[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:] 1 Bahman 1357 [21 January 1979]

[Issue No.:] 10618

[Page:] 3

 

Imam Khomeini: Women Are Free to Wear Veil [chador]

Beirut – France News

The leftist newspaper, Al Safir, in yesterday’s issue, quoting the grand ayatollah, said, “The Iranian nation considers President Carter to be the vilest human being on earth. This is due to the crimes and injustices he has committed against the nation of Iran.”

Grand Ayatollah Khomeini, pointing out the people’s dissatisfaction with the shah, complains that he has helped the religious minorities against the interests of Muslims. In this regard, he asked, “Why have they abolished taking an oath on the Qur’an in the army? Is it because they permit the Baha’is and the Jews to enter the army and insult the Muslims?”

Imam Khomeini said, “The shah also eliminated the prerequisite of being Muslim for occupying government jobs. He did this in favour of the Jews, Zoroastrians and the Baha’is. Is this not an incitement against 35 million Muslims? The number of Jews does not exceed 70,000 and the number of Baha’is does not even reach 5,000.”