Naw-Ruz is not only an ancient Persian new year celebration, the first day of spring in northern hemisphere, but also the first day of the Badi; the Baha’i calendar that divides the solar year into 19 months of each having 19 days. The remaining 4 days in the solar year are celebrated as the intercalary days before the last month of the calendar. The last month is the month of fast and restrain. The fast though is about abstaining from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset, but it is also a reinforcing and fortifying experience of our spiritual powers and connection to the point of our adoration, the source of all good and love.
The Baha’i prisoners in Iran, though physically underfed and malnourished, are spiritually focused and awake. It is hard for anyone to understand how they fast, not being able to see the sunrise or sun set. But we know the power of human spirit is out of this world and God will provide the means.
Many of those who have been praying for their safety and human rights, have been keeping the Baha’is of Iran especially the Baha’i children in their dawn and evening prayers during the month of Ula, the Baha’i month of fast.
Soon Naw-Ruz will be here. Everyone will be celebrating the new year with their loved ones. The Baha’i prisoners, however, do not have the chance to celebrate Naw-ruz once again or see the sun light, the dawn of the new day, the faces of their families and their loved ones.
The following chant of a tablet by Abdu’l-Baha which is revealed during Naw-Ruz is especially timely for them. In this tablet Abdu’l-Baha, who Himself spend most of His life in the prison of the Ottomans and Persian government in Palestine, remembers Naw-Ruz and how the Iranians are celebrating Naw-Ruz. he laments that the lot of Abdu’l-Baha and His followers are the news of a new assault and persecution at the hand of the enemies at each moment. At the end of this beautiful prayer, Abdu’l-Baha assures those who want Him harm, to be rest assured that He is thinking of nothing but the beauty of the Beloved and is expecting nothing but His Graces of Divine Will.
As you listen, please do keep the Yaran and the rest of the Baha’is of Iran in mind who are spending this Naw-Ruz in prison and their families.
May the day come when all human beings are free to believe their conscience, free to be able to express their humanity, granted liberty to have all their human rights and be able to live in peace and harmony with the rest of humanity.