Prayers Requested for Prisoners in Iran

Quote from Baha'u'llah The Bahá’ís of Arlington invite you to join them for prayers on behalf of the seven Bahá’ís facing trial in Iran. Please check this site for updates of prayer sessions, or contact us if you have any questions.

There will be gatherings in Alexandria and Arlington open to the public. On Tuesday February 17 at 7:30pm there will be a gathering in Rosslyn. Then on Wednesday February 18 at 7:30pm there will be a gathering at the Alexandria Bahá’í Center located at 5400-B Eisenhower Ave in Alexandria Virginia. In addition a Bahá’í from Arlington will be moderating a “Call-In and Pray” conference call on Monday February 16 and Tuesday February 17 from 8pm-8:30pm. To join in this conference prayer call please dial 641.715.3300 and enter extension 871857.

The situation is urgent, but the persecution in Iran has been occurring since the Bahá’í Faith began. Over one hundred years ago, as a prisoner of the Ottoman empire in Acre, in what is present day Israel, Bahá’u’lláh wrote:

“We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; yet they deem Us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy of bondage and banishment…. That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled — what harm is there in this?”

Unfortunately over a century later, the situation of the Bahá’ís in Iran is still dire. They are still being persecuted for believing in this message of brotherly love and unity. Please join us as we pray for the safety of these innocent believers and for the exercise of religious freedom in Iran.

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  1. Susan Bentler says:

    Thank you for posting the notice about the prayer meetings held in support of the Friends in Iran. The Alexandria Baha’i community in cooperation with the Mount Vernon Baha’i Community held a devotional last night at the Alexandria Baha’i Center.

    Many of our Iranian friends related amazing personal stories of persecution from their experience in Iran. One woman related her horrific struggle to flee Iran on foot with her young family after being warned by a young Muslim man that the Revolutionary guard was about to raid her business.

    Another person attending was the youngest Baha’i to have been held a prisoner, entering prison as a infant of a few months, only leave prison at the age of five.

    Together, we remembered friends who did not survive persecution who were often the most promising memebers the Baha’i Community As can be imagined, there wasn’t a dry eye among the 40+ participants, which included the chair of our local interfaith organization.

    I am filled with utter admiration for the heroes who live among us, who have so selflessly given of themselves to the Baha’i community and its efforts to serve the cause of unity. While we shared tears, it was an immensely confirming activity for everyone. We left with a sense of heightened dedication to the peaceful Teachings of Baha’u’llah.

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