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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:] Pars-e Shiraz

[Date:] 13 Tir 1334 [5 July 1955]

[Issue No.:] 1715

 

Shirazis [people from the City of Shiraz] Are Not Troublemakers

The recent upheaval in Shiraz, which led to martial law in the city and its suburbs, has had a profound impact on those concerned with the pride and honour of Shiraz and Fars. Unfortunately, this small incident has been described as a great riot in some of the newspapers, even [called] the “Shiraz Uprising”! Obviously, it has brought shame to our city, because today, our country is on the threshold of a major transformation, and a great resurrection has begun under the wise leadership of the justice-loving and justice-seeking King of Kings…

The sharp weapon of our religion is its “logic” and its “eternal and imperishable legitimacy”. One must go to war and fight the misguided, including the perverted sects [Baha’i] that are immersed in the sinkhole of perversion, with such a sharp and decisive weapon. There is no force nor weapon that could resist such a sharp sword. The shine and radiance of this sword will eventually [blind] the eyes of people who are like bats and will force them to surrender. It is not worthy of us, who are equipped with such crushing weapons, to let them remain idle and resort to the weapons befitting inciters and rioters. 

We have two duties in dealing with the deviant sects that [illegible] [by the foreigners] for the sake of destroying our national and religious unity: One is to urge the government officials to take serious legal actions to prevent them, using the state laws and regulations, and if necessary to legislate new laws and regulations preventing the misguided from acting freely, as before and engage in spreading poison and propagating a bunch of nonsense in the name of their “religious principles”. On the other hand, we should combat the misguided, using our sharp weapon at hand, which is the “Holy Principles of Islam”, and try to save them from ignorance and perversity.

We should, according to our religious and national duties, act simultaneously. Evidently, in this process our religious leaders have a more sensitive responsibility; certainly, adhering to these two means for fulfilling this great religious duty is more effective than taking actions which are considered as “anarchy and commotion”.