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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]
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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Foreign Media Countermeasures Movement, Empire of Lies
[Date:] 4 Khordad 1398 [25 May 2019]
Empire of Lies
The wave created by the eloquent speeches of the late Falsafi in Ramadan of the year 1334 [April/May 1955], prompted the shah to agree to the demolition of the Haziratu’l-Quds (Baha’i Temple), despite the sensitivities of Baha’is close to him.
Falsafi’s Rhetoric Provoked Popular Anger Against Baha’i Sect
64 years ago, on such days, the late Hojatoleslam Haj Sheikh Mohammad Taghi Falsafi, with the will and approval of the supreme authority of the time, Ayatollah Haj Agha Hossein Tabatabaei Borujerdi, during the holy month of Ramadan, gave enlightening speeches in recognition of the nature of the Baha’i sect.
These speeches, which were delivered at the Imam Khomeini Mosque in Tehran’s bazaar (former the Shah Mosque) and were also broadcast on national radio, created a great wave in the country and made everyone aware of the dangers of this sect.
Undoubtedly, the lectures of Hojatoleslam Haj Sheikh Mohammad Taghi Falsafi, in Ramadan 1334 [April/May 1955], had pre-arranged contexts. Hojatoleslam Professor Ali Davani has written about the role of Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi in creating these contexts:
“The late Ayatollah Borujerdi had repeatedly ordered the shah to officially close Baha’i meetings and dismiss [the Baha’is] from government offices and posts. The shah had also promised the late Ayatollah Borujerdi that he would act in due course. We [I] were also more or less informed, until the year 1334 , when, because of Mr. Borujerdi’s pressures, the shah declared that the best way to abolish Baha’ism was for Mr. Falsafi to introduce this sect to the people in his speeches and following that, the government would declare the group illegal. The late Ayatollah Borujerdi called Mr. Falsafi before the holy month of Ramadan [April/May], and told him the story. He also spoke in detail about Baha’ism for several sessions. In that year, Mr. Falsafi was lecturing at the Imam Khomeini Mosque (formerly the Shah Mosque), which was broadcast live on the radio. I myself used to go to the pulpit in Tajrish [northern part of Tehran] and watch people gather listen to the radio in the shops.
“Gradually, the work escalated. On one hand, Nehru, and on another hand, Roosevelt’s wife, and on another hand, Churchill, mediated, and were exerting pressure to tell the shah that this was against freedom and democracy! The shah, who was their servant and paid attention to the public opinion of the outside world, instructed Mr. Falsafi to cut it short until the end of Ramadan [April/May].
“The wave created by the eloquent lectures of Falsafi during Ramadan in 1334 [1955/1956], caused the shah to agree to the destruction of the Haziratu’l-Quds (Baha’i Temple), despite the sensitivities of the Baha’is around him. However, the destruction was left incomplete, and the shah refused to fulfill his promise in this regard. Many believed that he had issued the order to quell the anger of people influenced by Falsafi’s discourses.”
Ayatollah Abolghasem Khazali has [described the situation] like this, “Regarding the method of fighting the Baha’is, the imam [Khomeini] also used to criticize Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi. In my opinion, the words and speeches of these two nobles and their methods were each correct and logical. Ayatollah Borujerdi personally stood against the Baha’is, because he had faced this problem even before, in Borujerd. He gave a letter to the famous preacher, Hojatoleslam Falsafi, to read on the radio station. In this letter, he spoke strongly against the Baha’is. The late imam [Khomeini] was upset by this. According to him, the [Shiite] authority should not have intervened in this matter, because a powerful preacher such as Falsafi was sufficient to do so. If we succeeded in this campaign, the [royal] court would realize that this new success was on the part of one of the preachers, and that the religious authority had not yet entered the field [of struggle]. And if we did not succeed, this failure would have affected only one preacher, not the religious authority.”
Hojatoleslam Jafar Shojouni said, “At another time, the struggles were those of people like Sheikh Fazlollah Noori and the late Modarres, and no one like them had entered the field [of struggle]. The issue of the struggle against the Baha’is was gradually raised, and some were fighting the Baha’is sporadically in the Quranic sessions. People thought this was the best kind of fight. These same gentlemen gathered people in the cities. People also thought that this was indeed the best kind of movement and struggle against the Baha’is. On the occasion of the celebration of a holy day, people were invited to a high school, and a gentleman from the Hojjatieh Society would come up as a fighter against the Baha’is and would raise some issues. At that time, I was saying with a sense of detachment that this struggle was a deviation.”
The powerful and, of course, unfinished, struggle of the clergy against the Baha’i sect came to an end in Ramadan 1334 [April/May 1955]. But it is better to read the final judgment about it from the pen of the late Haj Sheikh Mohammad Taghi, Falsafi: “Although the Baha’is were struck by the Ramadan speeches of 1334 [April/May 1955], what destroyed the Baha’is was the Islamic Revolution, whose founder was the late Grand Ayatollah Imam Khomeini. He was the one who took the power from the American and Zionist elements and made them flee and brought the gift of the divine Islamic government for Iran. Today, the Iranian people should know that if, God forbid, the Islamic Revolution is hit and the Islamic Republic is weakened and the Americans regain control of Iran, Iran will be the second Palestine. They will dominate the Baha’is like the Zionists, and the Muslims of Iran who own this land, like the Muslim Palestinians who own Palestine, will be dragged into exile, captivity and misery.”