The sky is charcoal black today. My dear cousin, a loving husband and father of two little ones was taken prisoner (again), alongside 12 other innocent souls in Iran. His crime? Following a faith thats sole purpose is the unification of all people. Practicing equality, love and justice. Giving eternal love and service.

When asked on one occasion: “What is a Bahá’í?” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá replied: “To be a Bahá’í simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.”

My heart is broken. As is his immediate family’s and friends’. The persecution of the Iranian Bahá’í community is a serious problem. In this recent article, it was likened unto the apartheid system. The world is a cruel cruel place. Today I feel deeply ashamed. Ashamed at myself for continuously having trivial “problems.” I recently cried to my mother for not having a travel companion. But it’s not fun by myself, I said. Then I moaned about my weight. I’m not as skinny as I used to be. Then my clothes: I want to shop in NZ. European clothes don’t fit and they’re too expensive. Of course she rationalised how ridiculous my concerns were. As mothers so perfectly do. But even so, at the time it didn’t register. I still felt upset. Now it has registered.

My “problems” are nothing, nil, non-existent. I am so immensely lucky. How dare I ever complain. I am so ashamed. I pray for my cousin and all who are bearing a heavier load than they can take. Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith says: “Let your vision be world embracing…” To me this means detachment, of ourselves and of our problems or in my case, “problems” for there is always someone worse off than we, on earth. When we forget to look at the bigger picture, our perceptions are clouded.

“When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!”
―Dr. Seuss, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?


  1. This reminds me of the imprisonment of dissidents in Russia during the 1970’s. A million Jews in America went to Washington to protest. You must awaken awareness of this massive cruelty perpetrated on a loyal minority. Yes, Start in Australia.

    Read how Western countries pressured Russia during that period to release the Jews who wanted to leave.

    Get a list of all 81 Bahai prisoners of conscience. Have prayer sessions and have people adopt a prisoner. How could President Obama make a deal with such treacherous leaders?

    Be strong, Your community cannot rely on the United Nations for help. Iran must be treated like a pariah.

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  2. <3R_/\_A<3
    Anisa, I'm so sad and so sorry to hear this. I live, eat, and breathe this subject and its effects every day of my life — not that I want to, but just because I'm a Jew. I know that the US Congress is mostly a good force, and have passed the right resolutions, and even recently did so about Iran (not the awful mess with the nukes). I know that there are groups that try to release those people, back-channels, etc. Many of them are affiliated with Jewish groups, because we care about that kind of stuff. I think Iran released some people recently, but not, of course, the Jew (just because he is Jewish)! What have you found out?

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  3. Oh Anisa, I’m so sorry… These are terrible problems. And yes, the minute you complain about something you see there are others so much worse off than you… happens to all of us. Wishing all the best for your cousin – may his troubles end soon.

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  4. I’m sorry for those ignorant religion leaders of Iran they prefer to leave in dark age instead and arresting innocent pepole for what they believe.how can you trust them with new cleare under they hand this is the real torrcest to the world. my plea to US and UN for not seriously doing nothing where is human right in this matter .they are in deep sleep .I wander???????????????


  5. It is sad to hear about your cousin. He is being punished like many others around the world simply because they have a different belief. There are those who get executed for having a different belief. Many dictatorships and totalitarian governments do this to their people. I have heard testimonies from people who survived the torture. This shows that there are people who do not want peace and love. I am praying for your cousin.


  6. Such horrible news. It is completely incomprehensible that people would be treated with such cruelty. I’m praying for you and your family. May there be mercy for you and yours.


  7. Tears in my eyes as I read this. My heart goes out to you and your family Anisa. Prayers and Love from New Mexico.

    The source of courage and power is the promotion of the Word of God and steadfastness in His Love ~ Bahá’u’lláh


    1. A letter written by my cousin’s 7 year old daughter to the Iranian High Court begging for her father’s release. Last night I watched The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. I am usually careful not to make comparisons but how is this hurt any different? How is this sort of thing still taking place? The Iranian government are completely inhumane. My entire heart and soul go out to my cousin, his family and all others affected.



  8. I’ve written a number of emails to different groups and people about this: an organization for minority rights who tries to negotiate for Iranians; a Jewish guy with Middle East contacts and boots on the ground rescuing Yazidi from Iraq/Syria/Kurdistan; a newspaper; a Mid-East monitoring group; some individuals, etc. You never know who can help. I added your post and contact, so they could see and respond. I haven’t heard back, but don’t forget to check all emails. Plus, you have my prayers, of course, which goes without saying… Please, everybody who stands with Anisa — please try to do what you can by translating your compassion and prayers into additional action which may effect a release! Write petitions, write your friends, call your Senators, call your business and personal contacts, blog, etc.

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    1. Hi Randy,
      I don’t know the exact history but for sure some remaining Iranian Jews are wallowing in Iran’s prisons. My research shows that there are about 9,000 Jews left in Teheran out of an original 90,000.They are very vulnerable, too poor or old to leave for Israel.
      PLEASE send me the email ‘s that you have sent to Jewish organizations.
      When a young father was murdered in the Old City this past year, a fundraising site was set up to help his wife who crawled to safety.
      Anisa, encourage, plead with your cousin to get as close as she can to her husband.Now is the time to keep his name in the public eye.
      Will his business be confiscated, or is it about to be?


      1. Shalom, Chavaida. Shanah Tovah L’Kulam. I hope I’m not doing a bad thing, but we only know what’s helped to work for us (sorta) in our thousands of years’ experience with this sort of thing. So, just bless me and my efforts, bless Anisa and her family and the Baha’i efforts and everybody else who can add their power and light to this endeavor. Your blessing might effect the change; you’re welcome to pursue your own, of course. And I can’t imagine that duplicating any efforts to those already enacted of my efforts would detract from the cause; so go ahead on your end and send to those on your lists. I don’t believe I’ll be publicizing or sharing those on any domain; sensitivity, security, and other matters prevailing. It’s no ultimate secret, but I have no motive to do so.
        Anyways, I’ve read about the man in the Old City, whose wife witnessed the whole, horrific incident. There have been so many more, additional and previous to it.
        I’ve known a few Persian Jews. A family used to have my Aunt over for all the holidays – my Aunt finally moved in with her own family now. I also knew for a short time, though will always adore, a Persian Jew I met in Israel.


  9. It’s tragic that humans will persecute each other over beliefs that harm no one. I hope for the best for your cousin.


  10. Wonderful post. My heart goes out to you and your family. I have three dear friends who were born in Iran with family still in that country. They are in constant worry wondering about their health with communication sometimes being non-existent. You are in my prayers. Take care.

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