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[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:] Sobh-e Azadegan
[Date:] Tuesday, 8 Ordibehesht 1360 - 28 April 1981 – 23 Jumada al-Awwal 1401
[Issue No.:] 353
New York Times Article About Baha’is
According to this newspaper, Iranian critics still do not know much about Tehran’s clergy, and before the bloodshed, a religious massacre, which is a disgrace to the modern world, must be stopped.
This Central News Agency, quoting New York’s United Press [International] News Agency, reported:
“The New York Times published an article in yesterday’s issue about the persecution of Baha’is in Iran…Iran is no longer the centre of attention…and the world has now become indifferent to its endless internal conflicts…because they silence the newspapers. They imprison their opponents and settle old accounts with blood.
The regular execution of Baha’is is especially vicious.
Although the Baha’i sect has followers around the world, they do not have friends who are in power in Iran. Within nine months, a number of Baha’is have been killed in Tehran, Tabriz, Yazd, Shiraz. Baha’i holy places have been destroyed, their property confiscated, and they have been fired from their employment.
Last August, nine members of the Baha’i governing body were detained by the Revolutionary Guards and have since disappeared. The Supreme Court has now ruled that affiliation with Baha’i institutions justifies the execution of two Baha’is in Shiraz, and this has caused discord and division among the Muslims.
The Baha’i sect began in 1844 in Iran; it was promoted as an independent world religion. The followers of this sect believe that the one God has manifested in progressive revelations. Since it has its roots in Islam, Islamic clerics consider it heretical. What makes Baha’is vulnerable is their relative progress and success.