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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

[Newspaper:] Donyay-e Iran

[Date:] 28 Ordibehesht 1359 [18 May 1980]

[Issue No.:] 36


Shah’s Special Physician Dies in Paris

Lieutenant General Dr. Abdol-Karim Ayadi, the special physician of the shah, who accompanied him in his travels for 35 years, was considered a special physician, and the shah would not take any treatment without consulting him, even painkillers, died on the night of 21 Ordibehesht [11 May], at his residence in Paris.

Dr. Ayadi was a Baha’i and served in the army as a lieutenant general, and in Mehr 1357 [September/October 1978], at the height of the revolution, the shah was forced to retire him and dismiss him as his special physician.

The retired Lieutenant General Dr. Ayadi, who had completed his education in France, left for France after retiring, and because after the shah’s removal from the monarchy, he was dismissed from his post, he became one of the shah’s opponents and slandered him everywhere. In his six-hour interview with French [English] journalist and writer David Frost, the king referred to the insults that Dr. Ayadi was using behind his back.

After removing Ayadi from the post of special physician, the shah appointed Professor Safavian as his special physician, who had a history of presiding as vice chancellor of the National University, and until 16 Dey 1357 [6 January 1979], when the shah was in Iran, he was in charge of this position, examining the shah every day in Sa’dabad Palace and then in Niavaran Palace.

Lieutenant General Ayadi was one of the most affluent people in Iran. After the victory of the revolution, all his wealth in Iran was confiscated in favour of the Treasury, including his house and office on Jami Street, which was given to ten poor families after its confiscation.

When Dr. Ayadi was the shah’s special physician in the Army’s Health Department, he was a jack-of-all-trades, and even when the shah was granting the army ranks to the officers, to physicians, dentists, and pharmacists, it was done with his consent. Dr. Ayadi’s grievances at the hands of the shah were: first, his dismissal from the post of special physician, and second, the issuance of his retirement decree and his failure to reach the rank of military general [marshal].

Although Ayadi was old, it is said that when he received the news from Iran about the confiscation of his movable and immovable properties, it gave him a stroke, since he had a great of love for money, property and possessions, and so his family life in Iran was not luxurious and aristocratic, and instead of living in a newly built house, he used to live in a building that was built 50 years ago and had an office and preferred to save his money.

His best Muslim friends were Houshang Ram and Hassan Zahedi. Houshang Ram is being held in Evin Prison, and Hassan Zahedi is a fugitive. Hassan Zahedi is a dual national because he is also a U.S citizen.

During the month of Ramadan in 1334 [April 1955] [, when the shah had not yet gained full power, Mohammad Taghi Falsafi, a famous clergyman and preacher, made disclosures about Dr. Ayadi during his afternoon sermons at the Imam Khomeini Mosque (formerly the Mosque of Soltani). From the pulpit, he asked the shah to keep this non-Muslim doctor away from him, and the shah agreed out of fear and dismissed Ayadi. But within ten days, and immediately after the end of Ramadan and the end of a series of Falsafi’s lectures, Ayadi resumed work as a special physician, more formally and with more power. And a year later, when the Malak [King] Sa’ud invited the shah to Saudi Arabia, he took Ayadi with him on this trip, and in order to distract the Iranian people from thinking that Dr. Ayadi was a Baha’i, he requested and begged and compelled Ayadi to wear the special Hajj attire and perform the rites of the Umrah pilgrimage in God’s house in Mecca!