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  • Violation of Baha’i Rights Continues, Ranging from the Destruction of Cemeteries to University Entrance Exams Not Being Accepted

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    25 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Source: http://taghato.net/article/7659 Translation by Iran Press Watch Date: August 9, 2014 Taghato: Human Rights sources report the restart of the destruction of the old Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz and the arrest of four Baha’i citizens in the same city. Meanwhile, numerous Baha’is who participated in the national university entrance exams this year did not receive the results of their tests. As reported by the “Baha’i Community” website, the Revolutionary Guard forces restarted the destruction of the Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz, removed the remains of 30 to 50 of the 950…
  • August 26

    Bahái Words
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    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Books, the Scriptures and Holy Writings of previous ages have all proclaimed the joyful tidings that the purpose underlying this most mighty Revelation is none other than the rehabilitation of the world and its nations; that perchance the power of utterance may prevail over the power of arms, and the world’s affairs be administered through the potency of love. We ask God, the True One, to invest all with the mantle of trustworthiness, for that is the world’s comeliest garment. ~ Bahá’u’lláh The post August 26 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • Increase in arrests highlights continuing persecution of Baha'is in Iran

    Baha'i World News Service Headlines
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The arrest last week of five Baha'is in Tehran signals a rising tide of detainments and imprisonments of Baha'is in Iran in recent months. Since June, at least 14 Baha'is have been arrested, a trend that exemplifies a pattern of systematic persecution of Iranian Baha'is by the government, this despite its claims to uphold international standards of human rights. In Yazd, 20 Baha'is who had...
  • August 27

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    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    O Son of Beauty! By My spirit and by My favor! By My mercy and by My beauty! All that I have revealed unto thee with the tongue of power, and have written for thee with the pen of might, hath been in accordance with thy capacity and understanding, not with My state and the melody of My voice. ~ Bahá’u’lláh The post August 27 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • Arlington Prayer Station “We Fall Down But We Get Up”

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    Mitko Gerensky
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    “Saints are men who have freed themselves from the world of matter and who have overcome sin.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Faith “We fall down But we get up For a saint is just a sinner who fell down, But we couldn’t stay there, And got up” ~ Donnie McClurkin Dear friends, What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing prayers and inspiration with friends gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for…
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  • Increase in arrests highlights continuing persecution of Baha'is in Iran

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The arrest last week of five Baha'is in Tehran signals a rising tide of detainments and imprisonments of Baha'is in Iran in recent months. Since June, at least 14 Baha'is have been arrested, a trend that exemplifies a pattern of systematic persecution of Iranian Baha'is by the government, this despite its claims to uphold international standards of human rights. In Yazd, 20 Baha'is who had...
  • Religious representatives in Netherlands respond to Iranian cleric's call for coexistence

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    THE HAGUE — Fourteen representatives of faith organizations gathered here on 2 July to study the statement made by Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani last April on religious coexistence in Iran. Ayatollah Tehrani gifted an...
  • Shiraz cemetery destruction resumes

    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has resumed its demolition of a historic Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz, Iran, after pausing for several months in the face of international pressure and the expression of outrage on the part of Iranians from all walks of life. Reports from Iran indicate that the Guard has now removed human remains from some 30 to 50 of the 950 graves of Baha'is in the cemetery,...
  • In Luxembourg, President of Chamber of Deputies expresses appreciation for work of Baha'i community

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The President of Luxembourg's Chamber of Deputies has thanked the Baha'i community for its activities to build bridges between different elements of society. "For me the efforts carried out by the Baha'is can be summarized by the word 'cohesion,'" Mars Di Bartolomeo told some 100 guests gathered at a celebration of National Day, the official birthday of His Royal Highness Henri, Grand Duke of...
  • Commemorations mark fiftieth anniversary of European Baha'i House of Worship

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Prominent religious and political figures gathered here at the start of a program of festivities to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Baha'i House of Worship on the European continent. In the opening reception held at Germany's National Bahá'í Center on 3 July, the Minister of State and head of the Chancellery of the state of Hesse, Mr. Axel Wintermeyer, addressed an audience of some 130...
 
