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Baha’i Youth Arrested in Iran

54 Baha’is were arrested on Friday because they were doing humanitarian service. They were tutoring poor children (with a permit from the local government), and were ARRESTED. Some of them are 16, 17, 18 year olds. Think about 54 of your local high school students and members of your community being arrested because they were tutoring children.

Think about the fact that these Baha’i youth are not allowed to go to college because they are Baha’is. Baha’i marriage is not seen as valid in Iran. The Iranian government has been very clear about the fact that they wish to wipe out the Baha’i community in Iran. They disseminate hateful and false propaganda against a peaceful minority.

“The arrests come against a backdrop of increasing concern by international human rights monitors that the Iranian Government is escalating its 25-year-long campaign of persecution against the 300,000-member Baha’i community of Iran, the largest religious minority in that country…”

Don’t allow yourself to be ignorant. Please say prayers for the Baha’is in Iran, and for all of the people around the world who suffer human rights abuses every day.

I adjure Thee by Thy might, O my God! Let no harm beset me in times of tests, and in moments of heedlessness guide my steps aright through Thine inspiration. Thou art God, potent art Thou to do what Thou desirest. No one can withstand Thy Will or thwart Thy Purpose.
-The Bab


6 thoughts on “Baha’i Youth Arrested in Iran

  1. I am very sorry to learn of this news. It’s unfortunate that this should happen to our brothers and sisters who believe in nothing but peace and unity. I will be sure to keep them in my prayers day and night.

    Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! Thou seest and knowest that I have called upon Thy servants to turn nowhere except in the direction of Thy bestowals, and have bidden them observe naught save the things Thou didst prescribe in Thy Perspicuous Book, the Book which hath been sent down according to Thine inscrutable decree and irrevocable purpose.

    I can utter no word, O my God, unless I be permitted by Thee, and can move in no direction until I obtain Thy sanction. It is Thou, O my God, Who hast called me into being through the power of Thy might, and hast endued me with Thy grace to manifest Thy Cause. Wherefore I have been subjected to such adversities that my tongue hath been hindered from extolling Thee and from magnifying Thy glory.

    All praise be to Thee, O my God, for the things Thou didst ordain for me through Thy decree and by the power of Thy sovereignty. I beseech Thee that thou wilt fortify both myself and them that love me in our love for Thee, and wilt keep us firm in Thy Cause. I swear by Thy might! O my God! Thy servant’s shame is to be shut out as by a veil from Thee, and his glory is to know Thee. Armed with the power of Thy name nothing can ever hurt me, and with Thy love in my heart all the world’s afflictions can in no wise alarm me.

    Send down, therefore, O my Lord, upon me and upon my loved ones that which will protect us from the mischief of those that have repudiated Thy truth and disbelieved in Thy signs.

    Thou art, verily, the All-Glorious, the Most Bountiful.


  2. Thank you for the post. I liked very much how you said it, and since I haven’t much time, do you mind if I repost it in my journal, with credit of course?

    What horrible news. I am sitting here listening to Nur Radio, just after a yoga class and a tea with a Humanist friend where I spoke to him about the Faith, getting ready to go to a birthday dinner for a young Bahai who shines in front of the whole community with his spoken word— and it makes me shiver, I am so privileged, and there is no reason that we can live in such ease and richness and not them. All these little things, that make me smile in my life, but do I really realize how precious a thing it is that I have them? All these little things, being able to express what I believe– I hope I can remember to keep thanking God for this undeserved richness.

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