[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:] Tuesday, 15 Shahrivar 1362 [6 September 1983]

[Issue No.:] 17102

[Page:] 6

 

The “religious question” of collaborating with a tyrannical regime was solved to the extent that the [Hojjatieh] Society had turned to a religious faction of the government.

In Recognition of the Party of Ghaedin-e-Zaman [The Hojjatieh Society]

By: ‘A- Baghi (Part Six)

Fighting against the Baha’is by relying on the Taghut regime … and condemning the right to protest against the regime and removing its responsibility from the members of the Society … reminds us of the teachings of the Baha’i Faith in which they say, “Baha’is are not allowed to oppose any government … and they should obey the government”, and “They should not make the slightest movement without its permission”, and “They should consider the devil as an angel and the bloodthirsty enemy as a loyal friend.” And the [Hojjatieh] Society also thought that Baha’is had been able to gather some supporters because of these seemingly long-standing principles.  Therefore, they entered the struggle in this way … Or when they saw that Baha’is were easily and freely propagating under the shadow of the government of the time, the Society would enter in the same way and was under the royal attention …

When one of the militant clerics (Hamidzadeh’s brother) was interrogated…. after being tortured… he said, “Why do you not want to defend religion like Mr. Halabi and others? ... But you have left [alone] this noble scholar who, with his vast activities, fights against the Baha’is…”