Persian Voices: Long Live The People of Iran
Upon hearing for 10 months about the behavior of [Mohammad Ali] Shah and his court, and after being advised by the Marja’a, Islam [highest ranking religious scholar] and Europeans, that the only way for saving Iran is through Mashruteh [constitutionalism]. I decided to do what I could for the sake of my religion and homeland. And nothing can scare or stop me. Long live the people of Iran, long live freedom.
Kermani, Nazem al-Islam. (1979). Tarikh-e Bidari Iranian (History of Iranian Awakening). Tehran: Entesharat Bonyad Farhang Iran, Agah and Lowh.
Editor’s Note: Ali Qoli Khan Bakhtiari eventually become Prime Minister of Iran.