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


[Newspaper:] Tehran Mossavar

[Date:] 1 Tir 1350 [22 June 1971]

[Issue No.:] 1446


Political and Social Memoirs

“Abbas Khalili”

He was rolling in jewels, but his most favourite meal was Aabgousht [Persian soup]!

During the course of the political and social memoirs of Abbas Khalili, we encountered the story of Nasereddin Shah and how the famous diamond of Kouh-e-Noor was obtained, and the account of the rajah who had acquired this precious gem by means of a few shoes. Now we start with the rest of the story and how this jewel ended up in the hands of the British. Maestro Khalili writes that eventually a battle started between the British and that rajah, and this war caused the loss of the Kouh-e-Noor. And now we shall hear the account from the writer…

… One day Nasereddin Shah was going somewhere in the royal carriage. Some soldiers, whose pay had been delayed and were hungry, gathered together and shouted and asked for bread, but the carriage continued on and did not stop for the king to listen to their complaint. The soldiers, through desperation and hopelessness, threw a few stones at the carriage. The shah ordered the culprits to be caught and punished.

That was because [on an earlier occasion], when he was going to Sahebqaraniyeh, three Babi men, who intended to kill him, waited somewhere in the course of his path, pretending to be farmers or gardeners, pretending to shovel the ground so no one would suspect them, and as the king reached their position, they targeted him with bullets, but it did not work and the shah survived. From that day, in addition to killing those three Babis, Babi-killing started. In the Sabzeh Maydan, members of every profession—for example butchers and grocers, herbalists and even waste-pickers—would gather and kill Babis, seeking closeness to God through murder. So Nasereddin Shah perceived the stone throwing by hungry soldiers as another attempt on his life, and therefore ordered that the culprits be arrested.