[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:] 3 Tir 1334 [25 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 121

 

On the Subject of the Emigration of His Holiness Ayatollah Borujerdi

Following the expression of His Holiness Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi’s wish to annihilate the spy-infested and treasonous Baha’i group, the Muslim people of Iran were certain that the government would soon destroy this group at its rotten root. However, baseless rumours and toxic disinformation spread by the influential agents of this anti-religion and anti-national gang weakened the government’s resolve to take the next steps. Such feebleness and negligence on the part of the authorities caused dissatisfaction among the high-level religious authorities.

His Holiness Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi, who, by the order of Islam, and due to the tremendous responsibility he holds with respect to the vital and sacred issues that affect tens of millions of Muslims, reminded the authorities about the ongoing movement against irreligiousness, and in his support, all religious authorities and groups requested the continuation of this holy war. However, the authorities in charge sent representatives to His Holiness and asked him to issue orders for the mitigation of the sentiments of the Muslim people and their activities, which he vehemently rejected.

Now rumour has it in private circles that His Holiness, for the reasons previously mentioned, has decided to emigrate from Iran to the Holy City of Najaf.

No doubt this is an irreparable loss and very damaging to the foundation and the existence of the Muslim people of Iran, and it is the duty of the government to perform a sacrificial act and demonstrate its competence to prevent this painful event, which is breaking the heart of every individual Muslim in Iran.