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  • August 27

    Words
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    O Son of Beauty! By My spirit and by My favor! By My mercy and by My beauty! All that I have revealed unto thee with the tongue of power, and have written for thee with the pen of might, hath been in accordance with thy capacity and understanding, not with My state and the melody of My voice. ~ Bahá’u’lláh The post August 27 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • August 26

    Words
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Books, the Scriptures and Holy Writings of previous ages have all proclaimed the joyful tidings that the purpose underlying this most mighty Revelation is none other than the rehabilitation of the world and its nations; that perchance the power of utterance may prevail over the power of arms, and the world’s affairs be administered through the potency of love. We ask God, the True One, to invest all with the mantle of trustworthiness, for that is the world’s comeliest garment. ~ Bahá’u’lláh The post August 26 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • August 25

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    24 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This is the day whereon all peoples should shed the light of unity and concord. In brief, the pride and vanity of certain of the peoples of the world have made havoc of true understanding, and laid waste the home of justice and of equality. ~ Bahá’u’lláh The post August 25 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • August 24

    Words
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    O Ye That Pride Yourselves On Mortal Riches! Know ye in truth that wealth is a mighty barrier between the seeker and his desire, the lover and his beloved. The rich, but for a few, shall in no wise attain the court of His presence nor enter the city of content and resignation. Well is it then with him, who, being rich, is not hindered by his riches from the eternal kingdom, nor deprived by them of imperishable dominion. ~ Bahá’u’lláh The post August 24 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • August 23

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    23 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    God has given man the eye of investigation by which he may see and recognize truth … Man is not intended to see through the eyes of another, hear through another’s ears nor comprehend with another’s brain … Therefore, depend upon your own reason and judgment and adhere to the outcome of your own investigation. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The post August 23 appeared first on Bahái Words.
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  • Arlington Prayer Station “We Fall Down But We Get Up”

    Mitko Gerensky
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    “Saints are men who have freed themselves from the world of matter and who have overcome sin.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Faith “We fall down But we get up For a saint is just a sinner who fell down, But we couldn’t stay there, And got up” ~ Donnie McClurkin Dear friends, What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing prayers and inspiration with friends gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for…
  • Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Healing Balm for Racial Hatred” – Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

    Mitko Gerensky
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    “We who believe in freedom cannot rest We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons Is as important as the killing of White men, White mothers’ sons” ~ Ella Baker “O thou who hast an illumined heart! Thou art even as the pupil of the eye, the very wellspring of the light, for God’s love hath cast its rays upon thine inmost being and thou hast turned thy face toward the Kingdom of thy Lord. Intense is the hatred, in America, between black and white, but my hope is that the power of the Kingdom will bind…
  • Andy Grammer’s “Magazines or Novels” — already #1 on iTunes — is more than a summer hit

    Mitko Gerensky
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Andy Grammer’s new album “Magazines or Novels” makes him #1 pop artist on iTunes this week! This iTunes success delights me enormously – Andy deserves it! However, I do find the iTunes review mildly annoying with its accusation of identity crisis: “Slick and glossy, the songs on Magazines or Novels are performed and produced with a goal — conscious or not — to match the massive success of the hit “Keep Your Head Up,” from his self-titled debut — not an easy thing to replicate, but this team gives it an honest try. As is often the case when…
  • Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Waves of the Holy Spirit”

    Mitko Gerensky
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:54 pm
    “Know ye of a certainty that whatever gathering ye enter, the waves of the Holy Spirit are surging over it, and the heavenly grace of the Blessed Beauty encompasseth that gathering.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Faith “O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.” ~  Judaism / Christianity, Holy Bible, Isaiah 48:18 Dear friends, What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with…
  • Multilingual Interfaith Prayer Station in Arlington at 7:30 pm on Sundays

    Mitko Gerensky
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    “O ye close and dear friends of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá! In the Orient scatter perfumes, And shed splendours on the West. Carry light unto the Bulgar, And the Slav with life invest.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Faith In the past few Sundays, I had a variety of friends whose languages use the Cyrillic alphabet come to the Prayer Station turning it into a Cyrillic spiritual gathering of a sort.  I expect the two brothers of Thesaloniki, Cyril and Methodius, whose students spread their alphabet and the teachings of the Gospel to the Slavs and beyond, would have been delighted.
 
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  • Of all places . . . she learned about the Bahá’í Faith at a garage sale . . .

