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[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 Eslami

[Date:] Saturday 5 Mordad 1364 [27 July 1985] 8 Dhu’l-Qa’da 1405

[Issue No.:] 1784

 

On the occasion of the anniversary of the unjust martyrdom of the jurist Mujahed, Ayatollah Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri, may God’s mercy be upon him:

Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri: the loud cry of pan-Islamism, at the zenith of the deadly grips of Western colonialism…

 

In the name of God the Merciful, the Compassionate

The Constitutional movement of Iran, just like any other liberating, anti-dictatorial and anti-colonialist movements, started by the initiative and guidance of clergy, and, through continuous efforts, strifes and struggles, has reached its fruition. But following the magnanimous dedication of these men—who sacrificed their entire beings to the movement and made it fruitful—the eager intellectuals and those who were in love with the worthless Western value system, stepped into the field with the satanic instruments of foreign colonialism and put aside the clergy, deviated the constitutional revolution, and again paved the way for totalitarianism and colonialism…

 …No wonder Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri, who was one of the founders and primary leaders of constitutionalism, later become known as its enemy, but Muslim parliamentarians wanted constitutionalism to be based on Islam and they do not pass any law against the Qur’an, Muhammad’s religion, nor the holy sect of Ja’afari. Yours truly also hopes for such a parliament. Therefore, all the Muslims and I are of the same opinion. The difference between us [the Muslims] and the atheists, even the Babism of Mazdaki belief, or naturalists of Western style is, their denial of Islamism and their being the enemies of the sincere Muslims. They confront the Muslims and me, and day and night are trying to confuse the Muslims on this matter and deprive them of the understanding that they and I are always together, always comrades, and there is no conflict between us!

Do you not observe, O my religious brethren, that, since the day of the establishment of the parliament, whoever were the freedom-seekers were naturalists, and believed in Babi[sm] in Tehran, [and] suddenly have come out of hiding from behind the veil and have started re-grouping themselves, using profligacy and highway robbery? Tell me, what exclusivity and familiarity exist amongst this kind of people and this established parliament in Baharestan?...