[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]
[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:] Neday-e Hagh
[Date:] 27 Ordibehesht 1334 [18 May 1955]
[Issue No.:] 24
After the Occupation of Haziratu’l-Quds, What Method Is Pursued to Eliminate the Baha’i Sect?
The only action taken by the government in the last ten days of Ramadan, was the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds by a group of soldiers.
Other legal measures, such as eradicating the Baha’is, eliminating their propaganda and their activities of misguiding people, dismissing the Baha’is from the government departments and ministries, and finally, suppressing them, have not yet been undertaken. The Muslims and [other] interested people, especially the religious delegations, the respected clerics and the Shi’a Marja’-i-Taqlid [Religious Jurisprudence Authority], are waiting for the government’s actions.
Indeed, in these days, when there are days and nights of Qadr and [during] the time of mourning and revival, the people of Iran, especially Tehran, have demonstrated sobriety and tolerance in this important religious matter and, based on the advice of religious teachers and respected preachers and the order of Marja‘-i-Taqlid, have not taken any action to step outside of the boundaries of courtesy and health. They have remained silent, only for the purpose of the decisions taken in the National Consultative Assembly in the presence of the cabinet, and the serious promise made to eliminate this matter, and to see that the actions of the cabinet ministers and the decisions of the National Assembly in this regard are satisfactory.
In principle, there is no doubt for anyone about the corruption and provocations, propaganda, foreign spying and―God forbid―disruption of the peace and security of the nation and country by this perverted sect. Even the deputy prime minister officially admitted to this fact in parliament, and the country’s security and law enforcement agencies also have clearly admitted it. The only thing left for making a final decision, is to find a legal way to convict them, and the government is studying and finding this fundamental way in the [next] few days. It may not take more than a few days for the government’s serious and drastic measures against the activities, propaganda and institutions of this sect to be announced and declared.
Of course, the aim of interested people and religious leaders is that such measures in this way should not depend on the politics of the left and the right, and that the methods adopted should be free from anger and haste. It must [be done in a] sensible and all-embracing way that is not objectionable and must be implemented legally by the government so that the results are positive and fundamental.
Study about this sect should be fast and serious and it should be a task that ends in a cabinet ministers’ meeting and a session of the National Consultative Assembly. The time must not be wasted, and it must not be abused by the Aghnamollah [Flock of God].
People are waiting for the result with the utmost confidence in the government; certainly, Maraje’-i- Taqlaid and leading clerics from Tehran, Qom and the holy shrines are waiting for the end of this tragedy; it is not appropriate to delay this any further and cause anxiety and the distress of people’s sentiments.
There exists another way in which, if the government somehow neglects to take action in this regard, the members of parliament could immediately prepare a plan (the plan of Mr. Safaei, the respected member from Qazvin) and have it passed urgently in parliament and communicate it to the government for implementation, so that it comes into effect sooner its outcome is reached more quickly.
At this stage, we will not say more on this subject, and we expect that this [matter] will come to an end in the best manner, as soon as possible. Before the end of Ramadan, this evil, ill-famed sect will be eliminated.