[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:] Ashofteh

[Date:] 1334 [1955]

[Issue No.:] 18

[Page:] 3

 

New Information About Anti-Baha’i Activities

The rumours this week in Tehran’s political circles revolve more around how the Haziratu’l-Quds was occupied and Baha’is were suppressed. Ettehad-e Melli has written about it:

Large-scale activity was evident in the religious circles, prior to Ramadan. With the beginning of the holy month [of Ramadan] and the religious speeches, the truth became evident, because most of the clergymen began campaigning against the Baha’is. The broadcast of the speeches of Mr. Falsafi from Tehran Radio Station and Mr. Shokouhideh from the Air Force Radio Station, saying that, “the danger of Baha’is is more than that of Toudeh followers,” was the sign of the determination of the religious circles.

During the last two weeks it was particularly rumoured that the important political personalities had been travelling between Tehran and Qom and had visited Ayatollah Borujerdi. Now it has become evident that the Muslim leader has asked the influential government authorities to prevent the activities of the Baha’is. 

In this regard, Mr. Falsafi said that this request of Ayatollah Borujerdi had been very clear. He has even sent the message that, “It is not wise for the personal physician of His Majesty to be a follower of the Baha’i sect.”

Mr. Falsafi then added, “This person is so bigoted that not long ago, when he was scheduled to travel in the company of His Majesty to the United States of America, he refused to go until he got permission from the Baha’i community. It is worth knowing that Baha’is are not allowed to travel, even for study, to the United States of America.” …

Mr. Falsafi’s outspoken statements and sharp attacks from the Shah Mosque, which were also broadcast on Radio Tehran, were so influential that they created conflicting ideas and propaganda in the country, and everyone was asking, what is the plan? And it led to a series of verbal and written questions between the Tehran Radio Station and the newspapers and press.

The speeches of Mr. Falsafi were broadcast every day for an hour from the Shah Mosque. Since there was the possibility that fanatical people would become provoked, some meetings were held between the minister of interior and Mr. Falsafi, and he was asked to invite the people to be calm, [because] the centre of the Baha’is [was] to be closed formally and legally…

Although Mr. Falsafi was inviting the people to be calm, it did not affect the Muslim fanatics, and there was the fear of convulsion in some areas [of the country], and the report of the matter reached the law enforcement centres, until on Saturday night, some fanatics from a religious group went to Yusef Abad Street and tried to enter the Haziratu’l-Quds; they were prevented by its custodian.

On the other hand, Mr. Falsafi openly announced on the radio that, “Baha’is are planning to stage a coup in 1335 [1956] and their preparations are already underway,” and Baha’is were saying that the plan for killing Baha’is was underway. The government… ordered the law enforcement [agents] to be vigilant, and a directive was issued throughout the country to [ensure security and] prevent instability… The country’s security council met on Saturday at 8:30 am. …. Since the clergy were interested in the closure of the Haziratu’l-Quds and other groups, they had demanded [in a petition] that His Majesty implement this in the name of preserving the Islamic rituals and the Constitution. It was decided that the military governor would occupy the Haziratu’l-Quds and dissolve their organization…