[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:] Nabard-e Mellat

[Date:] 20 Khordad 1334 [11 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 119

 

The Useless Convulsive Attempts of the Illegal and Anti-human Baha’i Group Are Transforming!

Last week, one or two newspapers, due to their ignorance and lack of information or prejudice and sinister motives, published news that was indeed ludicrous to read.

It was written that one of the reasons for the bankruptcy of the merchants is that, since Baha’is have heard that by approval of the bill for recognising the perverse Baha’ism as an illegal sect, their properties would be confiscated, they have withdrawn and transferred their capital to overseas banks. Because these gentlemen have transferred their monies, the Iranian Muslim businessmen have become insolvent. What sweet logic, and, at the same time, what absurd reasoning!

First of all, as Bank-e Melli-e Iran [Iranian National Bank], the country’s greatest and most creditable financial and economic institution, in its comprehensive and logical declaration, has stated, and it has been confirmed by the major and reputable traders, the matter of the insolvency of the traders is basically nothing but a baseless rumour.

Secondly, assuming that bankruptcy and stagnation occur for a Muslim trader, then what relationship exists between the trader’s loss of business and the removal of the capital by a group of irreligious and unpatriotic spies from the Iranian banks?

Thirdly; where in the bill of “identifying this perverse sect as illegal” is the slightest mention of confiscation of their properties??

The dissemination of such baseless news, once more, proves the weakness, adversity and misery of the criminal Baha’i group and demonstrates that these detested and rejected elements, being hopeless and disappointed by all their useless efforts, have clung to dissemination of these nonsensical and unfounded rumours that perhaps would shake the strong resolve of those who have succeeded in destroying their satanic layout, yet are oblivious of the fact that, Lo! This is just the beginning!