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


[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] 25/02/1334 [16 May 1955]

[Issue No:] 2577


The Police Forces Occupied the Baha’is’ Haziratu’l-Quds[1] of Isfahan and Ahvaz.

The phone report of a Kayhan reporter states that at [two hours] after the last midnight, police officers occupied the building of the Baha’is’ Haziratu’l-Quds in Isfahan. …This building, with its precincts, occupies an area of 7,000 [square metres], and a while ago, they were building a huge new hall with the capacity for nearly five thousand individuals.…During the process of occupying Isfahan’s Haziratu’l-Quds, the chief of police, public prosecutor, the head of Police Station 4, and the heads of other police stations were present. After the Haziratu’l-Quds was occupied, Adhan[2] was chanted there.

Ahvaz – Last Monday at 6:00 p.m., Colonel Sariri, the police governor, and Colonel Dolatshahi, the head of police headquarters, together with a few soldiers and police, entered the Baha’i Haziratu’l-Quds in Amanieh and occupied it.…The residents who were accompanying the police officers with order and tranquillity, placed the green flag, on which “Victory from Allah and Conquest is Imminent” was imprinted, on the top of the gate of the centre for Baha'i propagation.


The police officers prevented individuals from entering this place.






[1]  [A Baha'i term for Baha'i Centre]

[2] [The Adhan, Athan, or Azaan (also called in Turkish: Ezan) is the Islamic call to worship, recited by the muezzin at prescribed times of the day.]