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The Wilmette Institute: Celebrating 20 Years of Baha’i Learning

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Wilmette Institute, an online Baha’i learning centre that offers academic, professional and service-orientated Baha’i classes. In celebration, they are offering a series of free web talks throughout the whole year. These talks are being recorded and posted to their YouTube Channel, in case you miss their live presentations. We’d like to join in the happy occasion by telling you a little about the Institute and about all the exciting things it offers to students around the world. Continue reading

Oh Yaran (7 Years) – Colby Jeffers Feat. Emphavoice

This song “Oh Yaran (7 Years)” was inspired by the #7Bahais7years campaign. The song was written by Phoenix Hip-Hop artist Colby Jeffers, and features Russian singer Emphavoice.

#7Bahais7years was a global campaign which took place from 14–21 May, 2015, and set out to create awareness and a show of solidarity for the Baha’is being persecuted in Iran.

The campaign focused on the seven former Baha’i leaders (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’ which means ‘friends’ in Persian) who, because of their belief in the Baha’i Faith, were arrested and have now been in prison for seven years. The global campaign was based on the theme “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders”, and each of the seven days focused on a different member of the seven arrested Baha’i leaders, who’s names are: Mahvash Sabet, Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm.

You can read about the campaign here: Join the Global Campaign to Help Free Imprisoned Baha’is – #7Bahais7years

And also see some examples of the global show of support here: #7Bahais7years – A Glimpse of the Global Campaign

#7Bahais7Years – by Laura Mostmand

Laura Mostmand dedicates this video to the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders in Iran. The video includes parts of a letter by Vahid Tizfahm, who wrote from prison explaining why he has held to his beliefs in the face of persecution, especially the relentless questions of his interrogators.

The video was part of a global campaign called #7Bahais7years, which took place from 14–21 May, 2015, and set out to create awareness and a show of solidarity for the Baha’is being persecuted in Iran.

The campaign focused on the seven former Baha’i leaders (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’ which means ‘friends’ in Persian) who, because of their belief in the Baha’i Faith, were arrested and have now been in prison for seven years. The global campaign was based on the theme “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders”, and each of the seven days focused on a different member of the seven arrested Baha’i leaders, who’s names are: Mahvash Sabet, Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm.

You can read about the campaign here: Join the Global Campaign to Help Free Imprisoned Baha’is – #7Bahais7years

And also see some examples of the global show of support here: #7Bahais7years – A Glimpse of the Global Campaign

The Wife of the Bab Khadijih Bagum – A Tribute to Suffering

…calamities have always been and will continue to be the lot of God’s chosen ones. Therefore, blessed is the one who is satisfied with and thankful for all that hath visited him. For nothing from God touches a person except what is best for him of all that hath been created between the heavens and the earth. Since people are unaware of this mystery and its secrets, they are saddened when calamity strikes. God willing, thou wilt be always seated upon the seat of assurance and nourished with the fruits of understanding. Verily, He is the best of all providers and protectors.

As we contemplate and celebrate the Declaration of the Bab, I hope we can take a few moments to reflect how this mighty day, 171 years ago, not only altered the course of mankind’s history, but also simultaneously changed the life of one young, innocent bride forever.

The young bride was Khadijih Bagum, dearly beloved and cherished wife of The Bab, who paid the high price of enforced separation from Her Husband after a brief two years of marriage and endured forty years of suffering. Continue reading

#7Bahais7years – A Glimpse of the Global Campaign

The seven day global campaign (14–21 May, 2015) called #7Bahais7years which set out to create awareness and a show of solidarity for the Baha’is being persecuted in Iran, has witnessed a wonderful show of support from the around the world.

The campaign focused on the seven former Baha’i leaders (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’ which means ‘friends’ in Persian) who, because of their belief in the Baha’i Faith, were arrested and have now been in prison for seven years. The global campaign was based on the theme “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders”, and each of the seven days focused on a different member of the seven arrested Baha’i leaders, who’s names are: Mahvash Sabet, Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm.

During the campaign there were numerous news articles, TV reports, and most moving of all, was to see the large numbers of Baha’is and their friends from across the globe showing their support by holding prayer meetings and gatherings, and posting photos, videos and artwork on social media.

We thought it would be great to share some examples of this wonderful show of support below: Continue reading

This Love – Nabil & Karim ft. Chelsea Lyne

‘This Love’ is a song by Nabil & Karim and Chelsea Lyne dedicated to the Baha’is in Iran and to the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders – also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’, which means the friends in Persian.

