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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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Bultan News

[Date:] 8 Bahman 1389 [28 January 2011]

 

The Destruction of the Haziratu’l-Quds and the People’s Cry of “Come Mahdi [The Lord of the Age]”

Bultan News – More than 160 years have passed since the first day that our people went to war against Babism by fatwa [a legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader] of the great religious authorities. During all this time, they stood up for their lives in defence of the sanctity of Islam. In addition to the Babis, the Baha’is, who were their successors, in order to advance their sinister goals, have repeatedly brutally shed the pure blood of Muslims, especially the Shiite believers, [and] are not afraid to continue this method, due to the support of global terrorism for [the Baha’is].

Haziratu’l-Quds

The arrogance of the Baha’is had reached the point where they explicitly announced that the Baha’i Faith would become the official religion of Iran from 1335 [1955/1956]. The people who witnessed such efforts turned to the clerics and demanded a solution in this regard. The clergy also contacted Ayatollah Borujerdi and asked him to intervene in the matter. He also commissioned the late Falsafi to mobilize the public in this regard.

Within ten days, Falsafi turned the whole of Iran into an explosive storage, his remarks about the Baha’i Faith were so well-founded and useful that it mobilized the people and at every moment it was feared that they themselves would take action and destroy their propaganda sites.

Ayatollah Borujerdi also warned, in a message to the shah, that if the government did not act directly to shut down and destroy Baha’i propaganda sites, the clergy and religious authorities would perform their religious duties.

Ayatollah Borujerdi’s ultimatum, the skillful [action] of the late Falsafi and the efforts of other clerics, plunged the regime into fear; it caused the shah, despite his arrogance, to send, with humility, representatives to Qom and the home [office] of the clerics for conciliation of the clerics and religious authorities.

Accordingly, the king called his advisers and asked them to find a way out of this impasse.

Finally, on 16 Ordibehesht 1334 [7 May 1955], according to the consultations, the police occupied the Haziratu’l-Quds, which is located at the intersection of Taleghani and Hafez streets, in front of Amirkabir University (after the victory of the revolution, this place was given to the Hozeh Honari Islamic Propaganda Organization), and the military governorate of Tehran issued a statement as follows: “Because the Baha’i sect’s demonstrations and propaganda have provoked public sentiment, in order to maintain public order, law enforcement has been ordered to occupy the sect’s propaganda centre, known as the ‘Haziratu’l-Quds’, to prevent any possible evasion.”

Following the spread of the news of the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds, the people arrived there in groups and chanted in unison: “Come Mahdi, Come, Mahdi.”