[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:] Payam-e Mardom-e Shiraz

[Date:] 25 Ordibehesht 1334 [16 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 150

 

Will the Baha’i sect be declared illegal?

The proposed bill declaring this sect illegal has been submitted to the Consultative Assembly by Mr. Safaie

Speaker of the National Consultative Assembly

For some time now, Iran has been afflicted with a disruptive group which has arisen all across the country, disguised in the garb of religion, to endanger the security of the Muslim people. Through different means, it turns people away from the path of uprightness and moral conduct, godliness and religious life, and in order to achieve its objective, it does not shy away from committing any crime. Many cases of murder, sedition and historical crime committed by this community exist in the judiciary.  There is confirmed evidence indicating that this group has been engaged in dividing this country in the interest of foreign governments. In the past years, during which the nation’s condition has been disturbed, these agitators have been emboldened to use their freedom to act and has compromised the security of the nation by violating the Sharia tradition and godliness. Our leaders consider the continuation of this practice in violation of our interests, and now that the affairs of the country have stabilized through the guidance of our Muslim nation-loving Shah, and there are channels for His Excellency to hear the call of the people, thank God, through the efforts of devoted agents of the Disciplinary Force, who have arisen to render their religious and national duty, this issue, like other important social issues, is herewith submitted for consideration. We, the undersigned, confirming that the initiative of the Disciplinary Force meets with the approval of the National Consultative Assembly, now move to submit the following proposal, consisting of four articles for the expeditious review and approval of the Consultative Assembly, which is committed to the establishment of national security and the preservation of Islamic values:

Article 1: The corrupt Babi community and its associates, Azalis and Baha’is, are hereby declared to be against national security and illegal.

Article 2: From now on, membership in these groups and affiliation with them in any form is considered an offence, and the one committing the offence will be subject to confinement from two to ten years and deprivation of civil rights.

Article 3: All immovable properties used by this group or those associated with this organization for gathering and assembly, as well as revenues from such properties used to support this community, will revert to the Ministry of Culture to be used to establish educational organizations and religious propagation centres.

Article 4: Individuals from this community who are serving in government offices or associated departments will be dismissed from service, effective immediately, and no longer protected by the Employment Act.