[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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 12 Bahman 1388 [1 February 2010]

 

Fadaian-e Islam In Kashan

Fight Against Baha’ism and Munkarat [indecent act] in Kashan

In 1334 [1955], the late Rasoulzadeh was arrested for his activities and sent to Tehran.

Because the government was pro-Baha’i, it supported them in various ways. One day, Sardar Fakher Hekmat stated in the National Consultative Assembly that the work of the Baha’is did not belong to the Assembly and should not be discussed in the Assembly. Consequently, the late Rasoulzadeh spoke between the two prayers in the Bala Bazaar Mosque on 23 Khordad 1334 [14 June 1955] and recounted the danger of the Baha’i faith to the people. The government support for the Baha’is reached a point where they openly preached Baha’ism and took actions in the city, and the militants fought them.

 

The Killing of the Baha’i Leader of Kashan

In 1328 and 1329 [1949/1950 and 1951], i.e. about forty years ago, Kashan had become the centre of the Baha’is. Anyone who has read history knows that after the Baha’is were expelled from Iran, they went to Haifa, where they made a deal with the so-called British government, and a sinister alliance between the Jews and the Baha’is was signed, and the Jewish leaders in Iran became Baha’is, including Soleiman Berjis, who was in Kashan―Soleiman Berjis, who was known as a physician, but was not a physician; that is, he had not studied to become a physician.

Soleiman Berjis was an official Baha’i teacher and was active in the countryside. In this way, Kashan was completely in the possession of Baha’is, where they had a centre, an assembly and a Mashriqu’l-Adhkar [House of Worship] and were active. Many villages, such as Fathabad, Azghan, and Jowshaghan, were completely in the hands of Baha’is. Also, near Qamsar, in one of its neighborhoods called Mazgan, it had reached the point where, in the United States [of America], it was said, “In Iran there is a city where all the inhabitants are Baha’is.”

With the emergence of such a situation, the [Islamic] seminary of Kashan, under the leadership of Ayatollah Haj Sheikh Jafar Sabouri Qomi, may God protect him, began its activities.

Mr. Torbati came to Kashan at the invitation of the seminary in Kashan and started a fierce struggle against the Baha’is. One night, as he was in the pulpit, Mr. Rasoulzadeh decided to uproot the Baha’i roots and took with him seven heartbroken young men (Mr. Droudgar, Mr. Mahkamehie, etc.). [Starting] that night, Mr. Rasoulzadeh and a few young people decided to eliminate that undesirable element, namely Berjis, and to introduce themselves to the police, so that no one [else] would be accused.

The next day, people saw eight people marching in the bazaar who were chanting [Arabic verse][1]. People asked, “What is going on?” and they answered, “We killed the dog and we are going to the police to report ourselves.” They reported themselves and were imprisoned.

By now they had done their duty and now it was the turn of the clergy and the people. One of the people who had a great share in this movement was the late Ayatollah Ghorouri, who emigrated from Kashan to Tehran to support and pursue the issue of Rasoulzadeh.

The seminary in Kashan moved, and at that time, due to the pressure and repression of the ruling clergymen, they were less or not at all involved in politics. On the orders of the late Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi and the activities of the seminary, the Kashani students of Qom Seminary were sent to the cities of Iran.

Since the son of Soleiman Berjis was a physician in the Pahlavi court, and the Baha’i system, i.e. the Zionist system, dominated the judiciary, they conspired in the execution of the late Rasoulzadeh and seven of his companions, [in order to] eliminate the opposition to Zionism and Baha’ism and also the revolution in Kashan.

The seminary and the late Grand Ayatollah Gharavi played their role. Also, according to the order of the late Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi, his holiness Ayatollah Rasti and Hojatoleslam Mr. Halimi were sent to the cities to direct the people and ask Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi to take action against Baha’is. The reason for this action was that the imperial regime had not said that some clerics were doing the work and the people were unaware.

In any case, from all parts of the country, for example from Bakhtaran and Yazd, [from] the late Ayatollah Sadoughi, and from other cities, telegrams flooded [the offices] of the late Ayatollah Borujerdi, the late Ayatollah Kashani, Ayatollah Behbahani and the clergymen of Tehran. After many telegrams, the activities began, so that the magazines of Parcham-e Eslam [Flag of Islam], Aein-e Eslam [Religion of Islam] and other magazines of that time published the telegrams.

When the Baha’is saw this situation, they spent a lot resources and hired the most important lawyer of Iran, at that time, Dr. Abdullah Razi.

A criminal court was convened to hear the case of the late Rasoulzadeh and his friends in public.

Dr. Abdullah Razi was a lawyer, and during his speech, the court audience broke down in tears and turned the court upside down. As [Dr. Razi] began his speech, he said, “They have mutilated a poor doctor, an elderly poor doctor who was looking after the people’s pain and [treating them]” and … A number of Baha’is were also sitting there crying and arousing emotions, and the court was gradually turning upside down. What to do here?

Those who have seen the late Navvab and the late Vahedi up close would know that they looked alike and had a similar kind of cloak and turban, and their clothes were the same color. Officers mistook Vahedi for Navvab and followed him, and on the other side, Navvab and his friends walked towards the bazaar. A person who was accompanying him said, “We begged him to run for a while; he said, ‘I do not run to escape from prison. If it is a duty, I will run, but it is humiliation to run away from prison’” And he came with firm and calm steps to the Sabzeh Meydan Bazaar. He placed a stool, stepped on it, began to speak.

He said, “Brothers! Baha’is are active. Go to court and help eight of your Kashani brothers.” When the officers realized that he was there, they rushed to him and clashed with the people. One of them grabbed Navvab’s robe. Immediately, one of the Fadaian-e Islam bit his hand, so he released him and went. People took Navvab to the shoe market and hid him in a shop until sunset. As a result, officers were unable to arrest him. On the day when the court was to issue a verdict against Rasoulzadeh and his companions, they could not [do so]; hence no verdict was issued.

On the other hand, eight brilliant lawyers, who were honestly among the greatest lawyers, were selected to defend these eight by the order of the late Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi and the late Ayatollah Kashani.

The next day, when the court was convened, a ruling was made in their favour and [they were acquitted]. After this verdict had been issued, the people from the bazaars slaughtered many cows and sheep in honour of Rasoulzadeh and his friends, from the front door of the court to the house of Ayatollah Kashani. Also, the kind of welcoming ceremony that was organized in honour of Rasoulzadeh in Kashan had never been seen before by anyone. In any case, by eliminating Dr. Berjis, the Baha’i roots were dried up forever in Kashan and they disappeared.

Later, in Jusheqan and other places, some activities were carried out and Baha’is were eliminated.

The tyrannical ruling regime has long decided to suppress Qom [clerical seminary]―due to its oil policy and the influence of Israeli agents and the perverse Baha’i sect―to remove the signs of Islam from Iran and to afflict the country with a fate similar to that of Turkey.

 

 

[1] [The original text is as follows: “لا اله الا الله”]