[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:] Almedina in Persian

[Date:] 28 Dhul-Qa’da 1403 -14 Shahrivar 1362 [5 September 1983]

[Issue No.:] Fourth

[Page:] 6

 

Interview with an Iranian Pilgrim

Hojjatieh Also Had Influence in Government...

[Q:]... Would you introduce yourself?

[A:]... No!

If I have understood it correctly, the reason for your refusal is that...Anyway, can you at least tell me where you are from?

[I am] from Tehran

These days, many reports have been published about the clashes between the Baha’is and Hojjatieh groups in the newspapers of the Islamic Republic. It is even said that the [change] to the cabinet of the Islamic Republic was the result of these clashes. As a pilgrim to the House of God who has come from Iran, I would like to ask your opinion about these reports....

... At the time of the Shah, they [Hojjatieh] were always engaged in campaigning against the Baha’is and had absolutely nothing to do with politics. Even when they were in the prison they would fight with the Baha’is and they were not involved with anything else. They also advised us not to intervene. For this same reason, since the beginning they were outside the imam’s path. Of course, I was not in the prison, but once, when they took my cousin to the prison, when coming out he said, “In the SAVAK they were praised. When SAVAK praises in such a way, how would they claim that our leaders are not from SAVAK?

…Is there any connection between the Hojjatieh group and scholars of religion?

There are many rumours on this subject, but when I was in Qom before the Revolution, the Hojjatieh group sent a telegraph to [Ayatollah] Shariatmadari saying, “We will fight with the Baha’is, but those in the imam’s front do not allow us…”