[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

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Date: 18 Azar 1360 [9 December 1981]

 

Mr. Deljou, respected Mayor of Tehran,

We wish to bring to your attention that:

From the morning of 14 Azar 1360 [5 December 1981], a group of municipal guards have been arriving at the Baha’i cemetery, situated on Khavaran Street, and are currently preventing burial of the dead.

Over the past many years, when Khavaran Street and its surrounding areas gradually became part of the residential quarters of the city, the Baha’i community has been trying to secure another site outside the city limits, records of which can be found in the archives of the municipality. Unfortunately, however, repeated attempts to obtain a permit for the establishment of a new cemetery have remained unanswered and no reply has been received, so far.

In a letter dated 25 Shahrivar 1358 [16 September 1979] to the Islamic Revolution Central Committee of the Shahr-e Rey and its suburbs, copy attached, Hojatoleslam Seyyed Ali Ghayouri, as representative of His Holiness Imam Khomeini, and His Holiness Ayatollah Montazeri, gave permission for the establishment of a cemetery in a Baha’i property in Kabirabad; however, the Mostazafan Foundation has refused to agree.

In a letter dated 21 Shahrivar 1359 [12 September 1980], copy attached, His Holiness Ayatollah Abdul-Karim Mousavi Ardebili, chief justice of the Supreme Court, issued orders for a cemetery to be provided for the Baha’is, as well as delivery of a hearse ambulance to them for burial of their dead.

According to these and other records and documents, attached herein, the Baha’i community has long been trying to obtain a permit from the municipality for the transfer of the cemetery to another site.  But until a cemetery site outside the city limits is made available to the Baha’i community, there is no choice but to allow burial of the dead in the current location, as “Every soul will taste death[1], and Baha’is, like other people, have no escape from death, and their dead must be buried somewhere.

Your Honour is no doubt paying deserved attention to these points and will issue strict and urgent orders regarding this case, so that they should be allowed to bury their dead in the current location until another cemetery site is allocated for the Baha’is by the municipality, and that urgent measures should be taken for allocation of a new cemetery so as to avoid repeating the requests and recurring disturbances.

Baha’i Community of Tehran

[Two signatures]

 

[Hand-written note at the bottom of the page]

Enclosure: 6 pages

 

[Hand-written note at the top of the page 1]

Brother Seifian,

Please review and comment.

[Signature]

21 Azar 1360 [12 December 1981]

In the Name of God,

Since Baha’ism is a political faction from the time of British colonialism, and afterwards from Zionism, and only [misguides] individuals, and since this sect has misled so many naive people,  and so many Muslims [illegible] have wasted their time in pointless discussions with this group, it has, therefore, no legitimacy as a religion or denomination. Such people can only be buried in the cemetery that belongs to non-believers [not people of the Book].

Seifian

[Signature]

21 Azar 1360 [12 December 1981]

 

[1] [Quran 3:185]