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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]

 

[Newpaper:] Jomhouri-e Eslami

[Date:] Saturday 21 Ordibehesht 1364 - 20 Shaaban 1405 [11 May 1985]

[Issue No:] 1722

 

Hojjatol-Islam Hashemi Rafsanjani in his Friday Sermon – Tehran

“The Iraqi regime is pledging assistance to everybody. Today it is us who must take the final decision about the war”

 

The “Political-Devotional” of Friday Prayer this week, just like other weeks, was held with all its glory all over our Islamic nation.

 

According to this report, the speaker Hojjatol-Islam Amini, prior to the sermons of this Friday Prayer in Tehran  had, from lecturers of the Feizieh theoretic school of Qom, continued his chain of lessons, under the title of ‘Islamic Morality’, and these are being regularly repeated once every two weeks. Hehas started another topic of these chain speeches on ‘Some Individual Corruptions’.

 

…Few months ago we were witnessing the movement of the Sikhs and their relationship with Hindus. Such matters have always been in our history in relation with the Westerners. How many sects have they have created and have thrown upon the Muslims! Sometimes we see these Baha’is, who become valuable to the President [of the United States] and the American parliamentarians. They benefited very much from the Russians and the British and now it is the time for the United States.

 

Every day is the creation of a subject. One day it was the creation of the Qadiani movement in Pakistan, then another movement in the Arab world by the name of Wahhabis, and yet another one in Iran by the name of Baha’ism, etc. They keep on creating such movements. This is the sedition of the white race, the vile white race of Europe, playing with sacredness, mosques, temples and the spiritual beliefs of the people, shedding so much blood, and only God knows how much [has been shed so far]! If one day God wants to besiege the European leaders for their committed crimes, I do not know what kind of punishment could be given to them to balance their oppression…