[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:] 7 Tir 1334 [29 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 247

 

This Discussion is About Sadat [Family of Mohammad] and I Suggest Ending This Discussion in the Newspaper

…Nowadays, there are some extremely important issues that we need to address. First is the issue of getting rid of Baha’is. God has paved the way, and it is appropriate to make the most of this opportunity to ward off their evil. Then, there are other important issues ahead that may be far more important than the fight against the Baha’is, including ... introducing people to the teachings of Islam. Unfortunately, more than ninety percent of people are unaware of it and are deprived; due to their unfamiliarity with the rules of Islam, they quickly become angry and lose their faith and fall into the trap of the traitors.

Limiting the Baha’is or the Tudeh people, with all its importance, is not the complete condition for success. People should be vaccinated against the danger of any atheism by injecting them with the serum of the religious teachings and creating in them a permanent immunity from any adverse propaganda. We must make sure that the people themselves are empowered and capable of repelling any harmful insinuations. As long as people are not familiar with the religious teachings; as long as the general masses are not personally informed of the benefits of Islam and its rules; as long as our situation is like this and the people’s faith is devoid of reason and argument, and their religion, like their worldly possessions, is passed down from generation to generation; in short, [as long as] the people do not feel the joy of faith and the sweetness of following the religion and [as long as] the torch of faith does not burn in their hearts, dangers like Baha’ism will always succeed and the religious people must constantly suffer and use their forces to repel them, and they will not see any results, except fatigue. If we assume that we are obtaining any success, that success is the result of the struggle against the Baha’is. In the face of all these protests, numerous petitions and several thousand signatures, the result was just limited to the occupation of their spying centres. So that such conditions do not arise, which are born of people’s deprivation and ignorance of the truths of religion…