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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:] Shahkarha

[Date:] 24 Ordibehesht 1334 [15 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 58

 

Haziratu’l-Quds Building Has Been Insured for Six Million Tomans By Six Insurance Companies

Last week, those who listened to the radio in the afternoon heard Falsafi, while preaching, severely attack the Baha’i sect and their activities, and call on the government to suppress the [members of] Baha’i sect on behalf of the nation and the Muslim community. A statement was immediately issued by the military governor, [following] which the Baha’i propaganda centre was occupied. On the other hand, it should be said that the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds was not an unprecedented act and propaganda against this sect had been going on for some time, but the opportunity had not been provided. The opposition of the people to the Baha’i sect and its belief and actions has long been desired by the people, and this opposition has historical roots.

In Tehran, groups of Baha’is were arrested and punished several times, as was customary in accusing people of Babism. The punishments imposed on the Baha’is were nothing less than splitting their bodies and sticking candles in their bodies.

After the constitutional revolution, the Baha’i sect had some freedom of action in Iran. But after 28 Mordad [19 August 1953], its activity increased so that [Baha’is] were able to take root in most jobs and take improper actions. Since Baha’is did not have the power to act during the reign of His late Majesty [Reza Shah], and their propaganda centre, the Haziratu’l-Quds, had been occupied by police as a stable for Hungarian horses, they predicted such a day and insured the building of the Haziratu’l-Quds with an insurance company for six million tomans, so that, in case of sabotage and confiscation, they would receive the said amount. But this recent move by the government is legal because in the imperial country of Iran only four religions are recognized―Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity―and informal religions cannot have propaganda centres.