[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:] 16 Mordad 1362 [7 August 1983]

[Issue No.:] 17077

 

A Glance at the “Anti-Baha’i Society”, From its Inception to its Dissolution

Many years have passed since the first time I heard the name of the Anti-Baha’i Society in 1353 and 1354 [1974 and 1975] and maybe a little earlier, until the first of Mordad 1362 [23 July 1983], the day the Society was closed and now it was called by the name of Hojjatieh Mahdaviyyeh. Years passed! Years that undoubtedly were the scene of the greatest and most amazing events in the history of the world.

In those years, we were still studying at Alavi High School, and Alavi was not only the base of the Anti-Baha’i Society, but also one of the pillars of propaganda and promotion of the ruling mindset of the Society and was the educator of those religious strata. You may have heard Mr. Halabi, the founder of the Society, saying that, if it were not for Alavi [Abbas], the Society would not have been created...

But sometimes we have witnessed that forces from within this context and with the full knowledge of it, have not been able to keep up with it. One of them was this same Anti-Baha’i Society. The Anti-Baha’i Society, like many others, who disappeared and relieved the community of their temptations, had arisen from within this society and its context.

But what happened that it did not go along with the movement and uprising of the people? This is a question that we are trying to answer in this article.

In the first stage, the deviant perception of this people differs from some Islamic dimensions of the original understanding of Islam. If we say that the Anti-Baha’i Society is the enemy of the revolution and of Islam, we have not said it fairly. The members of the Society are the children of Islam and come from the same people...

... Both had to disappear, and it did not matter which one went sooner. When the Toudeh Party left, there was no place for the other one to stay. The enemy, in the context of what already existed within its propagating media, saw the disintegration of the Toudeh Party as a consequence of the dominance of the Anti-Baha'i Society.

The news agencies made strange interpretations and analyses. And since this stage was the stage of transformation and economic revolution, many of them, so to speak, divided the governing body into two factions, the fundamentalist line of the Imam Khomeini and the conservative Hojjatieh!

Interestingly enough, the enemy is still confused, and although our propaganda in this regard has been weak, it is not bad to know that, so far, two weeks after the announcement of the Anti-Baha’i Society, no news about this has been reported by world news agencies!

“B. Shariatmadar”