Mona’s Dream Film Update

It is a year and a half since we last visited the project to make a feature film about Mona Mahmudnizhad and the 9 other Baha’i women who were killed for their beliefs. It has been more than three and a half years since the first story was first mentioned (Passion of Mona).

But finally things seem to be coming together. The film, Mona’s Dream will go into pre-production in the fall with shooting planned for this winter and post-production into early next year.

Which would mean that if the everything goes to plan we can see the film next summer. The project has currently half of its financial budget ($7 million) and will hopefully be able to raise the rest going into (pre-)production.

Here are the confirmed actors so far for the project:

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Keisha Castle-Hughes to play Mona Mahmudnizhad
Keisha was catapulted into stardom with the movie “Whale Rider” in 2002; for which she received an Academy Award nomination. There is no question she is a talented actress but I’m surprised by this casting because Keisha is twice the age of Mona (Steve corrected me – see comments).

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Shohreh Aghdashloo to play Mona’s mother
Ms. Aghdashloo was the first high profile actor to be linked to Mona’s Dream.

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Cas Anvar to play main interrogator
The Canadian born actor has been prolific both on the stage as well as in film with many roles in both TV and movies.

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Nazanin Afshin-Jam (in her debut) to play Tahirih
The Canadian model (Miss World Canada 2003 and Miss World runner-up) and singer is active in human rights causes. She first took on the cause of Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi who was sentenced to death in Iran but who later received a new trial and was exonerated.

As well, a new foundation, inspired by the project and Mona’s life, has been created: Freedom to Believe Foundation.

  • Nur

    I’ve been waiting for this movie to come together since three and a half years ago, so I am excited that it might be coming out by next summer. As for the petition, I will sign it if the institutions of the Baha’i Faith practice what they preach. If they ask that I respect and celebrate the freedom of conscience in the name of Baha’is who were executed by the authorities of a Muslim theocracy, then the institutions of the Baha’i Faith should stop excommunicating, pressuring, and threatening academics, intellectuals, and homosexuals from expulsion because they don’t ‘fit the plan’. I will still sign it in honor of Mona Mahmudnizhad, but I request the Baha’i institutions begin to honor her as well by pondering her deeds of conscience, and how she stood up against the mantra of ‘that’s just how we do things around here’. If we can praise her for doing that in the center of a Muslim theocracy, then why should we condemn those who do it in a Baha’i setting? That is hypocrisy…

  • Nur

    I’ve been waiting for this movie to come together since three and a half years ago, so I am excited that it might be coming out by next summer. As for the petition, I will sign it if the institutions of the Baha’i Faith practice what they preach. If they ask that I respect and celebrate the freedom of conscience in the name of Baha’is who were executed by the authorities of a Muslim theocracy, then the institutions of the Baha’i Faith should stop excommunicating, pressuring, and threatening academics, intellectuals, and homosexuals from expulsion because they don’t ‘fit the plan’. I will still sign it in honor of Mona Mahmudnizhad, but I request the Baha’i institutions begin to honor her as well by pondering her deeds of conscience, and how she stood up against the mantra of ‘that’s just how we do things around here’. If we can praise her for doing that in the center of a Muslim theocracy, then why should we condemn those who do it in a Baha’i setting? That is hypocrisy…

