemn them. They prevented the Muslims from being attracted to them, generally fighting the Baha’is. … They had classes and Muslim children would gather there and were taught the principles of the [Islamic] ideology. They would train them and equip them against the Baha’is. These networks were open all over the country… The young man sees that he has gone there for a while and has learned somethings. He would think that he has not seen any problem, ‘fighting the Baha’is’ is a good thing then he thinks that, he had learned something and also had done something…We used to say that, It is good that the regime allows you to fight (against the Baha’is – ours) . This is a hobby, otherwise the regime is strengthening the Baha’i. at that time, the Minister of Defense was Baha’i, the special physician of king was Baha’i. They had given the sensitive positions to the Baha’is. The other ministers were also Baha’is, the Minister of Water and Electricity… etc. in any case, the Baha’is had the upper hand.”