[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 Hagh

[Date:] 24 Khordad 1334 [15 June 1955]

[Issue No:] 245

 

An Open Letter to Mr. Hekmat, the Head of the National Consultative Assembly,

…One of the issues that has recently come up and has gained importance within the Muslim community is the issue of the Baha’is, their suppression and the Consultative Assembly’s recognition that their administration and gatherings are illegal. And indeed and in reality, the Iranian nation demands this action, and wishes for such a law.

The Iranian nation sees that in the past years no action has been taken to prevent this corrupt and seductive sect; sometimes, convenient conditions have even been provided for them. They have therefore developed a sense of self-importance, and like the followers of the Toudeh Party, have risen to oppose the foundation of religion. They have held gatherings or assemblies wherever they have wished, have trapped and misled the naive masses, have taken advantage of them and under various pretexts have sent the collected funds for the self-indulgence and debauchery of Shoghi [Effendi, the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith]

In addition to opposition to the foundation of religion, they have risen against the foundation of monarchy and the constitutional regime. They engage in all sorts of sabotage as best as they can, and the reason they have not openly taken any action to advance their mission and purpose is that they have not felt they had enough power for those actions. Their intention and plan is to disrupt constitutionalism and monarchy and to disintegrate the foundation of the holy religion of Islam.

The people of Iran demand that, now that it is in the best interest of the nation and the state and the government to destroy their Hazira[tu'l-Quds] and to stop this perverse sect, something be done once and for all and that the fate of the Baha’is be clarified, in the same way the fate of the followers of the Toudeh [Party] was decided. At present, we should not leave this work unfinished, for its troubles to re-surface in the future.

Of course, the Iranian people expect that the National Consultative Assembly will adopt legislation and pronounce the Baha’i sect unlawful, so that they will not have the right to their administration and gatherings and will not mislead the public and engage in acts of sabotage.

This hope and expectation of the Iranian nation was about to be realised by the ecclesiastic and sacrificial representative from Qazvin, Mr. Safaei. He had devised a plan that the interested Muslim representatives signed, and it was submitted to the head of the parliament with 27 signatures. Why was it abandoned and why did you not consider it to be discussed and approved by the parliament?

Which one of the current representatives was against this plan? And who or what prevented you from accepting the plan from Mr. Safaei and not considering the plan as the duty of the representatives? And in order for the government to do that, you rejected the plan signed by 27 people. Why?

Were your discretion and foresight wiser and more understanding than the people of Iran, and your discernment more fundamental than 27 signatories of the plan and the dozens of people who agreed with the approval of the legislation? It is in these instances when pride and arrogance cause error and offence, and they result in multitudes of corruption and loss!

We demand of Mr. Sardar Fakher Hekmat that in the name of the Muslim nation of Iran [he] read this plan in parliament and put its articles to a vote. Naturally, 100% of the representatives of the people will vote in its favour, and the fate of the Baha’is will be clear, their future methods will be identified, and the public will be relieved.