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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Sahar

[Date:] 21 Shahrivar 1334 [13 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 15


Foreign Newspapers and Mourning Ceremonies during Muharram

As a result of the Ramadan incident and anti-Baha’i propaganda, which led to some unusual actions, and because of the rumours that this propaganda may be carried out more vigorously during the month of Muharram, the foreign newspapers have shown particular attention to Muharram’s mourning procession in Iran, and most foreign journals have reflected their observations in the European and American newspapers.

The point that has attracted the most attention from the foreign press was the discipline that was observed in the implementation of mourning programmes. The vigilance of the law enforcement officials was so intense that it was thought that, unlike in the last 14 years, politics and religion might even be separated. Even the Times writes, “Evidence suggests that the government has succeeded in preventing the interference of the irresponsible elements in political affairs and is determined to prevent the activities of those clerics who are willing to dominate people politically, instead of paying attention to their religious duties.”