Yaran: A New Album by Badi Yazdi Dedicated to the Imprisoned Yaran

Badi YazdiThe situation for the Baha’is in Iran took a turn for the worse after Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, and as the Baha’is in Iran continue to face persecution, many Baha’is around the world continue to work towards ensuring their freedom through peaceful diplomacy, various awareness campaigns, and of course through the power of prayer.

This ongoing persecution is the driving force behind the music of Badi Yazdi, and in his new album entitled Yaran, Badi shares with us a selection of seven prayers chanted in Persian and underscored by Eric Harper. Each prayer is dedicated to the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders in Iran, who collectively are known as ‘The Yaran’.

I decided to catch up with Badi Yazdi to find out more about the album and the initiative as a whole: Continue reading

Not Another Year – #‎ReleaseBahai7Now‬ – Glimpses of the Global Campaign

Baha’is around the world have joined the global “Not Another Year” campaign calling for the release of the seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Iran for nothing more than being a Baha’i.

We decided to share just a few examples of some of the many actions taken by Baha’is globally in an effort to bring awareness to their wrongful imprisonment.  Continue reading

Oh Yaran (7 Years) – Colby Jeffers ft Emphavoice (Official Video)

This is the official music video for the song “Oh Yaran (7 Years)”, which was inspired by the #7Bahais7years campaign which took place last year in support of the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders in Iran (often collectively referred to as ‘the Yaran’). The song was written by Phoenix, USA Hip-Hop artist Colby Jeffers, and features Russian singer Emphavoice.

It’s now been eight years that the Yaran have been unlawfully imprisoned, and in observance of the eighth anniversary of their arrest and incarceration, Colby Jeffers has just released remastered the song and released the official music video in conjunction with the Baha’i International Community’s newly launched global campaign called “Enough! Release the Baha’i Seven”, which will emphasize the fact that, under Iran’s own national penal code, the seven are now overdue for conditional release. Continue reading

Not Another Year: #ReleaseBahai7now – A Short Film by the Australian Baha’is

The Australian Baha’i Community has released this short video, called Not Another Year, to raise awareness of the nine year anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the seven Baha’i leaders in Iran.

For more information about the “Not Another Year” campaign and how you can support it, visit the Baha’i International Community’s website. You can use the hashtag #‎ReleaseBahai7Now‬ for the campaign, and “Like” the campaign Facebook page hereContinue reading

A Video by the BIC: Not Another Year! – #ReleaseBahai7now

This official video titled Not Another Year! was produced by the Baha’i International Community (BIC) to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of seven Iranian Baha’i leaders who are being held in prisons for nothing more than being a Baha’i.

For more information about the “Not Another Year” campaign and how you can support it, visit the Baha’i International Community’s website.

You can use the hashtag #‎ReleaseBahai7Now‬ for the campaign, and “Like” the campaign Facebook page hereContinue reading

Enough! Release the Baha’i Seven Now

Enough! Release the Baha’i Seven Now is a new video by the Baha’i International Community which describes the current global campaign calling for the immediate release of the seven imprisoned Iranian Baha’i leaders (often collectively referred to as ‘the Yaran’), who have spent the last eight years in prison in Iran simply because they’re Baha’is.

We encourage you to share this video and to use the hashtag #‎ReleaseBahai7Now‬ for the campaign, and “Like” the campaign Facebook page here.

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#NotACrime: Delhi Street Art Raises Awareness

This mural created by Harsh Raman for the #Education is not a crime campagn found on a wall in New Dehli, India features a 3D image of a young boy trapped in the wall and reaching out for pages from a book. The book has torn out pages falling to the ground which read “Education is strength,” “Education is future,” “Education is freedom,” and the campaign slogan #Education is not a crime. Continue reading

#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.

The Imaginary Garden: A Choral Piece Inspired by a Poem by Mavash Sabet of the Yaran

Marie-Claire Saindon has composed a moving choral adaptation of a poem by Mahvash Sabet titled “The Imaginary Garden”. The poem was published in Prison Poems, a collection smuggled out Evin prison during Sabet’s unjust 10 year imprisonment for being a Baha’i and for being one of the leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran (known as the Yaran). Marie-Claire’s composition won the 2018 Eastern Horizon Choral Writing Competition, which was hosted and performed by Choirs For Change, Nova Scotia, Canada, on June 14th 2018. Continue reading

Missing Years – #‎ReleaseBahai7Now

Missing Years is a video made as a part of the “Not Another Year” campaign, aimed to raise awareness of the nine year anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the seven Baha’i leaders in Iran.