  • Andrew

    Solidarity Statement for the Freedom to Believe

    The Creator of the Universe is known and called by many different names. The human experience of worship through expressions of love is perhaps the single most powerful energy at our command, unless it isn’t. I celebrate the beauty of cultural diversity in matters of spiritual expression, unless I am otherwise instructed by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    The freedom to hold beliefs of one’s choosing and to change them is central to an individual’s search for meaning, unless it isn’t. The human mind, endowed with reason and conscience, must be free to search for truth, unless it is otherwise instructed by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    I honor each individual’s journey to find that place of peace, unless I am otherwise instructed by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    In an age hungering for unity and justice in human affairs, I acknowledge the need for peaceful co-existence between different belief systems, unless I don’t. The right to peacefully gather and share one’s beliefs safely in organized communities must be protected everywhere, provided it is permitted by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    I stand in solidarity with all faiths of humanity, unless I don’t (especially not the liberal, degenerate ones), by reaffirming that liberty and ?freedom to believe? are divine gifts, and these gifts are for all of us to enjoy without fear or intimidation, unless it be by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    This is a central and undeniable human right, unless it is deemed otherwise by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    Therefore, I speak my truth, which is whatever the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel, instructs me to speak.

    Nur wrote:

    “If they ask that I respect and celebrate the freedom of conscience in the name of Baha’is who were executed by the authorities of a Muslim theocracy, then the institutions of the Baha’i Faith should stop excommunicating, pressuring, and threatening academics, intellectuals, and homosexuals from expulsion because they don’t ?fit the plan’.”

    The institutions of the Baha’i Faith do not excommunicate, pressure, or threaten academics, intellectuals, or homosexuals. It is merely your perception that they do so. It’s all just a misunderstanding. All you have to do is click the heels of your ruby slippers together to realize how mistaken you are. A lobotomy may also be in order.

    But seriously …

    I would never sign such a petition. Dorothy Day once said, ?Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily.? For me to sign such a petition would be to dismiss Mona Mahmudnizhad by using her life and death for purely propagandistic purposes. It would be giving credence to a lie.

  • Andrew

    Solidarity Statement for the Freedom to Believe

    The Creator of the Universe is known and called by many different names. The human experience of worship through expressions of love is perhaps the single most powerful energy at our command, unless it isn’t. I celebrate the beauty of cultural diversity in matters of spiritual expression, unless I am otherwise instructed by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    The freedom to hold beliefs of one’s choosing and to change them is central to an individual’s search for meaning, unless it isn’t. The human mind, endowed with reason and conscience, must be free to search for truth, unless it is otherwise instructed by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    I honor each individual’s journey to find that place of peace, unless I am otherwise instructed by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    In an age hungering for unity and justice in human affairs, I acknowledge the need for peaceful co-existence between different belief systems, unless I don’t. The right to peacefully gather and share one’s beliefs safely in organized communities must be protected everywhere, provided it is permitted by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    I stand in solidarity with all faiths of humanity, unless I don’t (especially not the liberal, degenerate ones), by reaffirming that liberty and ?freedom to believe? are divine gifts, and these gifts are for all of us to enjoy without fear or intimidation, unless it be by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    This is a central and undeniable human right, unless it is deemed otherwise by the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel.

    Therefore, I speak my truth, which is whatever the Baha’i clerical caste headquartered in Haifa, Israel, instructs me to speak.

    Nur wrote:

    “If they ask that I respect and celebrate the freedom of conscience in the name of Baha’is who were executed by the authorities of a Muslim theocracy, then the institutions of the Baha’i Faith should stop excommunicating, pressuring, and threatening academics, intellectuals, and homosexuals from expulsion because they don’t ?fit the plan’.”

    The institutions of the Baha’i Faith do not excommunicate, pressure, or threaten academics, intellectuals, or homosexuals. It is merely your perception that they do so. It’s all just a misunderstanding. All you have to do is click the heels of your ruby slippers together to realize how mistaken you are. A lobotomy may also be in order.

    But seriously …

    I would never sign such a petition. Dorothy Day once said, ?Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily.? For me to sign such a petition would be to dismiss Mona Mahmudnizhad by using her life and death for purely propagandistic purposes. It would be giving credence to a lie.

  • http://bahaisonline.net Steve Marshall

    [quote]There is no question she is a talented actress but I’m surprised by this casting because Keisha is twice the age of Mona.[/quote]

    Keisha was born on 24 March 1990. She’ll still be 18 when the film is shot. I assume she’ll be portraying what happened to Mona between the age of 16 and 17.

