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[Newspaper:] Donya

[Date:] 25 Tir 1358 [16 July 1979]

[Issue No.:] 1393


The Spelling of Haziratu’l-Quds, Which Means Sheep Corral, is Correct, Not Hasiratu’l-Quds

The correct spelling of the propaganda centre of the Iranian Baha’is on Hafiz Street, before Takht-e Jamshid Avenue, which was confiscated and taken control of by the Organization of the Mojahedin [People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran] of the path of truth, is Haziratu’l-Quds (sheep corral), and Hasiratu’l-Quds is incorrect and has no meaning.

This is the second time that the Haziratu’l-Quds of the Baha’is has been confiscated. The first time it was [confiscated] in the year 1335 [1955], when its round cupola was destroyed by a pick at the hands of Batmanghelich, the head of the army of the time.

Later on, when this centre of propaganda was returned to the Baha’is, they did not touch the covered arch that was built after the destruction of its cupola, at government cost, by Taymour Bahkhtiar, the army commander of Tehran, and it was left intact.   

The Haziratu’l-Quds of the Baha’is, which is soon to become the Islamic Free University, is different from the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar [Baha’i temple], for which the Iranian Baha’is had purchased land many years ago in Niyavaran and had it at their disposal, and had planned to build an enormous building over it, but did not have the courage to do so. That is why they used to add to the construction budget of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar every year.

After the passing of Shoghi Effendi in London, the same city where he was also buried, the Baha’is no longer had any leader and the organizational affairs of the followers of the sect have been handled ever since by a nine-member council called “the House of Justice”, whose headquarters is in the City of Acre in Israel. And it is in this same city, in a garden belonging to the Baha’is, that Mirza Hossein-Ali Nouri, known as “Baha’u’llah” was buried. In Haifa, the other city of Israel, in a huge garden, also belonging to the Baha’is, Abbas Effendi, known as Abdu’l-Baha, is buried, as well as the remains of the Bab (Seyyed Ali-Mohammad Shirazi), which were exhumed from Tabriz.

Some years ago, when the Baha’is decided to build the edifice of the House of Justice in Acre, the wealthy Iranian Baha’is helped with cash payments, of which the highest [amount was given by] Hojabr Yazdani, who had contributed an amount of 300,000,000 rials, but Habib Sabet had paid only 60,000,000 rials. In general, most of the expenses for the building of the House of Justice were transferred from Iran to Israel in the national currency.

The Iranian Islamic Revolution caused many of the Baha’is of Tehran and other cities, especially villagers, to become aware of the truths of the true religion of Islam, recant their belief, and become Muslims. Some Jews who had become Baha’i were also among them; they were regretful of having trodden the previous path and now they have returned.