[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:] Nahib-i-Azadi    

[Date:] 13 Tir 1358 [4 July 1979]

[Issue No:] 535

 

We Took Revenge, But! Teach Us the Islamic Laws Too

 

Very good! Properties, a factory, and establishments of Habib Sabet Pasal and Namazi Shirazi were confiscated and added to the Mostazafin[1] foundation. Good job! You delighted the hearts of all the oppressed Iranians.

However, we read in the press, a while ago, articles quoting the knowledgeable among the Islamic theologians that confiscation of property is basically not permitted in Islam.  All who read the [papers] looked to the upcoming issues with much interest in this matter.  Not a single scholar of the faith denied the authenticity of this law. 

Now is it appropriate for great interpreters, and powerful respected scholars of the faith, with reference to Islamic theology and sharia standards, to teach us how confiscating properties—for example, the respected hospital which Namazi founded and established in Shiraz—is done, and by whose authority?

“He who taught me a word, made me to become his servant.”     

 

 

 

 

[1] oppressed