[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:] Islamic Revolution Document Center

[Date:] 27 Tir 1397 [18 July 2018]

 

Kerman Police Force Report on Sheikh Ahmad Kafi Revelation Against Bahaism in 1351 [1972]

In 1972, the Kerman police reported on the anti-Baha’i speech of the late Kafi, [who had said that], “According to the information, at 19:00 on 7 Shahrivar 1351 [29 August 1972], in the Jameh Mosque, Sheikh Ahmad Ziafati-Kafi, while warning people not to deal with the Baha’i sect, had stated that one rial from each bottle of Pepsi-Cola would be used for the propaganda of the Baha’i religion, and on the other hand, the factories of Arj and General Steel also belong to the sect in question.”

Islamic Revolution Document Centre – Sheikh Ahmad Kafi was one of the militant clerics and preachers who played a significant role in awakening the people of different provinces of the country during the years of struggle against the Pahlavi regime, and was very popular among the people. He enlightened the people by traveling to different regions and giving lectures. One of his speeches, which also attracted the attention of reporters and agents of the Pahlavi regime, was related to his revelation about the perverse Baha’i sect in Kerman.

In this regard, the Kerman police wrote, in a report dated 7 Shahrivar 1351 [29 August 1972] to the head of the Intelligence Department, “According to the information, at 19:00 on 7 Shahrivar 1351 [29 August 1972], in the Jameh Mosque, Sheikh Ahmad Ziafati-Kafi, while warning people not to deal with the Baha’i sect, had stated that one rial from each bottle of Pepsi Cola would be used for the propaganda of the Baha’i religion, and on the other hand, the Arj and General Steel factories also belong to the sect in question.”