[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[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:] Daad

[Date:] 20 Ordibehesht 1334 [11 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 3220

 

What’s Going on Behind the Scenes in Parliament?

-Why and how was the private meeting scheduled yesterday?

-Who were those who had applied for a private meeting?

- I pity those who slept in the National Consultative Assembly last night, [in anticipation] of the Assembly’s pre-order speech, and those who came at 4:00 a.m. and had to fight at the [registration] signboard in the morning.

- How was the government summoned to the private session and why did they ask Parliament for a deadline?

Yesterday, the most important conversation that took place between the members after 8:00 a.m. in the corridors and hallways of Parliament was the topic of Mr. Falsafi’s heated speeches about the Baha’is and the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds, [as well as] the important letter of Ayatollah Borujerdi, the Muslim world’s  Marja-e Taghlid [emulation authority]. Mr. Seyyed Ahmad Safaie, the member of parliament from Qazvin, who is himself a preacher and gives sermons from the pulpit, had prepared a plan in this regard [about the Baha’is] and was consulting about it with the representatives.

One of the deputies said that at the beginning, when Mr. Falsafi propounded this matter at the Soltani Mosque, it had attracted the public opinion in full, because it took on a very serious aspect when the Haziratu’l-Quds in Tehran was occupied by the military and the announcement of the military governor was issued in this regard, and in which the close attention of His Imperial Majesty to the sentiments of the Muslims was mentioned....

... The foreigners, in order to defeat us by means of the religion, disrupted it and created the Baha’i community, which is, in fact, nothing more than a disruptive party that was created to generate discord, which has antecedents in the history of our past 100 years. Now that our fight against the followers of the Toudeh [political party], who were disrupting Iran’s security, has brought us final results, what is wrong with preventing those who disrupt our religion as well?...

... When the speakers expressed their views on how Parliament will deal with the issue of fighting against the Baha’is, this part of Mr. Amidi Nouri’s statement—“It would be good for the government to report its work to Parliament, so that Parliament will approve it in a public session, since it is clear that the Baha’i community, under the Constitution, which only recognises our religion as [Shi’a] Jafari, is considered illegal. The government, in order to implement this important article of the constitution, should deliver its report to Parliament, so that we [can] also approve it,” —was approved by Parliament.

And Mr. Speaker of the Parliament, while delivering an effective speech, emphasised the necessity of implementing this matter and instructed the government to present it immediately to Parliament so that a decision about this matter [will] be clear....