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[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 Weekly

[Date:] 26 Ordibehesht 1334 [17 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 715

 

What Will Be the Situation of Baha’i Officers and Their Fate?

The issue of the Baha’i sect and the speeches of the famous preacher Mr. Falsafi in the Shah Mosque were also at the top of the agenda this week. In religious and non-religious assemblies and communities, most of the current conversations were also about this issue.

One of the important points discussed is whether there was a connection between the Baha’i sect and active elements of the Tudeh Party, and if, as it is rumoured, elements of the Tudeh Party have entered Baha’i organizations, to what extent and how many members of the Tudeh have joined the Baha’i sect?

Regarding the situation of Baha’i officers, an informed official told our reporter, “I do not think their situation is different from that of other government employees who are members of the Baha’i sect.” He added, “I do not think that the number of Baha’i officers is as high as it is rumoured. But because some officers who are members of Baha’i sect have openly sought to promote their religion, they have attracted more attention and are showing their number to be more than what they really are.”

Regarding the rumours that Baha’is have complained to the United Nations about recent developments and have objected to the recent events, citing the Atlantic Charter, which recognizes freedom of religion and freedom of belief as the absolute right of every individual, one informed cleric said, “Basically, the United Nations does not interfere in the internal affairs of any country and has no right to interfere. Besides that, if we suppose that there is a complaint, our answer is that we do not consider the Baha’i [faith] to be a religion. We consider Baha’ism an ideology which, since the first day, has been politically tainted; it is not a divine religion. Regardless of these points, according to the Atlantic Charter and the UN Charter, every individual and every nation must obey the constitution of their country, and most of our reliance in this part will be on the constitution, which, besides the three sects of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, has not recognized any other minorities in Iran.”…

Since [both] the external shape and style of the dome of the Haziratu’l-Quds [and] the article we wrote about the differences between the characteristics of buildings of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar and the Haziratu’l-Quds, had attracted the attention of some people, we add the following point: Baha’is consider the numbers nine and nineteen to be sacred numbers and their public religious buildings generally are [designed with a] dome that has nineteen [parts]. In particular, in the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, in addition to the nine- and nineteen- [section] domes, the building also must be separated from the circle of the dome with nine or nineteen corridors underneath, and each corridor must have nine or nineteen rooms! However, the Baha’i building in the Palestinian city of Akka [sic], pictured on this page, is not a Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, but the tomb of Mirza Husayn Ali, Baha’u’llah [sic], which is currently one of [the sacred] shrines for the pilgrimage of the followers of Baha’i sect.