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This Love – Nabil & Karim ft. Chelsea Lyne

‘This Love’ is a song by Nabil & Karim and Chelsea Lyne dedicated to the Baha’is in Iran and to the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders – also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’, which means the friends in Persian.

Baha’is and human-rights activists around the world are calling for the release of imprisoned Baha’is in Iran.

‘This Love’ Lyrics:

They can take my life away, but this love will never change
They can take my rights away but I’ll grow stronger every day.

It’s my right to live a life that’s free, it’s my right to simply be
A citizen who believes in world equality
We shouldn’t have to hide or feel the need to cower
Our belief shape who we are they give us inner power
With our heads held high we shall walk on
With utmost love in our hearts we remain strong
They ask the question we refuse
Because it is our right to choose.

They can take my life away, but this love will never change
They can take my rights away but I’ll grow stronger every day.

In the silence of this courtroom I closed my eyes and saw the future
About the time that we heard from the prosecutors
And your honour I think you’ve already made your choice
So to the jury please excuse me if I rejoice
Cause it was years ago back when I decided
To save a place inside my heart where Baha’u’llah’s resided
And my family all around the world will watch and pray
So I am not alone, will I surrender? Not today!

They can take my life away, but this love will never change
They can take my rights away but I’ll grow stronger every day.

It’s my right to an education, my right to the living I’m making
And yet they keep taking away from me
My material possessions have been ruined and put to pieces
My spirit remains a whole my attachment thus decreases
Still in this day though times have changed they haven’t changed enough
The friends must had obeyed, prayed to avoid themselves handcuffed
Battles change but sacrifice remains the same
This is my devotion that ignites my inner flame.

They can take my life away, but this love will never change
They can take my rights away but I’ll grow stronger every day.

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Words by Chelsea, Nabil & Karim
Music Production by Nabil M.
Nkindle Productions Copyright 2010.

#7Bahais7Years – A Tribute by Laura Mostmand

Laura Mostmand dedicates this video the the Baha’is in Iran, commemorating the seventh anniversary of the imprisonment of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’) who formed the entire membership of the now-disbanded ad hoc group tending to the spiritual and social needs of the Iranian Baha’i community (in the absence of formally elected Baha’i leadership which was banned in 1983).

Baha’is around the world have launched a seven day campaign (14-21 May, 2015) based on the theme “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders”, and each of these seven days will focus on a different member of the seven arrested Baha’i leaders.

These Facebook event pages in both English and Persian have been set up as rallying points for activity and awareness, and the hashtag #7Bahais7years has been designated.

The seven arrested Baha’is and the corresponding days they will be honored are as follows:

May 14: Mahvash Sabet (Bio)
May 15: Fariba Kamalabadi (Bio)
May 16: Jamaloddin Khanjani (Bio)
May 17: Afif Naeimi (Bio)
May 18: Saeid Rezaie (Bio)
May 19: Behrouz Tavakkoli (Bio)
May 20: Vahid Tizfahm (Bio)
May 21: The campaign will be summarized and concluded.

You can read more about this campaign here.

Join the Global Campaign to Help Free Imprisoned Baha’is – #7Bahais7years

Unfortunately the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran continues, and it has now been seven years that seven former Baha’i leaders (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’) have been wrongfully imprisoned in Iran. These seven Baha’is formed the entire membership of the now-disbanded ad hoc group tending to the spiritual and social needs of the Iranian Baha’i community (in the absence of formally elected Baha’i leadership which was banned in 1983), and they were arrested and imprisoned for nothing more than their belief in the Baha’i Faith. Now the Baha’i International Community has launched a global campaign to mark the seventh anniversary of their wrongful imprisonment and to call for their immediate release.

Running for seven days (14 – 21 May, 2015), the global campaign is based on the theme “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders”, and each of these seven days will focus on a different member of the seven arrested Baha’i leaders.

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Music with Zest – An Interview with Lemon Soul Trio

As the Faith grows and develops, the artistic expression of its followers blossoms and grows. Recorded devotional music in French are rare gems so I was ecstatic when I learned about Lemon Soul Trio, a band whose motto is “un antidote contre le blues” (which roughly translates as “an antidote for the blues”) – a clever turn of phrase considering their jazzy, bluesy, world-music style.

Their first album, which bears their band’s name, was released in October 2014. It contains 9 tracks – a propitious number! While the majority of their lyrics are in French, their music is global in its appeal. The group is composed of three very talented musicians: Margaret Harmer, a percussionist; Nicolas Leroy, a guitarist; and Yasmin Farhoumand, a vocalist.

I was eager to find out more and Yasmin agreed to share some behind-the-tunes information on behalf of the band about their exciting work. Continue reading

Unite by Ali Youssefi

In this song ‘Unite’, singer/songwriter Ali Youssefi is joined by about 50 singers and musicians from around the world!

The lyrics are based on the Baha’i Writings, and they are as follows:

Unite and bind together the hearts, join in accord all the souls. Oh Lord! Make these faces radiant through the light of Thy oneness. -Abdu’l-Baha

You can also watch the music video for the song ‘Unite’ here: Unite – Ali Youssefi

Mama, Papa & Me – Early Years Education

The team at Media Makes Us visited a course run by Mama Papa & Me, who provide advanced level training for parents and caregivers to nurture the moral and intellectual development of children in their early years (0-5 years). The aim of these courses are to equip participants with the necessary capabilities, on the one hand, and on the other, to enable them to contribute more meaningfully and powerfully to the prevalent discourse in society surrounding parenting, child care and child development.

You can also read Baha’i Blog’s interview with Mama, Papa & Me founder Danielle Pee here: Mama Papa & Me: An Interview with Danielle Pee

An Honest Letter to Baha’i Youth about Sex

In a way, I’ve been waiting for 19 years to write this letter and it’s an honor that you are taking a few minutes from your busy life to read my broken thoughts about this topic. Whether you are a Baha’i youth, a parent of one, or maybe someone who isn’t in either of those categories, I’m thrilled that you feel this topic is worthwhile of your time.

Let me get right to it. Sex within a marriage is wonderful. Continue reading

Happy Heart Kid: Character-building Activity Kits for Kids

Empathy Activity Kit. Photo courtesy of Happy Heart Kid

I get really excited when I find out about products for children that aim to assist with their moral and spiritual development. I am so grateful to live in this age of instant communication so I can ask other Baha’i mothers questions about the materials and tools they have created and use in their daily lives but there are so few resources out there that are already thoughtfully assembled and ready to go. So you can imagine my joy in discovering Happy Heart Kid, a company that makes character building activity kits for little ones! I was eager to find out all about it and Archana Jiwnani, the woman behind Happy Heart Kid, was happy to oblige. Continue reading

Canopy – MJ Cyr

Canadian singer/songwriter MJ Cyr’s first full-length album ‘Canopy’ is based on the Baha’i Writings and she aimed to find concepts and ideas that are universally inspirational to everyone no matter the belief or school of thought. MJ expressed how far too often, concepts connected to spirituality or Faith seem so out-of-reach, or taboo, and she hoped to create something that can show a softer, more tangible side.

You can also read Baha’i Blog’s interview with MJ Cyr here: Innocent In Heart: An Interview with MJ Cyr

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