[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:] Tuesday, 11Tir 1364 – 13 Shawwal 1405 – 2 July 1985

[Issue No.:] 12486

[Page:] 18

 

Reviewing the History of Relationship of Iran and America, From the Beginning Until the Victory of the Islamic Revolution: (From 1211 [1832] until 22 Bahman 1357 – 11 February 1979)

Section 21

Mohammad Turkaman

Movement of the first group of American financial advisers towards Iran:

…At the instruction of ‘Ali-Quli Khan-i-Nabilu’d-Dawlih, the Baha’is had the mission of welcoming Shuster with the best possible means. They sent two English-speaking representatives from the Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran to Bandar Anzali to welcome them. The two representatives accompanied them to Tehran and informed the Assembly of their arrival. Two days prior to their arrival in Tehran, approximately one hundred Baha'is from Tehran, a few of whom knew English, went to the Village of Mehrabad to welcome Morgan Shuster and his family (171)

As Shuster has written in his book, when he entered the Atabak Park, he faced fifteen or twenty of the clever and expert Iranian servants. After two days, [he] appointed them to [carry out] special tasks, as they had come with credible letters of recommendation. Then, he continues to explain, the minister of finance asked to have these employees changed, as they were all accused of being Baha’is, and some newspaper had expressed objections. He writes: “I told the Minister of Finance that Americans are not Babis, and I am not happy that the government and nation of Iran are interfering with our religious beliefs, the employees’ religious beliefs and the color of their neckties.” Then he adds, “This was the last time that there was straightforward discussion on this subject, as we did not pay attention to those matters and were busy with our own work, and soon the public forgot that story.” (174)

Since the first day of entrance of the above-mentioned group, the encounter with higher authorities, the dominant interference and plotting in the affairs of the country, the connections and strengthening of a foreign political party, which was built by Baha’is, who were the executors and protectors of British imperialism and the confrontation with the country’s official religion—which is the mortar clay for  Iranian national unity and the public’s feeling—by insulting them and calling them “the commoners”, were bitter and poisonous fruits destined by the American financial experts for our country.