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’is see the young as the most precious treasure a community can possess. In them are the promise and guarantee of the future. Yet, in order for this promise to be realised, children need to receive spiritual nourishment, such as can be found in the children’s classes happening all around the world.
Stories of Baha’u’llah – The Siyah Chal (Black Pit)
“Stories of Baha’u’llah” is a series of short videos produced by Clark Donnelly and Mary Darling of Westwind Pictures. You may have already seen their work, such as The Baha’is, or Tablets of the Divine Plan. In each video in this sweet and sincere series, a child tells us a story about Baha’u’llah.
This particular video is called “The Siyah Chal” and it recounts the famous prison, often referred to as the Black Pit, where Baha’u’llah was held captive.
The “Stories of Baha’u’llah” series, which is downloadable can can be used freely, and is described by Clark and Mary with these words:
Hearts are often moved by the stories of Baha’u’llah’s justice, love, generosity, selflessness, and sacrifice. This experiment, to film children as they share their favorite stories of Baha’u’llah, was inspired by our own children’s interest over the years. Please feel welcome to share these short stories as much as you like, use them in celebrations and however you wish.
To watch more “Stories of Baha’u’llah” videos, please visit Westwind Picture’s channel on Vimeo.
You may also be interested in our Baha’i Blogcast episode where Rainn Wilson interviews Mary and Clark about their work. Here is the link.
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.