[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

Date: 7 Farvardin 1358 [27 March 1979]

 

In the name of God

After offering greetings for a happy new year to the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution, we bring the following matters to the attention of that supreme national authority.

The oppressed Baha’i community, the message of which was proclaimed 135 years ago, has consolidated its stability and existence by giving more than twenty thousand martyrs across the beloved land of Iran.

The Baha’i Faith is the only religion among all the religions with sacred scriptures which testifies to the prophethood of His Holiness Mohammad and the guardianship of His Holiness Ali and His eleven descendants. Based on express religious writings, we have the duty to obey the government of the country we live in with honesty and sincerity, to completely refrain from interfering in political affairs, and have not been and will not be affiliated with any [political] party or domestic or foreign politics against the country.

In the past, we have been subjected to various sufferings and discrimination as well as loss of lives and property.

Regrettably, some newspapers, publications and flyers make all sorts of accusations and slanders against this community, which provoke the feelings of the opposition and endanger the unity of the Iranian society. Trusting the regime and the just Islamic government, the advent of which has now started, we hope for decisions and plans which will stop and nullify these attacks and dangers, so that we, the Baha’is, who make up the largest religious minority in beloved Iran, can continue our humanitarian services with honesty and enthusiasm and enjoy equal rights with the other members of this nation.

After the one true God, this community finds no refuge for itself except the government authorities.

Considering the unity of the nation and unity of words which are the vision of the supreme leader of the country, His Holiness Grand Ayatollah Imam Khomeini and the government, it is our hope to enjoy equal rights with other members of the nation in all aspects.

The Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Bagheyn

[Three signatures]

[Handwritten note on the margin of the page]

To be filed

21 Farvardin 1358 [18 April 1979]