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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:]  Khandaniha

[Date:] 7 Shahrivar 1334 [30 August 1955]

[Issue No.:] 98

 

Another important message His Holiness Ayatollah Borujerdi has sent to Tehran. Negotiations between the clergy and King Saud for the repair of the mausoleums of the sacred Imams did not succeed. A confidential list of Baha’i government employees will be prepared. The request of Qashqai leaders to return to Iran was denied.

Meanwhile the news circulated last Friday in one of the newspapers, regarding the proposal by a foreign government to officially recognize one of the religious sects caused great anger in high ranking religious circles. This issue was discussed in a meeting held with the participation of Mr. Kashani, Mr. Behbahani and a few other spiritual scholars of Tehran, and finally a few of them were tasked with visiting the prime minister and requesting explanation about the credibility of the information. Last Sunday, a number of the ulama visited the home of the prime minister in Dezashoub [Dezashib] at the appointed time and discussed the subject over a period of three-quarters of an hour; the prime minister asserted that the government would never allow such proposals. Religious scholars at this meeting stated that some of the famous preachers in Tehran had decided to initiate fierce demonstrations about this subject and to warn the public of its serious consequences. They were, however, assured that the government would adopt the necessary measures.

According to the information received through a secret circular, all government departments, ministries and agencies have been ordered to collect, at their earliest convenience, a list of all Baha’i employees who work at the government offices, including name, identity and full address. It is believed that the government intends to adopt a general decision on the fate of Baha’i employees...