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[Emblem of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran]

 

Date: ----- Shahr ---12--- [BE] [12 Shahrivar 1345] [3 September 1966]

Number: 867

Attachment: ---

 

Your Honour Mr. Amir-Hushang Ansari, the Minister of the Interior,

With utmost respect, I wish to inform you [of the following]. As you are aware, the Baha’is of Iran, whose number is more than the collective number of other religious minorities together, have passed their tests of sincerity, faithfulness, obedience and compliance of duties, with regard to the lofty station of His Imperial Majesty and the government, for the last 123 years. According to the principles of their faith and their inner conviction, they are aloof and prohibited from interfering with political affairs. Therefore, such a community obviously has no other purpose except to be the well-wisher [of all], and [to offer] service, and its ultimate desire and wish is the progress and advancement of this country in all aspects of life.

However, it is observed that in several cities, such as Mashhad, Maragheh, Yazd and Abadan, persecutions against Baha’i individuals have intensified and the police headquarters relentlessly summon and prosecute them, demanding warrants and guarantees to refrain from organizing any kind of gatherings. It is necessary to bring to your knowledge that such gatherings are organized either for praying and performing the religious duties, or for attending to the conditions of the poor, the education of children, preparing the means for their schooling and similar issues. Certainly, during these long years, such realities have come to the attention of esteemed authorities and they are well aware of their nature.

 Hence, we plead with Your Honour to issue strict orders to the all police headquarters to refrain from demanding guarantees on the matter of organizing prayer meetings and [such], to prevent giving excuses to the ill-wishers, and thereby allowing the Baha’is to be free to attend their meetings, which are to practice their spiritual and social rights and duties.

 

Respectfully,

Secretary of the Assembly