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[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:] 20 Bahman 1363 [9 February 1985]


Hashemi-Rafsanjani and 32 Questions…

After the victory of the Revolution, naturally, [for] those who had not been involved with it and had not collaborated with the leader of the struggle, continuity of their organization was difficult. Later on, when the imam showed his dissatisfaction, they, being Muslims, announced the cessation of their activities, but clearly did not dissolve their society, and announced that they had stopped all their pursuits; yet we have no knowledge of their organizational activities nor of their political movements.

In principle, their main goal at the time of the shah was to strive to combat the Baha’is. Because the Americans were in charge, and Baha’ism is also an American/Israeli matter, Baha’is had a large field of activity. The Hojjatieh Society only used to fight the Baha’is in those days, thinking that it was possible to combat them in a peaceful way. For example, the shah’s personal physician was a Baha’i and some of the ministers at the time of the shah were Baha’is. They did not oppose the shah himself and were thinking that it was possible to combat the Baha’is. But we did not agree with their kind of thinking and believed that they were wrong.

Now, within the Islamic Republic’s regime, where Baha’is do not have any place for activity, the initial idea of their [Hojjatieh Society] formation has been annulled. Many of them are now busy working in the regime of the Islamic Republic; they are teachers or working at the offices in other areas, and no one bothers them. They do not disturb the Islamic Republic and they serve, as well.