[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:] Navay-e Khorasan (Mashhad)

[Date:] 8 Tir 1334 [30 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 158

 

Fighting Against the Baha’is Is A Must

The struggle against the misguided Baha’i sect and the confiscation of their property, and above all the dissatisfaction expressed by Grand Ayatollah Mr. Borujerdi with the actions of the authorities, is the biggest issue that has attracted public attention these days. The telegrams that are sent by the prominent religious scholars, trustees of Islam and religious communities and ... various groups in this regard, to Qom and to the presence of the largest Shiite source of authority in the world, as well as to the government officials in Tehran, which supports the wishes of the great ayatollah, have caused great concern among the people.…

In short, it is rumoured that the ayatollah has decided to leave Iran for the holy city of Najaf and move the seminary of Qom there…

The struggle against the Baha’is is an internal matter and a matter of necessity and urgency, which must be put into practice according to the majority of the Muslim nation of Iran, without delay, and it is incumbent upon the government and the authorities to follow the opinion and decree of Ayatollah Borujerdi and, in this Islamic Shari’a law, obey His Holiness the Ayatollah.

Iran is an Islamic country and the centre of the Shiite world, and the great flag of “There is no God but Allah” is in the hands of Ayatollah Borujerdi and it is incumbent upon all the people of this country … to obey their great leader, from every class and faction…

Through the attention of the emperor… and the actions that are about to be taken by decree of His Majesty … the people of Iran should take long and rapid steps towards progress and perfection; without a doubt, this will not be done unless all the people of this country ... have a common opinion…

And in such a sensitive situation ... the expression of grievances by the largest Shiite source of authority in the world causes people’s regret ... and the government officials should not be satisfied that this great authority is dissatisfied with the current situation.

The government must seize the impure Baha’i elements, quickly, and without delay, and remove them from government and administrative offices, and implement what is the intention of the ayatollah…