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


[Newspaper:] Setareh-e Islam

[Date:] 20 Khordad 1334 [11 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 172


Arriving letter

For the attention of the State Authorities

Although the religion of Islam, the Iranian nation, and the National Consultative Assembly have identified the Baha’i sect and community as illegal and disorderly, each and every Baha’i element, in one way or another, occupies one of our sensitive educational and religious positions, and in the name of culture, while fulfilling their duties, is busy teaching Baha’ism.

One of these people is Rouhollah Khaleghi, who has organized a school called the National Music School. He, as the head of the High Council of Music, speaks on the radio and uses the best of our National rites [rituals] and calls it the progress of the national music, as a tool of propagation. Also, there are quite a number of Baha’i pupils at the National School of Music, who, under the leadership of Rouhollah Khaleghi, who is one of the prominent propagators of the Baha’i community, are busy propagating.

We bring to the attention of the relevant authorities [the need] to cut off the hands of such people from the cultural affairs of the country. The community of Muslims…. Here we publish the same letter that we have received and hope that Mr. Khaleghi will be exonerated from this accusation and, in order to prove [his innocence] ,will write to this newspaper that he repudiates the perverse Baha’i sect, thus putting an end to these rumours.