[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:] 14 Aban 1360 [5 November 1981]


Interview with Ayatollah Jannati About His Questions From the Anti-Baha’i Society

Yesterday, you read a summary of the explanations of Ayatollah Jannati, a member of the jurists of the Guardian Council, regarding their questions about the Anti-Baha’i Society. Today, the detailed conversation of the Ettelaat reporter with Ayatollah Jannati can be viewed.

Question - What was the motivation for asking your sudden and unexpected questions regarding the Anti-Baha’i Society, even after three years have passed since the revolution, and this current has been able to infiltrate its elements into many organs under the banner of Imam Khomeini?

Answer - In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful; there were question marks about this group from the beginning, both before the victory of the revolution and after the victory of the revolution. However, it seems that its pursuit was not very necessary and there was no need to follow up. After the victory of the revolution, some of them were contacted from time to time. There were conversations, but it did not feel like something that one needed to discuss, until recently.

For what reason I do not know, but there were many questions among the people. In most places where we were asked questions, this was usually one of the questions, and we received letters in various ways and [people] inquired continually by telephone calls or orally.

We felt that this was a question at the community level, especially in relation to those who dealt with it. Maybe they wanted to have a relationship with them, or they had an existing relationship and they did not know what to do with this relationship. There was a question for the people. Of course, these were the people who posed these questions….