[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[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]
[Adapted from website:] Fars News Agency
[Date:] 9 Azar 1393 [30 November 2014]
The Valuable Historical House or “Haziratu’l-Quds of Baha’is” in Tehran
Mashregh Website wrote: “In recent days, there have been reports of the demolition of one of the largest houses in the capital, and some media outlets have described this building with titles such as “historic and valuable house”. However, reading these reports, more than anything else, the mythological [quality] of the head of the Baha’i sect in Iran and the introduction of the building of the Baha’i centre in Tehran, can be seen.”
In these news items and reports, while stopping the construction of a new building [within] the Baha’i centre of Iran, where Habib Pasal (Sabet)’s house is located—the leader of the Baha’i sect in Iran, who was considered the main management and coordination element of the perverse Baha’i sect— it is listed as the “valuable house”, the “historical house” and the “valuable heritage of the country”!
However, the mere fact that a house was built before the victory of the Revolution is not a sign or document that the place is historic, and on the other hand, the use of descriptions such as the “Palace of Versailles in Iran” seems to be the only excuse for making this building important.
Who is Sabet Pasal?
Habibollah Sabet, known as Sabet Pasal, was born in 1283 AH [1904/1905] in Tehran to a Jewish family. In many documents, the wealth of Sabet Pasal, whose father was a Jewish traveling textile-seller, has been attributed to his being a Baha’i, and his association with the Zionist centres and Baha’is who were active in the court of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, which facilitated his access to enormous riches. One of Sabet Pasal’s activities during the shah’s rule was the establishment of Iranian television in 1337 AD [1958/1959]. This year, the National Consultative Assembly passed a law allowing him to establish the Iranian Television Station.