[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:] Ettelaat

[Date:] 19 Shahrivar 1334 [11 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 8774

 

Publications of the Times Newspaper Regarding the Mourning Days

The London Times newspaper, in its issue dated 30 August, quotes its correspondent in Tehran: “Although this year, during the mourning days of Tasu’a and Ashura—in which the Shi’as commemorate the martyrdom of His Holiness Imam Husain, the grandson of the Prophet of Islam—an unprecedented crowd had gathered in Tehran and Qom at the headquarters of Ayatollah Borujerdi, the highest marja’ taqlid [source of imitation] for the Shi’as, to commemorate the event, religious ceremonies held in Tehran, Qom and all around the country [took place] without any incident”.

The law enforcement agents were deployed everywhere, and the preacher, Mr. Falsafi, who had incited the people to fight against the Baha’is, was not permitted to preach over the radio. The Times correspondent adds, “It is inferred from the evidence that the government has succeeded in preventing the interference of irresponsible circles in political affairs.” In the report of the correspondent of the Times, it was stated that “The intentions of His Majesty to maintain order and peace throughout the country and to protect the individuals from infringement and aggression are being followed by Ayatollah Borujerdi, the Marja’ Taqlid [Source of Imitation] for the Shi’as. The government of Iran is determined to prevent the actions of the clerics, who are inclined to dominate the people, from the political point of view, instead of paying attention to their religious duties.”