[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

[Letter]

 

7/9/1318 [29 November 1939]

 

The Eminent Members of the Cabinet

 

Respectfully, [I am] bringing to your attention that it is clear and evident to that honourable Cabinet that we, the Baha’is, have borne many hardships due to the promotion of the Baha’i Faith. Fortunately, the star of good fortune shone and the Imperial Majesty of Pahlavi, may our souls be sacrificed for him, adorned the crown and throne of Iran with his sacred appearance and spread justice, and all the people of the world [sic] have praised God [for this ascension]. We, the people of Baha, the followers of Baha’u’llah, were happier than other Iranians, and, according to the sacred Baha’i writings, we are charged to obey and [have] complete respect and be ready for sacrifice and losing our lives for the throne of the Imperial Majesty of the country of Iran.

 

According to the beliefs of this religion, which is Baha’i, I married, and the Islamic Notary Public Offices did not register the deed. Therefore I reported to the high authorities of the Justice Department, Bureau of Statistics, Registration of Deeds and Census and Personal Status Office. Now I have been prosecuted by the public prosecutor of Yazd because I married according to the religion of Baha’u’llah and not the usual ancient habits. In fact, this prosecution is against the freedom of conscience, especially in the government of the Imperial Majesty, may our souls be sacrificed for him, who has raised the flag of freedom in the country of Iran. I beg for mercy and the bestowal of freedom of opinion and conscience so the Baha’is [can] live in freedom and be forever well-wishers of the government of his Imperial Majesty, may our souls be sacrificed for him,   

 

Devoted: Nourollah Saneh

 

[Stamped: received in the Office of the Prime Minister]

Number: 11370

Date: 13/9/1318 [5 December 1939]