    Teaching blog
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    Becky who lives in Kansas shared her experience in learning about the Bahá’í  Faith . . . while at a garage sale.  I went to a garage sale this morning and wanted buy a bookshelf type cabinet but didn't have a way to get it home.  The husband of the couple having the sale offered to deliver it for me, if I decided to buy it.   I thought that was very very kind of him.   Upon purchasing and delivering it, I had a conversation with him and found out that his name and he shared with me about the Bahá’í Faith.     
  • "How My Faith Keeps Me Sober" - a fireside that attracted 11 seekers

    Teaching blog
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    This story was shared by one of the Baha'is in the southern states who attended Tony’s prayer gathering and informal discussion (a “fireside”) about the Faith.Tony’s prayer devotional and fireside were phenomenal!!!  There were 11 (yes, eleven!) people who attended who are not yet enrolled Baha'is. There were 4 Baha'is who also attended.   Tony included quotes from the holy writings that dealt with the commonalities of the Baha'i Faith and the 12-step programs, such as gratitude, overcoming self, and powerlessness.  Following reading prayers, everyone sang We All…
  • Renee, a new believer, jumpted in to be a tutor in her community

    Teaching blog
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    This is a story about Renee who wanted to not only learn more about the Baha'i Faith, but wanted to help build a more vibrant community. This story is shared by those who met her . . .  I called Renee and she said she came across the name Baha'i through Facebook under a Baha'i in Washington DC named Kathy.  Renee did not know Kathy, but she was intrigued about the Baha'i Faith and decided to go online to www.bahai.usand investigate it.  The more she read the more she liked.  She said she registered her declaration online and a local Baha'i near her contacted her…
  • She made her declaration by his bedside

    Teaching blog
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Song and friendship brought Carry and Guy together!  This is an amazing story of friendship, love, and how songs during childhood can bring friends together.  The story is told through the experience of a Baha'i who traveled to her home and who visited with Carry on several occasions. When Carry  was a young child, her mother (not a Baha'i) played children's songs written and sung by Red Grammer.  As she got older, she came to understand more about the messages in the songs which included lyrics on unity, oneness, respect, love and more.  And though she…
  • "I was in the mall . . . "

    Teaching blog
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    How did Andy first hear about the Baha'i Faith? “I was in the mall buying something and someone told me about it.” Andy became a member of the Baha'i Faith in his early 50s.  
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  • THIS. #food #salad melted #cheese #sogood by @sahar009

    Borna Safai
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
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  • The Black Swan

    Borna Safai
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas TalebMy rating: 3 of 5 starsThey say that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. I wouldn't stretch it as far with this book, but NNT is riding a very high horse, and proclaiming himself to be highly knowledgeable and speaking very lowly of many others. While there are a lot of good and valid points being made throughout the book, the tone is just off-putting.View all my reviews
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    18 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
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  • "For thousands of years the human race has been at war. It is enough."

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Remover of Difficulties from Bahai.us on VimeoListen to more CHOIR VIDEOS “Temples are the symbols of the divine uniting force”The graceful movements of heavenly planets were the architect’s inspiration for this Baha'i House of Worship near Chicago. But it was ‘Abdu’l-Bahawho defined the temple’s true purpose, and who, with simple but profound logic, challenged the presumption of holding a human-centric view of things above the divine. "the same sea of divine favors"In the words of ‘Abdu’l-Baha*: “The world of existence may be likened to this temple and place of…
  • Super moon and an Architect's Inspiration

    9 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Super Moon over Baha'i House of Worship, Wilmette, Illinois- Photo by Nat Carmichael (2011) - used with permission This photo of the super moon shining large and golden over the Baha'i House of Worship near Chicago  reminds me of architect Louis Bourgeois and the story of his inspiration for this temple and its intricate lace-like design. Tracings on the sandBourgeois, also an amateur astronomer, had often “thought with wonder of the beautiful spiral curves which the heavenly bodies trace in the sky as they circle the sun in their elliptical orbits that…
  • "The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion." - the Bab

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel. Baha'is from around the world walk up the central staircase of the Terraces on Mount Carmel as part of inaugural ceremonies 23 May, 2001 - permission Baha'i International CommunityAn Astonishing Turn of EventsToday is July 9, the date each year when I join my Baha'i community to commemorate the martyrdom of the Bab. The original setting was Tabriz, Persia 1850. The players in the real life-and-death drama were Muslim, Christian, Babi - each faced with making a personal choice, none…
  • Ask great questions. Share great stories. National Day of Listening

