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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:] Setareh-e Eslam

[Date:] 2 Dey 1334 [24 December 1955]

[Issue No.:] 193

 

Baha’is Celebrated on Tuesday

Further to the news that was published in our previous two issues, during the recent weeks, Baha’is have not only increased their activities, but the work has reached the point where this perverse sect also holds celebrations.

According to the instructions of the Baha’i Assembly, all the Baha’is in Tehran celebrated last Tuesday and announced it as an official holiday.

It seems that this celebration was on the occasion of the Declaration of Abdu’l-Baha [sic]. On the said day, all the Baha’is who have business on the streets of Tehran closed their business premises. It is interesting that they stated explicitly and openly that the reason for the closure of their shops was the birth of Abdu’l-Baha, and that they had declared that as an official holiday.

In our view, such actions are contrary to the policy which government had recently adopted to prevent Baha’i activities. The government should not abandon its actions against the members of this forbidden sect and should not allow the work to reach the point where the members of this sect in the capital of a Muslim country celebrate the day of Declaration of Abdu’l-Baha [sic] or… another person.