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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Monday, 14 Shahrivar 1362 [5 September 1983]

[Issue:] 17101

[Page:] 6


Friendly Relationship with SAVAK

Knowing the Hezb-e Ghaedin-e Zaman [the Sedentary Party of Our Time]

Written by: A. Baghi

… One of the criteria for understanding the current situation is to identify who is a friend and who is a foe. With regards to [strategy of] the Society, some have taken one side and say, “Let us see who the Hojjatieh enemies are. Their enemies are Monafeghin [People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran] the Tudeh Party, and so on.” Then they [ask], does this not indicate the integrity and authenticity of this group? ...

Now let us see! If the enemies of the Ghaedin [Hojjatieh Society] are the Marxists and the Baha’is, then who were their friends? Were the imam and his followers their friends, or the shah and his devotees and his assistants and the executioner SAVAK; the capitalists, the wealthy colonialists, Hojabr and Sabeti and …?

Now let’s see whether the Society was moving in the path of Islam and the imam, or was it moving in the path of heresy and hostility against the imam and his path?

During his exile, the imam of the ommat [nation] warned us repeatedly against the threats of America and the shah. While the major threat to our life, our religion, and our society was America and its allies, the Society took seriously the risk of Baha’ism and dealt with it in a contingent and artificial struggle, and in pursuing its mission [the Society] went as far as relying on SAVAK to obtain its legitimacy.

Engineer Tayyeb says “The Society did not have a definite stance in the past; for example, we can name the permission it took from SAVAK to convene its meetings”, and elsewhere he says, “For the Society, the fight against Baha’ism was the issue and fighting against the decadent regime of the shah and its major threat to Islam was not an issue.”

In order to fight the Baha’is, the Society appeals to the authorities who have influence and power in the previous regime, they even approach the officials and personalities close to the shah’s regime and somehow convince them to come and help.

The Ghaedin Party even considered operating with the permission of SAVAK, [which was,] according to the interests of the decedent monarchy and the authorities, considered to be a lawful act and would constitute it as one of the Society’s lawful Articles.

… Further to letter Number 12H 20R 20171 – 17 Farvardin 1336 [6 April 1957] from Tehran’s Intelligence and Security Organization, please inform this office of any recommendation made or actions taken against the five persons mentioned in the letter. Since gathering of the said individuals are for the purpose of opposition to the Baha’i sect, Haj Sheikh Mahmoud Zakerzadeh (Tavallaie), known as Halabi, is one of the organizers of this meeting. He has informed this office that the above-mentioned meeting cooperates with Section 21of Tehran’s Intelligence and the Security Organization. Therefore, it is advisable that information about the meeting be obtained from the above-mentioned person before summoning the others.-H

The Head of Intelligence Unit of the Joint Anti-Sabotage Committee

Naseri – 23 Farvardin 1336 [12 April 1957] – Signature”

… According to the report from the above-mentioned Mr. Mohammad Salehi, the representative of the Society for Debate and Guidance of the Baha’is to Islam has been summoned by SAVAK and asked for information about the Society. Although the above-mentioned had confessed clearly that all the information about the Society had already been submitted to SAVAK, he has been summoned for a different reason and interrogated. Please let us know the reason for summoning the representatives of the above-mentioned Society.