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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]

 

[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] Saturday, 16 Ordibehesht 1334 [7 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 3571

 

This Morning, the Haziratu’l-Quds, the Baha’i Propaganda Centre, Was Occupied by the Police

This morning, after the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds, Brigadier General Bakhtiar said, “From now on, the sound of ‘Allah-u-Akbar’ [God is Great] will resonate from the former location of the Baha’i assembly, which will be turned into a mosque.”

Today, our correspondent met with Mr. Falsafi, who said, “A misguided sect called the Baha’i Faith has been established in this country for decades. They have written contradictory words in their books, and some simple-minded people have been deceived. But in recent years, according to an order received from the elder [leader] of this sect, from Akka, the members of the sect have been commissioned to propagate extensively. During these two or three years, they have become a nuisance to the Muslim people and the followers of other religious minorities in many cities, villages and towns.”

Mr. Falsafi added, “I cannot say what will happen for sure, but [the Haziratu’l-Quds] will definitely leave the form of the Baha’i propaganda centre. After the expulsion of the Baha’is, a decision will be made regarding the will of the people through consultation and study.”

Mr. Falsafi said, “The government has been negotiating the purge of its [Baha’i] employees. We have also prepared the mind of the speaker of parliament that the employment law of the country should be regulated and approved in such a way that members of the Tudeh [party] and Baha’is are permanently deprived of government employment.”