[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:] Farman

[Date:] 10 Khordad 1358 [31 My 1979]

[Issue No:] 22

 

Cemetery’s Lands and Orchard  Registered as Personal Property

 

Konjkave[1], makes reference to the contents of the pages 245 and 259 of a recently published 375-page book titled “Enshe’ab dar Baha’iat[2]” from the pen of well-known author Mr. Ismail Ra’in, which includes many pictures and photocopies of reliable documents.  This [book], which has been well received among national [literature] groups, has made a significant impact.  [The author] has prepared a written report in which he indicates: “…The Baha’i Organization in Iran is definitely a sect and a political faction. In former times and recent days, through its mediators and agents in various governmental boards, with open and hidden support, it has greatly been able to abuse and misuse [the system]. For example, a fraudulent registration of a parcel of land in a public cemetery, which rightfully and lawfully belongs to the Municipality, should be pointed out.  Golestan-e Javid,[3] located in Amirabad above Jalaliyyeh, which was a Baha’i graveyard and is registered under numbers 3741 and 3742 of Tehran District 3, despite objections submitted by Tehran Municipality, numbers 4155/23/1178, dated 19 Ordibehesht 1342 [9 May 1963] and 23/1561, dated 15 Khordad 1340 [5 June 1961] which provided a detailed notes regarding the graves and many gravestones, they [the Baha’is] registered it as an orchard and divided it on behalf of the “Omana” corporation - an economic and trading institution pertaining to [owned by] the Baha’is - and have sold [the parcels] to various individuals for a very high price even before having paid the relevant taxes, such as the ‘inheritance tax’ and ‘gift tax’, to the government.

 

Regarding illegal actions of the Baha’i Organization in Iran, Konjkave has added to [the author’s] report, stating: “The [Islamic] Endowment Foundations should seriously take action regarding endowments of great value available to the Baha’is of Iran, which have been left to the disposition of the “Omana” Company. Once and for all, the accounts of this [company] and its affiliated companies must be audited and with the large sums of monies that will be obtained as a result of this investigation, houses should be provided for the Mostazafan [poor], who are particularly in need of attention. This would be a great help. 

 

 

[1] [Editorial nickname, means Curious]

[2] [Schism in Baha’ism]

[3] [Eternal Garden, it is the title for Bahá’í Cemeteries]