[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:] Aftab-e Shargh Mashhad

[Date:] 1 Tir 1334 [23 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 70

 

Did His Holiness Ayatollah Borujerdi Intend to Leave Iran?

Following the report we published about a gathering of the religious leaders, we have been informed that three religious scholars have requested a meeting with the shah.

The reason for the meeting of the leaders is said to have been:

This gathering was organized to intensify the fight against the Baha’is. However, it has now been revealed that it had other reasons as well.

In particular, within political circles in Tehran it is being said that:

His Holiness Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi had intended some time ago to leave Iran and move his seminary school to the Holy City of Najaf. However, owing to the intercession of a number of leaders he changed his mind.

It appears that Ayatollah Borujerdi wanted the fight against Baha’is to intensify and the gathering of the religious leaders was aimed towards the same goal.