[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:] Javan Online

[Date:] 5 Shahrivar 1391 [26 August 2012]

 

Interesting Narrations About the Shah’s Retreat Against Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi

Shahed Towhidi

...As I said, when the land reform issue was raised, Mr. Borujerdi opposed it and also strongly objected to the case of the Baha’i sect. Gradually, the coldness of the relationship between the two intensified, and during their last meeting, which I also attended in the square outside the shrine, the shah met with Mr. Borujerdi in the shrine. He did not go to Mr. Borujerdi’s house and Mr. Borujerdi came to the shrine. Some did not like it and said that it would be better that this meeting not take place, but Mr. Borujerdi wanted the relationship not to become any darker than it was, so that it would not lead to a clash between the shah and the people.

Mr. Borujerdi was extremely considerate of the community; this is a fact. I remember a young man had killed a Baha’i in Abarghou in Yazd, and Baha’is from all over the country took action and had the young man sentenced to death. The crowd had gathered in Abarghou to observe the execution of the young man the next morning. Mr. Borujerdi was informed on the night before the incident and did not sleep all night, making sure that the news reached the shah that the execution sentence must be stopped, and the shah ordered that this must be stopped for sure…

He entered the field directly against the perverse Baha’i sect, while in other cases he did not do so. What was his sense of danger from this sect?

He was convinced that this sect was not a religious school at all, but a political sect, and its origin belonged to the British. You must have seen the photo of Abbas Effendi being given the title of “Sir”. Mr. Borujerdi knew that this was not a religious school, but a political sect, and, in fact, the pathway of the infiltration of the British in Iran. The late Mirza Shirazi stopped them in the tobacco case and now they wanted to enter another way.

Of course, they have recently become active again, even politically, because the House of Justice in Akka [sic] has [instructed them to make their] school public. In the early years of the revolution, their children would not say they were Baha’is, but now they officially say so. Our universities do not accept them, but a part-time university has been created for them from outside, where they also give them a degree. In any case, Mr. Borujerdi had sensed that these were dangerous, and he was very careful not to give them [a chance], because he knew that England is the original issue, not the Seyyed-e Bab...