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[The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran]


Date: 7 Asma 103, [4 Shahrivar 1325] [26 August 1946]

Number: 3949


Honourable Ashraf[1], Mr. Ghavamol-Saltaneh, Prime Minister,

For some time, in the Province of Fars, especially the cities of Shiraz and Nayriz, at the instigation and inculcation of hostile and wicked individuals, there have been uprisings against Baha’is, and this situation has recently been intensified. Some agitators have publicly beaten and injured some Baha’is while they were at work, insulting and abusing many others, closing their paths to all the public ways. They published an anti-Baha’i book, thus provoking the religious sentiments of the public against the oppressed [Baha’is], who have not harmed anyone and are only busy with their civil and social duties with utmost dignity and tolerance.


Also in Nayriz, the same provocation and incitement against Baha’is is under way with utmost intensity. There is the danger of facing another dreadful event, and of the fire of sedition reaching its greatest strength. Although this Assembly has sent, with utmost respect, many submissions to His Honour Ashraf, making him aware of plots and dangerous, seditious [activities]  against Baha’is  that are being planned and acted upon by the subversive, with the support of mysterious people, and has pleaded for special attention,[the enclosed] submission from the Spiritual Assembly of Shiraz, describing the recent events that occurred there, is presented so that their voice may come to your blessed ears and emphatic orders be issued for prevention of the aggression and the incitement of the fanatics, the result of which would be nothing less than revolt, insurgency and rebellion against the lives and properties of a group of faithful and honest subjects of our beloved country.


With utmost respect,

Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran, Ali-Akbar Furutan,


[Stamp: National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran, year 91 (1934)]


[Handwritten Note 1:] Mr. Farivar, Please provide detailed report to the relevant authorities, following the previous letters. 10 Sharivar 1325 [1 September 1946] [signature]

[Stamp: Registered at the Office of the Prime Minister, number 26787, Date: 21 Shahrivar 1325 (12 September 1946)]


[1] [Ashraf means “The Most Noble”, it is the title of Prime Minister Ahmad Ghavam; it was given to him by Iranian shah, Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi].