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

 

[Newspaper:] Vatan-e Ma

[Date:] 21 Aban 1334 [13 November 1955]

[Issue No.:] 70

 

Commander Bakhtiar Occupies Places of Corruption, Atheism and Statelessness…

Last week, on the occasion of the blessed birth of His Holiness Khatam al-Anbiya [Prophet Mohammad], a festive assembly was held at the Military Governorate of Tehran, which was formerly the centre of Baha’i corruption and irreligiousness and was occupied by the Islamic Army under the Constitution, relying on law.

The assembly was held at the site of the “Greatest Gathering Place of Baha’is”, one of Tehran’s largest halls. From 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., different groups [celebrated] with bouquets of flowers, chanting triumphant slogans based on patriotic, religious and national feelings, respecting the great rites and remembering the services and efforts of the officers and great scholars, with  especially interesting demonstrations towards His Majesty and Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi and Behbahani, as a sign of the complete harmony and unity of all the Iranian people. This auspicious assembly, which was formed in the name of Hazrat Resalat Panahi [His Holiness the Prophet], was accompanied by the highest feelings and the most unique emotions.

It was the first time since Shahrivar 1320 [September 1941] [when the shah came to power] that a military organization had invited the people for a religious celebration. Various classes of society, including the clergy, the military and businessmen, all the respected guilds of Tehran, and finally, the workers and the members of departments and the writers and the speakers, all participated. Since all the different guilds of Tehran participated in this celebration with complete simplicity and purity, and thousands of people came and went every hour, this celebration became more important.  The value and importance of this auspicious celebration was that the general public, with one heart and one voice, were saying “Long live the shah!” “Long live Borujerdi!” “Long live Bakhtiar!” and on the occasion of the anti-communist struggles, the military governor chanted very sensitive and interesting slogans.

“We” hope that this action of Brigadier General Bakhtiari in holding this religious celebration at the headquarters of the military governorate will become the basic foundation of harmony and unity of the various segments of the clergy and will make the Iranian nation successful in the path of great guidance.

“We” are sure that if this clear path ahead of us is well followed and we do not obey the emotions, we will have a proud and progressive [Iran] in the near future.