[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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 1 Esfand 1395 [19 February 2017]

 

The Military Coup of the Baha’is and the British on 3 Esfand 1299 [22 February 1921]

Examining the U.S. State Department documents on the coup, as well as analyses of history books, we conclude that this coup was not only a nationalist coup, but was designed by the old fox, Britain, and the cooperation of the Baha’is....

In history it is written, “At noon on a hot summer day, Habibollah-khan Rashidian secretly left from the back door of the British embassy in Tehran and moved to an unknown location. As usual, he had submitted his recent news and reports to the embassy officials and again continued to visit the centres where they wanted to prepare reports and information.”

Some time ago, Colonel Fraser had asked him to attend the house of Habibollah Khan Ein ol-Molk, one of the Baha’i leaders, to report to him on the issues and events that were taking place there. Ein ol-Molk was the son of Mohammad-Reza Ghannad, the director, and scribe of the works of Abbas Effendi, known as Abdu’l-Baha, and was considered one of his confident companions. Shortly after Rashidian entered Ein ol-Molk’s house on Kushk Street, and not long after their conversation had started, the butler brought a message, that a man of Indian appearance was asking to meet with Ein ol-Molk.

Upon the arrival of that person, Ein ol-Molk introduced him to Rashidian, “Mr. Ardeshir-jee is one of our close friends and colleagues.” Thus, the door to their acquaintance with each other was opened.

In one of the joint meetings of the three, one day, Ardeshir-jee asked Ein ol-Molk to consult with the Baha’i Assembly and introduce him to a high-ranking Cossack who was not a pure Twelver Shiite. Ardeshir-jee reiterated that the person should not be a pure Twelver Shiite. Ein ol-Molk knew that in such cases the British were looking for someone with whom they could work closely; for this reason, British embassy staff and those close to their policies were usually chosen from among non-Muslims and non-Shiites. After examining and consulting with the Baha’i Assembly, Ein ol-Molk found a Cossack named Reza as the most suitable person to introduce to Ardeshir-jee....