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[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper] Payam

[Number:] 32

[Date:] 24/2/ [1334] [15 May 1955]

 

Content of Letter from His Holiness Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi Addressed to the Eminent Preacher Mr. Falsafi, Regarding the Campaign Against the Baha’is

 

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Saqatol-Islam, Mr. Falsafi, may your benedictions be continuous;

 

The precious services you have rendered during these few days towards [not only] the holy religion of Islam, but rather to the core of all religions, and [not only] towards the great Quran, but rather to the core of all holy books and towards the nation’s independence and protection of the monarchy, the government, the army and all the people of Iran, and the Muslims of the world, by partially removing and revealing to some extent the thick veil from a political party which is named the Baha’i Faith, which has concealed its intentions, and for almost a hundred years with organized structure, and spending an exorbitant amount of money from unknown sources, and their vast propaganda against the nation’s official religion - which is the cause of national unity, secretly worked against the monarchy and the government.  [Your services] were the cause of great joy for this humble servant and all Muslims, and the cause of happiness of His Holiness the Imam of the Time - may our souls be sacrificed for Him. 

Although the whole nature of the matter is not yet exposed, and speeches from the pulpit are not able to uncover more than this, only the serious efforts of the government can slowly reveal those harmful networks and redeem the country from great damage - as it has succeeded [in doing] in similar cases.  I believe, according to the nation’s wise men, damage by this party to the country’s independence is far greater, because there is a difference between the enemy who openly shows hostility, and the enemy who pretends to be a friend.  Also, there is a difference between the enemy who attacks a strong fort without proper equipment of destruction, and the enemy who starts destroying with [destruction] equipment.

 

In closing, I remind you that this wretched party has influenced many of the affairs of the country and the government.  The correspondence and telegrams I receive from different cities clearly indicate this fact.

For example, it was witnessed that a group of people entered, in the middle of the night, the house of a poor old woman who was sleeping on the floor with her five innocent minor children, and atrociously cut up their bodies with picks and shovels.  Only by the urging of Muslims, and some other matters, did they hang one person and leave the rest to themselves.

 

This means that this sect has complete influence in the government organizations.  Therefore, it is important to purge the nation’s organizations, ministries and other sensitive positions of this sect.  We beseech God, Exalted be He, to strengthen the holy religion of Islam, and the holy Ja’fari sect, and to confirm those who endeavour in the propagation of religion.

 

Fifteenth of the Holy Ramadan 1374 [7 May 1955]

Hosein Al-Tabatabaie

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To Hojjatol - Islam and Muslims, Grand Ayatollah Mr. Borujerdi, may your blessings be continuous

 

Offering my sincere devotion to you, and since I am certain you are happy [about] this God-loving action of His Imperial Majesty to confiscate and close the inauspicious precincts of the Baha’is, in my humble opinion, this is a day of religious festivity, so I would like to offer my congratulations; and I hope with your attentiveness, His Majesty will always succeed in such royal actions.

 

Mohammad Al-Mousavi Al-Behbahani

 

 

His Holiness Ayatollah Borujerdi’s telegram

 

Tehran – Hojjatol - Islam and Muslims Mir Seyyed Mohammad Behbahani, may your blessings be continuous, your blessed telegram indicating the personal action of His Imperial Majesty in the closure and confiscation of the precincts which were solely built for propaganda against the holy religion of Islam, which would naturally work against the national unity, [and even] against the country’s independence and weakening of the monarchy, caused [our] happiness. 

 

Of course, all the Muslims of the world, distinguished religious leaders, and even His Holiness the Imam of the Time - may our souls be sacrificed for Him, are delighted by this action. We can say, in the opinion of the nation’s wise men, this is [within] the monarch’s explicit responsibilities.  It is hoped that God will protect the holy religion of Islam and Iran’s monarchy from the harm of enemies and trouble-makers.  And may He continue to protect Your Holiness for all Muslims.

 

Hosein Tabatabaie