    Keisha is part-Maori and, like Cliff Curtis, does seem to get a lot of “Middle-Eastern/Mediterranean” roles.

    I hate to say it, but the recent persecution of Baha’is in Iran must have helped in the pitching of this film. Let me re-phrase that: It’s so fortunate that it was already being promoted when the latest persections occurred.

  • http://bahaisonline.net Steve Marshall

    [quote]There is no question she is a talented actress but I’m surprised by this casting because Keisha is twice the age of Mona.[/quote]

    Keisha was born on 24 March 1990. She’ll still be 18 when the film is shot. I assume she’ll be portraying what happened to Mona between the age of 16 and 17.

    Keisha is part-Maori and, like Cliff Curtis, does seem to get a lot of “Middle-Eastern/Mediterranean” roles.

    I hate to say it, but the recent persecution of Baha’is in Iran must have helped in the pitching of this film. Let me re-phrase that: It’s so fortunate that it was already being promoted when the latest persections occurred.

  • Nur

    Andrew,

    You make a good a point about not signing the signature. I didn’t consider that. I haven’t signed it, yet. I’m not sure if I will. I’m still thinking it over. Sometimes I feel that these ‘human rights’ petitions have some other agenda attached to them, and I don’t want to involuntarily throw in my support for that along with the specific cause it is promoting.

  • Nur

    Andrew,

    You make a good a point about not signing the signature. I didn’t consider that. I haven’t signed it, yet. I’m not sure if I will. I’m still thinking it over. Sometimes I feel that these ‘human rights’ petitions have some other agenda attached to them, and I don’t want to involuntarily throw in my support for that along with the specific cause it is promoting.

  • Bird

    Nur you and Andrew made excellent post in fact, thanks again for that better then Sunday comics rendition of the petition Andrew. I would not sign it either for the main reason made in your last statement: ?…by using her life and death for purely propagandistic purposes. It would be giving credence to a lie?

    The whole freedomtobelievefoundation.com is an easy to remember url, sounds like a lucky catch phrase however I believe that Mona should not be the only martyr singled out on religious persecution nor the only focus on religious persecution on Bah?’?’s. It’s intended for Bah?’?’s by only listing Bah?’? content… and it’s probably a approved AO way to, at a later date, deem all signers Bah?’? in therory and issue out swipe card numbers..

    However I do think the casting is great, extrodinary story and the best bit of it all is that they are not Bah?’?’s, the producers, nor is it under any approval from the AO. I think because there is a guy like Mel Gibson, an ardent Catholic, you will find this film more about Mona as a brave human more then the Bah?’? religion beliefs, like the movies Diary of Anne Frank, or Shindler’s List which didn’t try to teach about Judaism but about barbarians…

    Great change of topic Baquia and her bravery was certainly unique and worthy of sharing with the world, an extraordinary human indeed.

    Bird

  • Bird

    Nur you and Andrew made excellent post in fact, thanks again for that better then Sunday comics rendition of the petition Andrew. I would not sign it either for the main reason made in your last statement: ?…by using her life and death for purely propagandistic purposes. It would be giving credence to a lie?

    The whole freedomtobelievefoundation.com is an easy to remember url, sounds like a lucky catch phrase however I believe that Mona should not be the only martyr singled out on religious persecution nor the only focus on religious persecution on Bah?’?’s. It’s intended for Bah?’?’s by only listing Bah?’? content… and it’s probably a approved AO way to, at a later date, deem all signers Bah?’? in therory and issue out swipe card numbers..

    However I do think the casting is great, extrodinary story and the best bit of it all is that they are not Bah?’?’s, the producers, nor is it under any approval from the AO. I think because there is a guy like Mel Gibson, an ardent Catholic, you will find this film more about Mona as a brave human more then the Bah?’? religion beliefs, like the movies Diary of Anne Frank, or Shindler’s List which didn’t try to teach about Judaism but about barbarians…

    Great change of topic Baquia and her bravery was certainly unique and worthy of sharing with the world, an extraordinary human indeed.

