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 Seattle, Washington, USA with Aaron, Shay, and Friends, singing “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” in Arabic.
This song was filmed and recorded in Seattle, USA, in August 2019. The performers are Aaron Ferguson, Shay Morris-Doty, Camila Matamala-Ost, Sina Najafi, Nikka Malakooti, Rob Domos, Saba Najafi, Ai Ana Richmond, Samin Bahizad, Ben Spriggs, Olivia Rahbin, and Yosi Mesbah.
Here is the transliteration of the Arabic lyrics followed by the English translation in brackets:
Lyrics in Arabic & English:
Ya Baha’u’l-Abha (O Thou Glory of Glories) Ya Aliyyu’l-Ala (O Exalted of the Most Exalted One)
NOTE: This song in Arabic is a repetition of the phrases “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” which means “O Thou Glory of Glories”, and “Ya Aliyyu’l-Ala” which means “O Exalted of the Most Exalted One”. The phrase “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” is an invocation, and is often referred to as the “The Greatest Name”. You can learn more about this term and other similar terms and their use in this Baha’i Blog article: https://www.bahaiblog.net/2011/06/using-the-greatest-name/
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.