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


[Newspaper:] Nabard-e Mellat

[Date:] 5 Khordad 1358 [26 May 1979]

[Issue No.:] 18


Moon shines light and dogs bark…

In 1334 [1955], during the life of the late Ayatollah Borujerdi, the highest leader of the Shi’a authority, the perverse Baha’i sect initiated its activities, acting with the aim of dominating the economic resources and sensitive social places, [and was] confronted by severe resistance of the mentioned leader and the clerical assemblies of the day. Whereas the Nabard-e Mellat has always and fully strived to take the lead, or at least be an active participant in combating the anti-foreigner, anti-despotism, anti-godlessness and anti-religious matters, has now again joined with full strength and power in this holy war, and considers this fight as one of great honours of the Nabard-e Mellat’s restless life.

When the mentioned combat reached its zenith, the zealous Muslim Brother [hood] decided to occupy the Haziratu’l-Quds, the centre of the Baha’is. The night that the Brothers were supposed to occupy the Haziratu’l-Quds, the centre of the Baha’is in Tehran, the military government of the time took control of the place the day before and occupied the place. The Muslim Brothers were faced with an action which had already taken place. To show that it was an Islamic action, they embarked on destroying the special dome of the place and changed it to a metallic dome; it still remains in the same shape.

After this event the Nabard-e Mellat published the news as below:

The Military Governorate or the Islamic House of Propagation?

After the occupation of the previous Haziratu’l-Quds, the cradle of corruption and sedition of a group of unlawful and alien-worshipping Baha’is, and the destruction of its sinister dome, there have been various propositions for its future use. Therefore, because the Military Governorate did not have an independent place for its activities, this place was [assigned] to the Military Governorate.

The clerical authorities and some of the governmental elements have also proposed to convert the aforementioned place into a facility for the propagation of Islamic studies.