[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha'i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Tehran Times

[Date:] Wednesday, 20 October 1982


A contrast in letters

The Canadian author Robin Woodsworth Carlson, a man who has expressed an interest in the Islamic Revolution of Iran, last year sent an "open letter" to Imam Khomeini. In this letter Carlson, while manifesting his affection towards the revolution in general, voiced several objections regarding the Islamic leadership and some of the Islamic measures that the Islamic government has pursued. No doubt, his open letter received many replies, but two have recently been published in Carlson's new book The Imam and his Islamic Revolution.

The first of these letters was from Mr. Mehdi Bazargan, the known liberal and the Prime Minister in Iran's provisional government. The other was from Mr. Ali Quli Qarai, a Moslem from India and the editor of the first English magazine to be published in Iran after the revolution. Here, due to the marked contrast in views and the excellence of Mr. Qarai's letter, we are presenting excerpts from the first of these two letters and the whole text of the second:


Letter from Mehdi Bazargan

Dear Mr. Carlson,

I noticed the points which you had made about the treatment of some individuals and different Iranian and non-Iranian political and ideological groups, on which points I agree with you completely, and I have repeatedly said and written that the magnificence and greatness of our revolution can be presented only by the correct actions of our responsible authorities, and that not all of the difficulties of our Republic are created by Satan and that the solution for all of them is not through the destruction of opponents. …


Letter from Ali Quli Qarai

Dear Mr. Carlson:

…A few days ago I received your "Open letter to Ayatollah Khomeini' which I read and reread with interest and the intention behind this letter is to convey what I feel about things you have talked about. …

The biggest objection to Baha'ism is that Baha'ullah and his like, like the Mohammad ibne Abdul Wahab in Iraq, and Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani in India have not been sent by Allah but by the British Foreign Ministry of the time. All the above three British-made brands of Islam have been propagated in Moslem countries for the sake of depoliticizing, de-legalizing Islam and dividing Moslems. Had they succeeded there would never have been the kind of Islamic revolution as we witness.

The recent ties with Israel have been only the latest in the chain of relations with foreign governments.

As to "the sincere intention of thousands of Baha'i followers" in America and Europe, I don't know what to say. Somebody has said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I have seen thousands of sincere American and European followers of dubious Hindu sadhus in America and India poor folk – who had somehow fallen perhaps in search of a better, more satisfying 'myth.' …







































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