[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:] Wednesday, 25 Tir 1359 – 3 Ramadan 1400 – 16 July 1980

[Issue No.:] 152

[Page:] 11

 

The following was raised in a telegram to the Office of the President of the Islamic Republic:

The Conspirators of the Perverted Baha’i Sect Are Wearing the Oppressed Garment

Mashhad – Azadegan reporter – This telegram was sent from Hojjatol-Eslam Seyyed Mohammad Ali Ayatollahzadeh Shirazi to the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

Tehran – To Dr. Seyyed Abolhassan Banisadr, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Now that the most critical period in Iranian history has begun with serious restructuring of government departments and organizations, and the revolutionary and devoted people of the country are awaiting the implementation of the recent guidelines of our great revolutionary leader for true purging and dismissal of anti-revolutionary and anti-Islamic elements, while praising and endorsing the strenuous endeavours of Your Excellency in purging and purifying offices nationwide, it is noteworthy that a group of conspirators of the perverse Baha’i sect have never ceased, since the start of the revolution, to incite, destroy, kill, etc., and have once again plotted and are preparing petitions both inside and outside the country, disguising themselves as oppressed, so as to remain in occupation of the country’s critical posts and to inflict their ominous blows upon the body of the revolution and Islam. It is evident that you will give instructions to act with necessary care in this regard and will not allow these hands of Zionism and colonialism to remain in the top government positions and receive salaries and employee benefits from the public treasury of the Muslims.

The zealous Muslim people of Iran await the true purging and purification of the government departments and organizations. We beseech the Almighty God to bestow upon you increasing success in implementing the teachings of Islam under the protection of the Guardian of the Age—may God hasten His coming.

Seyyed Mohammad Ali Ayatollahzadeh Shirazi - Mashhad