[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:] Arezou - Extra Edition
[Date:] 1334 [1955/1956]
Letter from Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi
In a Few Days, 21 Baha’i Missionaries Will Be Banished From the Country
50,000 Membership Cards Were Found in the Archives of the Haziratu’l-Quds
The Agents Found and Took The List of All the Names of the Baha’is of Iran.
Yesterday, Mr. Falsafi, the famous preacher, while giving a speech at the Soltani Mosque, read the text the letter from Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi―may his blessing be perpetual―confirming the government’s actions regarding the Baha’i sect, as follows:
“In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
To Mr. Falsafi, the trusted [one] of Islam, may his bounties be everlasting
In the last few days, your valuable services rendered to the religion of Islam, and all the religions; to the holy Quran and all the divine Books; and towards the nation’s independence and for the protection of the monarchy, the government, the army and every Iranian individual and the Muslims worldwide; have not only brought joy to my heart and that of every Muslim, but have been the cause of the happiness of His Holiness Valiye Asr [Guardian of the Time], may our lives be sacrificed for Him. You have lifted some of the thick covering which a political party called the Baha’i religion has spread over its ideas, for more than a hundred years, with its very organized administration, by spending excessive amounts of funds received from an unknown source, and by its continuous, public propaganda efforts against the official religion of the country, which naturally unites the nation, and secretly, against the monarchy and the government, and you have disclosed some of its true nature.
Although the true nature of the matter is not yet fully exposed, and words spoken from the pulpit do not have the power to reveal any more than this, only the government can eventually discover the damaging networks and rescue the nation from harm, as it has had success in similar cases in the past. I think the nation’s intellectuals view this party as far more damaging to the country’s autonomy, as there is a difference between an enemy who expresses enmity, and the enemy who considers itself a friend. There is also a difference between an enemy who attacks a strong fortress without having the tools to demolish it, and the enemy who, from the start, uses its tools to destroy.
To conclude, I remind you that this evil party has infiltrated many facets of the nation and the government, and this is totally [confirmed] by the letters and telegrams received by me from other cities. For instance, we see a group of people enter the home of a very poor old woman, who is sleeping on the floor with her five innocent little children, and dismember them with shovel and axe in a horrendous manner; however, at the insistence of the Muslims and [with the] realization of some matters, only one person is executed and the others are left to their own devices.
This means that this sect exerts full influence within the government; therefore, it is most important to cleanse the office departments and the ministries and the country’s strategic posts of this sect. I beseech the almighty God to strengthen the holy religion of Islam and the sacred sect of Jafari and to confirm those who endeavour to propagate it.
By God’s Mercy and Blessings, peace be upon you.
15 Ramadan 1374 [7 May 1955]”
The List of the Number of Baha’is
As of today, a delegation consisting of representatives of the Military Governorate and the army prosecutor’s office has examined the existing documents in the Haziratu’l-Quds.
In other news, a list containing the names, numbers and all the details of Iranian Baha’is was seized by the military governor’s officials during an inspection.
According to a private news release, a confidential list containing the names of the influential Baha’i missionaries has fallen into the hands of the law enforcement officers. The government intends to deport some of them abroad. It is said that this list includes the name of Mrs. Naimi, a well-known Baha’i [propagator] in Tehran.
Baha’is Intending to Immigrate
It is reported that some Baha’is, despite the assurances and promises given to them by the law enforcement officials for protecting their lives, felt threatened and have decided to apply and negotiate with the government to agree to their emigration abroad. It is unclear whether their request will be approved by the government, or not.
… Truth Overcame Falsehood
The disgrace that had befallen the Muslims of the world for many years was washed away in the Muslim country of Iran, in a pious and monotheistic Iran. The atheistic Baha’is were expelled from the community, and I congratulate the Muslim sultan and the sincere and monotheistic individuals and officers on this occasion.
The Order to Protect Baha’is
By strict order of the military governor, as soon as the news of the fight against the Baha’is was heard from the microphone of Radio Tehran, a large number of law enforcement and secret agents were immediately deployed in different parts of Tehran and other cities, fearing danger to the Baha’is. They have strong responsibility to save the lives of Baha’is. Commander-in-Chief Brigadier General Bakhtiar has also promised most Baha’is who referred to him, fearing for their safety, that they would not be harmed.
Transformation of the Haziratu’l-Quds Into a Mosque
The Haziratu’l-Quds is now occupied by 100 soldiers of the Armored Division, who are concentrated in different parts of the country. Entry [to the Haziratu’l-Quds] is allowed only for the Military Governorate’s officers. The government is said to have made the decision that during the next week, with minor changes in the condition of the building, including the creation of a minaret, etc., the building of the Haziratu’l-Quds will be turned into a mosque.