[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:] Danesh-e Emrouz

[Date:] 14 Mordad 1334 [6 August 1955]

[Issue No.:] 134


How did they want to publish anti-religious articles in the printing house of the National Consultative Assembly [the parliament]!

…Mr. Tabatabai read the said article, which was a complete insult to the great Shi’ite authorities, particularly the scholars of Qum Seminary, and clearly supported a dirty perverse sect, and since his person, in addition to wisdom and knowledge is vested in law, considered the publication of the above article to be against the constitution and the law [regarding the media]. He inspected the mentioned papers and moved them from the typesetting branch to the office of inspection. Then he shared the story with the deputy director general of the printing house, Mr. Seyed Hady Behbahani, the son of the late Mir Seyed Ahmad Behbahani. He suggests that it is better to convey the matter to the chairman [speaker] of the parliament.

Mr. Tabatabai presented the article to the speaker of the parliament, Mr. Sardar Fakhir Hekmat. The speaker of the parliament, after reading those pages, became angry and ordered that the printing house of the Parliament, in principle, should not accept what is printed in of the Yaghma Magazine and the pages and stereotypes prints must be returned to its owner.

More interestingly, when Mr. Yaghmaei, the director of Yaghma Magazine, came to the printing house, Mr. Tabatabai asked him, “Mr. Yaghmaei, is it not a pity that you attack Islam and the religious jurisprudence in such a way, and defend the perverse sect in your magazine?" He said that he had not been aware of this article, only that Mr. Mojtaba Minavi had written a letter to him saying, “I have sent an article to the printing house and I am going to London. I want it to be published in the month of Muharram, and I want to hear the noise that comes from the publication of this article, while I am there”, and then in order to acquit himself, Mr. Yaghmaei wrote an article about Mirza Hossein Ali Nouri, which is published below.

It is extremely gratifying that the chairman of the parliament and their staff are so aware of religious matters, and we are very thankful to Mr. Noureddin Tabatabai, the head of inspection of the printing house of the parliament for his God-pleasing action.