[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-e Havaei
[Date:] 31 Farvardin 1373 [20 April 1994]
[Issue No.:] 177
Jomhouriat Newspaper mentioned the small number of the Baha’is in Iran as the largest minority religion.
Tehran - Kayhan-e Havaei News Service - 24 Ordibehesht – Jomhouriat newspaper, published in Istanbul, has mentioned that Baha’ism (the Western-created sect, the key elements of which are famous in different countries for actively collecting information for espionage agencies), as the largest minority religion of Iran, and explained their pitiful conditions.
This newspaper, repeating accusations of the supporters of this sect regarding the imposition of restrictions against them in Iran, writes, “Now nearly 120,000 Baha’is are living in America and the human rights organization believes that amongst the followers of all minority religions, Baha’is have tolerated the most trauma within the Islamic countries, particularly in Iran—and this is despite the fact that Baha’is are the largest group amongst the minority religions of Iran.
Jomhouriat mentioned that although Baha’is are the largest minority religion, their numbers in Iran are low and many of the leaders of this sect, since the victory of the Islamic Revolution and restrictions of their teaching activities, have left Iran and are living in other countries, especially the newly independent countries in mid-Asia, and are engaged in recruiting members and opposing the Islamic Republic. One of the main strategies of this sect is deceiving people’s minds and presenting exaggerated statistics about the number of its members.
The leaders of this sect have close and friendly relationships with the influential Zionists and the centres of power in Europe and America; their original seat is in Israel.
Jomhouriat concludes by reporting the uprooting of the Baha’is in Iraq and writes, “Iraq was able, between 25 and 30 years, to dry out the roots of the Baha’ism in that country and the Iranian government also, according to the programme it has devised, is pursuing the same goal.