[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:] Rowshanfekr

[Date:] 28 Ordibehesht 1334 [18 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 94

 

Combatting the Baha’is

This week, the subject of combatting the Baha’is was in the news headlines, and its range extended from Tehran to other cities. Based on the information acquired, Baha’i temples [centres] in the cities of Rasht, Shiraz, Esfahan, Kermanshah, Yazd, Kashan, Kerman and a few other cities were occupied by security forces, and now the government intends to take over the subject centres in a manner that does not seem like a confiscation, and allocate them to cultural organizations.

Moreover, the day before yesterday, the government gave a report of its activities to the representatives in its public and private meetings, so that it would not give opportunity to the opponents. In the private meeting of the parliament, the interior minister Mr. Alam said:

“The government has exerted effort to maintain order and peace to the extent of its responsibility, and as the public observes, we have succeeded completely in this matter.

“The government believes there are ample laws at hand for preventing the harmful activities of these types of groups, and that [they] can do this in the best manner. The government is determined to fight against these types of groups the same way it has done until now. However, anyone who takes any action that is against public security in the name and with the excuse of struggling against the Bahá’ís, will be punished most severely.

“The government believes that in such matters the conditions of the country should be kept in mind, and no action should be taken which, God forbid, would be misused by the enemies of the country and foreign agents.”

A number of representatives made recommendations later, but only the recommendation of Dr. Shahkar was accepted and enclosed with the government circular.

Text of Dr. Shahkar’s recommendation:

“Formation of sects which create disturbance in the name of religion, and which have adopted Baha’ism as their title for implementing their political goals, will be prevented, as their existence is against the law, disturbs order and security and is in conflict with the noble religion of Islam. According to the constitution, the minorities which follow the recognised religions of Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Judaism have complete freedom within the limits of law.”

At the end of the private meeting, one of the representatives said that today’s meeting had been a battle of words, and for the same reason, when the interior minister grew tired of the different recommendations and ideas of the representatives—expressing that the government for example, should take a certain action—he said, “We have come to the private meeting to consult with the gentleman representatives, and the government will implement the consultative ideas of the gentlemen.” When Mr. Safaie wanted to present a long list, the representatives spoke up against him, and the meeting was concluded.

The telegram which was sent to the United Nations

It is said that, before the government makes a definitive decision about the unlawful nature of the Baha’i sect, in a telegram through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it asked the United Nations if that organization recognised this sect; the response of the United Nations to this question was negative.

The government made its definitive decision when it realised that identifying the subject sect as unlawful would not have any foreign reactions.