[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:] Showra

[Date:] 19 Ordibehesht 1334 [9 May 1955]

[Issue No:] 52

 

The Text of the Letter Written by Grand Ayatollah Boroujerdi

Yesterday afternoon, the renowned preacher, Mr. Falsafi, during his speech at Soltani Mosque, read a letter from Grand Ayatollah Boroujerdi, addressed to him, the text of which is printed below:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

To Mr. Falsafi, the trusted [one] of Islam, may his bounties be everlasting

In the last few days, your valuable services rendered to the religion of Islam, the absolute religion, and the holy Quran, the absolute divine Book, and towards the nation’s independence and for the protection of the monarchy, the government, the army and every Iranian individual and the Muslims worldwide, have not only brought joy to my heart and that of every Muslim, but have been the cause of the happiness of His Holiness Valiye Asr [Guardian of the Time], may our lives be sacrificed for Him. You have lifted some of the thick covering which a political party called the Baha’i religion has spread over its ideas, for more than a hundred years, with its very organized administration, by spending excessive amounts of funds received from an unknown source, and by its continuous, public propaganda efforts against the official religion of the country, which naturally unites the nation, and secretly, against monarchy and the government, and you have disclosed some of its true nature.

Although the true nature of the matter is not yet fully exposed and words spoken from the pulpit do not have the power to reveal any more than this, only the government can eventually discover the damaging networks and rescue the nation from harm, as it has had success in similar cases in the past. I think the nation’s intellectuals view this party to be far more damaging to the country’s autonomy, as there is a difference between an enemy who expresses enmity, and the enemy who considers itself a friend. There is also a difference between an enemy who attacks a strong fortress without having the tools to demolish it, and the enemy who, from the start, uses its tools to destroy.

To conclude, I remind you that this evil party has infiltrated many facets of the nation and the government, and this is totally portended by the letters and telegraphs received by me from other cities. For instance, we see a group of people enter the home of a very poor old woman, who is sleeping on the floor with her five innocent little children, and dismember them with shovel and axe in a horrendous manner; however, at the insistence of the Muslims and [with the] realization of some matters, only one person is executed and the others are left to their own devices.

This means that this sect exerts full influence within the government; therefore, it is most important to cleanse the office departments and the ministries and the country’s strategic posts of this sect.  I beseech the almighty God to strengthen the holy religion of Islam and the sacred sect of Ja’fari and to confirm those who endeavor to propagate it.

15 Ramadan 1374 [7 May 1955]

Hosein Tabatabaei