[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:] Kayhan

[Date:] 29 Khordad 1325 [19 June 1946]

[Issue No.:] 985

[Page:] One

 

Written by: M. Nadimi, Bachelor of Arts in Law

Fight, Murder and Looting between Muslims and Baha’is

On 17 Mordad 1323 [8 August 1944], an incident took place in Shahroud which resulted in the murder of three Baha’is and a Muslim. At present, the case is [being heard] in the criminal court and is in its final stage. We are publishing the exact Bill of Indictment of the Magistrate of Shahroud to completely inform the readers herewith:

The Higher Criminal Court of the First and Second Provinces -Tehran 

The incident in Shahroud on 17 Mordad 1323 [8 August 1944] was the result of a chain of unwise operations and actions. Sometime before the date of the incident, a number of Baha’i pioneers and travellers were engaged in activities to propagate and disseminate their religion in this city. In order not to prolong the matter and repeat the contents of the findings of the interrogator, I will overlook the details and call the attention of the respected ruling council to the introduction of the mentioned findings (from the second page onwards) and submit a brief in accord with documents and records enclosed in the file. (Enclosed is a copy of the correspondences of the file of the Governorate of Shahroud.)

In the second half of the year 1322 [late 1943] the Governorate and Gendarmerie Offices of Shahroud were informed that a number of Sangsari Baha’is had pioneered to Miamey, located about ten farsakh [sixty kilometres] from Shahroud, and are busy teaching the inhabitants and distributing religious books and pamphlets. This behaviour has disturbed the peace of the region and has caused the grievance and displeasure of the dwellers. The inhabitants have [approached] different local offices in order to have them evicted from their neighbourhood.

The letter from the Office of the Gendarmerie addressed to the Governorate of Shahroud indicates that the Baha’is have left Miamey and are currently in the region of Shahroud.

In the meantime, a number of Baha’i employees of the city, who are apparently official employees but actually attempt to propagate internally, are taking actions that cause the hatred and aversion of the inhabitants.

 

The police headquarters, in a letter to the gendarmerie, reports that within the last few days, the Baha’i community has been formed in Shahroud, and they are holding meetings at the residences of Naderi, the head of the Tobacco Company and Rahbani, the deputy of the Office of Provisions, where the house owners, together with their wives, guide and teach the participants.

Those above-mentioned Sangsaris, after being expelled from Miamey, with the support of their co-religionists—whose names are mentioned in the writ of the inspector—were continuing with their intentions in Shahroud and expanded the size of their activities. The Baha’i Assembly became officially structured, committees were organized, and they openly started their propagation. They did not even refrain from pretending to be bold and daring, to the point where such actions slowly became complicated and caused the rancour of inhabitants, giving rise to their complaints and their whispering

The cases received from the police headquarters contain the complaint of Ali Beikzadeh, assistant driver, that while [he was] buying melon, Valiyyollah Sobhani Sangsari attacked him with a knife, and openly insulted the Muslims and the Islamic rites.

(To be continued)