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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:] Rouh-e Azadi

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

[Issue No.:] 120

 

Why Was the Centre of the Baha’is Occupied?

A few days ago, the main centre of the perverse Baha’i sect was occupied by military governorate officials, and this declaration was subsequently issued by the military governor of Tehran.

Because the Baha’i Faith’s demonstrations and propaganda have provoked public sentiment, in order to maintain public order, law enforcement forces were ordered to occupy the sect’s propaganda centre, which is called the Haziratu’l-Quds. Following this declaration, the influential clergy, backed by His Majesty the King and the Muslim people, began to act, and each of them praised and appreciated this action of the government and the military governorate.

The scope of the struggle increased until it reached the National Consultative Assembly and attracted the attention of the members. Accordingly, a special meeting was held. In this meeting, Mr. Sardar Fakher Hekmat, speaker of the National Consultative Assembly, made a detailed statement about the legitimacy of Islam. [He said] that the Baha’i sect is an emerging religion, contrary to Islam, the Jafari religion and Islamic law. [The statement] was approved by the majority of members. Then, the cabinet was informed by phone and Mr. Entezam, the deputy prime minister and the minister of foreign affairs and the minister of finance attended the meeting. A plan was prepared by the members [of parliament] and presented to the parliament by Mr. Seyyed Ahmad Safaie, and following the submission of the same plan, Shushtari said, “I will close the door of this centre.”

 

Where Will the Fate of the Haziratu’l-Quds and Its Property End?

Regarding the status of the public property of the Baha’i sect and how it should be clarified, the opinion of the clergy is that even if the title deed of the Haziratu’l-Quds is in the name of a certain person, because he has converted from Islam―and an apostate, according to Islam, cannot own anything―if he has Muslim heirs, his heirs will inherit his property. If he does not have a Muslim heir, his property will be given to the ruler of Sharia, as [the property of] an unknown owner, so that it can be used for the public benefit of the Muslims as deemed appropriate.

 

Where the Baha’i Assembly Is Held

According to a credible report, since the day that the Baha’i Centre was occupied by law enforcement officers and they apparently could not convene a meeting, their meetings are being held regularly at the homes of members of the sect, all of whom are prominent and have large homes. Last week, they met in a house in the north of the city to discuss their future plans.

 

How Are the Expenses of the Central Committee and Other Relevant Organizations Managed?

As we have said, the Haziratu’l-Quds is the main centre of the organization and the activities of Baha’is, and there is a committee, [called] the Finance Commission, which is under the supervision of the Assembly. The money that Baha’is pay to their own assembly and to public organizations is of two kinds. One is the religious tax subsidy, which is what they say is [like] the zakat of Muslims. Donations do not have a fixed amount. Every Baha’i individual can voluntarily pledge to donate a certain amount of money every month or every year.