[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:] Monday, 17 Mordad 1362 - 18 August 1983

[Issue No.:] 17078

[Page:] 15

 

A Glance at the Anti-Baha’i Society from Establishment to Dissolution

Mahdism, Man and Struggle

The [Anti-Baha’i] Society as a “formation” and “thinking” [entity] was buried forever, and now the Revolution is taking another step forward and organizes itself comfortably… Now, in the continuation of the discussions about ... the issue of Mahdism ... we would discuss a few points…

…In the course of history, the subject of Mahdaviyyat [Promotion and propagation of the ideology of the return of Shiia Promised One (or Mahdi, for the Sunnis)] has been interpreted in different ways: …

2- The relaxed and passive approach and belief in the coming of the Imam and the belief that things will not be right until the Twelfth Imam appears, and any government that claims Islamic justice is a liar and a heretic…and the belief that the world must be full of corruption for the Imam to come. This is the attitude that the supreme leader of the Revolution [demonstrated]: “If the believers do not reform themselves, their hands and feet will be broken.” This is the same approach that is used today by the Anti-Baha’i Society.

3- The opportunistic approach and taking advantage of people’s pure sentiments and belief in the Twelfth Imam and expecting His coming, and instead of waiting for His coming, creating false Mahdis, whose last one is “Baha’ism” …

Both of the last approaches are deviant…

… This same Bab, of whose emergence Baha’ism is the result, and the evolution of whose ideas by his successors, emerged exactly after the Iran-Russia wars and during the seditions that arose on that day in our country and in the trilateral relations between Iran, Russia and the Ottoman Empire…with the  difference that the Bab …was created by colonialism…

Although it is against Baha’ism, its policy―especially after the victory of the revolution―poured water into the mill of Baha’ism and the enemies of Islam…