This year, for the first time in the history of the Baha’i Era, the Anniversaries of the Birth of the Bab and the Birth of Baha’u’llah – also known as the Twin Holy Birthdays – will be celebrated consecutively from sunset Nov. 12 through sunset Nov. 14 by Baha’is all over the world. River Parishes residents are invited join River Parishes Baha’is as they celebrate these Twin Holy Days:
Thursday Nov. 12: Birth of Bab Celebration with buffet dinner, fellowship and prayers 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hibachi Supreme Buffet at 1721 Airline Hwy (near corner Hemlock) in the party room. The buffet price is $10.99 per teen/adult; $4.99 for children ages 3-5; $6.99 children ages 6-10. Children 2 and younger are free. RSVP with Diane at 504.559.2682.
Friday Nov. 13: Celebration of the Birth of Baha’u’llah beginning 6:30 p.m. at the home of Dr Bijan and Dory Motaghedis’ home in Destrehan. Dinner, program, and refreshments are offered. Please RSVP to 985.764.2542 by Nov. 11.
Saturday Nov. 14: Twin Holy Days Prayer brunch and fellowship at Greenwood Park gazebo from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in LaPlace. For more information, call or text 504.559.2682.
The « Festivals of the Twin Birthdays » or the « Twin Holy Birthdays » refers to two successive holy days in the Bahá’í calendar, that celebrate the birth of two central figures of the Bahá’í Faith.
The Baha’i Faith has two Founders – the Bab and Baha’u’llah — whose missions complement each other, whose majestic Shrines now stand in the twin cities of Haifa and Akka in northern Israel, and whose birthdays according to the Islamic lunar calendar fell on consecutive days. This is also significant as the bicentennial years of the birth of Baha’u’llah and the Bab are coming up soon, and now the entire community will be able to celebrate these historic occasions as one on the same days. Up until now, Baha’is have observed certain holy days according to the Gregorian solar calendar for communities in the West, and the Islamic lunar calendar for communities in the Middle East.
In honor of this historic occasion, the Universal House of Justice for the worldwide Baha’i community released three newly translated Tablets: one celebrates the Birth of the Bab, and two are dedicated to the Birth of Baha’u’llah. These tablets, all penned by Baha’u’llah, will be included in a volume called Days of Remembrance which will be available later next year.
According to HRANA, Sunday, November 8, 2015, judicial officers and security forces, with a warrant, raided the warehouse of the reinforced glass factory of Baha’i citizen, Afrasiab Khanjani, and confiscated his property and transferred them to an unknown location.
Previously also in 2012, the factory of Mr. Afrasiab Khanjai was sealed and his business were also seized. Besides his work Baha’i license had been canceled.
There are also a few months, agricultural land of the Baha’is of Semnan were seized and destroyed.
Selon HRANA, le dimanche 8 novembre 2015, les officiers judiciaires et les forces de sécurité, avec un mandat, ont fait une descente à l’entrepôt de l’usine de verre renforcé du citoyen Baha’i Afrasiab Khanjani, et ont confisqué ses biens et les ont transféré vers un lieu inconnu.
Auparavant aussi en 2012, l’usine de M. Afrasiab Khanjai avait été scellée et ses affaires avaient été également saisies. Par ailleurs sa licence Baha’ie de travail avait été annulée.
Il y a aussi quelques mois, les terres agricoles des baha’is de Semnan avaient été saisies et les récoltes détruites.
Iranian retired university professor Hossein Rafiee is in Evin prison ward 8. In a recently letter he describes the situation of prisoners in this ward:
About 30 political prisoners in ward 8 of Evin prison are housed in the same boat as the smugglers, international and national financial prisoners, pirates … we are with the prisoners infected with the diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C and skin diseases. We can find in any place presence of ticks and mosquitoes, the bacteria, staphylococcus, tuberculosis…
There is almost never hot water for washing. There are no gas or heating. A permanent violation of prison rules and separation of prisoners. The meals are often the infected food and the sick prisoners are always denied medical treatment…
Hossein Rafiee has begun serving a prison sentence handed down in 2004 for his peaceful political activism. Hossein Rafiee is 70 and has several health problems, including high blood pressure and a heart condition. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Hossein Rafiee only found out the reason for his arrest after about a month later, when he was told he had to start serving a four-year prison sentence handed down by a Revolutionary Court in 2004 for “membership of an illegal group”, as he was a member of the banned political party Melli Mazhabi (National Religious Alliance).
On 25 May 2015, Hossein Rafiee received an additional six years by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, over his writings on social and political issues on his website. The court sentenced him to five years in prison for “membership of an illegal and anti-national security group [Melli Mazhabi]”, one year for “spreading propaganda against the system” by giving interviews to media “who are against the state” and for “issuing statements against the state’s security”, and fined him for use of a (banned) satellite dish. He was also banned from political and journalistic activities for two years. His has lodged an appeal but no date has been set for the hearing.
