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[Newspaper:] Khorasan

[Date:] Tuesday, 15 Esfand 1357 [6 March 1979]

[Number:] 8593


Important Deliberations between the Two High-Ranking Religious Authorities, Ayatollahs Shirazi and Qomi.

Yesterday, two high-ranking Shiite religious authorities met with each other.  In this meeting, many of the issues and problems of the area were the subject of discussion and consultation.  The speaker for the Grand Ayatollah Shirazi announced: “Last night, Grand Ayatollah Qomi, accompanied by his respected son, came to the home of his highness.  In that meeting, at which a group of clergy and religious personages were present, these two top-ranking authorities were in agreement regarding the need to raid and take over the centres of Baha’i activity and confiscate their important papers and documents that reveal their plans and conspiracies aimed at opposing the Revolution and the grassroots movement of the Muslim nation.  They believe that such an action is a duty of the Islamic movement, and it will be conducive to the pleasure of the Imam-e Zaman.”


Grand Ayatollah Qomi said, “Baha’ism always played a part as a spy for England, Russia, Israel, and the United States.  And their collaboration with Zionism is also abundantly clear.”  Grand Ayatollah Shirazi said, “I have always been in agreement with such an action, and now too believe that confiscation of the centres of Baha’i activities and uncovering their plans and relationships with foreign actors and foreigners is a positive step.  However, I do not believe it is permissible to apply aggression toward the individuals, and I have never intended to cause Baha’i individuals any trouble.”  Many other important issues were also discussed in these deliberations.