[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:] Donya

[Date:] 21 Mordad 1334 [13 August 1955]

[Issue No.:] 371

 

The Translation of the Article of the Famous American Time Magazine About the Baha’is, Which is Published in This Issue And Was Studied by His Holiness Ayatollah Borujerdi.

Is Queen Marie a Baha’i and is the daughter of the former U.S. President Wilson a member of the Baha’i community?

Time Magazine lists the names of the prominent American Baha’is, the number of Baha’is in Iran and other countries.

The widely circulated and prestigious Time Magazine, which [American] politicians consider to be the voice of the State Department, in its 6 June 1955 issue, published an important article about the Baha’is. Due to its importance, we bought the original edition of the magazine for eighty rials, which is four times the original price, in one of the kiosks on Istanbul Street [Tehran] and sent the translation of the same article to Qom for the perusal of His Holiness Ayatollah Borujerdi, the leader of the world Shias.

Since a translation of this article has not been published in any of the Iranian newspapers and magazines, and contrary to the propaganda of Baha’is, this article did not support the Baha’is nor attack or criticize the government, we publish it in the Donya Newspaper:

“The ceremonial blow to the body of the dome of the Haziratu’l-Quds in Tehran, at the behest of the Iranian government, was intended to make the Baha’i religion illegal in the land which is considered the cradle of the Baha’i Faith. Another purpose of this action was to turn the building that was the centre of the Baha’is into an ordinary, secular building.

“From several shores of the world, from the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago to the City of Haifa, one of Israel’s most important ports, Baha’is shouted in protest.

“In Iran, changing one’s religion and conversion to the Baha’i Faith have been considered and interpreted in the government ministries, in some ways, as contrary to the principles of truth.

“Muslims who are too fanatical have long been hurt by the influence of the Baha’i teachings among the youth and government officials, as well as high-ranking officers and commanders of the army, including General Abdol-Karim Ayadi, the shah’s [personal] physician.

“During all the days of Ramadan, which is the month of fasting for Muslims and a good time for political propaganda, a serious anti-Baha’i fight was waged by Islamic leaders and it was intended to prevent Baha’is from operating in Iran.

“Muslims have pressured the government to seize the centres of the Baha’i activities by sending military units in the hope that Baha’i community centres will be closed, and have devised a plan to ban the Baha’is from holding government jobs.”