[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:] Wednesday, 20 Ordibehesht 1334 [11 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 8674

 

Text of the Plan to Fight Baha’i Sect and Outlaw the Babi, Baha’i and Azali Population

As was reported to the esteemed readers yesterday, a plan was prepared by the clerical [parliamentary] representative of Qazvin, Mr. Seyyed Ahmad Safaei, to fight against the activities of the Baha’i sect, which was discussed in yesterday’s private session of the National Consultative Assembly. Now, for the information of the readers, the same plan is described below:

The Honourable Speaker of the National Consultative Assembly

For some time now, Iran has been suffering from a disruptive population that has arisen, in the guise of a religion, against the security of the Muslim people of Iran and the territorial integrity of the country, and by various means, has diverted people from the axis of chastity, godliness and religiousness. To achieve its unholy aims, it has not refrained from [committing] any crime. There are many cases of murder, sedition, and historical crimes committed by members of this population in the judicial process, and there is evidence at hand showing that, in recent years, when the situation in the country has become chaotic, the [audacious] and disruptive elements found freedom to act and the members of this population have increased their audacity and activity. By insulting the religious traditions and rituals and opposing religiousness and godliness, they have disrupted the security of the society. The leaders of the society considered the continuation of this situation [unacceptable]. At a time when the guidance of the Muslim nation-friendly emperor has brought the affairs of the country into order, the wishes of the Iranian people were brought to the attention of His Majesty. Fortunately, as with most important social issues, it was attended to and the law enforcement officials arose to fulfil their national and religious duties.

We, the signatories, by stating that the action of the law enforcement officers to eliminate the element of corruption is approved by the National Consultative Assembly, present the following four-article plan with three-level urgency and ask the honourable representatives of the nation, who are interested in nationalism and establishment of security and the preservation of Islamic affairs, to approve it. 

Article 1- The corrupt group of Babis and their affiliates is declared anti-national-security and illegal.

Article 2- From now on, membership in this community and expressing allegiance to it in any way is considered a crime. The perpetrator is to be sentenced to two to ten years in solitary confinement and deprivation of civil rights.

Article 3- The immovable property that is the centre for the community and the organizations that are affiliated with this population, or the income from it that is spent on the affairs of this community, will be transferred to the Ministry of Education to be allocated for the establishment of educational organizations and the dissemination of religious knowledge and the principles of godliness.

Article 4 – The members of this group who are in the service of government and their affiliates will be expelled from government services from this date and will not be covered by the employment law in any way.

The Visit of Clergy to His Majesty the King

No Speeches Are to Be Delivered During the Days of Mourning and the Nights of Ehya [Spiritual Revitalization], Against the Baha’i Faith

The Government Will Take Action to Prevent Baha’is From Operating Throughout the Country

The Topic of Struggle Against the Baha’is Will Be Addressed at The Cabinet Tonight

This morning, five learned clergymen―Hajj Agha Noureddin Rafi Shariatmadar, Hajj Seyyed Mohammad Nasser Alavi, Hajj Seyyed Jalaloddin Buik Zanjani, Hajj Seyyed Ali Asghar Jazayeri and Hajj Seyyed Morteza Alam―were received by His Majesty the King at the Marble Palace. They informed His Excellency about the Baha’i sect and the prevention of their propaganda.

His Excellency, in response to the remarks of the clergy, expressed his interest in promoting the rightful affairs of Islam and noted that in this case, the government has been instructed to resolve the issue in a manner that will satisfy the public and the learned clergy.

Since a week ago, Mr. Falsafi, a well-known preacher, [has been giving] a series of lectures on the prevention of the activities of the Baha’i sect in the Soltani Mosque, which has been broadcast on the radio.

Mr. Falsafi has repeatedly called on the people to use reason in their struggle against the Baha’is and not to be emotional, and to continue the struggle in such a way as not to exceed the legal boundaries. Today, Mr. Falsafi, told our correspondent, “During the days of mourning and the nights of Ghadr [value] when people are engaged in worship and mourning, statements against the Baha’i sect will be refused, but, of course, the necessary warnings will be given to prevent their activities.”

The Repeated Telegrams

In the last forty-eight hours, many telegrams have been sent again expressing gratitude to the military commanders, during which they have asked the law enforcement officers to prevent the activities of this sect in Tehran and the cities forever. The news received from the cities of Tehran indicates that, in recent days, many measures have been taken by government officials to prevent the Baha’is from operating.

In the Cabinet

It was reported today that the issue of preventing Baha’i activities has been brought to the attention of the government, and the statement made by Mr. Entezam, the acting prime minister, in a private session of the National Consultative Assembly yesterday, confirms this.

The government and a number of clerics have reportedly been in contact in recent days, and the government, the clerics and the Hojatoleslam have promised, in following the religious orders, to take effective action to prevent Baha’is from [holding] their religious activities. The issue of fighting the Baha’is may have been discussed at the cabinet meeting last night and the decisions may have been made by the government.