[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:] Sobh-e Azadegan

[Date:] Saturday, 27 Shahrivar 1361 [18 September 1982] 29 Dhu'l-Qade 1402

[Issue No.:] 761

 

By: Kamal Ganjehei

The Anti- Baha’i Society

The Anti-Baha’i Society, which now calls itself the Hojjatieh Society, is one of the issues that needs to be seriously addressed. The stages of existence and activity of the Hojjatieh Society, which was formed in the name of Islam, apparently to fight against the Baha’is, consists of three periods ...

The Anti-Baha’i Society was welcomed after its formation because the Muslim people used to support any Islamic organization.... Sheikh Ghasem Eslamifard and Ashraf Kashi had gone to Kuwait and. …

In relation to the activities of the Hosseinieh Ershad, the Anti-Baha’i Society was fighting precisely, and the Society’s struggle against the Hosseinieh Ershad and Dr. Shariati, was no less than the struggle against the Baha’is…

The Struggle Against Hosseinieh Ershad Called Into Question the Anti-Baha’i Society…

In 1355 [1976], the Anti-Baha’i Society was divided into three groups. These three groups were Askarioun, Mahdavioun and the Hojjatieh Society ....

When the Islamic Revolution of Iran had succeeded, the Anti-Baha’i Society observed that Baha’i Zionists were being prosecuted by the Islamic Revolutionary Courts and the very existence of the Society was questioned. In this case, instead of dissolving and joining the Hezbollah group, the Society tried to forget its history as an “Anti-Baha’i Society” by emphasizing the names of “Hojjatieh” and “Mahdavieh” ...

The opposition of Halabi [the founder of the Hojjatieh Society] to the Baha’is could not exceed the current level... The head of the imperial government was a Baha’i, but it was not mentioned…The minister of agriculture in the Hoveyda cabinet, the minister of the court, and many of the leaders of the decadent Imperial Regime were Baha’is, but the Society never took a stand against them.

The Society forced its members to accumulate their memory of deviant Baha’i books, and memorize Halabi’s answers to them and secretly attend the Baha’i gatherings and introduce themselves as ordinary people, so that the Baha’is would not attract new people.

One of the glories of the Society was that it had greatly [infiltrated] the Baha’is. Even one of the Baha’i leaders who had signed the Baha’i membership card, was one of the people of the Anti-Baha’i Society who had infiltrated the Baha’i organizations…

In identifying the Baha’i team houses known as the Beit, Halabi had strictly instructed his people to immediately contact the SAVAK in the area whenever they encountered a problem and to resolve it.

The Society’s activities have been similar to those of the perverted Baha’i sect. Baha’is consider governments to be sovereign and legitimate…and the Anti-Baha’i Society also recognizes governments as sovereign rulers.

The Baha’is have apparently boycotted the political struggle, and the Anti-Baha’i Society also was observing this point.

The Baha’is used to cooperate with the organs and institutions of the imperial regime, and so did the Society; [the Society] even used to cooperate with the SAVAK. The members of the Society … were unaware that schools and universities were under the control of an anti-Islamic regime, and this method was also practiced by the Baha’is. The only difference between the Baha’is and the Society was that the Baha’is believed that the Imam of the Time had appeared, and the Society was saying that it was not true and that they were the only true Muslims.…

In general, if we are to [have an effective] encounter with the Anti-Baha’i Society, … the issue of Muslims’ imitation [following the decrees] of Khoei [the Islamic cleric], should be explored.