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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Eslahat

[Date:] 17 Aban 1334 [9 November 1955]

[Issue No.:] 147

 

Military Command and Attracting Satisfaction of Ayatollah Borujerdi

The person of General Bakhtiar and officers of the Military Command—about whose Islamic belief there is no doubt, and [who] have always stood ready and determined to obey the will of the Shia’s source of jurisprudence, Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi—in order to satisfy him, celebrated for the first time, and against their military culture and practice, the birth of His Holiness, the Last Prophet [Mohammad] (upon Him be salutation), at the headquarters of the Military Command. General Bakhtiar’s action, in addition to satisfying the generality of the illustrious clergy and the Shi’a population of the capital, initiated a new precedent, compelling the Military Command to organize such a celebration, should there still be a Military Command and regardless of who would be that army commander. Most importantly, the celebration was held at the Haziratu’l-Quds building, which is occupied by the headquarters of the Military Command.

The unprecedented welcoming of the people, who, without exaggeration, amounted to about one tenth of the distinguished and high ranking gentlemen of the capital, was highly significant.

The poetry and speeches that were recited from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. caused much delight and contentment of various [levels] of people. The high ranking officers personally served people with trays of sweets, fruits and tea. The constant sound of salutation by this enormous crowd, which in every hour filled and emptied such a great hall, were signs of the truthfulness, sincerity and [piety] of the Muslim Army of Iran.

We plead at the threshold of Almighty [God] to make General Bakhtiar, the officers and the soldiers of the National Iranian Army ever successful to strengthen the precepts of the illumined religion of Islam.

It should also be mentioned that, at the end of the celebration, each and every participant received a coin of Saheb-al-Zaman [meaning “Owner of the Time”, reference to “Imam al-Mahdi”] as a gift from the hands of the honourable Ayatollah Firouz-Abadi, thus leaving the place with happiness and satisfaction.