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.
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.
Lyrics & Quote
.هوالابهی 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. B C 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 Em Ain Ain
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.
As I was not so well, this wonderfu Prayer in Farsi helped my Heart and Body to recover, thank you so much.
Elisabeth Ruha Zillig-Goeltenboth (July 7, 2021 at 10:45 PM)