[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:] Thursday, 20 Mordad 1362 - 2 Dhu l-Qa’da 1403 [11 August 1983]

[Issue No.:] 11938

[Page:] 22

 

A Review of the Views and Activities of the Hojjatieh Society.

Part one: Hojjatieh Society and the time requirements…

….. Shahid [Martyr] Hasheminejad says that these kids [Hojjatieh] were told, “You can work with us on the condition that you do not get involved in politics”. When our kids were on the streets shouting, they were in jail facing bullets. If they realized that someone was involved in politics, he would be dismissed. And this is contrary to the Imam’s Path. It was for this reason that the regime would allow them to campaign against Baha’ism; because, for the regime, the issue was to keep the youth busy with something else, rather than being involved with the political issues of America, the regime, and oil. It made no difference to the regime how they were kept busy.

Sometimes they would tell the students that they had poured out all the resources for their pleasure and lust and that they would help them too, [asking,] why do you interfere in politics? And [they said that] they would provide them with comfort and scholarship, as long as the youth stayed away from politics.

One of their amusements was to go and oppose the Baha’is. I need to explain that the regime did not tell them to go and fight the Baha’is at all. If these people claim that we did so, it is not true.

Baha’ism had three dimensions; economic, political, and intellectual…

… “Their method was to keep a low profile and move slowly so that they would not get into trouble. So they did not campaign against the Baha’is on the economic dimension or the political dimension. They could not question Mr. Hoveyda [the prime minister] as to why some of his cabinet ministers were Baha’is. They would be told it was none of their business. Therefore, the intellectual dimension was their field of opposition”…

…Hojjatieh Society, by publishing a booklet dated 10 Khordad 1360 [31 May 1981], tried to answer various questions posed by the people and personalities such as Martyr Hasheminejad, and break through the atmosphere that was created against them…

These questions were:

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3- You used to work against the Baha’is in the past and claimed that they were a danger to Islam and they should be uprooted. But you only pruned the branches. Now they are uprooted. They have no place in the Islamic Republic, and no opportunity to breathe—neither the Baha’is nor any anti-Islamic group.  So, now what is your mission? …