[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:] Jomhouri-e Eslami
[Date:] Tuesday, 21 Mordad 1376 [12 August 1997], 8 Rabi’ath-Thani 1418
[Issue No.:] 5264
Zionism and the Effort to Revive the “Theory of Periphery” – Part Five
Baha’ism, Freemasonry and Zionism
Judaism In Iran, Before the Revolution
…Judaism and Baha’ism
The regime, in many important areas of its decision-making, used, in addition to Judaism, which, as a religious minority, had widespread activity during the pre-revolutionary time of Iran, other clothing to achieve its goals. This covering or more properly said, this disguise, was the colonial sect of Baha’ism. Addressing the ups and downs of the history of Babism and Baha’ism, in line with the sinister colonial goals of [Great] Britain and Russia, along with Wahhabism, which called for the ideological disintegration of Shiite and Sunni states in the Middle East, is not the aim of this article. What is investigated here is the connection between Judaism and Baha’ism to achieve the goal of targeting the axis of Islam, and its destruction from within.
Thus, the Jews had imagined three obvious benefits for themselves by entering the Baha’i assemblies and circles. The first one is that, at least, it becomes the peripheral support for the enemy army that has revolted against Islam. Second, the Jews will be relieved of the Muslims’ hypocrisy and exclusions, by entering the Baha’i gatherings and associating with the Baha’is; [they] even entered into marriage with them. Third, if Baha’is prevail and succeed, [the Jews] have, for now, entered their camp.
In addition, the credible Jewish scholars believe that “Babis and Baha’is detest Muslims and consider the Jews to be similarly oppressed and persecuted like them. Besides, they [Baha’is] had to be extremely careful in teaching their faith to the Muslims, while they could talk with a Jewish person without any fear.”
The reason for the Iranians’ hatred of the Baha’is and their collaborators is the fictitious nature of this colonial sect, which naturally leads to their hatred towards any group and individual who might help and support them. This same policy by the minorities eventually led to their isolation amongst the Muslims, to the point where “many Jews gradually forgot the value of their morals and religion, as a result of the disintegration of the former Jewish social organizations, resulting from various pressures and destruction of the religious schools (!) and their secular and spiritual leaders. In short, the group, whose religious knowledge was superficial, had no hope of liberating the Iranian Jews by renewing their past Jewish glory; thus they quickly converted to Baha’ism.”
According to another scholar, “One of the strangest features of this minority is that some of them have converted to the Baha’i Faith and have become their followers, while [that faith] has not received much attention from followers of other religions.”
In this way, the Jews could formulate and implement their aspirations in connection with this imaginary sect in such a way as to maximize their use, and, according to the Jews themselves, “Even if Baha’u’llah’s claim ... is not true according to the Prophets, as long as it weakens Islam and strengthens our power, it is sufficient for us and we must support it.” Perhaps that is why Baha’u’llah and others like him as the head[s] of this sect, have been looking for a foothold in religious texts, or, as is mentioned in history, Mirza Abbas [Abdu’l Baha] introduces his father both as a descendant of Sassanids in Zoroastrian tablets and as a descendant of Joshua in Jewish tablets.
Thus, with the inception of this movement, Judaism eventually progresses to the point where, “…in some provinces and countries, the entire Baha’i population consisted of only one class; for instance, in Hamedan, which is a relatively important centre for Baha’is, with the exception of three or four Muslims, all Baha’is are from Jewish background, and the same Jews who have become Baha’is are in charge of the affairs and take any action that is contrary to the spirit of Islam.”
Ultimately, it should come as no surprise that many of these same Baha’is of Jewish background, in many key positions, committed mass betrayals against the sanctities of this country. People like Amir Abbas Hoveyda, with 13 years of service to Zionism and colonialism, and Ayadi, with his strange presence in the most private stages of the life of Mohammad Reza, are only two of the dozens of personalities in this period.
Judaism and its long association with the Baha’i Faith, from the early days of the establishment of this sect in Israel, is not a topic that is hidden from anyone, particularly those who have been at the forefront of the region’s politics. As Anthony Parsons puts it, “In my view, both Jews and Baha’is are automatically suspected of being agents of Western imperialism in Iran”, and in order to strengthen this view, it is important to know that “…the only country that (before the revolution) recognized this religion (!), and to be more precise, the sect of Bahaism, is Israel, and perhaps it was to strengthen this bond that their decision-making and leadership centre is situated in occupied Palestine…
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“I think the Baha’is and the Jews, as causes of Western imperialism, are subject to the wrath of the Iranian people,” said Anthony Parsons, the last British ambassador to Iran before the revolution.