[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:] Khorasan

[Date:] Monday 5 Tir 1334 [27 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 1727

 

This Telegraph Was Transmitted from Mashhad by the Carpet Dealers and the Businesses in Sarshur Bazaar

Telegraph- To Tehran - the National Consultative Assembly

Copy to the Prime Minister

Copy to His Holiness Ayatollah Behbahani

Following the previous telegraph, in relation to the eradication of the perverse Baha’i [sect], as we can perceive from the news, the respected members of the National Consultative Assembly, contrary [to what was expected] did not show any interest in the majestic declaration of His Holiness Ayatollah Borujerdi concerning the extermination of this mysterious sect.  Accordingly, we, on behalf of the Muslims of Khorasan, and, in particular, the carpet dealers and businesses in the Sarshur Bazaar, [asked] our respected representatives to express interest in relation to this topic. If any person, as a member of [the National Consultative] Assembly, wishes to defend these “unclean elements”, that person is amongst the traitors to the sacred religion of Islam, the royal family, and the exalted spiritual clergy, and has to pay for his betrayal.

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A Telegraph to the Imperial Court of the His Majesty Shah

Since the government has started to dismiss members of the perverse and mysterious Baha’i sect, according to the blessed orders of Your Excellency, from all government departments and public offices,  we now request the Father [of the nation], to issue decisive orders that the government continue with its actions and eradicate them.

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Qom- To His Holiness, Supreme Ayatollah Borujerdi

All Muslims, and in particular, the carpet dealers and businesses in the Sarshur Bazaar in Mashhad, express our support in relation to your decrees, and we hope that because of your holy words, the wickedness of the perverse Baha’i sect will be eradicated as soon as possible. May God prolong and protect all Muslim people under the shadow of your authority.

Sh 505 Carpet dealers and businesses in Sarshur Bazaar in Mashahd, with signatures of 300 people

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This telegraph is transmitted by the Sadat-e Hoseini Zaboli [community which comprises] residents of Mashhad

To His Holiness, Supreme Ayatollah Borujerdi, may your blessings continue, we declare the obedience of Sadat-e Hoseini Sistani [Zaboli] to your sacred exalted decrees; we are waiting for [your further] order and will be obedient – Sh 507

Ahmad Sajjadi – Abbas Hoseini and fifty additional signatures