[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:] 1 Mehr 1334 [24 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 183

 

How a Foreigner Introduced Himself As a Baha’i from Iran.

Baha’is are using the budget of the spy agency of one of the countries in the world to propagate against the sanctities of the country.

After the closure of the perverse Baha’i sect through the efforts of clerical leaders, especially Ayatollah Borujerdi, the speeches of the famous preacher Mr. Falsafi and the special attention of high-ranking government officials, their corrupt premises were confiscated by honourable Muslim soldiers and officers. Some members of this political sect, who were having fun with lustful activities and receiving money from the foreigners in corrupt places called Hazirat’ul-Quds, when they observed that their business had been shut down and they could not continue their corruption and destruction with the money of their foolish followers and salaries and stipends of the foreign intelligence agencies, started their activity in Tehran and other cities, claiming that such-and-such government agent and such-and-such authority [belonged to them].

But since their dishonour became known and all our compatriots were aware of their long-standing propaganda, they could not be deceived anymore; they did not listen to their words and ridiculed the members of the Spiritual Assemblies of Tehran and Iran. As a result, these 18 individuals, under the instruction of their foreign commanders, sent a number of skilled spies, who had been trained in special Middle-Eastern espionage schools, to the European and American countries and began [spreading] propaganda under the name of the fugitive Baha’is of Iran and as much as they could, they wrote articles against the high-ranking state and religious officials and the sanctities of our country.

These foreign spies introduced the Baha’i [political sect] everywhere as a [religion]. As a result of the propaganda of these Baha’i spies, Mr. Ali Soheili, Iran’s ambassador to London, was interviewed by a British newspaper and officially declared that Baha’ism is not a religion but is a [sect]. When the Baha’is saw that they could not do anything with this type of propaganda, they published two articles about Baha’ism in the newspapers, Al-Mossavar of Cairo and Horriyat in Turkey, printing them as a notice. The Tehran Spiritual Assembly [made a number of copies] and distributed these two articles as the comments of the newspapers.

In the [United States of] America, a person by the name of Ghorbani, who spoke Persian with difficulty, sent a letter to the United Nations, saying that he was a Baha’i from Yazd and eight of [his] relatives had been killed in a village; he was complaining against the Iranian government and the gendarmes. Seemingly, the Iranian representative asked him questions about Tehran and Yazd, and because he could not answer, he told the officials of the United Nations that he was not Iranian because not only did he not know Persian, he did not even know any of the cities in Iran.

The Iranian Baha’is, who were angry with the brave action of the honourable soldier of Iran, Major General Batmanghelich, spread the rumour that we did not allow him to come to the United States. His Majesty the King [Shah] who plans to maintain close ties with Pakistan and possibly sign a defence agreement between Iran and Pakistan, has appointed Major General [Nader] Batmanghelich, who is fully trusted by the shah and the Muslim people of Iran, as the ambassador of Iran to Pakistan.

It was said in the past that the thief was not allowed to enter the village, but he wanted to approach the headman of the village. Now that the Baha’i sect has been shut down in Iran and this centre of espionage and corruption has been shut down, Baha’is have proclaimed around the world that they want Iran to [officially] recognize their religion, while the parliament and the government of Iran do not recognize Baha’ism as a religion, but as foreign spies and a political sect.