Baha’is saddened by portrayal of Baha’i Faith in new TV series shown on network connected to Iranian government
16-Feb-2010 (10 comments)

Geneva – Baha’i World News Service (BWNS)
13 February

The depiction of offensive images of Baha’u'llah and the Bab, the founders of the Baha’i Faith, in a new TV series in Iran, has profoundly saddened the worldwide Baha’i community. The series presents an insulting and demeaning depiction of the founders of the Baha’i Faith, who are revered by Baha’is throughout the world. While in the international arena, the Iranian government actively objects to insults against religious sacred precepts [for example, sponsoring the "Cairo Declaration" of 1990, and UN "Defamation of Religion" resolution of 2009], it is shameful to see the production and dissemination of this series by a news medium associated with the government.

It appears that the daily broadcast of the series, entitled “The Constitutional Years “, which started on the 12th of Bahman [1 Feb. 2010] to coincide with the Fajr — the 10th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution — will continue through through the 25th of Bahman [14 Feb. 2010].

The series claims to present a documented historical account of the Constitutional Revolution during the late 19th and early 20th centuries — a period that coincided with the early years of the appearance of the Baha’i Faith in Iran. The series revolves around the baseless and threadbare accusation that the Baha’i Faith is a creation of British imperialistic politics in order to combat
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Parvaneh A. Farid

“The Constitutional Years" TV series

by Parvaneh A. Farid on

Respect for all, believe in the Oneness of God and unity of Mankind regardless of their background, color, race, gender and religion and unity of all religions are amongst the main principles of the Baha'i Faith. The series "Constitutional Years/salhaye Mashruteh" presents an insulting and demanding depiction of the founders of the Baha'i Faith, who are revered by Baha'is throughout the world.

The government of Iran is lucky Baha'is don't have clergy, Fatva or anything like that.



Parvaneh A. Farid

To Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

by Parvaneh A. Farid on

Dear friend, I admire the way you have written your comment, it is always a pleasure to converse with people who put the foundation on repsect. You are absolutely right that we need t have freedom of speech. Insulting though is another matter. Freedom doesnot exclude respect.

In my opinion this goes back to the virtue of truthfulness. Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues. And in democracy and freedom of speech we need to lay the foundation.Freedom is good as long as it conveys the truth.

Many people specially Iranian many times mention that Baha'is are/were amongst the highly educated people, some even say this sarcastically that Baha'is have had possiblities that others haven't had. This is a discussion for another time but,just to note that Baha'is were amongst the people who started one of the first schools for girls in Iran, and this is often time forgot.

I am astoned by how could 6 million Baha'i in the world with all kind of different backgrounds (out of which 300,000 lives in Iran)could be the followers of the person they have portrayed in the mentioned TV serioes?

When it comes to freedom of speech I think truthfulness, respect, profound research, compassion, kindly tongue needs to be at the top of each person's mind.We are not perfect but we are all striving towards that. And more than anything else, no matter who we write about, we should always remember that the person posesses a heart.

Please do not misunderstand me, when media brings up the truth of the crimes a government is doing, that is the truth, but when we mock them and start making irrelevent jokes about them...that makes no sense to me, there is no constructive element in those type of speech, if that is speech at all. We need to become more creative in humor as well as of how to convey and as you said write about our opinion.



Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Insulting religions

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Before I go on: I have the highest respect for Zoroastrians and Baha'i. I have not and will not insult their beliefs. I am also highly critical of the IRI and its constant attacks on beliefs that differ from its version of Islam.

However I am also a strong believer in freedom of speech. That means freedom of offensive speech. It is best to allow people to discredit themselves by their own speech.

I am completely opposed to the UN resolution on "Defamation of Religion". To me that resolution is more offensive than any attack on any religion. Because that resolution is an attack on freedom of speech. Frankly if that is the path UN wants to take we are better off without a UN. 

My position is to live and let live. If someone makes a film you don't like then make don't watch it. Or make another film that responds to it. Or write articles to debunk it. But don't demand it be banned. If you do you won't get anywhere. It will simply give the upper hand to other side.


