Baha’i leaders in Iran

Iran Plans Trial of Bahá’í Leaders

Baha'i Leaders in IranAs Iran continues its practice of denying human rights to millions of its citizens … students, women, journalists, bloggers, and religious minorities … the situation in Iran has turned dangerous for the Bahá’í community, the largest religious minority in Iran.

The deputy Tehran prosecutor has announced that seven imprisoned Bahá’í leaders (seen in the photo) will be going on trial the week of February 15 on completely trumped-up charges, including propaganda against the Islamic republic and espionage for Israel, a capital offense in Iran.

The Nobel Laureate, Shirin Ebadi, is their lawyer, but has been prevented from meeting with the Bahá’í leaders and from having access to their files.

The National Spiritual Assembly of the United States urgently calls on each Bahá’í to immediately take the following actions:

  • Hold your own prayer gatherings for the safety of the Friends in Iran.
  • Organize prayer gatherings in your community, in consultation with your Local Spiritual Assembly, as soon as possible for the safety of the Iranian Bahá’í leaders and for the amelioration of the deplorable situation of religious freedom in Iran. These gatherings should be open to the public and the members of your local media should be invited. Reach out to your Christian, Jewish and Muslim friends, and to your interfaith groups, as well as to all those concerned about religious freedom in Iran. The main purpose of such gatherings is for prayer, and it is essential that they should uphold and exemplify the Bahá’í standard of non-involvement in partisan politics. Discussion on matters outside the scope of religious freedom and human rights should be strictly avoided.
  • Contact your federal Congressional Representatives from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, by telephone or email, or in person at their district offices. Express to them or their staff your deep concern for the Iranian Bahá’í leaders whose lives are in danger. Most of the members of Congress will be in their home districts the week of February 15, as there is a Congressional recess at that time. You may find the following websites useful in identifying your Congressional Representatives: and type in your Zip Code + 4 and select your state

Timely updates are online at the official blog, Persecution of Bahá’í’s in Iran, including links to government statements and media coverage.

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.

Prayers for Religious Freedom

Deeply concerned about the plight of their Bahá’í brothers and sisters in Iran, the Arlington Bahá’í Community invites you to gather for a planned series of prayer meetings and conference calls.

We invite friends of all faith backgrounds to come together and pray with us. We will pray for protection and healing, for understanding and love, for compassion and justice. On Valentine’s Day, when so many are talking about love, let us call to mind the words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh:

“I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love.”

Please contact us for more information.

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