What we do, or choose not to do, Matters

Maryam Hojjat
by Maryam Hojjat

I work for a governmental agency and I am a member of the Special Observance committee which celebrates existence of different sections of society or remembers different events as part of Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity commission.  

Month of May is Holocaust observance which has been remembered this month.  Yesterday, we had a speaker for this event, Ilse Altman, an eighty four year old German who escaped Germany as a teen and lost her family in the Holocaust land told us her story of those terrible days.  

I was sitting in front row and listening to this elderly woman and her remembrance of the events in the small town where her family lived.  She said how in school the children called her “dirty Jew”, how they destroyed the small Jewish library, burned Jewish books, breaking windows of Jewish’s houses, she was not accepted by any doctor when she was sick because she was Jew and...

It resonated in me the plight of Iranian Baha’i in IRAN in past one hundred fifty years and particularly in the past 30 years.  As Elie Wiesel said: “there may be times when we  are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest”.

I am requesting to organize a monthly or quarterly protest on a regular basis in front of United Nation to voice the plight of Iranian Bahais in IRAN.


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by scb (not verified) on

Dear Ms. Hojjat,

I happened upon your blog and was very moved by your offer to demonstrate in support of Baha'is. The Baha'i Teachings ask us to take the side of all and not to be partisan. Demonstrations are usually a little lopsided in that they tend to focus on the "anti" side of whatever the question of the moment is.

Baha'is do support causes that are universally beneficial to all; like asking for justice on behalf of Iranian prisoners of conscience, including Baha'is.

What I am about to say is only my opinion:

It would be very powerful, meaningful if ordinary Iranian-Americans would support and attend an upcoming public meeting (especially in urban areas) that most American Baha'i communities are planning on behalf of the seven Baha'is prisoners (formerly known as Yaran) who have been jailed for one year without the benefit of counsel.

The seven Baha'is prisoners could face the death penalty because the Iranian government has charged them with "Mofsed fel-Arz" or "spreading corruption on earth."

You could contact the U.S. National Baha'i Center if you would like, to participate in a public gathering sponsored by Baha'is to create awareness of prisoners held in Iran for their religious beliefs at 1.800.22.UNITE.

The National baha'si Center will put you in contact with a local Baha'i community to which you could offer support.

Consciousness is what we need. All successful political evolution begins with increasing human consciousness and the spiritual will to ask for justice.

Thank you so much for your kindness to the Baha'is of Iran.


I never thought they were,

by gayguy (not verified) on

I never thought they were, but they sure claim so!


Dear "gaygay",

by MiNeum71 on

Bahais are not perfect either.



Baha'i's persecuted in America.

by Ross Campbell (not verified) on

While we certainly deplore the abuse and injustices of Iranian authorities towards Baha'is,we consider that readers should be informed that The NSA of Baha'is of the U.S.is acting with a similar attitude and plans towards Orthodox Baha'is in America as the attitude and plans of Iranian authorities towards Bahá'ís.The NSA of Baha'is of the U.S.is attempting to use U.S.Courts to force Orthodox Baha'is to stop practicing their Faith, stopping them from identifying themselves as Baha'is or using the name Baha'i or the symbols of their Faith, in effect, attempting to eradicate them. Although the NSA's initial Court Action to deprive Orthodox Baha'is of their freedom of religion failed, the NSA filed an appeal of Judge Amy J. St. Eve's decision in favor of the Orthodox Baha'i Faith. Here is the link to the the Court action: //www.truebahai.com/court_case.html


Ms Hojjat

by capt_ayhab on

Thanks for your blog and thanks for being such a progressive mind in trying to organize the protest.

I Do agree with Ahang full heartdly for every single man, woman, children in Iran are under suppression and without any human rights to protect them. I will gladly join the protest when and if it is organized for human rights, and for every single person  who has been prosecuted, murdered, beaten, spat at etc etc etc in Iran.

Protest must be inclusive of nation of Iran.

