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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Habl al-Matin

[Date:] 20 Ordibehesht 1334 [11 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 95


Honourable Ayatollah Borujerdi Has Considered Cleansing Ministries, Departments and Government-Affiliated Enterprises From Members of Babi and Baha’i Sects As Priority

…Therefore, according to this order issued by the Islam-sheltering shah, regarding the fight against corruption, especially in this particular case, the government should take immediate action to implement the orders of the king and the great leader of the Islamic world (Grand Ayatollah Haj Agha Hossein Tabatabaei Borujerdi). And, as has been reported, the government has also started seriously working and arresting [corruptors on earth].

(Now the very letter of His Holiness the Ayatollah will be inserted to inform the esteemed readers)

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Your Honour, Mr. Falsafi, the Confidence of Islam,

I respectfully convey that the valuable services you have rendered over the past few days for the protection of the sacred and absolute religion of Islam, and also the Holy Qur’an, which is the absolute [last] of the heavenly books, and for safeguarding the independence of the monarchy, government, army and all members of the Iranian nation and Muslims of the world by lifting the thick veils that a political party called the Baha’i Faith has spread over its intentions for years—over a hundred years—by its organized institutions, spending monies from unknown sources, and its extensive propaganda against the country’s official religion of [Islam]—which naturally unites the nation—and against the monarchy and the government, and has introduced some of their identity, have brought complete joy to the hearts of the people, but also the joy of the Imam of the Time, may our souls be sacrificed for Him...

...I think this party’s harm to the country is far greater than the others, since there is a difference between a group that declares enmity and an enemy that considers itself a friend...

...In conclusion, it should be noted that this party has infiltrated  the government and administration in many aspects, and is the cause of utmost concern, and information received fully confirms their activities; for example, the attack by several trespassers, entering the home of a poor old woman with five sleeping children in the middle of the night and hacking them to pieces with shovels and pickaxes, in such an appalling way that only through the insistence of the Muslims and the fear of each other, one was executed and the rest were left to themselves.

... This sect has fully infiltrated the affairs of the government. Therefore, the most important matter is to purge the offices of the ministries and the sensitive positions of the country of this sect...

[Photo of the first page] Ayatollah Borujerdi