[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

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[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

[Date:] 19 Shahrivar 1358 [10 September 1979]

 

Your Honour Mr. Mehdi Bazargan, the respected Prime Minister of the provisional government of the Islamic Republic of Iran

 

I wish to respectfully inform you that, on the 17th and 18th  of the current month of Shahrivar [8 - 9 September] a number of the inhabitants of Shiraz, accompanied by influential authorities and in the presence of disciplinary agents, by previous arrangement, demolished the House of His Holiness the Bab in Shiraz, which has been a sacred place for His followers, in over 36,000 communities around the world and is considered as the Point of Adoration for the people of Baha, and therefore has seriously wounded the hearts of a great number of its adherents.

Undoubtedly, in any revolution, incidents may happen in the country that might not be approved by the leaders of the revolution, but now that six months have elapsed since the inception and fruition of the it [revolution] and, to a certain degree, disciplinary forces are established in the country, it seems that they are capable of preventing many irrelevant actions of the irresponsible and riot-seeking elements, and thwarting the spread of any disorder and confusion that would be against the national reputation, since in many circumstances the desired actions and results have been achieved.

Considering that the aforesaid House had been taken away from this community under the pretext of its preservation [protection], it would have needed more attention to its safeguarding, since, at present, the occurrences of such incidents are detrimental to the preeminent interests of the nation and would be devoid of favourable reaction in the world, since His Honour Imam Khomeini, the esteemed leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, has repeatedly indicated in his statements the necessity of protecting the freedom of all strata of the society.

Therefore, we now plead with you to act as you deem it most befitting and issue strict orders to the disciplinary authorities to refrain from any further destructive action against the aforementioned House and have it returned to this community, and also have the instigators and inciters legally prosecuted.

 

On behalf of the Baha’i community of Iran

Dr. Hosein Naji

Manouher Ghaem-Maghami