[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:] 17 Ordibehesht 1363 [7 May 1984]

[Issue No.:] 17294

[Page:] 18

 

The Complete Text of Ehsan Tabari’s Television Interview

Ehsan Tabari: The Ideology of Marxism is Nothing More Than a Mirage

Introduction

I am Ehsan Tabari, 67 years old, and a former member of the disbanded Tudeh Party, a former member of the political board and the board of secretaries, in charge of the ideological branch, and I am currently in prison. Due to a stroke, I am not able to speak words fluently; so I have to read from my notes here. For this reason, I apologize to the esteemed viewers.

This writing has two parts. I will present the first part now and the second part will be presented the next day ....

2 - Also, in this book [by Sanglaji; its name is unknown], Seyyed Ahmad Kasravi is considered to be a freedom fighter, while at the beginning of his work, Kasravi presented his book, “The Court”, to Reza Khan and praised him in it. In addition, Kasravi, in his book called “Baha’ism”, converses lovingly with Baha’is.

It must be said that there has been and continues to be an international trend in the East and the West, and what it can do must work against Islam. Martyr Motahhari chose the title “Scissors” for it, because two decisive tools were prepared in the East and the West to cut off the lifeblood of Islam. Kasravi’s opposition, Sangalji’s efforts, Baha’i currents, the Khayyamist currents and the atheist currents all strike at the same thing, and the target is the religion of Islam. They rise up against Islam and distort it. Now it is necessary to arouse curiosity about and love for Islam in the society and introduce Islam to the world.

I mentioned only three books about my ideological works. The numbers of this type [of work] ―including articles―are in the tens. They are all based on the ideology of Marxism; therefore, they are all wrong in terms of style and (methodology). And although in their [style of] writing, there was nothing but sincere motivation, it is now clear that all these writings should be considered invalid.