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[The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran]

 

Number: 2486

Date: 2 Kalimat 104, [22 Tir 1326] [14 July 1947]

 

Honourable Ashraf,[1]  Ghavamol-Saltaneh, Prime Minister,

 

With utmost respect, this Assembly is following up on its letter dated 21 Mordad 1325 [12 August 1946] and conveys the following:

 

For some time now in our beloved country of Iran, books and articles that are filled with calumny and slander and replete with insult and defamation against the Baha’i Holy Figures, tarnishing the honour and reputation of the Baha’is, are being freely and widely published and distributed freely and widely.. In some newspapers, in both the Capital and other regions, defamatory articles are inserted and published regarding this people [the Baha’is]. The writers go so boldly beyond the limits of civility and humanity that any it would be immoral and unethical to provide here any sample of their indecent statements.

 

According to the explicit text of the Article 8 of the Constitution, all the inhabitants of the country have equal rights before the Constitution; therefore, the honour and reputation of every person should be protected from being violated or transgressed upon. It is inconceivable, given the power and might of the Imperial Government, that freely and fearlessly some fanatical people rudely insult the Holy Figures of a group with numerous followers – [a group] that comprises the largest religious minority of this country - and make fabricated allegations, thereby planting the seeds of enmity in the hearts of uninformed people, encouraging them to kill [their fellow citizens], while] this innocent community does not have the right [of free speech so as] to state the truth to their dear compatriots.

 

To allow this situation to continue not only has deep psychological effects on the Baha’is, it also is a cause of distress to the Baha’is in over 90 countries of the world who are very troubled [by these irresponsible actions]. This is quite detrimental for the good name and fame of our beloved country before the civilized world. Therefore, we plead to Your Honour to issue clear orders to the Ministry of Culture [Education], to bring an end to the current situation, so that the authors of such books, pamphlets, and newspaper articles, as well as the publishers of such materials, will not be able to insult and use abusive language against the Holy Figures of this group. In this way, social justice, which is and has always been the prime objective of the Your Honour Ashraf, will be fully established, and a handful of impudent defamers will not be prevented from causing infamy of this beloved country. 

 

With utmost respect,

Chairperson of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran

[Signed: Shoa Alaei]

 

Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran, Ali-Akbar Furutan

[Signature]

 

[Stamp: Registered at the Office of the Prime Minister, number 9321, date: 4 Mordad 1326, (27 July 1947)]

 

[Handwritten Note:] Mr Dabiran, Please write: If there are instances that [published articles] are contrary to the principles and beliefs of the Baha’is, these should be brought to the attention of the Ministry of Culture [Education] and appropriate action taken through the relevant offices. Without proper investigation, the office of the Prime Minister cannot order the Ministry of Culture [Education] to prevent publishing items of a religious natureon the grounds that they might be different or dissimilar to the principles of other religions and sects or inconsistent and incompatible or even contrary and in opposition to other beliefs, and thereby, without paying any attention or investigating [ truth], crassly prevent publication [of certain materials].  According to the principles of the Constitution, the publication of books and printing matters is free and this freedom should be maintained until such time that a reason for limiting [this right] is found.

 

 

 

 

 

[1] [Ashraf means “The Most Noble”, it is the title of Prime Minister Ahmad Ghavam; it was given to him by Iranian shah, Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi].