[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:] Setareh-e Eslam

[Date:] 20 Khordad 1334 [11 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 172

 

The Names of 3,000 Baha’is

What Mr. Falsafi, the Famed Preacher, Told Our Reporter:

The Representatives of the Parliament Have Devised a Plan to Punish the Baha’is

A Large Number of Baha’is Have Converted to Islam

The Sacred Struggle

Mr. Falsafi, the famed preacher and orator, who, during the holy month of Ramadan, was able to destroy the Baha’i temple of idols by means of his stimulating speeches and rational statements, and carry out the orders of the great Shia leader, His Highness Ayatollah Borujerdi, said in an interview with our reporter:

“Our sacred religious struggle, which, under the guidance and attention of the great shahanshah [king of kings] and other government authorities has led to illegal status for the Baha’i sect, is a great religious victory.

“Since the holy month of Ramadan, long lists have continued to arrive from Tehran and other areas and we are continuously in touch with the authorities in charge to carry out the laws; we are certain that we will reach our goal. This is one of the wishes of the people, and it cannot be overlooked in any way. The reason for the purity of our struggle is that, despite the arousal in the public sentiments during the holy month of Ramadan, there was no cause for worry.”

Prosecution of the Baha’is:

“Since the holy month of Ramadan, one of the important issues that we are constantly in touch with lawyers about is how to enact a law that would have criminal consequences. The lawyers intend to devise a plan through which the prosecutor general and the judges could bring charges against the Baha’i sect; because simply identifying the Baha’is as trouble-makers is not sufficient. The law must be specific and spell out a punishment for being a Baha’i.”

The List of Baha’is:

We asked if he could name some of the prominent Baha’is.  He said:

“This is difficult from a religious point of view, although I have received a list of three thousand Baha’is from Tehran and other areas. However, since I have not investigated it according to my religious duty, I cannot connect even one of the individuals to their being a Baha’i.

“The way to discern this matter is either their own clear confession, or using the list that is in the records and offices of the Baha’is at the Haziratu'l-Quds, or what the Baha’is have written in their personnel files. A questionnaire must be prepared and the accused must express their hatred [of the Baha’i sect]. If they resist, their resistance will show their mental perversion.”

Legal Plan:

“Parliament has interpreted [belonging to] Baha’ism as having corrupt thought. Parliament must clarify what must be done to the Baha’is and deprive them of being employed by the government. As far as I have consulted with them, the parliament is ready, and the government must do this. Now that we have mentioned the parliament, I must state that the words that Mr. Sardar [Commander] Fakher Hekmat uttered during the private meeting of the parliament have not had a positive effect outside the parliament and on the public thought. It would have been better if Mr. Commander Fakher had interpreted and explained this matter in different words. Mr. Sardar [Commander] Fakher had said in a private meeting of the parliament that, “Parliament must not be the initiator [be at the forefront] of this matter”.

The Activities of the Baha’is Abroad:

We asked whether he knew about the foreign newspapers that have published information about the Baha’is. He replied, “I have no information, but what is known overall is that they are spending a lot of money and it is not a problem if they produce articles in the form of announcements. Writing articles in newspapers is not a good reason for believing them. Our claim is based on the Constitution of the country: We consider the explicit report of the government in the open meeting of the parliament and the explicit approval of the representatives to be correct. In terms of the Iranian nation and government, the Baha’i sect is considered illegal and disruptive. Now, if 200 articles are published by Baha’is around the world, it will not be worthwhile for us.”

Returning to Islam:

“Fortunately, I have been informed that a large number of people from the Baha’i sect have come back and converted to Islam. According to the statements of the governor of Isfahan, around Abadeh and Ardestan, and also in Mazandaran, a large number have become remorseful and have converted to the holy religion of Islam in the presence of the clergy.”