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[Personal information has been redacted.]

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

 

[Newspaper] Ashofteh

[Date:] 11/3/1334 - [2 June 1955]

[Issue No:] 21

 

Document

 

Last week, Ayatollah Seyyed Abol-Ghasem Kashani, without notice and prior arrangements, returned to Tehran and is now, in unexpected silence, observing the situation. The silence of Ayatollah Kashani regarding the subject of Baha’is has attracted the attention of political groups.

Ayatollah Kashani was always a pioneer in the fight against the Baha’is and was repeatedly involved in intense activities against them, but this time he has been silent and has not expressed any views.

 

One of the ayatollah’s friends told our reporter that Ayatollah Kashani does not think causing tension in the country at this time is advisable, as it would be against the reform programmes which are under way.

It has been said that the reason for his sudden return was that he was requested to issue a statement in Mashhad, but as he was not willing to make a presentation, he had inevitably to return to Tehran.