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A report released this month on “The Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran” reveals that Iranians are worse off under “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani than his more conservative predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and that, based on their current trajectory, they are expected to exceed well over 1,000 executions by year’s end.
“The human rights situation in the country remains dire,” Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s special rapporteur on Iran, said during a briefing at the United Nations last week.
Iran executes more individuals per capita than any other country in the world. In his 26-page report, Shaheed notes that between January 1 and September 15 of this year, Iran executed at least 694 people by hanging, which included at least 10 women and one juvenile. In 2014, Iran clocked in at a shocking 753 executions.
Shaheed’s analysis also found that “more than 480 persons were flogged during the first 15 days of Ramadan for not fasting,” but that the Iranian regime has falsely maintained that only three individuals were subject to this punishment for their non-observance of the fast. Additionally, two people who were convicted of theft had their limbs amputated mere weeks prior to the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) in July.
A man identified as “Hamid S.” reportedly had his left eye and right ear surgically removed in January of this year after being found guilty of attacking another man with acid in 2005, which caused the victim to lose the same body parts. Another man was also forcibly blinded in March of this year in a process known as qisas, or “retribution-in-kind,” for throwing acid on another man in 2009.
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According to BahaiNews, two baha’i prisoners, Hassan Bazrafkan and Vahid Taghvajou were released from Marvdasht prison in Shiraz at the end of their sentence. They have been in jail for one-year.
On September 11, 2013, security forces searched their home and seized computers and books relating to the Bahai Faith. They detained these two men as well as five others, who were released soon after.
According to the site hrdai, on Tuesday, November 3, a prisoner aged about 36 years in the name of Yadu’llah Amiri at the central prison of Zahedan ward 8, because of the inhuman conditions, tried to end his life and committed suicide. But in the last moments while his neck was injured, he was transferred out of the prison. There is no information on the place and the fate of this prisoner.
Selon le site hrdai le mardi 3 Novembre, un prisonnier âgé d’environ 36 ans au nom de Yadu’llah Amiri à la prison centrale de Zahedan section 8, à cause des conditions inhumaines, a tenté de mettre fin à sa vie et s’est suicidé, mais dans les derniers moments alors que son cou avait été blessé, il a été transféré à l’extérieur de la prison. Il n’y a pas d’information sur le lieu et le sort de ce prisonnier.
به گزارش hrdai روز سه شنبه ۱۲ آبان ماه زندانی یدالله امیری که حدودا ۳۶ سال سن دارد در بند ۸ زندان مرکزی زاهدان برای رهایی یافتن از شرایط غیر انسانی و پایان دادن به زندگی خویش اقدام به خودکشی نمود ولی در آخرین لحظات حیاتش در حالی که گردن وی شکسته بود او را به خارج از زندان منتقل نمودند.از زمان انتقال وی تاکنون از وضعیت و شرایط این زندانی هیچ خبری در دست نیست
According to HRANA, four death row prisoners of the central prison of Karaj were transferred on november 4 ,2015, to solitary confinement to awaiting imminent execution.
Their names are: Iraj Tiz maghz, Mehdi Aflaki, Sirous Cheshmeh and Kouchak Kambiz.
The family of these prisoners met them for the last time.
All of them are accused of drug trafficking.
According to HRANA, it’s more than 3 days that Ali Moezzi, political prisoner of the central prison of Karaj was moved to quarantine of Evin prison in Tehran.
Ali Moezzi suffers from prostate problems, kidney, bladder and was denied medical treatment while in detention. In autumn 2008, he had already been arrested and jailed sentenced to 2 years in prison and 3 years probation.
He was released after 2 years of imprisonment and he was arrested again in June 2011 with a sentence of 4 years in prison.
He was to be released in March 2015, but new charges were assigned against him as « propaganda against the regime ».
Since these 4 years of imprisonment he never had any furlough.
Selon HRANA, cela fait plus de 3 jours que Ali Moezzi, le prisonnier politique de la prison centrale de Karaj a été placé en quarantaine de la prison d’Evin, à Téhéran.
Ali Moezzi souffre de problèmes de prostate, du rein, de la vessie et a été privé de traitement médical pendant sa détention. En automne 2008, il avait déjà été arrêté et emprisonné condamné à 2 ans de prison et 3 ans avec sursis.
Il avait été libéré après 2 ans d’emprisonnement et de nouveau il a été arrêté en juin 2011 avec une condamnation de 4 ans de prison.
Il devait être libéré en mars 2015, mais de nouvelles accusations lui ont été assignées comme « la propagande contre le régime ».
A savoir que depuis ces 4 ans d’emprisonnement jamais il n’a eu de permission de sortie.