Be Free

As tension is rising in anticipation for what promises to be an unfair trial of the seven members of the coordinating committee of  the Baha’is in Iran, in the campaign to eradicate the largest non-Muslim minority of Iran, the news that more and more governments are standing up for the freedom and dignity of the followers of Baha’u’llah are spreading. The truth shall be revealed and hopefully, these noble souls will be freed from prison.

But they are already free — for they, unlike their interrogators, are free from prejudice:

Your eyes have been illumined, your ears are attentive, your hearts knowing. You must be free from prejudice and fanaticism,  beholding no differences between the races and religions. You must look to God, for He is the real Shepherd, and all humanity are His sheep. He loves them and loves them equally. As this is true, should the sheep quarrel among themselves? They should manifest gratitude and thankfulness to God, and the best way to thank God is to love one another.
(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 468)

Just a few minutes ago, Tara Ellis and Benny Cassette launched the Be Free Campaign:

Be Free is a non-profit organization which aims to promote the active involvement of youth for human rights thru grassroots new media based campaigns. Its first project “Azad Bash” (Be Free), aims to contribute to creating a society of dialogue and openness in Iran by using music to involve Iranian youth. Be Free is a initiative free of any political agenda.

As part of this launch, they released three songs, including a new rendition of “Mona and the Children”, a beautiful song dedicated to the memory of Mona Mahmudnizhad, the 16 year old Baha’i martyr of Shiraz:

Until now, it had not dawned on me that Mona would have been my age, were it not for her dedication to the Baha’i Faith. It is good food for thought, particularly now that the Ruhi 1 study circle is complete and the last assignment reads, very appropriately:

Now that I understand that my life begins here on earth but leads me towards God for all eternity, how important are the following aspects of my life for me?

  1. Obedience to the laws of Baha’u’llah
  2. My contribution to the well-being of the human race
  3. My service to the Cause and to humanity
  4. My firmness in the Covenant

It is time to reflect, yes, but also time to take action. Be free, friends, and keep on praying!

Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more.
(Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

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