[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

[Date:] 29 Dey 1391 [18 January 2013]

 

Kashan

Head of Artistic Field Section in Kashan

If it had not been for Navvab’s vision, we would have been Baha’is

Fars News: The head of the Artistic Field Section in Kashan said, “If it had not been for Navvab Safavi’s vision and that of the Fadaian-e Islam [devotees of Islam], the Baha’i sect would have ruled Iran and we would have been Baha’is.

Fars News reported from Kashan that during Navvab Safavi’s commemoration ceremony, Mohammad Ghanbari stated, “When the Pahlavi regime was trying to replace the Shiite doctrine with the Baha’i sect, and no one dared to disagree, he raised the banner of Fadaian-e Islam, and opposed this sect.”

He [said that he] considered Navvab Safavi’s vision as his most important characteristic and added, “The foresightedness and vision of Navvab was such that he could foresee 100 years into the future; when no words had been spoken about Israel, by realising the emergence of Israel, he warned the people of Syria and Lebanon and prepared them to support Palestine”.

By pointing out the similarities of Fadaian-e Islam and Hezb-e Mo‘talefe-ye Eslami [Islamic Coalition Party], the head of the Artistic Field Section in Kashan said, “Navvab Safavi attempted to expose and combat at a time when Islam was being oppressed, and Islamic awareness did not exist like it does today, and to arise in that epoch required tremendous courage”.

He described knowledge and awareness as other characteristics and attributes of Navvab Safavi, and [said], “He was a man of investigation, in such wise that he would debate with his opponents for long periods of time, and when he would become disappointed about awakening them, the clergy’s order confirmed their apostasy and he proceeded to kill them.

Ghanbari mentioned religious authority, popularity, pragmatism and sincerity as Navvab Safavi’s other traits. He said, “These characteristics have made him an icon, which, after the passage of 70 years, is known as a symbol and pattern of combating imperialism.”

He emphasised the need to introduce Navvab Safavi to a young stratum of society, and reminded us, “Under current circumstances, where Islamic awareness exists in the world, Navvab Safavi as a young clerical fighter, wise and informed, can inspire the country’s youth in various political, social and religious arenas”.

The commemoration ceremony for Navvab Safavi was held at this office by the Khashan branch of the Motalefe-ye Eslami party, in the presence of Hujjatul-Islam Babaei, the Islamic propagation organization deputy in Esfahan Province, and some other dignitaries of this city.