[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:] Neday-e Shahreza

[Date:] 11 Shahrivar 1334 [3 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 159

 

Requesting Fatwa [Religious Decree] from Blessed Presence of His Holiness, Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi, May God Grant the Muslims His prolonged Spots [Sic] [life]

What does Your Honour, Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi, may your widespread shadow extend over all Muslims for the sake of Muhammad and His family, say about the Muslims’ socializing and transactions with the Baha’is in matters such as drinking and eating with them, inviting them and celebrating with them, visiting them [in homes], taking a wife from them [marrying them] entering their baths and/or allowing them to enter the Muslim baths, making business deals with them, leasing their property and vehicles, employing them and lending them [our] properties and vehicles, seeking their medical treatment, using their barber shops, working for them, either gratis or under any of the Sharia transactions, such as wage payment, engaging in any kind of cooperative farming and sharing irrigation rights with them, having partnership and trade agreements, to be in peace with them at the time of association and transactions with them?

We plead with you to express your honourable opinion in writing.

May God prolong your shadow over us.

 

In the Name of God

It is necessary for Muslims to avoid any association, transaction and contact with this sect. I only ask the Muslims not to lose their calm and to maintain order.

Hosein Al-Tabtabaei