June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
Here’s a live video of a song by Persian Baha’i rapper, Ahdi, called “Doshmane Khak”, which means “Enemy of the Land” in Persian. The song’s title is a reference to what Baha’is are often called or labeled as in Iran, and so in this rap, Ahdi questions this derogatory label and accusation by recounting the contributions Baha’is in Iran have made for their country, reminding listeners about the love Baha’is have for Iran, and then asks listeners to decide if promoting things like unity, peace and equality deserves this label, or if this negative label should instead go to those who persecute and torture others for their beliefs, using some explicit examples and drawing on the history of the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran.
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.