[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 11 Azar 1359 [2 December 1980]

[Issue No:] 433

 

Problems in Karaj[1]

Shajouni, Karaj representative to the [Islamic Consultative] Assembly [stated]:

 

…Occasionally, some people come to the office and say, “We are Baha’is, we have been wronged, and please do something”. We say, “Mr. Baha’i, what are you saying? You are a saboteur!” [They say] “The provisional government has written to us and has thanked us.”

 

Alas, if such freedom were to continue! Did you read last night [in the newspapers]? Can freedom be more than this - that a Baha’i attacked a clergyman in Karaj with his BMW and ran over him? More freedom? “The Baha’i community of the City of Karaj”? Mr. Hojjati, where is that community?

 

Then Shajouni read the letter from the head of the Office of the Prime Minister of the provisional government to the Baha’i community. “Your affectionate message, indicating a positive response to the order of the great leader of the Revolution of the Islamic Republic, in helping  and [providing] assistance in building homes precisely for the poor,” – Where, in Karaj, have Baha’is built houses precisely for the poor? “It was brought to the knowledge of the Prime Minister and he acknowledged it. For the Baha’i community, abundance of grace is asked from the threshold of God.”

 

Head of the Office of the Prime Minister (Provisional Government)

Ebrahim (illegible) …

 

 

 

[1] [For clarity some written symbols have been added to the text]