    27 Nov 2013 | 1:15 pm
    Want a meaningful alternative to holiday shopping frenzy? How about this: Interview a loved one and record their story – and possibly post it at the StoryCorps Wall of Listening on this National Day of Listening, the day after Thanksgiving. "It's the least expensive but most meaningful gift you can give this holiday season."  “Listening to people reminds them that their lives matter,” says Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, which launched National Day of Listening five years ago. And the stories people tell, when given the opportunity, can be surprisingly interesting, funny,…
  • "Eyes on the Stars" - and a Visit from StoryCorps' Dave Isay

    24 Nov 2013 | 2:57 pm
    Carl remembers his brother, Ronald McNair, a physicist and crew member of the 1986 Challenger shuttle that exploded seconds after takeoff. They grew up in Lake City, South Carolina.This animation of a real-life remembrance – a favorite of mine – was also one shared by Dave Isay at BookPeople here in Austin. Dave was on tour for Ties that Bind, the fourth book of selected interviews from StoryCorps. StoryCorps, founded by Dave Isay, is celebrating its ten-year anniversary, and Dave Isay’s October 23rd appearance at BookPeople marked the very day it all started in…
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  • A Journey to Haifa Trailer

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    A Journey to Haifa Trailer (http://vimeo.com/104162973) from Nawruz Paguidopon (http://vimeo.com/nawruzpaguidopon) on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com).
  • Wikipedia’s edit wars and the 8 religious pages people can’t stop editing

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    He will occasionally edit pages on other religions, such as Islam or Baha’i, or general articles on Christianity. When he was a student at Brigham Young University three years ago, Anthony Willey came across a Wikipedia page on Mormons. What he read filled him with frustration. The article focused on polygamy, which seemed odd since Mormons officially outlawed the practice in 1890. “It didn’t say what Mormons believe or what made them unique,” Willey said. “I had the thought, ‘Who’s editing this stuff?’ and that got me hooked.” Since editing that page and adding 50 percent…
  • A New Religion - America Puzzled by a Strange Faith

    10 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Having brought the Bible up-to-date, America has "unearth a Messiah," or "Prophet," and his cult, under the name of Bahai Revelation," is spreading from New York and Boston to Chicago, and thence to the Pacific slope. The whole of this strange new religion is wrapped in mystery, writes a New York correspondent. The temple in 58th street, to which I gained admittance, was like a little concert hall, with daylight blocked out and electric lights most cunningly arranged. The mystic password was Allah-U-Abha!" Crowds entered, chiefiv ladies. Everybody was introduced to everybody else—"Sister…
  • As little like IS as possible

    9 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    A tiny, misunderstood, and often-persecuted community is facing a serious crisis in Iraq. The Yezidi, who practice an ancient monotheistic religion, face genocide as militants of the “Islamic State” (IS) have overrun Sinjar, the main hub for this minority, and proceeded to slaughter and torment them, sending tens of thousands of them up into the mountains with no food or water. When Mohamed Morsi was ousted last year, many celebrated it and often cited the Muslim Brotherhood’s conservative religious doctrine and its effects on the state as to why the group had to go. We were lectured…
  • Baha'i, B' Who are you?

    9 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    In a recent poll of religious association by state, the news was that an obscure religion was number 2 in South Carolina. Having lived in North Carolina for many years, I was surprised to find a name that I didn't recognize. The second largest religious affiliation in South Carolina is Baha'i. For most of us, this is not at all familiar and for a valid reason; it's 'messenger of god' didn't declare himself as such until 1866. The leader, Bahá'u'lláh, followed the unconventional teaching of a Shi'a man, Báb. These teachings led him to 3 keys beliefs, which are the basis of the religious…
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  • Thoughts on UFOs and aliens.

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:49 pm
    What are UFOs?  I don’t know what they are, but people continue to see objects in the sky (and rarely, on the ground, or on water, or under water) that they can’t identify.  The objects are usually stars, planets, planes, human satellites, balloons, experimental aircraft, drones, meteors, bolids, strange weather phenomena, hallucinations, or other things that have no supernatural or extraterrestrial origins.  There are also many reports that are hoaxes, or honest witnesses who have been deceived by hoaxes. But, I’m convinced there is a residue of sightings that are still…
  • We have lasted some 400 years.

