ALERT: 7 Bahá’ís in Iran facing 20 years in prison
||The seven, known as the the "Yaran" – or "Friends" – were arrested in 2008, all members of a national-level group that helped to see to the minimum needs of Iran's 300,000-member Bahá’í community. Their trial consisted of six brief court appearances between 12 January and 14 June; during which time they were allowed only 1 hours access to their lawyer. Originally sentenced to 20 years in prison, it was reduced briefly to 10; as of 30 March 2011 it remains 20 years. Background, International support
- 16 December 2013 Letter to President Rouhani from imprisoned Bahá’ís.
- 29 March 2012 Iran's seven Bahá’í leaders: 10,000 days in prison.
- 15 February 2011 Concern following a transfer to "more brutal sections of the prison complex".
- 9 March 2011 Human rights groups renew support for Iran's seven imprisoned Bahá’í leaders.
- 30 March 2011 Original 20-year sentences have been reinstated following a brief reduction to 10.
The theme of education
in the Bahá’í Faith
is given emphasis. The Bahá’í teachings
focus on promoting a moral and spiritual education, in addition to the arts, trades, sciences
and professions. The emphasis on education is a means for social and national improvement. Since all Bahá’ís have the duty to do work that is useful to humanity
, Bahá’í education is meant to prepare Bahá’ís to perform such work. Bahá’u’lláh
wrote: "Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom."
Today's featured individual
November 19, 1899 - June 17, 1986) was the first individual to declare his belief in Bahá’u’lláh
and worked tirelessly to help the faith grow in the region. He was born to a poor family in Malaya, on the Malaysian Peninsula and had an took an intense interest in religion and his studies. Yankee declared in the Bahá’í Faith
on December 19
, 1953 in Seremban
. After his deceleration he made it his priority to establish several Local Spiritual Assemblies
in the region, and wrote letters introducing many to the Faith. Seven years after he declared he was invited by John Fozdar to teach in Brunei
, and through his help the Faith began to grow in that region.
In Blueprint for a New World Craig Loehle
suggests that a new world view is needed for society to take the next steps of social and material progress. Such a world view, he proposes, can only be provided by a new revelation of guidance from God