[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:] Setareh-e Eslam

[Date:] 28 Mordad 1334 [20 August 1955]

[Issue No.:] 181

 

Baha’is Reciting the Prayer for the Dead

It has been for a while that Baha’i Assembly of Tehran has instructed the Baha’is to go in front of the Haziratu’l-Quds [Baha’i Centre] and recite prayers for the dead [the opening chapter of the Quran is usually read for the dead].

Two days ago, as our reporter was passing by the front of the Haziratu’l-Quds, he observed that several Baha’is, including the daughter of retired Major General Alai, were standing in front of the Haziratu’l-Quds and for a long time stretched out their hands towards the ruined building. When they had finished their prayers, our reporter called the daughter of Major General Alai and some other youth and asked them about the purpose of their prayers.

In response to our reporter, they said, “Since the day when the Haziratu’l-Quds was occupied, we offer special prayers every day after our obligatory prayers and we are instructed to pray once a week in front of the Haziratu’l-Quds.”