[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:] Nabard-e Mellat

[Date:] 17 Tir 1334 [9 July 1955]

[Issue No.:] 123

 

From Wherever You Wish...

What Made the Zealous Muslims of Shiraz Angry?

Visit of Ayatollah Shirazi to Baha’i Activities

Major General Hemmat’s Action for Rebuilding the Assembly Building

Where Governor General Vacillates

The Excitement of the Muslims

Where the Kaaba!! Transforms

How the Baha’is Protested and the City Closure...

...Following the news, we published [information] about the recent events in Shiraz and informed our esteemed readers; we will now briefly review the incident for the benefit of the dear readers.

When His Imperial Majesty left for Shiraz and entered the shrine of His Holiness Ahmad-ibn-Musa (PBUH), the religious Muslim people of Shiraz destroyed the Baha’i assembly [building] on Hazrati Street. About 150 people were arrested in this incident by law enforcement officials and released a day later.

During the holy month of Ramadan, when Mr. Falsafi made a statement [on the radio] against the perverse Baha’i sect and the invalidity of their faith, a ray of hope shone in the hearts of the Muslim people and they did not take action because they were waiting for the authorities to destroy the propaganda centres of this perverse sect.

Unfortunately, nothing happened, and it did not alleviate the suffering of the Muslim community. Owing to the influence of some of the leaders of this useless sect, [the Baha’is] were thinking about reconstructing their destroyed building, which would severely hurt the religious sentiments of the [Muslim] people. This thought caused the disappointment of people and the responsible authorities. Therefore, the Muslims tried to remedy the incident before it happened.

The Muslims of Shiraz took the lead, and when they saw that the ruined building of the assembly [was being repaired] by the orders of Major General Hemmat, the Baha’i governor general of Fars, who has a bad record, they could not tolerate it and tried to prevent it.

The gathering of Shirazi Muslims in the house of Ayatollah Shirazi to inform His Holiness of the process of rebuilding affairs, surprised him. To get information, he called on General Hemmat. He denied having information about the reconstruction of the assembly [building].

Ayatollah Shirazi personally visited the site and closely observed that some builders and staff were working on the building of the assembly, and Major General Hemmat, the governor general, also had sent some soldiers to the place to protect the builders.

Again, Ayatollah Shirazi called the governor general and said that it was appropriate for the law enforcement officials to prevent the repair and construction of the assembly building. The governor general said that he had no responsibility or order in this regard.

The excitement of the Muslims was so intense that they at once became agitated, and the general Muslim public, men and women, old and young, small and grown-up, attacked and destroyed the gathering place.

Towards the Kaaba!!

Near the Shamshirgarha Mosque, located in a dead-end alley behind the New Mosque, next to the public toilet, there is a house, which is the Kaaba of the Baha’is, the part of the mosque that the Baha’is had usurped a few years ago after a long struggle, and the Muslims recaptured it and assigned it to the restrooms! Finally, the toilet of the mosque was built there, and Afnan, the grandchild of Mirza Ali-Mohammad, conducted this operation.

The destruction of the Kaaba (!) also started on the same day, and when the people were destroying the assembly place, many people headed to the Kaaba and levelled it to the ground.

As soon as the Baha’i governor general of Fars, General Hemmat, was informed of the incident, he ordered a troop of soldiers and police, at the command of Baha’i officers, sent to the scene and ordered an attack. Clashes broke out between the zealous Muslim people and the police, and some were injured.

As a result of the brutal act of Major General Hemmat, the bazaars were closed, all the shops in the bazaar and the streets were shut and every business stopped work as a sign of protest...

...The use of the word “disruptive” on the Muslims had a very negative effect on the people, and it turned out that Major General Hemmat, the Baha’i governor general of Fars, had refused to reflect the facts of the matter to the capital, and only had reported the matter based on Baha’i prejudice...