[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:] Sahar

[Date:] 6 Tir 1334 - 28 June 1955 - 7 Dhu'l-Qade 1374

[Issue No.:] 7

 

The Wrong Result in the Fight Against Baha’ism

We soon realized that from the beginning of the struggle against the Baha’is, we should inform ... the interested circles that follow the matter with great enthusiasm and prejudice of the dangers of the mistakes that might take place in this sacred path… … and to enlighten their minds to the sensitivity of the issue that this kind of campaign, and such exaggeration about the Baha’is, may not [fulfil] the main purpose, which is the annihilation and repression of their organization, and maybe the results will be in favour of this sect…

… My prediction of the benefit that Baha’is might take from this form of struggle has come true.

… This fight was waged as you saw it. Not only did this [campaign] not bring good results inside the country, but it also gave Babism and Baha’ism, which were myths and tales to the majority of Iranians, an external existence. It attracted the attention of all people from all over Iran and people just realized that there really is a sect called Baha’i, which has become so important that it has a form of religious danger and must be fought by law enforcement agents and law enforcement, and it will take a long time to forget its impact.

The reaction of the outside world to this kind of struggle was such that it confronted the government with an international problem. In addition to numerous telegrams received from the people, 550 telegrams from influential world officials confronted the government with a challenge. The strangest fact is that perhaps Baha’is could never have gained such results. The world press offered them global fame and importance; besides that, the Baha’i [Faith] and Baha’is were discussed [analyzed] within all newspapers, and all the inhabitants of earth became acquainted with the existence of a group living in the corners of some countries. According to the reports from the foreign press, in Europe and the United States [of America] thousands of people, out of curiosity, took the path of the [local] Haziratu’l-Quds. For the first time, the Baha’i Faith was mentioned as a religion. In fact, it found a religious character. To prove this conclusion, pay attention to this news:

 

Devotional Gathering

San-Francisco – Reuters - On the eve of the celebration of the founding of the United Nations, the representatives of six different religions prayed for the establishment of peace. Diplomats from different countries attended the Aiman Festival at Kav Palace, which usually hosts sports celebrations. Prayers were offered by Buddhists, Muslims, Baha’is, Christians, Hindus, and Jews. Among those who attended the prayer ceremony was Mr. [John Foster] Dulles, the United States Secretary of State, who is a member of the Protestant Church. (Quoted from Kayhan Newspaper)

Perhaps this is the first time that a Baha’i has been mentioned in an international forum, along with Jewish, Christian, or Buddhist followers, and an official news agency named the Baha’i [Faith] as a religion within the ranks of Islam. Is not this mistake so obvious that the fighters against the Baha’i sect [might] reconsider their actions and take another direction for eliminating the impact of the propaganda of this sect?

Soleiman Anoushiravani