    Bird

  • Don Calkins

    [quote comment=""]
    However I do think the casting is great, extrodinary story and the best bit of it all is that they are not Bah?’?’s, the producers, nor is it under any approval from the AO.

    I think because there is a guy like Mel Gibson, an ardent Catholic, you will find this film more about Mona as a brave human more then the Bah?’? religion beliefs, like the movies Diary of Anne Frank, or Shindler’s List which didn’t try to teach about Judaism but about barbarians…

    Great change of topic Baquia and her bravery was certainly unique and worthy of sharing with the world, an extraordinary human indeed.

    Bird[/quote]

    Jack Lenz is the producer and a Baha’i.

    Last I knew, Mel Gibson declined to be involved in any way once he found out Mona’s Baha’i beliefs were at the core of the story.

    Don C

  • Don Calkins

    [quote comment=""]
    However I do think the casting is great, extrodinary story and the best bit of it all is that they are not Bah?’?’s, the producers, nor is it under any approval from the AO.

    I think because there is a guy like Mel Gibson, an ardent Catholic, you will find this film more about Mona as a brave human more then the Bah?’? religion beliefs, like the movies Diary of Anne Frank, or Shindler’s List which didn’t try to teach about Judaism but about barbarians…

    Great change of topic Baquia and her bravery was certainly unique and worthy of sharing with the world, an extraordinary human indeed.

    Bird[/quote]

    Jack Lenz is the producer and a Baha’i.

    Last I knew, Mel Gibson declined to be involved in any way once he found out Mona’s Baha’i beliefs were at the core of the story.

    Don C

  • Bird

    Well Don, that is just plain sad. Rather then focus on the courage of the brave Mona, focus on her religion. Sounds like a patsy to me.

    Since a story may not be filmed on the central figures, why not pick the 16 year old who died for it to tell it… hummm, something sounds wrong with this picture already. All the makings of a hidden agenda.

    Most of the Bah?’?’s I know, in fact all in person, NEVER question anything.

    Well, I’m sure it will be just dandy.

  • Bird

    Well Don, that is just plain sad. Rather then focus on the courage of the brave Mona, focus on her religion. Sounds like a patsy to me.

    Since a story may not be filmed on the central figures, why not pick the 16 year old who died for it to tell it… hummm, something sounds wrong with this picture already. All the makings of a hidden agenda.

    Most of the Bah?’?’s I know, in fact all in person, NEVER question anything.

    Well, I’m sure it will be just dandy.

  • Fiqh

    A movie that shows the willingness of women to obey religion to a point of being martyred will restore respect for the Law. It will show that females can be of help to the men. With Jack Lenz being a Baha’i he will probably stick close to what the House wants as well as showing that martyrdom is an exalted state in the eyes of Islam and Baha’u’llah (Hidden Words).

    Fiqh

    Most of the Bah?’?’s I know, in fact all in person, NEVER question anything.

    Well, I’m sure it will be just dandy.[/quote]

  • Fiqh

    A movie that shows the willingness of women to obey religion to a point of being martyred will restore respect for the Law. It will show that females can be of help to the men. With Jack Lenz being a Baha’i he will probably stick close to what the House wants as well as showing that martyrdom is an exalted state in the eyes of Islam and Baha’u’llah (Hidden Words).

    Fiqh

    Most of the Bah?’?’s I know, in fact all in person, NEVER question anything.

