[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:] Jahan-e Tabriz

[Date:] 25 Ordibehesht [1334] [16 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 5

 

Possibility of Starting Meeting

It is said that Muslim groups in Tehran and the religious cities, such as Qom, and [in] Khorasan, may meet to protest against misleading [propaganda] by the Baha’i sect.  Diverse quarters predict a high possibility of demonstrations by the country’s Muslims around the end of this week and the beginning of the next.

Mr. Falsafi’s view

“Regarding the reason for starting a campaign against this sect, Mr. Falsafi has said, “Decades ago, a misguided sect by the name of Baha’i was founded; contradictory statements in their books have led some simple-hearted people astray.  Over the past few years, based on the instructions from their leader in “Hakka” [Acre, Israel], they have started a series of widespread campaigns.  In the past two years they have been bothering Muslims and followers of other religious minorities in many cities, villages and hamlets. In this period, hundreds of letters and cables were sent to His Holiness Ayatollah Borujerdi, the head of Shia, but because of the unresolved oil issues, we were afraid raising this issue might produce another kind of agitation [so we did nothing].  Now that the oil issue and challenges of the Tudeh [party] are resolved, it [is] necessary to take action in this matter.  I have presented this issue to the shah, the cabinet, and members of parliament, and hope that by starting legal procedures this sect will be stopped completely.”

[The reporter:] Shouri