[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

[Emblem]

Ministry of the Interior

Office of the Governor General of the Tenth Province

 

Date: 30 Shahrivar 1330 [22 September 1951]

Number: 11243

 

Urgent,

 

The [Heads and Commanders of] Governorates, Districts, Police Force, Gendarmerie,

 

Because the months of Muharram and Safar are before us and in these two months the residents should be able to perform the mourning commemoration of the [fifth Imam] Khames Aal-e Aba[1] without hindrance, it is appropriate that within your jurisdiction, you be truly observant that no one under any [religious] pretext harasses others. Be mindful of those troublemakers and seditious ones who on such occasions often seek to pursue their evil intentions under the guise of religion.  Make serious efforts at prevention and do not allow [anyone], whoever the person might be, to use this pretext of religion and personal interest to violate the peace and order of the city and cause commotion during these days of lamentation and grief — while the country is in a fragile state— and thereby destroy stability and orderliness.

 

The Governor General of the Tenth Province

 

A copy of the above [letter] is hereby sent to the Academic Group [of Religious Schools] in Isfahan and they are requested to continue to be vigilant and watchful. Please bring to the attention of the esteemed preachers that they must be cognizant of the importance of the [motives] and the intentions of those with evil purposes, who usually act on such occasions.

 

The Governor General of the Tenth Province

 

This is a true copy of the original [Signature] 28 Mehr 1330 [21 October 1951]

[Stamp:] Office of the Governor General of the Tenth Province

 

 

[1] [Panj-tan Aal-e Aba or Khames Aal-e Aba also known as Ahl al-Kisa, or the People of the Cloak, are the Islamic Prophet, Muhammad; his daughter, Fatimah; his cousin and son-in-law Ali; and his two grandsons Hassan and Husayn. They are also called Aal al-Aba and, in Persian, Panj-tan Aal-e Aba or simply Panj-tan]