    Well, I’m sure it will be just dandy.[/quote]

  • http://free-zepher.blogspot.com/ Free-zepher

    Further to the last commennt:

    I wonder if the actors know they will be backing up the Baha’i ideals of martyrdom, being forbidden to recant the Faith, the downgraded position of women in decision making exemplified in Baha’i practice, and imprinting children to give their lives for the Baha’i Cause? Most of all I wonder if they realize the disservice they will be doing to the truth of Tahirih’s life and teachings by following the limited spin Baha’i permits. By doing so civilization is downgraded in thought and action; while they ‘think’ they are doing a service it is quite the opposite. Baha’u’llah was instructed by The Bab to submit to Tahirih’s teachings; yet his faith does not uphold female leadership that she stood for as one of the first Feminists in the Middle East. This is the real Law the movie should be bringing attention to.

    http://free-zepher.blogspot.com/
    [quote comment=""]A movie that shows the willingness of women to obey religion to a point of being martyred will restore respect for the Law. It will show that females can be of help to the men. With Jack Lenz being a Baha’i he will probably stick close to what the House wants as well as showing that martyrdom is an exalted state in the eyes of Islam and Baha’u’llah (Hidden Words).
    http://free-zepher.blogspot.com/
    Fiqh

    Most of the Bah?’?’s I know, in fact all in person, NEVER question anything.

    Well, I’m sure it will be just dandy.[/quote][/quote]

  • http://free-zepher.blogspot.com/ Free-zepher

    Further to the last commennt:

    I wonder if the actors know they will be backing up the Baha’i ideals of martyrdom, being forbidden to recant the Faith, the downgraded position of women in decision making exemplified in Baha’i practice, and imprinting children to give their lives for the Baha’i Cause? Most of all I wonder if they realize the disservice they will be doing to the truth of Tahirih’s life and teachings by following the limited spin Baha’i permits. By doing so civilization is downgraded in thought and action; while they ‘think’ they are doing a service it is quite the opposite. Baha’u’llah was instructed by The Bab to submit to Tahirih’s teachings; yet his faith does not uphold female leadership that she stood for as one of the first Feminists in the Middle East. This is the real Law the movie should be bringing attention to.

    http://free-zepher.blogspot.com/
    [quote comment=""]A movie that shows the willingness of women to obey religion to a point of being martyred will restore respect for the Law. It will show that females can be of help to the men. With Jack Lenz being a Baha’i he will probably stick close to what the House wants as well as showing that martyrdom is an exalted state in the eyes of Islam and Baha’u’llah (Hidden Words).
    http://free-zepher.blogspot.com/
    Fiqh

    Most of the Bah?’?’s I know, in fact all in person, NEVER question anything.

    Well, I’m sure it will be just dandy.[/quote][/quote]

  • http://www.elikamahony.com Elika Mahony

    I’m excited to hear about the update of Mona’s Dream. How wonderful that Mona’s exemplary life will be shared with the rest of the world.

  • http://www.elikamahony.com Elika Mahony

    I’m excited to hear about the update of Mona’s Dream. How wonderful that Mona’s exemplary life will be shared with the rest of the world.

  • http://www.elikamahony.com Elika Mahony

    Thank you for the update of ‘Mona’s dream’. How wonderful that Mona’s exemplary life will be shared with the rest of the world.

  • http://www.elikamahony.com Elika Mahony

    Thank you for the update of ‘Mona’s dream’. How wonderful that Mona’s exemplary life will be shared with the rest of the world.

  • sheedeh

    [quote comment=""]Thank you for the update of ‘Mona’s dream’. How wonderful that Mona’s exemplary life will be shared with the rest of the world.[/quote]

  • sheedeh

    [quote comment=""]Thank you for the update of ‘Mona’s dream’. How wonderful that Mona’s exemplary life will be shared with the rest of the world.[/quote]

  • Tahir

    Further to the last commennt:

    I wonder if the actors know they will be backing up the Baha’i ideals of martyrdom, being forbidden to recant the Faith, the downgraded position of women in decision making exemplified in Baha’i practice, and imprinting children to give their lives for the Baha’i Cause? Most of all I wonder if they realize the disservice they will be doing to the truth of Tahirih’s life and teachings by following the limited spin Baha’i permits. By doing so civilization is downgraded in thought and action; while they ?think’ they are doing a service it is quite the opposite. Baha’u’llah was instructed by The Bab to submit to Tahirih’s teachings; yet his faith does not uphold female leadership that she stood for;

    I understand what you say; however after the ascension of Abdulbaha
    The Faith has had women as Bahai leaders, one example being
    The Most Holy Leaf, Bahaullah’s daughter. Bahai’s are also
    at the moment working for women’s full equality in all spheres,
    including employment, education and family life.

