[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:] Aram

[Date:] 24 Khordad 1334 [15 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 358

 

Aligudarz News

These days, despite the drastic changes that have taken place across the country against the perverted Baha’i sect, the name Aligudarz attracts the most attention. From the 18th day of the holy month of Ramadan, a flood of telegrams has flowed from Aligudarz to various officials of the country, and it is still continuing.

In all the sensitive centres of the country, the seminary of Qom, the National Consultative Assembly, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Justice, and the Gendarmerie Headquarters of the country, there is more discussion about the uprising of twenty thousand Muslims in this city; so

we present the summary of it to our dear readers.

At the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, at the invitation of the people of Aligudarz, the respected scholar Mr. Seyyed Mahmoud Shams Esfahani, who is one of the well-spoken and educated clergymen, and is very popular in (most) cities of Iran, entered the mentioned city and began his propaganda in three public mosques, and in unprecedented gatherings of various classes, especially figures from the education department, made useful statements in which part of [his] speech revolved around the Baha’i sect and several Baha’is who have been rooted in Aligudarz for some time. In general, this propaganda was delivered in a quiet environment, free of any commotion. But as a result of the collusion of the local Baha’is, the district chief and the chief of police, and Major Hakami, the commander of the gendarmerie (and he himself is a suspicious person) issued a verdict on the twentieth night of Ramadan, two hours after midnight. A group embarked for Qom, and he arrested the preacher with a group of 20 gendarmes without legal formalities (by major force), and, in the company of another clergyman, he deported him to Borujerd with a gendarme truck. At 5:00 in the morning, when the residents came to the mosques for the morning obligatory prayers, they were informed of the matter, and after an hour, all the bazaars and shops, even the bakeries, were closed and more than 10,000 people gathered in the telegraph office. Ayatollah Borujerdi was informed about the situation, and since inhabitants of the cities of Borujerd, Arak, Khomein, Khansar and Golpayegan had also been informed, many people from these cities [left] their jobs and gathered in telegraph offices to convey their solidarity and support of the people of Aligudarz to the official authorities of the country.

But the sensitive point is this: Major Hakami, the commander of the Aligudarz regiments, after being informed of the people’s sit-in in the telegraph office, sent the gendarmes with several shovels that he had previously prepared and distributed among the gendarmes, one of which was in his [own] hands, and attacked the people and beat and wounded the men and women and broke their sit-in and forced them to flee from the telegraph office… the people then went to Tehran. But since the roads were blocked and were preventing people from moving forward, 40 people detoured by way of Qum and sought refuge in the house of the ayatollah. From there, they informed the government authorities, and Colonel Sajjadi was sent immediately to Aligudarz. After a complete investigation, they went to Borujerd and met with Mr. Shams, at the house of Mr. Mojtaba Hasani, who is a nobleman of Borujerd and one of the ayatollah’s relatives, and by order of the ayatollah, he was asked to return, to Aligudarz. Mr. Shams accepted the request to return, and thereby the five-day strike of the Muslims of Aligudarz was ended. The people welcomed him with open arms, and several sheep and cows were ready to be sacrificed. Currently, Mr. Seyyed Mahmoud Shams Esfahani is busy with religious propaganda. He enjoys great popularity among the Muslims of this city.

We ask God Almighty for the success of this Mujahid clergyman and the honourable people of Aligudarz, and we ask the government to suppress the Baha’is of Aligudarz and the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.