“Shamme Afrookhteh (Lighted Candle)” by Aria & Arman

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Hamilton, New Zealand with Aria and Arman Akhterjahan singing “Shamme Afrookhteh (Lighted Candle)” in Persian from a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha.

This song was filmed and recorded in Hamilton, New Zealand, 21 February 2021, and was composed by Arman Akhterjahan.


ای شمع افروخته اگرچه افروختن خوش است و لکن سوختن خوشتر چه که در این سوختن جان باقی یافتن است ودر این فنا جوهر بقا مقدر و محقق و فی الحقیقه این سوختن حقیقت افروختن است چه که باین سوختن جهان افروخته گردد و جان زنده و تازه وتر گردد
والبهاء علیک …..ع ع


*NOTE: As far as we are aware, this prayer by Abdu’l-Baha has not been translated into English.


Em D C-Em
Hovallabha! Aye Shamme afrookhteh!
Em D
Agarche afrookhtan khoshast
C D D C-Em
valoken sookhtan khoshtar.
B C-Am-B
Cheke dar een sookhtan jaane baghi yaftanast
C C-D-C-Em
va dar een fana
C D C-Em
johaar-e-bagha moghaddar va mohakkak.
Va fel haqeeqe een sookhtan
D C Em
haqeeqat afrookhtan ast
C D C Em
cheke be een sookhtan
D C- Em
jahaan afrookhte gardad
D-C C Am C C-Em
va jaan zendeh va tazeh va tar gardad
Em D-C-Em
Val Baha Va aleik
Ain Ain

You can also listen to and download the audio version of this song from Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page here: “Shamme Afrookhteh (Lighted Candle)” by Aria & Arman [Audio Track]

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About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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