Thursday, June 18, 2009

June 18th in Baha'i History


1983: Ten Bahá’í women, including 17-year-old Mona Mahmudnizhad, are hanged in Shiraz, Iran after being arrested for teaching religious children's classes to Bahá’í youth.


Here are two links to music videos about the event.
Mona, With the children – Doug Cameron
Kiss the Rope – smith and dragoman


The Universal House of Justice said:
364.2 THE EXECUTION OF THESE GUILTLESS WOMEN IN THE NAME OF RELIGION MUST SHOCK CONSCIENCE HUMANITY. THEY WERE ARRESTED FOR ACTIVITIES IN BAHÁ'Í COMMUNITY INCLUDING EDUCATION OF YOUTH.
364.3 FOLLOWING LONG INTERROGATION IN PRISON THEY WERE WARNED THEY WOULD BE SUBJECTED TO FOUR SESSIONS PRESSURING THEM RECANT THEIR FAITH ACCEPT ISLAM AND IF BY FOURTH TIME THEY HAD NOT SIGNED PREPARED STATEMENT RECANTING FAITH THEY WOULD BE KILLED. ALL PREFERRED DIE RATHER THAN DENY THEIR FAITH
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 581)


Also on this day:
1991: Death of John Robarts, prominent Canadian Bahá’í and Hand of the Cause of God


1912 – Abdul-Baha spoke at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York

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