Baha’is and human-rights activists around the world are calling for the release of imprisoned Baha’is in Iran.

‘This Love’ Lyrics:

They can take my life away, but this love will never change
They can take my rights away but I’ll grow stronger every day.

It’s my right to live a life that’s free, it’s my right to simply be
A citizen who believes in world equality
We shouldn’t have to hide or feel the need to cower
Our belief shape who we are they give us inner power
With our heads held high we shall walk on
With utmost love in our hearts we remain strong
They ask the question we refuse
Because it is our right to choose.

They can take my life away, but this love will never change
They can take my rights away but I’ll grow stronger every day.

In the silence of this courtroom I closed my eyes and saw the future
About the time that we heard from the prosecutors
And your honour I think you’ve already made your choice
So to the jury please excuse me if I rejoice
Cause it was years ago back when I decided
To save a place inside my heart where Baha’u’llah’s resided
And my family all around the world will watch and pray
So I am not alone, will I surrender? Not today!

They can take my life away, but this love will never change
They can take my rights away but I’ll grow stronger every day.

It’s my right to an education, my right to the living I’m making
And yet they keep taking away from me
My material possessions have been ruined and put to pieces
My spirit remains a whole my attachment thus decreases
Still in this day though times have changed they haven’t changed enough
The friends must had obeyed, prayed to avoid themselves handcuffed
Battles change but sacrifice remains the same
This is my devotion that ignites my inner flame.

They can take my life away, but this love will never change
They can take my rights away but I’ll grow stronger every day.

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Words by Chelsea, Nabil & Karim
Music Production by Nabil M.
Nkindle Productions Copyright 2010.

#7Bahais7Years – A Tribute by Laura Mostmand

Laura Mostmand dedicates this video the the Baha’is in Iran, commemorating the seventh anniversary of the imprisonment of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’) who formed the entire membership of the now-disbanded ad hoc group tending to the spiritual and social needs of the Iranian Baha’i community (in the absence of formally elected Baha’i leadership which was banned in 1983).

Baha’is around the world have launched a seven day campaign (14-21 May, 2015) based on the theme “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders”, and each of these seven days will focus on a different member of the seven arrested Baha’i leaders.

These Facebook event pages in both English and Persian have been set up as rallying points for activity and awareness, and the hashtag #7Bahais7years has been designated.

The seven arrested Baha’is and the corresponding days they will be honored are as follows:

May 14: Mahvash Sabet (Bio)
May 15: Fariba Kamalabadi (Bio)
May 16: Jamaloddin Khanjani (Bio)
May 17: Afif Naeimi (Bio)
May 18: Saeid Rezaie (Bio)
May 19: Behrouz Tavakkoli (Bio)
May 20: Vahid Tizfahm (Bio)
May 21: The campaign will be summarized and concluded.

You can read more about this campaign here.

Join the Global Campaign to Help Free Imprisoned Baha’is – #7Bahais7years

Unfortunately the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran continues, and it has now been seven years that seven former Baha’i leaders (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’) have been wrongfully imprisoned in Iran. These seven Baha’is formed the entire membership of the now-disbanded ad hoc group tending to the spiritual and social needs of the Iranian Baha’i community (in the absence of formally elected Baha’i leadership which was banned in 1983), and they were arrested and imprisoned for nothing more than their belief in the Baha’i Faith. Now the Baha’i International Community has launched a global campaign to mark the seventh anniversary of their wrongful imprisonment and to call for their immediate release.

Running for seven days (14 – 21 May, 2015), the global campaign is based on the theme “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders”, and each of these seven days will focus on a different member of the seven arrested Baha’i leaders.

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Music with Zest – An Interview with Lemon Soul Trio

As the Faith grows and develops, the artistic expression of its followers blossoms and grows. Recorded devotional music in French are rare gems so I was ecstatic when I learned about Lemon Soul Trio, a band whose motto is “un antidote contre le blues” (which roughly translates as “an antidote for the blues”) – a clever turn of phrase considering their jazzy, bluesy, world-music style.

Their first album, which bears their band’s name, was released in October 2014. It contains 9 tracks – a propitious number! While the majority of their lyrics are in French, their music is global in its appeal. The group is composed of three very talented musicians: Margaret Harmer, a percussionist; Nicolas Leroy, a guitarist; and Yasmin Farhoumand, a vocalist.

I was eager to find out more and Yasmin agreed to share some behind-the-tunes information on behalf of the band about their exciting work. Continue reading

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