    12 Mar 2014 | 6:51 pm
    I've been thinking of how spectacle distracts and numbs people so they won't take time to live authentic lives and make meaningful connections with others and that sort of thing.  Today I happened to see a headline that distracted me: "Dem Congresswoman Says the Constitution is 400 Years Old" and I wondered if an elected representative had actually been so ignorant, but when I read what the woman (Sheila Jackson Lee) had said, I realized the article and headline were very, very misleading.  She had not claimed the Constitution was 400 years old, she had said, with reasonable…
  • Musings on why I believe in life after death.

    11 Mar 2014 | 12:43 am
    Last night I was having a conversation with some friends, and one of them asked me whether I believed in life after death.  I hesitated, and then answered, "yes" because I do.  I had hesitated because I suspect the existence we experience after death is so different from what we imagine, and our "identity" or "self" is so different in that existence, that it might not really be accurate to consider it the same life we have here continued into another place.  That is, I don't expect to find us in a heaven such as is conventionally imagined or reported in some of the…
  • What is the Catholic Church For?

    13 Sep 2013 | 11:38 am
    I mainly use Facebook as a source for referrals to interesting web content, as I have many friends who post links to articles or videos they found worth sharing, and quite often I follow these links.  This is far more fruitful than random web surfing, if I'm looking for stimulating or inspiring content.Today one of my friends posted a link to a 30-second excerpt of Stephen Fry complaining about the Catholic Church.  The source was Upworthy, which has lately become a source for quite a bit of content my friends share on Facebook; Upworthy has a pretty good record of…
  • American household monthly budget in Chinese and Taiwan currencies

    29 Apr 2012 | 5:16 pm
    I've been doing some calculations in preparation for going to China.  I leave next week, and I am preparing some lectures that I will eventually share on this blog, I think.I know some people in China might be interested in the sort of lifestyle we have in the United States, how much things cost and that sort of thing.  Here is our monthly household budget in RMB (Chinese currency) and NTD (Taiwan's currency):My monthly salaryRMB28,481NT$131,579Tax on our house (property tax)RMB1,912NT$8,833Illinois State Taxes on sales and incomeRMB1,653NT$7,639Federal Income…
 
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  • A Letter from Fariborz Baghi, A Convicted Baha’i

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    25 Aug 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Source: HRANA News Agency, http://goo.gl/dvv8Tc Translation by Iran Press Watch August 6, 2014 A Letter from Fariborz Baghi, A Convicted Baha’i My name is Fariborz Baghi. I am a resident of Yazd, a city in southern Iran. In 2012, my wife and I were among 15 people arrested, accused of acting against national security and of propaganda against the regime by the office of the Ministry of Intelligence in Yazd. In our month-long stay in solitary confinement, we had to defend ourselves in court without any representation. We were released on bail, and a year later our court date was set for…
  • Violation of Baha’i Rights Continues, Ranging from the Destruction of Cemeteries to University Entrance Exams Not Being Accepted

    editor
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Source: http://taghato.net/article/7659 Translation by Iran Press Watch Date: August 9, 2014 Taghato: Human Rights sources report the restart of the destruction of the old Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz and the arrest of four Baha’i citizens in the same city. Meanwhile, numerous Baha’is who participated in the national university entrance exams this year did not receive the results of their tests. As reported by the “Baha’i Community” website, the Revolutionary Guard forces restarted the destruction of the Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz, removed the remains of 30 to 50 of the 950…
  • Increase in Arrests Highlights Continuing Persecution of Baha’is in Iran

    editor
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Source: Bahai World News Service, http://news.bahai.org/story/1015 19 August 2014 GENEVA — The arrest last week of five Baha’is in Tehran signals a rising tide of detainments and imprisonments of Baha’is in Iran in recent months. Since June, at least 14 Baha’is have been arrested, a trend that exemplifies a pattern of systematic persecution of Iranian Baha’is by the government, this despite its claims to uphold international standards of human rights. In Yazd, 20 Baha’is who had originally been acquitted of charges leveled against them in 2012 learned in…
  • Sasha Eskandarian: Iran’s Persecution of the Baha’i Goes beyond the Grave

    editor
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    Source: National Post, http://goo.gl/UvSn0f Sasha Eskandarian, National Post | August 19, 2014 6:51 AM ET It’s not difficult for me to remember the horrible days of hardship I experienced as a Baha’i teenager, living in Shiraz, Iran, in the early 1980s. As a member of the Baha’i faith, the largest religious minority community in Iran, life became harder and harder for us as we were being attacked and terrorized in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Baha’i families in my hometown of Shiraz, including my own, lost their livelihoods. We were scared for our lives, as well.
  • Shahram Chiniyan Miandoaab Beaten and Placed in Solitary

