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[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:] Payam

[Date:] 24 Ordibehesht 1334 [15 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 32

 

Comments of His Holiness Ayatollah Behbahani

His Holiness Ayatollah Behbahani commented about the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds of the Baha’is that, now, according to the instructions of His Majesty the King of Kings and the opinion of the entire Muslim nation of Iran, the centre of corruption has been occupied by a military force.

We started a wide-ranging campaign against the Baha’is a few years ago, and in the past we have repeatedly warned the government authorities of the time that this nest of corruption must be closed, until Muslims were driven to extremes and brought the matter to the attention of His Majesty, and His Majesty, who always acted according to the wishes of the nation, took note of their call and ordered the occupation of that place.

In my opinion, this building should be completely destroyed and the land should be divided between the poor and the homeless Muslims, because if this building is to remain, and a mosque or an altar be built in it, or if it remains in the hands of the government, it will be focal to the Baha’is until the end and it will be their blessed spot.

Regarding the treatment of Baha’is, Ayatollah Behbahani said that all Baha’i employees should be fired from government offices, and that the rest of the Baha’is should be treated with indifference if they do not propagate, since there are [other] godless and apostate people in this country, as well.