For the last nine years, seven Baha’i leaders are being held in Iranian prisons for nothing more than being a Baha’i.

For more information about the “Not Another Year” campaign and how you can support it, visit the Baha’i International Community’s website.

You can use the hashtag #‎ReleaseBahai7Now‬ for the campaign, and “Like” the campaign Facebook page hereContinue reading

The Last Time I Saw My Father – #ReleaseBahai7Now

The Last Time I Saw My Father is a video made as a part of the “Not Another Year” campaign, aimed to raise awareness of the nine year anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the seven Baha’i leaders in Iran.

The video is based on a recent interview with Na’eem Tavakoli who talks about his father Behrouz Tavakoli, one of the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders. Behrouz Tavakoli and other Baha’is are currently being held in Iranian prisons for nothing more than being a Baha’i. Mr. Tavakoli and six other Baha’i leaders have been in prison for the last 9 years.

For more information about the “Not Another Year” campaign and how you can support it, visit the Baha’i International Community’s website.

You can use the hashtag #‎ReleaseBahai7Now‬ for the campaign, and “Like” the campaign Facebook page hereContinue reading

#NotACrime Campaign: A Collection of Street Art (Part 2)

In this ‘Part 2’ of Baha’i Blog’s selection of street art from the #NotACrime campaign, we showcase another five works of art being carried out around the world.

#NotACrime is a global campaign which uses street art to raise awareness about the denial of education for the Baha’is in Iran and in this Baha’i Blog Image post, we’ve decided to showcase some of this wonderful artwork going up on walls around the world. Continue reading

Oh Yaran (7 Years) – Colby Jeffers Feat. Emphavoice

This song “Oh Yaran (7 Years)” was inspired by the #7Bahais7years campaign. The song was written by Phoenix Hip-Hop artist Colby Jeffers, and features Russian singer Emphavoice.

#7Bahais7years was a global campaign which took place from 14–21 May, 2015, and set out to create awareness and a show of solidarity for the Baha’is being persecuted in Iran.

The campaign focused on the seven former Baha’i leaders (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’ which means ‘friends’ in Persian) who, because of their belief in the Baha’i Faith, were arrested and have now been in prison for seven years. The global campaign was based on the theme “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders”, and each of the seven days focused on a different member of the seven arrested Baha’i leaders, who’s names are: Mahvash Sabet, Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm.

You can read about the campaign here: Join the Global Campaign to Help Free Imprisoned Baha’is – #7Bahais7years

And also see some examples of the global show of support here: #7Bahais7years – A Glimpse of the Global Campaign

#7Bahais7years – A Glimpse of the Global Campaign

The seven day global campaign (14–21 May, 2015) called #7Bahais7years which set out to create awareness and a show of solidarity for the Baha’is being persecuted in Iran, has witnessed a wonderful show of support from the around the world.

The campaign focused on the seven former Baha’i leaders (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’ which means ‘friends’ in Persian) who, because of their belief in the Baha’i Faith, were arrested and have now been in prison for seven years. The global campaign was based on the theme “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders”, and each of the seven days focused on a different member of the seven arrested Baha’i leaders, who’s names are: Mahvash Sabet, Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm.

During the campaign there were numerous news articles, TV reports, and most moving of all, was to see the large numbers of Baha’is and their friends from across the globe showing their support by holding prayer meetings and gatherings, and posting photos, videos and artwork on social media.

We thought it would be great to share some examples of this wonderful show of support below: Continue reading

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.

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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Some Background to the Persecution of the Baha’is in Iran

The House of the Bab in Shiraz, one of the most holy sites in the Baha’i world, was destroyed by Revolutionary Guardsmen in 1979 and later razed by the government. (Photo: Baha’i Media Bank)

An issue very dear to the hearts of Baha’is around the world is the situation of the Baha’is living in Iran. There’s been some international coverage about the persecution which Baha’is in Iran face, and many of my friends and colleagues often ask about this. Even a lot of my Baha’i friends are still not fully aware or understand what’s been happening there, so I thought it would be a good idea to try and explain some of the background and the current situation relating to the persecution of the Bahai’s in Iran. Continue reading