Thanks again, Regards


Sen McGlinn


by Sen McGlinn on

I too am a Bahai, and agree with Ahang Rabbani: protests should be aimed at supporting all the oppressed in Iran. Naturally the kind of oppression that each group suffers is unique: the Bahais suffer in one way, homosexuals in another, women in a different way. But one remedy is the same for all of them: a state ruled by law, where citizens have equal rights just because they are Iranian citizens, regardless of their particular identities. Until there is the rule of law, and all are equal before the law, any alleviation of the suffering will be limited and uncertain.

Restore the Law!

Free the oppressed!

I believe this programme will win broader support - including more support from the Bahais themselves.


What I can do, is keep my arm
from bringing others any harm.
How can I give the enviers ease?
They are themselves their own disease.
(Sa'di, Gulestan 1:5)

Email: Sen.Sonja[at]Casema.

Maryam Hojjat

Thanks all

by Maryam Hojjat on

for your comments but in my opinion the Bahais in Iran have been prosecuted in larger scale as whole.  We must not sit indefferent & must do something.  My idea of protesting in front of UN on a regular basis as long as we can would attracts media & world. However, I am open to hear better ideas.  Just not be indefferent to what happening to our fellow Iranians inside IRAN.

Payandeh IRAN & Iranians

Down with IRI


I'm gay!

by gaygay (not verified) on

What about me and my rights??? I don't see you Bahais talk about the rights of gays. Oh, I forgot, never mind. Your religion does not allow that either.. Hypocrisy galore!


Your support and the support of others...

by alborz on

... means a lot to a persecuted community which has emerged out of obscurity in part through the enormous sacrifices of its adherents in Iran, and a history of virulent attacks and allegation in its birthplace.

While bloggers on this site have reported on these persecutions, the awareness of our fellow Iranians has also been raised in this regard. Such an awared has drawn the attention of those that have defined themselves on this site as hate mongers, and have spared no means to deceive, divert, fabricate and evade in associating un-truths to this Faith.

Their reward is indeed secured with your plea!

Thank you again,



Dear Maryam

by Passing Through (not verified) on

Although many of us are sympathetic to the Bahai cause, nevertheless, you have to understand that there is a great deal of in-fighting that is going on amongst the various factions of the Bahai, Babi, and Bayani sects.

All you need to do is to go to page 2 of this web site, The Blog Central, and see all the accusations back and forth between the various groups, for yourself. What I am trying to say to you, is that things are NOT as simple as they look!!

Thanks for the blog :)

Ahang Rabbani

Not just Baha'is

by Ahang Rabbani on

As a Baha’i, I deeply appreciate these sentiments and Maryam’s suggestion.  However, it is not just Baha’is who are suffering intolerance, prejudice, persecution and harassment on daily basis in Iran.  Vast segment of population, particularly all minority groups, such as, Christians, Jews, Kurds, Ahl-e Haqq and Sufis, also suffer bitter persecution and witness destruction of their Holy Places and murder of their members.  Add the plight of all women, college students, heterodox thinkers, journalists, intellectuals, businessmen and university professors, and we then have a broader view of total destruction of human and civil rights in Iran.


Yes, there has to be a protest.  But this protest should be aimed at violation of all human rights in Iran and should demand restoration of human dignity for all Iranians.


Thank you again for your moral courage.


World must know about Bahai’s of Iran!!

by farshad-jon (not verified) on

I agree and think that is a very constructive move in part of Bahai's outside of Iran.

Bahai's must be united in all fronts and protest against the treatment of Bahai's in Iran.

I always say that Bahai's must learn from Jews and what they went through in WW II. We cannot afford to have another holocaust, this time in Iran against religion minorities in particular Bahai's.

Iran and their agents as you can see in this site (NUR, and etc) have started a new phase of persecution against Bahai’s. We cannot afford to remain silent this time.

Long Live Iran/ Freedom for all Iranians