[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:] Post-e Tehran
[Date:] 26 Ordibehesht 1334 [17 May 1955]
[Issue No.:] 586
In today’s closed meeting of the National Consultative Assembly:
The minister of the interior reported to the Assembly the activities of the government with regard to the Baha’i sect.
Mr. Safaei read the message of Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi.
The declaration of the Ministry of the Interior and the report of that ministry regarding the Baha’i sect, was amended by suggestions of Dr. Shahkar.
This morning at half past nine, due to the request made by the government, the closed meeting of the National Consultative Assembly was held, with Sardar Fakher as the speaker of the Consultative Assembly.
After announcing the formalities of the meeting, Mr. Speaker said, “The minister of the interior has some statements to make.” Mr. Alam, the minister of the interior, said, “As the respected [gentlemen] are aware, we have—as much as it was possible—tried to protect the order and peace; thank God that we were successful (acknowledged by the members of the parliament). Meanwhile, in order to stop the perverse Baha’i sect—as stopping their propaganda is approved by all representatives and the government—we need laws to enable us to legally stop their activities, and government is determined to do it vigorously and with utmost seriousness. However, we have to consider the situation of the country and take action in such a way that the enemies of the country cannot take advantage of it. The Ministry of the Interior, by extensive consultation with the Cabinet, has prepared a declaration about this issue and the way to take action, which I will read to the representatives.”
Mr. Alam, the minister of the interior, read the declaration of the Ministry of the Interior about preventing the activities and propagation of the Baha’is and announcing their illegality in the open session of the Assembly, the contents of which have been printed separately in this issue of the newspaper.
Mentions in the Employment Application Form
As, at this time, some words were expressed by the representatives regarding the dismissal of the Baha’is from the departments, Mr. Alam, the minister of the interior, said, “We are not conducting inquisition [of the beliefs], but those who in their employment application form have clearly mentioned “Bahaism”, will, of course, have their employment terminated. We are busy making studies in this area. We Will Study
At this time, Mr. Shoushtari expressed something in favour of the campaign against the Baha’i sect, and, [because,] in the declaration of the Ministry of the Interior, which the minister had read, the name of “Baha’i” was not mentioned, and only a reference was made to the relevant Article of the Constitution about the “minority religions”, some representatives suggested that the word “Baha’i” be officially mentioned in the declaration.
Mr. Alam again presented some explanations about this issue and said, “As [the gentlemen] are interested that the name officially be mentioned in the declaration, the name [Baha’i] has been sent by telegram to all the provinces. About dismissing them from the government departments, as I mentioned, we are busy studying; be assured that the necessary action will be taken. With regard to the “ownership and property rights”, we have to act in such way that they do not accuse [us] of confiscating the properties.
Message from Honourable Ayatollah Borujerdi
Later on, Mr. Seyyed Ahmad Safaei spoke, and, approving the campaign against the Baha’i sect, said, “The honourable Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi has sent a message through me, [saying] that actions must be taken to declare the Baha’i sect illegal”. (Acknowledged by the representatives). He then added, “The government’s document in this section is not enough, and the name of “Baha’i” should officially and clearly be mentioned in the declaration. Similarly, references [should] be made in the declaration to the occupation of the Haziratu'l-Quds [Baha’i Centre] and the report of the Ministry of the Interior.
They Have Registered the Properties
Mr. Noureddin Emami spoke about this subject and about the title deeds that Baha’is had obtained a few years ago, and explained about the properties registered under their names. Then Mr. Amidi Nouri and Sadegh Sarmad also expressed some [thoughts] on this subject.