CNN Responds with a Valentine to the Abuses of Human Rights of the Baha’is of Iran

by keyvan

Today is Valentine’s day and I want to share my deepest love for the Baha’i prisoners in Iran who are punished because of love taught by their Baha’i Faith and punished by their government of Islamic Republic of Iran so they are not able to practice love. It reminds me of the song; What’s love got to do with it? The answer in their case is: Everything! Love is the real reason for the uprising of the youth in Egypt and around the world, democracy only a small part of it.

Baha’is of Iran have a most inhumane punishment for the most basic expression of humanity towards their fellow citizens.  We may call it the chocolate crime.  They are severely punished for “Teaching” their faith. Those who have spend time in jail and have endured the worst tell you what Islamic Republic means by the expression of “teaching their faith”! I assure you, love has got everything to do with it.

Baha'is lobby U.S. commission to help them survive in Iran

Sina Sabet Sarvestani, Iraj Kamalabadi, Azadeh Rohanian Perry and Kamal Khanjani (from L-R), realatives of Baha i prisoners in Iran, tell their stories before The US Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Apparently the Islamic Republic is frightened by the power of love and humanity of the Baha’i community and is using all its might and cruelty to suppress it.
CNN reports about the sad account of a few family members whose loved ones are wasting away in the dark pits of Islamic republic Regime of Iran all because of their expression of humanity and power that goes with it. Scarry, ah!!!
Please read the article and do write a comment on it and share with your face book friends and be the voice they do not have.

“The Blessed Beauty saith: ‘Ye are all the fruits of one tree, the leaves of one branch.’ Thus hath He likened this world of being to a single tree, and all its peoples to the leaves thereof, and the blossoms and fruits. It is needful for the bough to blossom, and leaf and fruit to flourish, and upon the interconnection of all parts of the world-tree, dependeth the flourishing of leaf and blossom, and the sweetness of the fruit.

For this reason must all human beings powerfully sustain one another and seek for everlasting life; and for this reason must the lovers of God in this contingent world become the mercies and the blessings sent forth by that clement King of the seen and unseen realms. Let them purify their sight and behold all humankind as leaves and blossoms and fruits of the tree of being. Let them at all times concern themselves with doing a kindly thing for one of their fellows, offering to someone love, consideration, thoughtful help. Let them see no one as their enemy, or as wishing them ill, but think of all humankind as their friends; regarding the alien as an intimate, the stranger as a companion, staying free of prejudice, drawing no lines.

In this day, the one favoured at the Threshold of the Lord is he who handeth round the cup of faithfulness; who bestoweth, even upon his enemies, the jewel of bounty, and lendeth, even to his fallen oppressor, a helping hand; it is he who will, even to the fiercest of his foes, be a loving friend. These are the Teachings of the Blessed Beauty, these the counsels of the Most Great Name.”


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Sylvia Llantin February 15, 2011 - 8:29 pm

For most of us sharing our religious beliefs, is frecuently done on a daily basis, for those who live in places where not even the simplest of gestures as offering a helping hand because it could be mis-interpreted is like being in a room full of smoke that breathing is impossible. If a little boy is given a time out, in his mind the adult is unfair because he can not understand why, but for us who go around with no restrictions probably trying to empathize with those baha’is should be very difficult. Baha’u’llah says”The essence of religion is to testify unto that which the Lord hath revealed, and follow that which He hath ordained in His mighty Book.” and “The essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds; he whose words exceed his deeds, know verily his death is better than his life.” You decide…

tj March 8, 2011 - 11:18 am

The following is one of my favorite passages by Baha’u’llah:

O YE children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men. Suffer it not to become a source of dissension and discord, of hate and enmity. This is the straight Path, the fixed and immovable foundation. Whatsoever is raised on this foundation, the changes and chances of the world can never impair its strength, nor will the revolution of countless centuries undermine its structure. Our hope is that the world’s religious leaders and the rulers thereof will unitedly arise for the reformation of this age and the rehabilitation of its fortunes. Let them, after meditating on its needs, take counsel together and, through anxious and full deliberation, administer to a diseased and sorely-afflicted world the remedy it requires…. It is incumbent upon them who are in authority to exercise moderation in all things. Whatsoever passeth beyond the limits of moderation will cease to exert a beneficial influence. Consider for instance such things as liberty, civilization and the like. However much men of understanding may favourably regard them, they will, if carried to excess, exercise a pernicious influence upon men…. Please God, the peoples of the world may be led, as the result of the high endeavours exerted by their rulers and the wise and learned amongst men, to recognize their best interests. How long will humanity persist in its waywardness? How long will injustice continue? How long is chaos and confusion to reign amongst men? How long will discord agitate the face of society? The winds of despair are, alas, blowing from every direction, and the strife that divideth and afflicteth the human race is daily increasing. The signs of impending convulsions and chaos can now be discerned, inasmuch as the prevailing order appeareth to be lamentably defective. I beseech God, exalted be His glory, that He may graciously awaken the peoples of the earth, may grant that the end of their conduct may be profitable unto them, and aid them to accomplish that which beseemeth their station.

keyvan March 21, 2011 - 9:54 am

Thank you for your informative comment


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