[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:] Donya

[Date:] 15 Shahrivar 1334 [7 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 376

 

Ali-Qoli Nabil’al-Dawla, the steward of the Qajar crown prince, Mohammad Hasan Mirza, who has lived in the United States [of America] for the past 30 years, delivered the complaint of the Baha’is of Iran to the Office of the Secretariat of the United Nations. The American embassy in Tehran has received a very important and interesting book that has recently been published in the United States on the subject of the Baha’is.

Last week, we learned that the investigation of the relevant authorities to identify a person named Naraghi, who had sent a telegram from Baghdad to the United Nations regarding the incident of Sakhvid and Hormozak in Yazd, had not yet produced any result. And it is not clear from which family the mentioned Naraghi is and where he currently lives.

Furthermore, a few days ago, an interesting book was published in the United States, copies of which were sent to the U.S. embassy in Tehran, and [our] readers can visit the U.S. embassy or the U.S. Intelligence Library in Tehran and view the book, which is in English. This book, which is published annually by the U.S. government, is a statistical book in which all the information is collected, and one can easily find any information in the pages of this book.

Among the statistics in this book are [those regarding] the followers of different religions, including the Baha’is. The name of the book is the World Almanac, [Information] Please [the Information Please Almanac was first published in New York in 1947; its name was later changed to the Time Almanac with Information Please], Baha’ism. It estimates the number of Baha’is in America, according to the latest research, as 5,200 adherents, and it is also mentioned that all these 5,200 are church members and gather in the churches every Sunday and sing with music, the Torah and religious prayers. And they do not recognize the Baha’is, as they do in other countries, and they see it as a congregation other than a religion or a faith, and if it were not for that, 5,200 Americans would not have kept their Christianity [sic].

Therefore, with the publication of this book, it turns out that, contrary to the claims of the Baha’is, the number of Baha’is in the United States is not two hundred thousand, and we still say that if they have any doubts, they should refer to and read the said book closely.

As for the Baha’is’ complaint to the United Nations, the story is that when the United Nations was formed, with the approval of Shoghi Effendi, one of the most prominent Baha’is in the United States, Ali-Qoli Nabil’al-Dawla, called the Baha’i sect a peace-loving group and promoter of the United Nations ideology at the United Nations Secretariat, and in the foreign sector, which is related to non-political populations, has registered under number 57, and now the Baha’is, relying on this fact, have complained to the United Nations.

Ali-Qoli Nabil’al-Dawla, who is the tenth Iranian that has travelled to the United States, and until 1300 [1921/1922], 35 years ago, was the steward of Mohammad Hasan Mirza, the crown prince of Sultan Ahmad Shah Qajar, emigrated in that year from Iran by order of Abbas Effendi and went to the United States; he still resides in the United States. Nabil’al-Dawla was, for some time, the press secretary of the Iranian embassy in Washington when [Mr.] Ala was the ambassador. He is about seventy-five years old and has prepared and filed the complaint of the Baha’is, which had been submitted to the organization’s secretariat four times.