@i am a bahai too

by revoltagainstlies on

You are, of course, merely repeating the denialist mantras that the Bahai movement has fed its members when anything involving Freemasonry is ever mentioned in referencing Bahai origins or beliefs.

However, were you to actually investigate Freemasonry's beliefs and influences in various globalist movements over the past 200 years, you'd start to see the Light (pun intended).

Isn't "the independent investigation of truth" one of your movement's core tenets?  If so, what are you afraid of?  Read true history for yourself; never has so much viable information been made so available to so many. 

Consult the book, "Occult Theocracy" by Lady Queenborough (Edith Starr Miller).  It is available in its entirety for free online, and was written in the 1930s by someone who understood lucidly what she was writing about.

OR...abide merrily in your chosen path of anesthetized ignorance and codified indoctrination. Your choice.

 P.S. The number nine, as well as the fact that your ruling global order in Haifa never allows - or will allow - women to serve on it, have deep, deep masonic meanings, 'were ye of them that comprehend'.

i am a bahai too

"Let your vision be world-embracing."

by i am a bahai too on

Put simply, Baha'is are not allowed by the Kitab'i'Aqdas to participate in secret societies like the Freemasons.

Baha'u'llah said, "Let your vision be world-embracing." The idea of animating this Faith is based upon the sure knowledge that the progress of human unity is not served by secret societies, elitism, or any kind of "members-only group."  Baha'is are not against anyone, but do not participate in organizations that divide or discriminate by opposing others. Anyone doubting this ethical standard would do well to attend a Baha'i gathering, where the level of diversity within the membership is striking.


Not sure what is so "baseless and threadbare" about..

by revoltagainstlies on

...the accusation.  With the advent of the worldwide internet, more and more evidence of that organization's British/Freemasonic/Occultist roots comes out by the year.

Consult the following books -- all in English -- for details:

Occult Theocracy by Lady Queenborough (Edith Starr Miller);

The Occult Underground by James Webb;

Light-bearers of Darkness by 'Inquire Within' (old text from the mid 1930s or so);

Hostage To Khomeini by Robert Dreyfuss.

Also, there is this detailed weblink, which gives a good accounting of the occultist British actors surrounding the launching of that movement/organization:


Baha'is, like Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and many other movements of the 19th and 20th Centuries, were started by occultists with freemasonic links.  The city of Haifi, in which the Baha'i headquarters are, at one point retained more freemasonic lodges than anywhere else in Israel.

Notedly, no Baha'i is allowed to even investigate freemasonry, let alone join.........

A message to the Iranian Government

by on

Iranian Government! Disrespecting holy figures of other religions will
not earn you the respect of your own people... using methods of the
Nazis in the 1930ies to discredit the largest religious minority in
your country through malignant propaganda will not make your efforts
fruitful... distorting your own history...
will not make you look just... the very history, which has proven over
and over again that "...the more they endeavour to quench His Light,
the brighter will it shine, and the more they strive to smother its
flame, the fiercer will it burn. "

Adib Masumian

An excellent article in Persian on this television series

by Adib Masumian on

سال های مشروطه یا قال های مزروته؟!



Pay thou no heed to the

by mans on

Pay thou no heed to the humiliation to which the
loved ones of God have in this Day been subjected.
This humiliation is the pride and glory of all temporal
honor and worldly elevation. What greater 
honor can be imagined than the honor conferred by
the Tongue of the Ancient of Days when He calleth
to remembrance His loved ones in His Most Great
Prison? The day is approaching when the intervening
clouds will have been completely dissipated, when
the light of the words, “All honor belongeth unto
God and unto them that love Him,” will have appeared,
as manifest as the sun, above the horizon of
the Will of the Almighty.Gleanings

Sen McGlinn

Zoroastrians are also upset

by Sen McGlinn on

Zoroastrians are also upset at the portrayal of Manikji (or Manikchi) Sahib, an Indian Parsi (Zoroastrian) who laboured to persuade the Shah to reduce the oppression of Iranian Zoroastrians, and to introduce modern education for Zoroastrian children. In the 'documentary' he becomes a British agent! For a response, see this blog


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)