[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:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Wednesday, 16 Shahrivar 1362 [7 September 1983]

[Issue No.:] 17103

[Page]: 6

 

In recognition of the Qa'edeen-e-Zaman Party [Hojjatieh Society]

By: E. Baaghi

(Part Seven)

Deviations in the evaluation of Islamic Revolution

... and in fact, to differentiate between the anti-Baha’i society and the real campaigners and Muslim masses who are inspired by the Imam’s campaign policy and have attended the battle is a Quranic thought and action, especially because these particular Qa’edeen have avoided participating in a necessary campaign. In the above writings, the campaigners attending an unnecessary jihad [holy war], are preferred over the Qa’edeen, and [illegible]… puts them under pressure, and this group is placed at the crossroads of participating or not participating in the Islamic Revolution. And also to calm down the internal and external pressures of the Society targeting them, they start taking unmotivated action, as always, and by sending letters to some authorities, would remind them that in the course of our history we have converted this many Baha’is to become Muslims, this many Christians are converted to Islam and this many of the youths are being drawn to the Islamic activities. And it goes on to say that this is the result and outcome of the Society’s cultural activities; if we had participated in politics, we could not have achieved these results and successes. Now, considering that participation in the demonstrations and political affairs would lead to the disintegration of the Society, and that a couple of clergy have already started some movements, please define [clarify] our religious duty.

It is interesting that in this letter, they first express their ideology and make it clear that, in their view, they should not participate in the revolution and political affairs; then they define their own path and then ask for their duty. And by mentioning the response to this letter, which has been positive for the Society, and the issue of following Mr. Khoei, who was never in favour of the revolution right from the start, and called the people’s protests “idiocy”, the Society would religiously justify its non-participation of their forces in the Islamic revolution. On this matter, one of the scholars says, “... since the issue of Baha’ism was an important issue for the Muslims, they (the Society ...) attempted not to participate in the revolution and just highlight this matter, as they did not think that the revolution would be victorious...