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Javanan (Youth) section of Group Publication of Ettelaat [Newspaper]
Monday, 10 Ordibehesht 1358 (10/2/1358) [30 April 1979] number 639
Year 12 + 1, Price 50 rial
Seizure of (Beit ul-Qods) of the Baha’is in Tehran
Beit ul-Qods consists of three old houses with mouldings and wood carvings.
Last week, Unit Number 2 of the Revolutionary Committee announced the seizure of the house [Beit ul-Qods], which is the paternal home and the birthplace of Abbas Effendi [Abdu’l-Baha], one of the leaders of the Baha’i sect.
In an interview with Javanan reporters, Hojat al-Eslam Haj Shaykh Sayyid[i] Nasrollah Shah Abadi, head of Unit 2 of the Number 9 Committee, stated:
Last week, pursuant to the Order of the Central Committee, Beit ul-Qods, situated in Pamenar Street, where the early formation of this sect took place, was confiscated, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards obtained access to many documents which were handed to the Central Committee. Household objects were collected in one room, and after an inventory was made, the room was sealed. Upon confiscation of the house, I personally travelled to Qom and reported on the matter to Imam Khomeini; the Imam ordered that the house be held under guard until further notice. At present, several guards are minding the house. Hojat al-Eslam Shah Abadi added:
Beit ul-Qods consists of three connected old houses, which have several adjacent rooms embellished with plaster work and wood carvings, perforated handiwork, mirrors, and other traditional handicrafts, and consists of a total of 22 rooms. The natural ventilation system of the house has the efficacy of several air conditioners during the summer. This structure is approximately one hundred years old, and is adorned throughout with handcrafted elements. The property also includes several gardens and a large sub-basement with a communal bath area.
Hojjat al-Islam Mr. Haj Shaykh Nasrollah Shah Abadi, Head of Committee Number 9
[i] An honorific denoting people accepted as descendants of the Islamic prophet, Mohammad