[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:] Sahar

[Date:] Wednesday, Tuesday, 19 Ordibehesht 1334 – 10 May 1955 – 17 Ramadan 1374

 

Iran Is Turned Into a Battlefield against the Freemasons and Baha’is

Political News

Ringing Alarm

The announcement of the police commander that was issued on Saturday noon, regarding the occupation of Haziratu’l-Quds [Baha’i Centre], though not unanticipated, was sudden and exciting.  Since a few days ago, the agents of the Military Command have been vigilant around the Haziratu’l-Quds and mindful of any potential incident.

The announcement of the Military Command, and the statement that the Haziratu’l- Quds has been occupied in order to maintain peace and order, sounded an alarm in the ears of the people who had not heard such sentences for twenty months. Immediately, one could see the signs of curiosity in everyone’s faces, and people were asking each other as they met, “Is there anything else happening again?” Perhaps after 28 Mordad until now, no topic has attracted the public’s attention to this extent—while expressing regret and worry about the repetition of such an incident, they were happy and satisfied with the alertness and proficiency of the Military Command and the police authorities. . .

On Tuesday, Mr. Falsafi began the discussion about the religion of the Baha’is and then attacked the Baha’i Administration. . .

In effect, in contrast to the expectations of the enemies of Iran, the alertness of the police organisation resulted in the alleviation of this suspicion, and even the Baha’is are optimistic about the action taken by the government and consider the building of Haziratu’l-Quds to be protected from the attack and demolition under the protection of the police forces. One of the people who is informed about the Baha’is told our reporter that all of the public buildings of the Baha’is around the world are insured by the major insurance companies against all incidents.

Freemasonry and Baha’is

The discussions of the Parliament regarding Freemasonry, and soon thereafter the issue of the Baha’is versus Muslims, have resulted in the idea that the recent manoeuvre was a reaction to the attack on the Freemasonry system.

They say that this is not unlikely, given that the Freemasonry system is known to be a dependent of the British political system, and the United States is the centre and core of the power of the Baha’is. . .