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4 Tir 1358 [25 June 1979]


His Excellency the Grand Ayatollah Bagher Shahidi

Head of the Towns Committees

Respectfully, given that the protection of the nation’s lives, properties and honour is placed in the capable hands of your authority, and of course you are continually concerned about the conditions and circumstances of the country in accordance with the requirements of time and place, including the well-being of various strata of the society, including the minority communities, and that you are well aware of your weighty duties to establish means of security and order, it is of vital importance to bring to your attention that the members of the Baha’i community have been warned here and there that agents of sedition intend to take advantage of circumstance, and in mid-Shaaban conduct a raid against their lives, properties and honour, to abuse the situation, and, God forbid, harm the lives and properties of the Baha’is and violate their honour. Therefore, since the matter needs to be remedied before its occurrence, this community submits its plea to you to issue a circular in the best interest of the country, so as to protect the lives, properties and honour of this minority community. We thank you in advance for your measures in this regard.


On behalf of the Baha’i Community of Iran,

Dr. Hosein Naji

Manouher Ghaem-Maghami


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