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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Farman

[Date:] 14 Aban 1334 [6 November 1955]

[Issue No.:] 1007

 

The Celebration of the Birthday of the Prophet (PBUH) in the Military Governorate

The spiritual circles remember the great services of Brigadier General Bakhtiar with astonishment and admiration.

On the afternoon of the day before yesterday, a celebration was held in the Military Governorate for the occasion of the birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

From four o’clock in the afternoon, the clergy, the preachers and the people of the city, respectively, began arriving at the grand hall of the Military Governorate, which has a capacity of about ten thousand people. At around 5:30 p.m., Ayatollah Behbahani, accompanied by Ayatollah Gharavi, the ministers and members of parliament, attended the celebration.

Throughout the reception and during the celebrations, Major General Bakhtiar, the military governor of Tehran and the cross country railway and other Military Governorate officers, received and entertained the invitees, who numbered thirty to forty thousand individuals, with a warm welcome.

In this great religious celebration, the preachers and speakers delivered various exciting and eloquent speeches and recited poems for the occasion of the birthday of the Holy Prophet and His station. The meeting continued until 7:00 p.m., and through the event the invitees offered [Islamic] salutations in honour of the health of His Imperial Majesty and the Imperial Army.

As we wrote, the crowd was unprecedented and the grand hall of the Military Governorate, which has a capacity of ten thousand people, was several times filled with the crowd. At seven o’clock, the celebration ended and the audience left the Military Governorate compound, reciting religious slogans.

The celebration of the military governor was extremely effective in Tehran’s clerical circles and particularly the modesty, patriotism and religiosity of Brigadier General Bakhtiar, who by crushing the centre of corruption, had done a great service for the clergy, and religious authorities call to mind his services with great awe and admiration.