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Health, Healing & Overcoming Difficulties

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At some point in our lives, we all suffer from illnesses of the body or the mind and we face tests and difficulties. This collection highlights resources dedicated to physical and spiritual health and well-being, healing, resilience and overcoming challenges.

The Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

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Abdu’l-Baha was the eldest son of Baha’u’llah who referred to Him as “the Mystery of God” and “a shelter for all mankind”, however Abdu’l-Baha preferred to be called “Abdu’l-Baha” which means “the Servant of Baha” in reference to His servitude to Baha’u’llah. When Abdu’l-Baha passed away on 28 November 1921, He was eulogized as One who led humanity to the “Way of Truth,” as a “pillar of peace” and the embodiment of “glory and greatness.”

Health in Iran: The Untold Story

October 25, 2021, in Videos > Documentary, by

This animation is about the Syyhat Hospital and its adjacent educational facilities in Iran, which were built under the instructions of Abdu’l-Baha and run by American doctors who brought women’s health care and Western medicine to Iran.

In spite of all the great medical achievements in the West at the turn of the 20th century, Iran was still deeply immersed in a fog of superstition and fanaticism, and modern medicine was still looked at with distrust as almost 98% of the population was illiterate. While researching about the first Western-style hospitals in Iran, filmmaker Flavio Azm Rassekh found out that an important part of Iran’s history had been erased from the 20th century – namely, the Syyhat Hospital and its adjacent educational facilities, so he decided to bring this history back through this short animation.

This film was made by Flavio Azm Rassekh in collaboration with PersianBMS and Ganje Penhan.

You can also watch the Persian version of this animation here: Health in Iran: The Untold Story (Persian) – بهداشت در ایران: داستانی ناگفته

And watch more by Flavio Azm Rassekh here:

* Breaking the Chains: The Story of the Girls Schools in Iran

* Through Their Eyes – Meeting Abdu’l-Baha

* Also, check out the ‘Hope From Iran’ trilogy of short films by Flavio Azm Rassekh available in English and Persian as well: ‘Hope From Iran’ playlist

* Learn more about Abdu’l-Baha and the commemoration of the Centenary of His passing here: Abdu’l-Baha: The Mystery of God

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Naysan Naraqi

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.

Discussion 2 Comments

Well done, clever animations and an important story to tell. How sad therefore that like so many Baha’i films the production quality of the narration is so poor. It may be OK for non native speakers of English but with more coaching and better editing it could be greatly improved.

Gordon Kerr (October 10, 2021 at 12:22 AM)

Thank you for adding to my knowledge of the contributions of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. A great video.

Heather Harvey (October 10, 2021 at 1:37 PM)

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