[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:] Toofan-e Sharq

[Date:] 30 Tir 1334 [22 July 1955]

[Issue No:] 14

 

Defeating the Baha’i Sect

….. We are so morally mortified, and there is not a day when hundreds of suicides and massacres do not occur in the country, and the statistics on theft have doubled. According to the tax collectors, the revenue from tobacco and customs has risen in comparison with the same time in the past years. The amount of misconduct and crime in the same month has been remarkably elevated.

And it is even more regrettable that the inner peace and unity of the world that we had has given its place to insecurity and discord. As we saw, they stopped the car of the Lebanese diplomat in the thoroughfare. And due to the conflict and ignorance in the process of [getting rid of] the Baha’is, the number of fanatics now in this sect has reached 300,000. They are fighting openly without hiding it, and with full force have become Iran’s most well-prepared enemy. On the other hand, all those Muslims who were delighted for a while that this thorn would be removed now realize that whatever they saw or heard was just an illusion, and they are sad and upset to the point where they have turned away from the Marja’ Taqlid [ Source of Following]. The impact of Iran’s internal affairs has also been reflected in our foreign policy and has taken a different form...