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24/5/1367 [15 August 1988]


In His Exalted Name

Grand Ayatollah Ehsan-Bakhsh, representative of Imam and respected Friday Imam of Rasht, may his blessings abound


This is to respectfully bring to your attention that our residential home, the family of Mahmud Farhangi Sabet, son of Abdulrahim, which belonged to his late brother, Dr. Masih Farhangi Sabet, located in Afkharay area in Rasht, where we have resided for the past forty years, and where we continue to reside, has been targeted for confiscation by the branch of Bonyad-e Shahid-e Inghelab-e Islami [Islamic Revolution Martyrs’ Foundation] in the north region, in Kelarabad, Chalous.  During this period, we have made numerous appeals both in person and in writing to that office—documents  enclosed. In brief, these letters describe the dire circumstances of our family. In addition to not having work and income, we have a 20-year-old retarded and disabled son; my husband, Mahmoud Farhangi Sabet, who had a heart attack last year and was hospitalized—medical documents enclosed, and this year on 15/2/1367 [5 May 1988], at age 64, he suffered a stroke which left him paralyzed on the right side of the body and unable to speak. He was hospitalized for a while, and is currently being cared for at home—hospital records enclosed. I myself suffer from heart condition and severe arthritis—medical documents enclosed. In such desperate state, every once in a while we are visited by an authority who causes us added grief and distress and threatens us with a possible eviction order from the court.

I beseech you to give this matter your kind attention, and by refering to the enclosed documents, consider my dire circumstances. I have no income and am in frail health, yet single handedly responsible to provide care for two sick and disabled individuals. We rely on your kindness who is always a great support to the poor and needy to resolve this matter, so at least we can live in our own home, and so that I can deal with the other problems of my life, such as not having an income, and having to buy medication and carry on the high cost of living, etc, alone, without the worry of losing our home.

With much gratitude and respect – and hope to receiving your kind response 

Wife of Mahmoud Farhangi Sabet


Enclosures: 14 documents, details below

1- Hospital records of Mahmoud Farhangi, pertaining to 1365 and 1367 [1986 and 1988]

2- Three pages neighbourhood petition confirmed by the Islamic Association at the local Mosque.

3- Medical documents pertaining to the wife of Mahmoud Farhangi

4- Petition of Martyrs Foundation of Chalous, north region

5- Court document pertaining to Mahmoud Farhangi, dated 22/1/1367 [11 April 1988]

6- Notice from Branch 15 of the Legal Court, dated 21/8/1367 [12 November 1988]

7- Letter of Mahmoud Farhangi, dated 12/2/1366 [2 May 1987], Chalous

8- Letter of Mahmoud Farhangi's wife addressed to Mr. Sayyid Ali Sajjadi, Head of Legal Affairs of the Martyrs’ Foundation in Chalous

9- Invitation letter of the representative of the Martyrs Fondation in north region to Martyrs Foundation in Klarabad, dated 14/2/1366 [4 May 1987]



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In His Exalted Name

[illegible][Mr.] Gholizadeh, please make inquiries as to the circumstances from the Martyrs’ Foundation in Klarabad. If necessary, intervene. Please note that I know Mahmoud. He is a Baha'i.  I have known him for 25 years. [He is] respected, harmless, and honest. At the time [illegible], he was very dignified and in good health. Do your utmost to assist [illegible].


15/?/67 [1988]


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