[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:] Irane Ma

[Date:] 29 Ordibehesht 1334 [20 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 226

 

God Forbid, I Do Not Intend to Offend!

I swear by His Holiness, Abbas, I am a Muslim. My father, may he rest in peace, was a zealous Twelfth-Imam Shia, and my mother is such a pure and unsullied Muslim that she has no peer.  I will also say my “Ashhad” [verse bearing witness to belief in Islam] so that you will know that I have been born Muslim and have remained Muslim.

I do not consider “Babism,” “Baha’ism,” or “Azalism” as religions. If I were to respect them at all, I would call them a party or a sect.  If you want my inner belief, despite all of the open-mindedness and tolerance that I think I have, I do not like these parties and sects because they are not followers of logic. They, themselves, do not even know what they are saying or doing, why they have come and where they are going. Hold this thought until later. . .

On the other hand, I consider the Trustee of Islam Falsafi, as a knowledgeable man. . .

. . . The Trustee of Islam Falsafi is, without a doubt, a pious man and his aim is to fight in the path of his religion and belief.  For this reason, he took courageous and sudden steps, just as was done by the martyrs in the beginning of Islam. While saying “There is no God but God” and raising his voice, he attacked all Baha’is, Babis, Azalis, and the perverse ones.  He has done a very good deed. He is a Shia Muslim.  He has feelings.  He has honour... However, today, when such talk was no longer relevant, and it was not possible to hurl political slanders at Mr. Falsafi, he took advantage of the opportunity.

. . . However in addition to the Trustee of Islam [Falsafi] and the perverted Baha’i sect, I mean, beside the heroic rise of Mr. Falsafi and decline of the perverted Baha’i sect, all these events [referring to the destruction of the dome of the Baha’i Centre] benefitted a group of the people and destroyed the interests of others…