[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:] Aftab-e Shargh

[Date:] 18 Ordibehesht 1334 [9 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 4631

 

Our special reporter in Tehran

Speeches of Mr. Falsafi and the Occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds [Baha’i Centre]

On Saturday, by order of the Commander of the Police, the Haziratu’l-Quds (Assembly of the Baha’is) was occupied.

This action of the police authorities, immediately following the severe attack by Mr. Falsafi against the Baha’is on the radio, has been interpreted in various circles as a sign of a prior agreement about this action, and [to imply] that the attacks on the radio by Mr. Falsafi have been essentially a means of providing a basis for occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds by the police. However, our reporter has been informed by a reliable source that the story of occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds is completely the opposite.

This means that, because some of the religious and zealous people had been aroused as a result of the speeches by Mr. Falsafi, and intended to raid the Haziratol-Quds and destroy it during the days of “Ehya” [spiritual revitalization], and given that there was a possibility of undesirable incidents, the police authorities thought it wise to occupy the centre of the Baha’is so as to prevent any incidents before they happened.

It is said that the severe attacks on the Baha’is by Mr. Falsafi have come under discussion in governmental gatherings, and some people believe that these statements have inciteful aspects. Given that these statements could lead to some incidents, Mr. Falsafi has been reminded, and even emphatically asked, to decrease the severity of his attacks and be more careful in his speeches so that they would not incite people [to violence]. It is also rumoured that the Ministry of the Interior has told Mr. Falsafi that if he is not more mindful in his future speeches, Mr. Rashed will be asked to continue the delivering of religious speeches in his place.