[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:] Neday-e Hagh

[Date:] 8 Farvardin 1335 [28 March 1956]

[Issue No.:] 279

 

Observe What Islam’s Fate Has Become, That a Zoroastrian Magazine also Defames and Slanders Islam!

The holy religion of Islam has been attacked and assaulted by enemies from all sides, but unfortunately, the Muslims have remained silent. They do not pay attention to how their world-encompassing religion has become the subject of the enmity of those outside of religion! The clergy and the guardians of affairs do not consider these matters to be prosecutable and important!

On page 13 it is written: “Dear gentlemen, in this book I have written articles that are of interest to the Baha’is.” And at the same time it has published a commentary on the propaganda of the Baha’i sect, stating that part of the teachings of the Bab and the Baha belong to Zoroaster.

On page 31 of this magazine, it is written that the verses (“In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate”), which are at the beginning of the chapters of the Quran, are imitations of the verses from the book of Zoroaster, and [that this is] the reason for the legitimacy of Zoroastrianism!

On page 35, it is written that in the Zoroastrian religion, the hijab on the bodies of women and girls was not appropriate, and that this piece of cloth, which is wrapped around them in the name of a chador, is not necessary! It is not known whose mind created this.

In brief, there are many anti-Islamic matters in the Hokht magazine, and congratulations to the Muslim nation of Iran that such publications are published in the capital, and such anti-Islamic propaganda is carried out!

The Muslims of the world, and especially in Iran, must stop this delusion and nonsense of the opponents of the religion and not allow them to lie and slander the holy religion of Islam at the centre of this Shi’ite country. And people should consider it their duty to support the religion, warn the writers of the magazines and the like to refrain from publishing such insults...