[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:] Islamic Revolution Document Center

[Date:] 14 Mordad 1393 [5 August 2014]

 

Islamic Revolution Document Centre

Ayatollah Borujerdi and the Baha’is

One of the most important events in the life of Ayatollah Borujerdi was the [concomitance] of his years in Qom with the Pahlavi government, and one of the growing issues of this period was the growth of Baha’ism. Throughout history, the Shiite clergy and religious authority had looked at various issues, events, individuals, sects and parties from a religious and local point of view, and at the same time, the view of the Shiite religious authority on Baha’ism after Shahrivar 1320 [August/September 1941] was a religious view. For this reason, the clergy opposed the Baha’i Faith and considered [its members] to be a heterodox and religion-fabricating group, whose school was not based on any religious foundation or heavenly book. In addition to their dependence on foreigners and their gradual empowerment in Iran, it was feared that they would dominate the believers; therefore, the clergy was always opposed to Babism and Baha’ism, but due to the great activity of the Baha’is after the 1320s [1940s], the opposition of the clergy doubled.

During the struggle against the Baha’is, the late Ayatollah Borujerdi began activities with Mr. Falsafi. In this regard, I remember that Mr. Falsafi gave lectures in Tehran and in the current Imam Mosque (formerly the Shah Mosque), some of which I listened to on the radio. It was at the end of Ramadan that we came to the Haziratu’l-Quds of the Baha’is, the main gathering place of the Baha’is, now in the hands of the Propaganda Organization[1].

There was a large dome with traditional mosaic tiles. At a time when Mr. Falsafi was speaking out against the Baha’is and being broadcast live on the radio, at the end of Ramadan, the shah summoned him and told him to lower the [tone] a little, because the Americans were pressuring him from outside not to deal with the Baha’is. Mr. Falsafi said, “I started something with your consent and you yourself agreed that we should do it. Now that we have started, what will people say if we remain silent in the middle of work during Ramadan? For sure people will say, ‘Perhaps Falsafi accepted money and became silent, because he had promised to talk about this matter during Ramadan.’” The shah said, “You should continue, but bring down the quality of the discussion, invite the people to calm down, ask them not to attack their centre, not to deal with them.” The last thing that happened was to tell people not to do anything to the Haziratu’l-Quds, and the government itself would destroy it. So people came from the Imam Mosque to watch how the government was going to destroy it.

I was young at the time and did not know much about it, but when we went with friends I saw that the dome was slowly being demolished―that is, the tiles were being crushed and lowered little by little with a hammer―but it was easy to demolish there. A bulldozer was needed to completely destroy it; with a pickaxe and a hammer, work would not advance. I told my friends on the same street that there must be a plot behind this work; this is not the real demolition, they did this only to appease the people. Of course, they ruined the appearance of the dome, and they had told the Baha’is that this was to reduce the outcry of the Muslims to some extent, then they covered it with a gable roof, which was there until recently.

Source: Memoirs of Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani, Islamic Revolution Document Centre Publications

 

 

[1] [Islamic Development Organization]