  • Tahir

    Further to the last commennt:

    I wonder if the actors know they will be backing up the Baha’i ideals of martyrdom, being forbidden to recant the Faith, the downgraded position of women in decision making exemplified in Baha’i practice, and imprinting children to give their lives for the Baha’i Cause? Most of all I wonder if they realize the disservice they will be doing to the truth of Tahirih’s life and teachings by following the limited spin Baha’i permits. By doing so civilization is downgraded in thought and action; while they ?think’ they are doing a service it is quite the opposite. Baha’u’llah was instructed by The Bab to submit to Tahirih’s teachings; yet his faith does not uphold female leadership that she stood for;

    I understand what you say; however after the ascension of Abdulbaha
    The Faith has had women as Bahai leaders, one example being
    The Most Holy Leaf, Bahaullah’s daughter. Bahai’s are also
    at the moment working for women’s full equality in all spheres,
    including employment, education and family life.

  • Azadeh

    Ya Baha’u’llabha !!! the world is watching you!!

  • Azadeh

    Ya Baha’u’llabha !!! the world is watching you!!

  • http://tahirihstarr.info Starr* Saffa

    [quote comment=""]Ya Baha’u’llabha !!! the world is watching you!![/quote]

    Make it with eyes wide open please!

    It’s amazing that Baha’u’llah’s religion was able to take Tahirih’s call for full emancipation of women world-wide and use Her and Her call only to place women in secondary positions. Imagine saying women can not be on the Universal House of Justice where the top decision making for the community takes place. This is a blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

    Keeping this truth in mind it is amazing that women like Mona are willing to keep alive ‘dreams’ that keep women in secondary postitions in society and are even willing to give their lives for such doings.

    When the world watches, I hope it is with eyes wide open. The study of Tahirih’s true life story and Her struggle to fully emancipate women is what needs to be told and studied.http://tahiralogy.blogspot.com/ in this Age – the Age of Balance and Harmony dawning.
    Starr* Saffa

  • http://tahirihstarr.info Starr* Saffa

    [quote comment=""]Ya Baha’u’llabha !!! the world is watching you!![/quote]

    Make it with eyes wide open please!

    It’s amazing that Baha’u’llah’s religion was able to take Tahirih’s call for full emancipation of women world-wide and use Her and Her call only to place women in secondary positions. Imagine saying women can not be on the Universal House of Justice where the top decision making for the community takes place. This is a blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

    Keeping this truth in mind it is amazing that women like Mona are willing to keep alive ‘dreams’ that keep women in secondary postitions in society and are even willing to give their lives for such doings.

    When the world watches, I hope it is with eyes wide open. The study of Tahirih’s true life story and Her struggle to fully emancipate women is what needs to be told and studied.http://tahiralogy.blogspot.com/ in this Age – the Age of Balance and Harmony dawning.
    Starr* Saffa

  • Khatereh Vahdat

    I am so excited to see this film. Mona was a freind of mine for a couple of years before her arrest in Shiraz. I was one year younger than her and she was like my spiritual sister who lifted me up and thought me how to be happy under any condition.

    I have one comment regarding the actress chosen to play Mona. She does not look like her at all. I think if an actress who looks more like her is found it would be much better.

