[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

[Date:] 28 Farvardin 1358 [17 April 1979]

[Issue No.:] 10658

[Page:] 5

 

The interview of Grand Ayatollah Khoei with France News:

“I had warned the previous Shah.”

Baghdad, France News

His Honour, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Abu al-Qasim al-Mousavi al-Khoei, the leader of six million Iraqi Shi’as, yesterday announced that the Shi’a community of Iraq “lives in security”. He denied the rumours of uprising in the Iraqi provinces with Shi’a majority groups, after the triumph of Islam in Iran.

Ayatollah Khoei, 84 years old and one of the most respected Shi’a leaders, even in Iran, received the reporter of France News yesterday in Najaf—which is internationally recognised as one of the most holy places of the Shi’a, a city situated in the desert, 200 kilometres south of Baghdad—in the same room in which he had received Farah last fall. At that time, the conversations of Farah with His Honour, the Ayatollah were the last efforts of the Pahlavi family to pacify the Shi’a leadership. This was also the last trip made abroad by the wife of the previous shah, before their final abandonment of Iran.

Ayatollah Khoei said in that interview, “What I said to her (Farah) was that she should have made the previous shah reform his own government, and should have obligated him to work for the nation, and to expel the Zionists and the Baha’is. But they did not pay attention to my advice…”