[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:] 17 Azar 1392 [8 December 2013]

 

Who Was the Number One Man Fighting the Baha’is During the Pahlavi Era?

Falsafi, at the behest of Ayatollah Kashani, called on the people to protest against Israel in the Shah Mosque 13 days after the formation of the tyrannical Israeli government. [Two] of his most important struggles in the 1320s [1940s] and 1330s [1950s] were: 1- To prevent the destruction of the Madar-e Shah Mosque and the construction of the Arg Mosque; 2- Mandating religious education courses and, most importantly, fighting Baha’ism.

He exposed Baha’ism during the holy month of Ramadan in 1332 [1953]. He said in this regard, “In my speech during the holy month of Ramadan ... I spoke about Baha’ism and its position in Iran. The next day, Alam, the minister of interior, warned me by telephone, ‘Mr. Falsafi, I will not allow you to talk about the Baha’is like this and disrupt security and cause bloodshed!’ I told him, ‘Speak politely, or I will hang up the phone.’ He also changed the tone of the conversation. I said, ‘I tell Muslims in a serious tone that my goal is to expose the misguidance of the Baha’is, lest a Muslim extend his hand and slap a Baha’i and cause murder and bloodshed.’”

The speech against the Baha’is at the Shah Mosque and its broadcast on the radio caused a strange wave in the country, and the people who had been oppressed by that heretical sect became excited. Hojatoleslam Falsafi said, “I was told that in those days the new prime minister, Hossein Ala, had gone to Europe for treatment and had telegraphed to the shah, saying that the reaction against the Baha’is in Europe was not good because the Westerners were protesting and saying that there was no freedom in Iran”.

In continuation, Falsafi said, “One day, in the middle of Ramadan, I was warned by Brigadier General Teymur Bakhtiar and General Alavi Moghaddam that His Majesty had ordered us to stop speaking out against the Baha’is...”

However, Falsafi did not heed these warnings and, as he put it, “In short, we continued to oppose the Baha’is. On the other hand, a number of members of parliament prepared a plan to outlaw this sect and expel its followers from government offices.”

The Third General Directorate of SAVAK closely monitored the activities of the Baha’i sect. But the Baha’is felt threatened after the attacks of Hojatoleslam Falsafi and the shah’s order to destroy the Haziratu’l-Quds, the Baha’i centre in Iran. After that, Ayadi, the shah’s physician, left Iran for a time. The [Baha’is of the world] thought that Iran was the promised land of the Baha’is. Finally, Ayatollah Falsafi said, “The result of my resistance to the Baha’is until the end of Ramadan in 1334 [1955] was that the shah became angry with me; so, not only was my meeting with the shah interrupted to convey Ayatollah Borujerdi’s messages, but I was no longer invited by the Friday prayer leader of Tehran to speak, and my speeches on the radio were banned.”

It can be said that although the Baha’is were affected during these years, what destroyed them was the Islamic Revolution led by Imam Khomeini. From the imam’s point of view, the Baha’i sect was not a religious but a political party that had been a British mercenary and spy in the past.

In 1377 [1998], at the age of 93, Ayatollah Falsafi rushed to the mercy of God due to illness.