[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:] Nedaye Sepehr
[Date:] 24 Ordibehesht 1337 [14 May 1958]
[Issue No:] 325
A Very Strange Claim
From Islam to Baha’ism
The disdainful combat of a handful of ex-British mercenaries who are today wearing the mask of Baha’ism, and supposedly have risen up against Islam, should know that they will not succeed in their evil ideas, even in this manner. The Iranian nation is watching their actions with insight and will retaliate for every wrong-doing and evil act on their part.
Pay attention! Exactly fourteen centuries ago, when there was no sign of today’s discoveries and inventions, and the light of science and knowledge had not been shone on the world, a human being who apparently did not have any connection with [scholarship] and science and had no education arose from amongst ignorant people of no virtue and civility and announced a wondrous and yet simple proclamation.
This personage was Muhammad, the son of Abdullah, and the great proclamation was the verses of the Quran, before which all and everyone prostrated [themselves] and were humbled before it. Friends and foes, for and against, black and white, expressed supplication, and were left astonished and anxious.
(Subject [Surah] Yunus Verse 38) says: “Say, bring a surah of the kind of surahs of the Quran, and invite those you wish, if you are truthful.” Also, in the Surah of The Children of Israel, verse 88, it states: “Say, if mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce the like of it, even if they were to assist each other.”
The Prophet Muhammad’s biggest weapon in the fight against opposition, and to advance His holy cause, was none other than the sacred verses of the Holy Quran, which He taught to His companions and friends, instructing them to strive to spread them, recite the Holy Verses, and engage in active teaching,
Among the opponents of the Prophet were persons of scholarship and eloquence (Christians and Jews and pagans and Zoroastrians), and by whatever means they could, they tried to extinguish the light of the new cause, and they would seriously endeavour [to do this]. In every century thousands of scholars and learned individuals arose and tried to oppose the teachings of Islam. But they encountered the firm and unswerving citadel of the verses of the Quran, inevitably meeting with utmost humiliation and failure, retreating and saying no more.
If we [were to] see someone acting contrary to the practices, or contrary to the norms of nature, we [would] be so unimaginably amazed and humbled. However, this extraordinary Scripture, having humbled world scholars before its grandeur and greatness over fourteen centuries, does not seem like much in our view. We deal with it as an ordinary book; alas, we are wrong.
The human mind is yet to fathom the truth of the Quran, since the human mind is incapable of appreciating [understanding] its station and greatness. One can only understand that in a Verse, one word is better than its synonym, or a writing style is loftier than the other and a phrase is more appropriate than others.
Transformation that is more comprehensive than other transformations, qualities that are best needed in terms of wording and purpose and anecdotes that are necessary and deserve attention, have been observed in that noble verse, [as well as] other verses.
So we can use the truths of the Quran and regard its greatness only if we realize these distinctive features, and that the human mind is incapable of comprehending the truth of this Book and unable to completely understand it, let alone produce one like it. And that is why the world elocutionists and famous preachers and speakers and writers have all confessed to their impotence and shortcomings and have retreated from [trying to duplicate] the verses of the Quran.
It is so ridiculous that a group of salacious and ignorant [people have] completely neglected this cause; they have used words and sentences of the Holy Book of Aqdas and His writings that are for nothing but to deceive the poor people, and stray from the straight path of truth and of fairness. The poor people must realize that the British government keeps people occupied in a different way every day. One day they introduce opium; at another time [they] create internal conflicts, another time [they] provide alcoholic beverages and encourage people to drink them, and another time [they] cause conflict between religions, bringing out the fabricated Baha’i religion.
In brief, fellow country people, fear the evil and do not sacrifice your faith for sensual and material means that are in the interest of others.
Houshang - Jila