[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:] Donya

[Date:] 12 Shahrivar 1334 [4 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 374

[Page:] 4

 

Why there was no mention of the Baha’is in any mosques or mourners’ gatherings during the days of mourning this year:

During this year’s Ashura, only Ahmad Bayat, the [parliamentary] representative of Maku, mutilated himself with a machete and was taken to the hospital because of the excessive bleeding.  Falsafi did not set foot outside his house on Ashura and only gave speeches for four days at the Hussainiya[1] Azadolmolk, the former Nayebosaltaneh[2] of Iran.

Beyond self-mutilation with machetes and self-beating with chains and making of effigies, there were numerous and notable gatherings of mourning and eulogy this year. But know that, based upon a clear order by Ayatollah Boroujerdi, there was no mention of the Baha’is, or fighting against this sect in any of the mourners’ gatherings. The reason for the issuance of this order was the recent event in Yazd, during which Muslims marched with drums and trumpets toward the Village of (Hormozak) located 144 kilometres from the town of Yazd, which led to an unfortunate incident.

At the home of Ayatollah Boroujerdi, a large gathering for mourning and eulogy was held, and the face of Siahollah Bakhsh Rajpout, the press attache of the main embassy of Pakistan was something to behold. Rajpout was vigorously crying in mourning for Imam Hosein and murmuring to himself in the Urdu language.

On Ashura, Falsafi did not set foot outside his house.

As we reported in a previous issue, Falsafi, the preacher, did not use the transmitter of Radio Tehran during the mourning ceremonies this year, and his religious speeches were broadcast through loud-speakers in mosques and homes.

. . . And, again, most importantly, during the three or four days that Falsafi went up to the pulpit at such gatherings as those in Hussainiya Azadolmolk, the former Nayebosaltaneh of Iran, he did not say a word or sentence about the Baha’is. Falsafi had attained the presence of Ayatollah Boroujerdi before the month of Muharram, but since the month of Ordibehesht, those same days that he started the fight against the Baha’is at the Soltani Mosque, he has not met with the Shah.

 

[1] A congregation hall for Twelver Shia Muslim commemoration ceremonies, especially those associated with the Mourning of Muharram-  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussainiya

[2] A person appointed to govern a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regent