[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-e Azadi

[Date:] 26 Ordibehesht 1358 [16 May 1979]

[Issue No.:] 8

[Page:] 2

 

From Imam Khomeini

The Jews have altered Quran, protect Islam.

Propagation and teaching are our two important and fundamental activities. It is the duty of the Islamic clerics to teach the Islamic beliefs, laws and ordinances, and train the people until the ground is ready for the establishment of the Islamic laws and ordinances in society. According to Islamic traditions, the successors of Mohammed, meaning the Islamic clergy, teach the religion to people—especially under present conditions, in which the politics of colonialism, oppressive leaders, traitors, Jews, Christians and materialists are exerting efforts for the distortion of Islam and misleading the Muslims. Under the current conditions, more than ever, we are responsible for propagation and teaching.

Today, we observe that Jews (may God humiliate them) have altered the Quran and have made alterations in the Books, and have printed them in the occupied territories.  We are responsible to stop these treacherous alterations. One must cry out and get the people’s attention, until it is known that the Jews and their foreign supporters are against the foundation of Islam, and they want to establish Jewish government in the world. Since they are a crafty and active community, I am afraid—God forbid—someday their intention will be achieved, and the frailty of some of us will be the cause of a Jewish government ruling us someday.

 On the other hand, a number of orientalists who are agents of the propaganda organizations of colonialism are actively busy [trying] to belittle and reverse the reality of Islam. The promoters of colonialism are at work, in every corner of Islamic cities; they are in the process of separating our youth from us by giving them wrong information, not that they want to convert them to Jews or Christians, but trying to make them corrupt and turn them away from religion; as long as they become careless, it is sufficient for the colonialists.

In our Tehran, centres of Christianity, Zionism and Baha’ism have been created to mislead people and turn them away from the laws and teachings of Islam.  Isn’t it our duty to destroy these centres that are harmful to Islam?  Is it sufficient for us to have Najaf only?  Although we do not have that either.   

Should we sit in Qum and mourn?  Or we should be lively and active people?