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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]

 

[Newspaper:] Daad

[Date:] 2 Ordibehesht 1334 [23 April 1955]

[Issue No.:] 3220

 

What Is the Current Situation of the Haziratu’l-Quds?!

Our correspondent has obtained the following information about the current situation of the Haziratu’l-Quds, which will be presented to our dear readers.

At present, Colonel Masoudi Haeri, companied by a few soldiers, is in charge of the protection of the Haziratu’l-Quds, and this mission will remain in force until the issuance of the second order of the military governorate. Only two gardeners and a caretaker have remained in the Haziratu’l-Quds on behalf of the Baha’is. All rooms and halls, 15 units in total, are locked and their keys are entrusted to the caretaker. There are only two office rooms in the possession of the officers of the military governorate, where they work and guard the place. All the halls and rooms of the Haziratu’l-Quds are carpeted and furnished with the best furniture.

The amphitheatre of this place has comfortable space for one thousand people and has a tidy and orderly library, which contains several thousand volumes.

In the basement of this building there is a small printing area which is the place where Badi’ Magazine and other Baha’i publications are published in Tehran.

Apart from the Haziratu’l-Quds building, there is another tidy building where Baha’is who used to come to Tehran from other cities were received. It is a guesthouse with all the necessary facilities.

In front of this guesthouse, there is the archive of the Haziratu’l-Quds. In this archive, which is managed by the most modern archiving system, there are about 50,000 Baha’i membership cards, and there are a large number of files and papers that are regularly classified and archived.

The outside area of the wooded flower garden of the Haziratu’l-Quds is about one hundred thousand square metres. In addition to the construction of several buildings, a sports field with sports equipment has been built on this land, which was used on ordinary days by Baha’i individuals.

The research we have conducted on the governance of the Haziratu’l-Quds shows that this organization is run in Tehran by a board of directors whose members are Shoaollah Alaei, Foroutan, Varqa and Naimi. The board of directors of the Baha'i organization in Tehran is handled by Mr. Foroutan. The board of trustees had purchased, out of the organization’s fund, a six-million-square-metre plot of land, located on top of Narmak, where they planned to build elaborate organizations and build a large temple there that would be both a place of worship and a place of recreation. Information indicates that all Baha’i community property, such as the Haziratu’l-Quds and Narmak lands and other institutions in the cities, and all equipment and furniture in them will be confiscated by the government and used for the public benefit.