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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]
[Adapted from website:] Kayhan Newspaper
[Date:] 13 Dey 1386 [3 January 2008]
Destruction of the Haziratu’l-Quds By the Will of the People and Religious Authority, and Baha’is During the Pahlavi Era
Written By: Ahmad Allahyari
After Razmara, Dr. Mossadegh became the prime minister. This time, Hojatoleslam Falsafi conveyed the message and warnings of Ayatollah Borujerdi to Mossadegh. He said, “You are the head of the Islamic State of Iran, and now that the Baha’is are active in the cities and creating problems for the Muslim people, the complaint letters regularly reach Ayatollah Borujerdi. He thought it was necessary for you to take action.”
Dr. Mossadegh sarcastically laughed out loud and said, “In my opinion, Mr. Falsafi, there is no difference between a Muslim and a Baha’i. They are all from the same nation and Iranian.”
Ayatollah Borujerdi’s opinion was sometimes ignored by governments, until the last major conflict between the people and the perverse Baha’i sect, which took place in 1334 AH [1955/1956]. This year, Baha’is have stepped up their propaganda efforts in an unprecedented manner, openly inviting young people to their gatherings and trying to deceive them by using beautiful women and infecting them with emotional issues. This year, the arrogance of the Baha’is had reached the point where they explicitly declared that the Baha’i religion would become the official religion of Iran from 1335 [1956/1957].
Ayatollah Borujerdi also commissioned the famous preacher Hojatoleslam Falsafi to mobilize public opinion. The truth is that the late Hojatoleslam managed the incident well. Within 10 days, he turned the whole of Iran into a gunpowder depot. His remarks about the Baha’i Faith were so well-reasoned, useful, and effective that people began to act. At any moment there was the fear that they would go straight to the [Baha’i]-owned workplaces, the well-known Baha’i propaganda sites, even the Baha’i-owned factories and businesses, and destroy them.
In a message to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Ayatollah Borujerdi warned that the Muslim clergy and religious authorities would perform their religious duties, if the government did not act directly and shut down and destroy Baha’i propaganda sites. And they themselves would take action to eradicate these centres of corruption and conspiracy.
The ultimatum of Ayatollah Borujerdi and the skillful pursuit of the late Falsafi, as well as some other clerics who had put the struggle against the Baha’i sect and their danger at the top of their agenda, terrified the regime of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
The shah’s advisers concluded that the regime should take the initiative as a precautionary measure. According to these consultations, on 16 Ordibehesht 1334 [7 May 1955], the police occupied the Haziratu’l-Quds [the Baha’i centre] in Tehran. With the news of the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds spreading, the people came to this place in groups. That day, at noon, the area of the Haziratu’l-Quds was the place of rendezvous for the pure sentiments of the people of Tehran.
Hundreds of believers gathered behind the walls of the Haziratu’l-Quds and recited the call to prayer in unison. Numerous groups of people had gathered in front of the door of this place and in unison chanted, “Come Mahdi, Come Mahdi”.
About a week passed, but people still wanted to demolish the place. Therefore, the regime staged another show. On 21 Ordibehesht 1334 [12 May 1955], a number of army commanders went to the roof of the Haziratu’l-Quds. General Batmanghelich, chief of staff of the Army, and Brigadier General Teymur Bakhtiar, the military governor of Tehran, each hit the dome of the Haziratu’l -Quds with a pickaxe and apparently the destruction of the Haziratu’l-Quds began.
Simultaneously with the campaign of Hojatoleslam Falsafi against the Baha’is, a group of affiliates of the Tudeh Party of Iran and some nationalist groups spread the rumour that this movement of the late Falsafi was being carried out by the order and guidance of the regime. They tried to portray this fight as a political movement led by the Pahlavi regime, and in the final analysis, show the militant clergy and the Shiite authority as the allies of the foreign powers.
With the victory of the Islamic Revolution and the publication of the memoirs of Hojatoleslam Falsafi, the baselessness of this propaganda and these analyses was revealed, and the late Falsafi proved by presenting documents that the struggle against the Baha’is was an original movement arising from the militant clergy; that it stemmed from the will of the people and that it has been the will of the Shiite authority. He had started this struggle by the explicit and direct order of Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi.