[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:] Sahar

[Date:] 9 Khordad 1334 [31 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 4

 

Fighting Baha’i Propaganda

The actions against the Baha’is, which were intensified by the destruction of the Haziratu’l-Quds during the last days of Ramadan by the cessation of Mr. Falsafi’s speeches, flow normally and have lost their heat and intensity.

The government considers it its duty to prevent the Baha’i propaganda and has issued a directive by referring to the Articles 1, 20 and 21 of the Constitution. According to the first Article of the Amendment to the Constitution, “The official religion of Iran is Islam, and the true sect is the Jafari of the Twelfth Imam, and the king of Iran must be [a member] of and promote this sect.” And according to Article 20, “The public press is free, except for the books with misleading [information] and substances harmful to the religion.” According to Article 21, “Societies and communities that do not cause sedition of religion and religious matters and do not disturb order are free all over the country.”

In fact, the government considers preventing the Baha’i propaganda to be a form of promoting Islam, and based on the last two Articles [mentioned above] the prevention of the gathering of the Baha’is in special places and the publication of Baha’i books as its foremost duty; according to these Articles, it will prevent the Baha’i propaganda and their gatherings for propaganda.

And the government, according to the state of public opinion and the views of international circles, has found it unnecessary to pass a new law which is contrary to the principles [referring to the law of illegality of the Baha’i Faith], and this matter was announced by the deputy prime minister in the parliament. In fact, after this, Baha’i teachers will not be able to freely disseminate or publish propaganda writings, and no further restrictions will be inflicted.

Baha’is, just like other Iranian citizens, will enjoy civil and political rights, and the rumours of confiscation of property, deportation, and the migration of Baha’is will [be untrue]. In particular, the government has issued a circular stating that irresponsible individuals will not have the right to interfere in the performance of government duties. And those who create insecurity under the pretext of religion and infringe on the rights of others or inflict illegal harassment will be prosecuted. Government practice has positively influenced international circles and thwarted biased propaganda.

The existence of the temple of the Indian pagan worshipers in the Pamanar neighbourhood, where they perform their religious rites freely and no one disturbs them, has received attention as the sign of Iran’s national maturity.