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    19 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Source: http://goo.gl/wvKpTH Translation by Sen’s Daily at http://wp.me/pNMoJ-24p August 20, 2014 Shahram Chiniyan Miandoaab, a Bahai shopkeeper from Tehran who is serving an 8-year sentence, and who is held in block 1 of Rajai Shahr prison, which is reserved for dangerous prisoners, was placed in solitary confinement on August 19. He was moved to the block for dangerous prisoners late in May, 2014: before that he was held with the prisoners of conscience in block 12. A fellow-prisoner has reported that he was beaten by Mr. Amirian  [one of the Deputy Directors at the prison] and a…
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  • One arrest in Semnan

    Sen
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    HRANA, August 26, 2014. (updated) Noushadhar Khanjani ( نوش‌آذر خانجانی), a Bahai from Semnan who was visiting family in Semnan, was arrested by security forces this morning. He has been interviewed by the Ministry of Intelligence several times in the past months, on various pretexts, and is presently free on bail and having provided a surety. His father, Afrasiab Khanjani (افراسیاب خانجانی ) has been subject to pressure from the security forces for some time, and has had much of his property confiscated, including a factory for making spectacles. The family have…
  • Bahai athlete excluded from participation or recognition

    Sen
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Tahlili Ruz(a Kurdish-Iranian news aggregator), August 21, 2014. Hamza Raze’i (حمزه رازیانی), a successful Kurdish athlete, has been stripped of his medals and positions after converting from Islam to the Bahai Faith, and has been forced by pressure from Iran’s security forces to leave Iran. Prior to becoming a Bahai he was a member of Iran’s national Jujitsu team and had won more than 70 medals in Judo and Jujitsu. In 2013 he won six gold medals in three martial arts disciplines and was named as the best exponent of the techniques in the West of Iran. He was also…
  • Riaz Sobhani free on furlough

    Sen
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    HRANA, August 23, 2014. Riaz Sobhani ( ریاض سبحانی ), who was arrested in June 2011 and is imprisoned for assisting the work of the Bahai Open University (BIHE), has been released on leave from prison in the past few hours. He is 67 years old and suffers from heart disease, a lung disease and stomach bleeding. He is serving a four-year sentence in Raja’i Shahr prison, in Karaj, near Tehran. On May 13, 2012 he was hospitalized because his heart condition had become acute. Two weeks later he was sent back to Raja’i Shahr after heart surgery. At that time a medical furlough was…
  • Bahais in India seek recognition as a minority (corrected)

    Sen
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:24 am
    Press Trust of India, August 22, 2014. Corrected in the light of a report on India Tomorrow, August 23. On August 22, delegations representing the Bahais and Kashmiri Pandits met the Minority Affairs Minister of India, Mrs. Najma Heptullah, in New Delhi to ask that they be accorded minority status, which has been so far given to Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Jains. The Bahai delegation, from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais in India, comprised Nelakshi Rajkhowa and Farida Wahidi; the Pandits were represented by a delegation of the Jammu and Kashmir Vichar Manch…
  • Five Bahais arrested, questioned and released in Isfahan Province

    Sen
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    PCED (facebook page), August 21, 2014. On the morning of August 20, police searched a home shared by Bahais in the city of Shahin Shahr, in the province of Isfahan. They searched the house for several hours, seizing computers, religious books and personal effects, and then arrested five Bahais who were present. Their names are Sa`id Qa’emi, Parviz Gaudarzeyan, Azita Homayuni, Noushin Salkyan and Rashin Shahnazi (سعید قائمی ، پرویز گودرزیان، آزیتا همایونی ، نوشین سالکیان و راشین شهنازی ). They were released on the same evening,…
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