[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:] Keyhan

[Date:] Tuesday 27 Dey 1362 [13 Rabi‘ath-Thani 1404] [17 January 1984]

[Issue No:] 12066

[Page:] 15

 

Martyr Navvab in fight with evil nature of Kasravi[1]

…The matter [reported] below provides a short glance into this subject, spoken by the brother of martyr Navvab Safavi, Haji Aqa Seyyed Mohammad Mir-Lawhi, which is stated below [sic]:

 

In The Name of God,

 

I intended to write one of the stories of my late brother, as his life’s struggle has been replete with memories. But before that, I want to describe his moral standing and his qualities to a certain degree…

 

…Seyyed Ahmad Kasravi, after the death of his father, tried hard to follow in his father’s footsteps. His father, being both clergy and from the Prophet’s lineage, became his example; yet those acquaintances who knew of his actions, and his circle of friends, prevented him. They mentioned the places where he committed his wrongdoings. When he lost his hope, he started his enmity against Islam, which became deeply rooted and treacherous. Sometime later, with the help of his former friends, he entered the Department of Justice and became a judge. Not being satisfied, he began writing books against Islam; for example, his book, Varjavand, which should be studied to know the depth of his enmity. In this path, those friends who had carried deep antagonism against Islam gathered around him and encouraged him in his plans. He had written that “Islam entered our country with the force of the Arabs’ lance, while we Iranians were followers of the Faith of Zoroaster, and our slogan had been ‘Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds’. This [Zoroastrianism] should become the official religion of Iran and we should propagate this day and night.”  The previous regime astutely fought religion, even encouraged the followers of the Bab and Baha to propagate Baha’ism…

 

[1] [Ahmad Kasravi (29 September 1890 – 11 March 1946 ‎) was a notable Iranian linguist, historian, nationalist and reformer. On 11 March 1946, while being tried on charges of “slander against Islam,” Kasravi was knifed and killed in open court in Tehran by Ali-Mohammad and Hosein Emami, followers of Fadayan-e Islam.]