[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:] Khorasan

[Date:] Thursday, 26 Tir 1359 [17 July 1980] - 4 Ramadan 1400

[Issue No.:] 8977

 

Telegram of Ayatollah Zadeh Shirazi to the President

On behalf of, Hojjato’l-Islam Seyyed Mohammad Ali Ayatollah Zadeh Shirazi, a telegram was sent to the president. In this telegram, [he] supported the president’s serious efforts to cleanse and purge the [government] offices from the anti-revolutionary elements throughout the country, and reiterated that a group of conspirators of the perverse Baha’ism (sic) sect continue to incite and plot, both inside and outside of the country. [They] are engaged preparing the scrolls to portray themselves as oppressed, so that they can occupy once again the privileged positions, and thus they can hit the body of the revolution and Islam hard enough.

Obviously, Your Honour will not allow the hands of Zionism and colonialism, by receiving money from the Muslim’s Bayt al-Mal [Treasury of Islamic government] and job benefits, to occupy top governmental positions or remain as such. The zealous Muslim nation of Iran expects the real purging and cleansing of the government offices and organizations.

At the end of the telegram there is a plea to the Almighty God for the success of the president in implementing Islamic precepts.