[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:] Peyk-e Iran

[Date:] 30 Ordibehesht 1334 [21 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 288

 

Attempted Assassination of the Shah of Iran by the Perverse Sect of Babis

Abbas Mirza Malekara, a brother of Naser-al-din Shah, was much hated by Mahd-e Olia [the mother of Naser-al-din Shah], wife of Mohammad Shah.…

He writes in his journal:

“These days, the perverse sect of Babis have left Zanjan, Mazandaran, and Tabriz due to actions in Shiraz.  They raised the flag of rebellion and went to war; more than six thousand soldiers died at these three locations. Corrupt-minded individuals told the prime minister and His Majesty, the Shah that Abbas Mirza had sent a big sum of cash to assist the Babis, even though I [Malekara] was penniless at the time.

“… One day His Majesty, the Shah was on his way to the hunting fields when a few Babis approached him in the manner of the oppressed seeking justice. As they put their hands into their shirts, as if to pull out a petition paper, [one of them] took out a pistol and shot at the shah… and only a few pellets hit his blessed body.”

Malekara writes in the same journal that Mahd-e Olia had accused him of inciting the Babi offenders, thus poisoning the shah’s mind against him.