[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:] Saturday, 24 Dey 1337 – 4 Rajab 1378 – 14 January 1959

[Issue No.:] 155

 

We Support All Minorities, Whether Baha’i, Jewish, or Zoroastrian

Following the publication of the last two issues of Sahar newspaper, we received many letters regarding what we had written about the patriotism of the Baha’is.

Some of these letters have urged us, with a special kind of prejudice, to steer clear of this topic, and also a few Baha’is, with even greater prejudice, have supported us and expanded on the topic.

We are not going to respond to either of these two groups, because we have no connection in this regard to either “prejudice” or the “prejudiced.”

Some people ask us why we meddle in this issue and why we write about Baha’i beliefs. It must be pointed out in this regard that one of our motivations in publishing this newspaper, which has always been our main goal and clear foundation, is supporting the minorities. For us, the quality and quantity of these minorities is not important. Any minority, whatever and whoever it might be, is subject to our support.

In this respect, Jewish, Zoroastrian, and Baha’i are the same to us.  For example, we support the Arab refugees in Israel; the Jewish diaspora in Islamic countries, and Zoroastrians, Baha’is, and Christians wherever they might be…

One of the readers of Sahar, in a brief introduction, tried to say that someone had tricked us and managed to place these things in Sahar. “The reality is to the contrary. We have stated these facts based on a leaflet [text] which is in our hand.”  [He] writes: “. . . In Baha’i books, in addition to the twelve teachings, one can see statements against the “homeland” and “national prejudice” everywhere. For instance, in the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha [sic], Volume III, page 105, it is written that:

“As for nationalistic prejudice, it is utter ignorance. For all earth is one homeland [country] and any human being can live at any place on the planet. Hence, all of the planet earth is humanity’s homeland and no limits or borders have been assigned. However, some people, based on their personal aims and innate interests, have divided it up into pieces and considered it as their homeland.

“No wise and enlightened person will agree to [the] vain idea, that based on our imagination, we call a limited portion our homeland and our mother[land]; whereas the planet earth, and not this limited piece of land, is the mother of all…”

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