[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:] Kayhan Havaei
[Date:] Wednesday, 2 Bahman 1370 - 22 January 1992
[Issue No.:] 966
West Encourages Baha’is to Increase Their Activities
Since the inception of Baha’ism, it has been the plaything of colonialism within Islamic countries, particularly in Iran, with the aim of fulfilling the goals of the West by creating religious differences and diminishing the religious belief and zeal of its people. Colonialism had truly understood that creating disorder in the people’s religious belief is the best way of colonizing Islamic nations’ culture and ultimately plundering their resources and riches, and religion has been the most important tool to combat Western colonialism within the Islamic world.
As stated, one of the greatest devices of the West to keep its dominance over the Islamic societies was to create insubstantial sects, of which Wahabbism and Baha’ism were two examples! Indeed, these two sects have greatly served the West during their lifetimes. But the well-informed Muslim politicians of Iran, such as Amir Kabir, being informed of the colonialist plots, did not allow the agents of the mentioned sects to implement their unholy agenda.
During the Pahlavi regime, in line with the colonial policies, Baha’is were offered an opportunity. The members of this sect influenced the economic, political and cultural structure of the country and could implement various plots to weaken Islam and Muslims. Maintaining a relationship with Israel, spying for Zionists, having communication with the CIA, were indicators of their activities in this period.
After the Islamic Revolution, the agents of this sect, because of their enormous financial misuse, and having perpetrated heavy crimes, and being fearful of the revenge of the Muslims, took their flight and sought refuge with their lords, and from there, with bugle and trumpet, voiced out their protests about “religious discrimination”(!) and “lack of religious freedom in Iran”(!) And Washington, under the pretext of the violation of their rights in Iran, seriously stood up in their support.
The West, in addition to benefiting from the propagations of the elements of this sect in the path of reaching its goals—especially in confronting the Islamic Revolution of Iran, which has left its deep influence on other Islamic countries—has now started to strengthen the Baha’is’ position. In the same line, the Daily Star Newspaper, published in Dhaka, has announced: “A delegation from the Baha’i community of Bangladesh, chaired by Dr. Hanna (seemingly a Persian) has met with this country’s minister in charge of cultural affairs.” Also, in Turkey, Erdal Inonu, the deputy prime minister of this country, while meeting with the leader of the Baha’is, promised the Baha’is that they would be allowed to perform their activities in Turkey with liberty.
The growth of the Baha’i activities certainly is a sign of the fear of the Western powers of the expansion of the Islamic Revolution. Although Baha’ism has not, so far, been able to be a decisive factor in the development of the optimal Islamic society, from the Westerners’ point of view, it is possible to be a parameter in slowing down the Islamic movement. It seems the growth in the Baha’i activities in Western countries, India, Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh is all in the same line and with the Western persuasion.