[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Iran-e Ma

[Date:] 29 Ordibehesht 1334 [20 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 226

 

External Policy and the Baha’is

The most important topic of discussion in the past two weeks, following the publication of the last issue of Iran-e Ma, has been the  letter from Ayatollah Borujerdi to Seghat-ol-Islam [trusted by Muslims] Mr. Falsafi and his significant appreciation of His Majesty and the government, for preventing the activities of the Baha’i sect and the Toudeh Party, according to the laws of the land…

The reason for the newspaper’s attention to the speeches of Seghat-ol-Islam Mr. Falsafi was because, in the current government, unlike during the previous one, there were no convulsions or significant incidents. The military governor and the Ministry of Interior worked sincerely to establish and maintain the security of the people; but since, during the former governments, the existing tensions within all governments were more intense, the issue of the Baha’is was not apparent.

When, during the former government, tensions were sometimes high and a few university students were killed by government officials, or when, during the government of “servant commander”, people were shot by machine guns in Kerman, even if  Mr. Falsafi would say things about the Baha’is from the pulpit, people were so preoccupied with those convulsions that no one would pay attention [to his instigations].

The opposition to the Baha’is from the pulpit has always existed; it has been even more severe in the past. In all governments, Ayatollah Borujerdi, Ayatollah Behbahani, and Ayatollah Kashani insisted, emphasized, and telegraphed asking that governments fight the Baha’is and, in all governments, preachers lesser and greater than Mr. Falsafi strongly criticized the Baha’is.

Therefore, Mr. Seghat-ol-Islam Falsafi’s sermon was neither new nor an emerging and unprecedented struggle, nor was Mr. Seghat-ol-Islam Falsafi different from last year and three or four years ago. But the waves of propaganda that were created and made to generate convulsions, and were scattered along with his sermons, were also very important…