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[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:] Azarin

[Date:] 25 Ordibehesht 1334 [16 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 492

 

Fight Against Baha’ism

In the last few days, wherever you go, there is the talk of a struggle against the Baha’i sect.

After the speeches of Mr. Falsafi and the occupation of  the Haziratu’l-Quds by the police and, most importantly, after the fatwa [religious decree] of Ayatollah Borujerdi, the flood of religious and national sentiments of the people to eradicate this nest of corruption began and now the generality of people are eagerly awaiting the government's immediate action. His Majesty the King, who always respects the feelings, hopes and aspirations of the people, promised, during the audience of some of clergy, to issue a strict order in this regard.

… The commentary by Hojjatol-Islam Ayatollah Borujerdi gave us the opportunity to express our views on this issue and ask the government … to take urgent action in order to respect the religious feelings of the people and glorify the holy religion of Islam.

As has become clear to everyone, the Baha’i sect is a destructive political party, whose damage is no less, if not more, than that of the disbanded Tudeh Party. The members of this sect have taken root in all government and national institutions and have progressed to the point where one of them, in the name of a physician, has taken the pulse of the first person of the country and has infiltrated the court. Mr. Falsafi, the famous preacher, has also said something about this. Because of this complete influence of the Baha’is in the government and national institutions, most of their people have accumulated great wealth and use it to promote the Baha’i Faith.

The Haziratu’l-Quds has become the centre of foreign espionage; in its shelter, many people are engaged in harmful propaganda for the religion of Islam and to mislead the people.

According to the above points and based on the fatwa of Mr. Ayatollah Borujerdi, we call on the government to cut off the hands of the members of this sect from the government as soon as possible.

The Haziratu’l-Quds, the centre of the espionage, must be destroyed, and in its place a mosque should be built in which the memory of the Muslim people’s struggle against the Baha’i sect [will] remain forever. In general, Baha’is should be expelled from the Islamic Republic of Iran, in order to eradicate this sect and prevent its harmful propaganda … The expulsion of Baha’is is not contrary to any international law, since the country of Iran is an Islamic country and those who rebel against the religion of Islam are considered to be infidels and should be punished. The most lenient punishment … is their expulsion from the Muslim country of Iran.

The government must take the necessary action until the flames of the people’s emotions have not risen high, and no incident has occurred. The procrastination and delay do not have a good result and we hope that the government will not be negligent in this matter, after the fatwa of Ayatollah Borujerdi, to carry out His Holiness’s orders with the permission of His Majesty the King of Kings.