First of all, I want to thank those of you who have shared the song ‘Persecution’ with all your friends so that we can spread the word about the plight of our dear Baha’i friends in Iran. I have been deeply moved by your comments and the response and have felt such a unity with everyone trying to support our friends In Iran who have been and continue to suffer simply for not recanting their beliefs. We are making sure that their sacrifices are being heard everywhere in the world.
I would also like to thank my producer, Jarome, who worked tirelessly on this song so that we could share it with everyone quickly.
I mentioned in my last posting that I would share with you the lyrics of Persecution. My favorite words in this song are: “You can burn their homes but not their spirits, Seize their land but not their souls”. The words are so powerful and resonate deeply within me. They reflect how no persecution will affect the faith and dedication of the Baha’is in Iran. Persecution They dedicated their lives to a noble purpose Innocent victims, imprisoned for their beliefs Their suffering knew no bounds, Only comforted by prayerful sounds Why do you think you can stop the world from knowing, Prevent the truth from showing, You can’t block the sun from shining Their children suffer the same fate, Subjected to an endless hate Denied basic human rights, Yet guided by a greater light Pressured to recant their faith, Their Holy Places destroyed, Their graves unearthed, no place to bury their dead, Denied the right to education, Riddled with false accusations You can burn their homes but not their spirits, Seize their land but not their souls
I have shared a little bit about my own family and how they were persecuted in Iran in an old post. You can read about it here.
Below are the 7 Baha’i leaders who are being imprisoned in Iran.