[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]
[Date:] 19 Aban 1336 [10 November 1957]
[Issue No.:] 4313
Request for Sharia Decree Presented to Honourable Ayatollah Behbahani,
Reuters reports that Shoghi Effendi has died. [He was] the head of the Baha’i sect, which has been established by the Islamic scholars for centuries, and for now is one of the sects of Islam.
Please state how this came about and the truth of this matter.
Muhammad Taqi al-Hasani Modarres
In the Name of God
This cult has not been around for more than a hundred years or so, and not for centuries.
Creation of this plan in the name of religion was done by one of the foreign governments for political reasons to create divisions in Iran. However, its ideology makes it clear that this is obviously a political ideology and not a religion.
The beginning of this ominous soundtrack was [created] by an illiterate Seyyed who was a merchant from Shiraz. Due to the illegal austerities, he had become mentally ill and made some unimportant compilations. But the aliens finally achieved their purpose and the emergence of this seditious plan [Baha’i Faith] led to corruption, murder, looting, conflict and hostilities around the country.
The statement that Baha’ism is one of the sects of Islam is false and defamatory. They [Baha’is] themselves have stated in their scriptures that they do not believe in Islam, but [they] are the followers of a new religion. Therefore, the reporter’s appendix that the scholars of Islam had anything to do with the creation of this cult, is wrong and has no basis.
Begging for forgiveness, the insignificant
Mohammad al-Musawi al-Behbahani, may God forgive him