    If you have any question regarding Mona, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy if I could be of help.
    Khatereh

  • Khatereh Vahdat

    I am so excited to see this film. Mona was a freind of mine for a couple of years before her arrest in Shiraz. I was one year younger than her and she was like my spiritual sister who lifted me up and thought me how to be happy under any condition.

    I have one comment regarding the actress chosen to play Mona. She does not look like her at all. I think if an actress who looks more like her is found it would be much better.

    If you have any question regarding Mona, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy if I could be of help.
    Khatereh

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  • Rentalbox

    We can all analyze it from different angles and argue over each angle.
    But one thing remains the same always is the message Mona wanted to give to all of us. She died for her bliefs and she wanted to make this world a better place for human being. Isn’t this what we all promised God we will do by coming to this world?

  • Tonyb

    Baha’is are not Forbidden to recant their Faith – It is a choice. What Mona died for is being realized in the world today, Mona died a hero and may some of that rub off on us.

  • Tonyb

    Tahirih died for this great cause, Tahirih would be the first to bow down to the laws and institutions of this faith.

    Please do not use Tahirih’s name to support your own opinion.

    Cheers Tony

  • Desir0101

    Hi Tonyb. Will you consider yourself faithful when in time of trial and test you recant your faith?
    So much is your faith so shall your powers be.

  • Azar Sabeti

    When the movie is coming out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. It has been rejected and that is why it is not on screen!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Desir0101

    TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL PERSIAN
    AND EDITED BY
    SHOGHI EFFENDI

    BAHA’I PUBLISHING TRUST
    WILMETTE, ILLINOIS 1970
    ________________________________________
    COPYRIGHT © 1932, BY THE NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY
    OF THE BAHA’IS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    , CHAPTER VIII: THE BAB’S STAY IN SHIRAZ AFTER THE PILGRIMAGE

    ”The wise course, I feel is to enquire into this matter with great care, and to judge him according to the precepts of the holy Book.” Husayn Khan readily consented; whereupon Shaykh Abu-Turab questioned the Bab regarding the nature and character of His Revelation. The Bab denied the claim of being either the representative of the promised Qa’im or the intermediary between Him and the faithful. “We are completely satisfied,” replied the Imam-Jum’ih; “we shall request you to present yourself on Friday in the Masjid-i-Vakil, and to proclaim publicly your denial.” As Shaykh Abu-Turab arose to depart in the hope of terminating the proceedings, Husayn Khan intervened and….”

    Some stated previously in the thread that Bahai has the right to recant ones faith.
    I have never seen it in any writings, can someone shed light on it.

    The Bab denied his faith and belief, surely there is an interpretation to fit the Bahai view.

    In the Bahai faith there has been hero martyr but I never understand why Mona story are given so much importance.

    Is she a family of some influencing member of the Bahai.

    thanks.

  • Hasrgv

    Mona’s martyrdom is so important because it happened in the world of today. Mona was only 17 years old and was hanged in 1980′s Iran. It is a wake up call for the world that this kind of stuff is still happening in Iran. Bahai’s have basicly no human rights in Iran at the moment.

  • Desir0101

    Dear Hasrgv,
    Good day.
    You are right. Mona story is so important.

    But if you go back to the late 1990′s where still young bahais been atrociously  murdered.

    There have been lot of publicity to promote  Mona story.

    Hasgrv said;

    ”Bahai’s have basicly no human rights in Iran at the moment. ”

    But do you think that you have rights when you enroll into the Bahai faith.
    You have right just to say “”YES””  to every decision from the authorities.

    Don’t dare to question authority or you will be the worst enemy of GOD, and even death , martyr  or any most praiseworthy  act will not succor you for eternity.

    What RIGHT do you have in the Bahai community?

    The right to become a blinded conformist.

    How can a religion impose so many incumbencies with the right to take severe action against the individual for simple things which he was not aware before joining the Faith.

     

     

  • Desir0101

    Mr Azal.

    I believe you are right.