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Bahais mark 200th birthday of their messenger, whose focus on equality resonates today

Oct 21, 2017 by mona Mona Penev
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The Bahai faith is one of the youngest world religions — on Sunday, it will celebrate the birthday of its messenger, Baha’u’llah, who was born just 200 years ago. But to the kids bouncing off the purple-painted walls on 14th Street, that’s ancient history.“My name is Baha’u’llah Junior!” M...

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A letter written by the Guardian in 1947 on the subject of Palestine and Israel

Aug 07, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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1947/1948About: On 9 July 47, Shoghi Effendi received a letter from the chairman of United Nations Special Committee on Palestine requesting a statement on the relationship which the Bahá'í Faith had to Palestine and the Bahá'í attitude towards any future changes in the status of the count...

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Seven Baha’is sentenced in Uromiyeh – Iran

Jul 05, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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The revolutionary court in Uromiyeh, in Iran’s Azerbaijan province, has handed down sentences ranging from six months to six years for seven Baha’is. Mr. Fardin A`za’i (Aghsani) and Mrs. Farahnaz Moqadam and Ms. Gisou Sheikh-Hasan-Abadi were sentenced to six years in prison. They were sen...

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Three Baha’is were arrested in Mashhad

Jun 07, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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On June 2, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence raided a Baha'i religious meeting in Mashhad, stopped the meeting, searched the house seized some religious books, and then arrested Dari Amri, Mey Khalusi and Shayan Tafazoli. It is not known where they are being held. Dari Amri was firs...

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Susan Tebyanian, a Baha’i, was arrested in Semnan - Iran

Jun 01, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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On Saturday afternoon May 31, officers of ministry information went to the house of Susan Tebyanian,  Baha'i resident of Semnan (city in Iran).  Officers then searched her home and seized computers, books and religious pictures, and then arrested her and took her to an unknown lo...

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Saeed Rezaei was denied of medical treatment - Iran

May 24, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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On May 19, Saeed Rezaei, one of the seven Baha’is (Yaran) who are now entering their seventh years in prison, was to be transferred from Rajai Shahr prison to hospital. According to HRANA, he is 57 years old and suffers from a heart ailment, and recently had heart surgery. He was shackled ...

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Baha’i cemetery has been sealed off in Ahvaz – Iran

May 03, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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The Baha’i cemetery in Ahvaz (city in Iran) has been closed for the past two months and the street leading to it has been blocked by a big cement panels.  So far not official has admit the responsibility.  One month ago, Baha’i tried to bury a member of their community in the cem...

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Ayatollah Tehrani's gift to the worldwide Baha'i community

Apr 26, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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NEW YORK — The ground-breaking gift of a senior Iranian cleric to the worldwide Baha'i community is beginning to stir a global conversation about religious co-existence and freedom of religion. More statements of support for the actions and words of Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani ha...

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Another Bahai business closed in Semnan

Apr 19, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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HRANA – An optician’s shop owned by Afrasayab Sobhani was closed by the authorities in Semnan on April 8. Mr. Sobhani is serving a one-year prison term, and one of the other Bahais of Semnan has been running the business so that his family has the means of livelihood. Because of restrict...

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One Baha’i was arrested in Shiraz - Iran

Mar 22, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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On Saturday evening of March 16, Yekta Fahandezh was arrested by security guards. Intelligence agents entered her house for the second time by a decree from the State Attorney and after detecting her house they confiscated her books, laptop and personal belongings and arrested her. Yekta w...

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Two Baha’i businesses closed in Karaj – Iran

Feb 17, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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On the Sunday morning of February 16, business of two Baha’is, Saman Badii and Ashkan Badii, was closed in Karaj (city in Iran) by the local authorities and their business license was revoked. Baha’i businesses usually closed down because of their belief to Baha’i faith, and flimsy pretext...

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One Baha’i sentenced to 5 years in Tehran - Iran

Jan 25, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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Sarang Etehadi, a Baha’i resident of Tehran (capital of Iran), was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment on charges of propaganda against the regime and membership in Baha'i organization to eliminate national security. On January 15 Sarang was in court along with his lawyer, but found out the ...

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5-year prison sentence for a Baha'i - Iran

Jan 21, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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Tolou Golkar, a Baha’i resident of Tehran (capital of Iran), was sentenced to five years imprisonment for relation with Virtual University of the Baha’i in Iran.  She was previously was arrested by security forces in June 1390 and then released on bail. The verdict was delivered to hi...

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Three Baha’is freed in Mashhad and Isfahan- Iran

Jan 11, 2014 by mona Mona Penev
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On January 8, Elham Rouzbehi who was serving her two years sentence in Isfahan (city in Iran) prison along with her infant child, was freed on probation. Also over the past few days two more Baha’is who were serving sentence at Vakilabad Prison in Meshhad, were released on probation. ...

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A Baha’i prisoner’s wife has been arrested in Gorgan – Iran

Dec 25, 2013 by mona Mona Penev
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The intelligence agents of Gorgan (city in Iran) have arrested Mojdeh Zohuri at her home as well as searching the home and confiscating religious books, mobile phone and some personal belonging.  Then they took her to an unknown location.  Mojdeh Zohuri is the wife of Farhad Faha...

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Destruction of Baha’i cemetery in Sanandaj - Iran

Dec 15, 2013 by mona Mona Penev
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HRANA – After a court upheld the confiscation of a land belonging to the Baha’is in Sanandaj which was used as a cemetery, this land was destroyed by bulldozers. Although the land was given to the Baha’is by the city administration in 1993, the court ordered it to be confiscated. This was...

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Baha’i university was raided in Karaj – Iran

Nov 28, 2013 by mona Mona Penev
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On November 27, security agents stormed one of the classes of Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) in Karaj (city in Iran).  The agents confiscated all the cell phones, took picture and created profile for all students. Then the agents forced the students to sign a promise not ...

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More Baha’i business closed in Tonekabon - Iran

Nov 16, 2013 by mona Mona Penev
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On November 12, Security forces closed three more business belong to Baha’is in Tonekabon (city in Iran).  Those businesses belong to Armin Esmaeelpour, Michelle Esmaeelpour and Badi'u'llah Abolfazli.  They had been summoned, interrogated and detained several times in the past.

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The oppression of Bahais continues in Iran

Nov 15, 2013 by mona Mona Penev
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Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration. Public rites will be visible across Iran on Wednesday in honor of Ashura, a major Shiite festival commemorat...

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Anisa Dehghani, Baha'i was sent to prison

Nov 03, 2013 by mona Mona Penev
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On the morning of Saturday November 2, Anisa Dehghani Baha'i resident of isfahan (city in Iran) presented herself to Vakil Abad prison in Mashhad (second largest city in Iran) to start her 6 months sentence. Anisa Dehghani was arrested in June 2011, while visiting a friend in Mashhad. She ...

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