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Tehran: Saadi Street, Saadi Shopping centre, Post Office (517)

Telephone:  3259 - Established in 1327 [1948/1949]

Responsible Soleimanzadeh

 

Ettehad-e Melli[Newspaper]

Number 412

Date18/01/[1334] [18 April 1955]

 

Ramadan this year and Religious Sermons

 

The disturbances of the month of Ramadan this year has been much less compared to previous years, especially to last year. Last year, some speeches were broadcast over Radio Tehran, and attacks on the Baha’is started with vengeance in such a manner that they were on fire, but then numerous problems followed for the nation and the government, both within the country and abroad.

This year the government learnt from the experiences of last year, and did not allow the government radio to broadcast any program other than the regular ones – religious sermons were eliminated during the day times, and during the evenings there were fewer religious sermons on the radio – the dawn prayers as well as the prayers for breaking the fast have also been reduced [in number].

Previously the mosques used to have many loudspeakers, and the mosque on Tajrish Bridge constantly broadcast speeches throughout the month of Ramadan. This year, there has been total silence for the past few days. It would seem best to keep religious affairs as far as possible away from controversy to avoid unpleasant consequences. Obviously the true Muslim and believer in Islamic rituals will continue their business, with tranquility and dignity …