is raising the question of how and why the judicial system of Iranian Islamic Republic Regime has sentenced the Seven former Baha’i administrators to 20 years of imprisonment? BBC asks Shirin Ebadi residing now in Paris about her opinion. Mrs. Ebadi asserts the absolute innocence of the seven former Baha’i administrators having studied their files page by page and found no trace of any evidence of any wrong doings.
Mrs. Ebadi adds that unfortunately this is not unprecedented in today’s Iranian judicial system.
Another attorney friend who has been following the case closely writes: Deeply saddened by this outrageous miscarriage of justice. There is consolation in the fact that their fate rests not in the hands of their brutal captors but in the loving hands of Baha’u’llah. Please give the Kamalabadi family living near you our deepest love.
The eye of justice is weeping and waiting. The voices of people of fairness is raised in agony asking how long will this dark night continue to claim the days of the lives of the people of light.
A friend of mine sent me the poem of Hafiz to console all of us with bleeding hearts hoping for fairness, respect for human rights and justice from the horizon of Iran.
I, too, share your sentiments. I, too, am greatly saddened. But, I know at the end justice will shine and humanity will prevail.
May you be comforted by these wise and inspiring words of Hafez:
Joseph to his father in Canaan shall return, don’t despair walk on;
and Jacob’s hut will brighten with flowers, don’t despair walk on.
Aching hearts heal in time, vanished hopes reappear,
the disparate mind will be pacified, don’t despair walk on.
As the spring of life grows the newly green meadow,
roses will crown the sweet nightingale’s song, don’t despair walk on
If the world does not turn to your whims these few days,
cosmic cycles are preparing to change, don’t despair walk on.
If desperation whispers you’ll never know God,
it’s the talk of hidden games in the veil, don’t despair walk on.
O heart, when the vast flood slashes life to its roots,
Captain Noah waits to steer you ashore, don’t despair walk on.
If you trek as a pilgrim through sands to Kaabeh
with thorns lodged deep in your soul shouting why, don’t despair walk on
Though oases hide dangers and your destiny’s far,
there’s no pathway that goes on forever, don’t despair walk on.
My trials and enemies face me on their own,
but mystery always backs up my stand, don’t despair walk on.
Hafez, weakened by poverty, alone in the dark,
this night is your pathway into the light, don’t despair walk on.
From: ‘The Spiritual Wisdom of Hafez’
Haleh Pourafzal and Roger Montgomery