[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:] Jomhoury-e Eslami

[Date:] 31 Shahrivar 1358 [22 September 1979]

[Issue No.:] 93

 

Should this be Called “Recessive”, We Accept It

A letter from two assistant nursing sisters …

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

With greetings and gratitude, I would like to convey to the honourable imam of the nation and the leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Imam Khomeini, the following. We are two sisters, by the names of Akram Sarbaz Alipour and Farideh Parvaresh Namini, working as assistant nurses at Tehran Oil Company Hospital. In order to obey our religious duty and responsibility towards the Islamic Republic of Iran, and to honour the blood of more than eighty-thousand martyrs, as well as more than one hundred thousand disabled, we would like to report that there is a large number of staff at this hospital who, instead of doing their jobs as doctors and nurses, are busy spreading the rumours that, hopefully, the shah will soon return…

….Since the beginning we have been transforming our inward and outward [lives] by following the laws of God, as much as it is possible for us. One of the teachings we have followed is [with regard to the] Islamic hijab. [We have] started combatting those Muslims who are only Muslims in name, the infidels, the Baha’is, and the ungodly people who have been insulting and belittling us. They have accused us of being the agents of SAVAK. They have even threatened us by phone that they would assassinate us if we do not remove our hijab…