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


[Newspaper:] Farman

[Date:] 12 Shahrivar 1334 [4 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 964


The Egyptian Press Talks about Iran’s Religious Communities during Tasu’a and Ashura

…Amidst the religious [activities], while mosques and pulpits were overcrowded by the crowd’s excitement and commotion, [not] the least incident took place to interrupt the public order and security. Since some time ago, due to the awakening of the Iranian Muslims’ differences with the [followers of] the perverse Baha’i sect, it was expected that the self-interested instigators would take advantage of the opportunity during the days of Tasu’a and Ashura [9th and 10th of the month of Ramadan, Shias’ mourning period], to incite the people against the Baha’is.

Also, the defunct Tudeh Party’s elements, who are protesting in support of Dr. Mosaddegh, might, under the guise of mourning, take advantage of these big gatherings to actualize their goals. However, the care and swift action of General Bakhtiar, the military governor of Tehran, took the opportunity away from the rioters and anarchists, since Bakhtiar—who was [ordered] by His Majesty, the Shah of Iran, to maintain order and tranquility—a few days before the Tasu’a and Ashura, travelled confidentially to Qom and visited Ayatollah Borujerdi, the world’s Shiite leader…