Baha’i Blog’s Top 10 Audio Posts of the Year

To wrap up our Top 10 Baha’i Blog lists of the year as a result of our 5th year anniversary, we finish things off with a countdown of the top 10 audio posts added to Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section based on the highest traffic from Naw-Ruz 2015 to Naw-Ruz 2016.

Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section is where we post both original content produced by Baha’i Blog, and curated content from others found in the online world (strictly adhering to copyright laws of course). To date we’ve published approximately 100 posts in the Audio Section where you can find everything from Baha’i-inspired talks, to interviews to music, and it’s where we continue to add new items every week!

Here are the top 10 posts in Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section for the year starting the countown from number 10: Continue reading

#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

#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.

You can also watch Baha’i Blog’s interview with Nabil & Karim here: Baha’i Blog Interviews Nabil & Karim

#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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28 Baha’i Musicians and Albums featured on Baha’i Blog

Baha'i Albums on Bahai BlogA few weeks ago the team here at Baha’i Blog conducted a short five minute survey to find out how we could improve the site and to learn more about what our readers wanted to see more (or less) of, and how the site was being used. We’ll get to more of those survey results in some follow-up posts, but to start off, some of the responses related to people wanting more about Baha’i-related music, musicians, albums and resources. The good news is that we’re passionate about music, and we already have dozens of articles relating to music, Baha’i musicians and the Baha’i-inspired music and albums they’ve produced and this is something we’re going to keep covering, so although we only publish two articles per week (which means we can’t have every article be about music) we still do our best to showcase as much music-related material as possible.

As a result of the feedback from the survey, I thought it would be a good idea to do a round-up of the musicians and albums we’ve featured here on Baha’i Blog, as many of you may have missed them. So ladies and gentleman, here are 28 Baha’i-inspired albums and musicians featured on Baha’i Blog you may have missed, starting from our earliest to our most recent posts: Continue reading

Prison Poems by Mahvash Sabet

I recently finished reading Prison Poems, a collection of poetry written by Mahvash Sabet on the fifth anniversary of her incarceration. She is a prisoner of conscience. She was arrested simply for being a Baha’i, along with six other members of the Yaran (the national level group that guided the affairs of the Baha’i community of Iran of which Mahvash served as secretary).

I often find myself sitting in my driveway, with my baby fast asleep in her carseat. I can be found just sitting and waiting. But this week, I read this anthology. It is difficult to imagine Mahvash’s situation today — still imprisoned —  and it is equally difficult to imagine that the words in my hands were written on scraps of paper and smuggled by intermediaries out of her cell until they made their way to French homes of Violette and Ali Nakhjavani and their author daughter, Bahiyyih Nakhjavani. Their adaptation of these poems into English is a labour of love to Mahvash, and all those imprisoned without a voice.

Mahvash Sabet is a 60-year-old former teacher and school principal and a mother of two. After being dismissed from her work during the Revolution, she began informally teaching Baha’i youth who were denied the right to higher education.  She was arrested in 2008 and after three years of show trials on trumped up charges, she was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. She is being held in Evin prison, Iran’s infamous and brutal detention block. Continue reading

Breaking News: Baha’i Leaders Sentenced to 20 Years

Baha'i Leaders in Iran Sentenced to 20 Years

According to a report by Iran Press Watch, the Appeals Court in Iran has sentenced seven Baha’i leaders to 20 years in prison. This sentence, which was initially handed down in August 2010 by Iran’s Revolutionary Court, was reduced on 15 September 2010 from 20 to 10 years. This change has since been ignored, with the 20 year sentence being affirmed today. Continue reading