[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:] 15 Esfand 1334 [6 March 1956]

[Issue No.:] 38

 

Falsafi Will Not be Heard from the Pulpit For Now

Reportedly, it has been a few days since Mr. Falsafi, the famous preacher whose sensational speeches against Baha’is during the last month of Ramadan, and his provocation of people to cause the incidents of the recent months, resulted in his international fame, preventing him from carrying on with his religious sermons.    

Apparently, this is as a result of his harsh and insolent speech at the memorial meeting of the late Mr. Safaie.

Mr. Falsafi, who has not been able to speak about Baha’is and Baha’ism lately, gave a harsh speech on that day against irreligiosity, and while severely criticizing the propagandizing radio establishment, asked the government and the parliament to pass laws requiring everyone to observe religious rites, and also requested additional financial support for the clergy. Apparently, Mr. Falsafi’s speech and the demand for making religious precepts subject to law, forcing people to observe religious orders and rituals, caused dissatisfaction. His statements regarding the need for financial help to the clergy, who are free from materialism, had the converse effect as well. Generally, for a few months the government has been noticing that it must stand strongly against the excessive reactionary activities that have started again in Iran since the 1320’s [1940’s], and prevent the efforts made under the pretext of religion, which result in weakening the faith in Muslims.