[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:] 20 Farvardin 1358 [9 April 1979]

[Issue No.:] 10678

 

We seek success from God and trust in Him

Following the announcement of the news broadcast from the Radio and Television of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, regarding the conspiracy of some anti-revolutionary elements [that are] active in London, the name “Sahebdivani” was mentioned without any specifications. Despite my frailty and ill health, I immediately contacted the charge-d’affaires of the Iranian embassy in London to deny [the allegations] . Also, to dispute the accuracy of this news, I echoed my strong denial and deep regret for this mistake in a telegram [sent] to Grand Ayatollah Taleghani, the inexhaustible Mujahed…

… Firstly, I was the licence-holder of a publication called Adl [Justice] and through the blessings of this auspicious name and shining sun, I never sullied my pen with improper praise and adulations; nor did I confirm the secret or manifest crimes of the villains of the hellish and corrupt regime of the Pahlavi… 

… Secondly, the greatest sin of this humble servant has been that, according to the order of inheritance and succession, I was the heir to the endowments of my ancestors Haj Hashem, Ghavam and Sahebdivan in the land of the audacious men of Fars. From the point of view of the government of Hoveyda, who was a Baha’i, the Zionist element and disseminator of corruption and the enemy of Islam, Twelver Shi’ism, the outstanding guilt of the benefactor of the endowment and hence their custodian, was that the several-hundred-year-old income from these endowments was dedicated to the Lord of the Martyrs of the world, and the Commander of chivalrousness of the universe, Hussein, son of Ali (POH)…

 

Gholamhossein Sahebdivani – London