This post is written by my good friend Donna Hakimian. I want to thank her for contributing to my blog at such a crucial time. I hope everyone will enjoy reading it as much as i did.

On streets across Iran we see courage and violence, we see fear and hope. What one cannot see with physical eyes, but can most definitely perceive, is a people banding together in the hopes of a society in which the rights of all are respected, and ultimately a life of freedom. We also see silent and peaceful protests. We see women, and men, young and old. We see change.

On the streets of Tehran, a city I have been dreaming of for as long as I can remember, a turning point is in the people’s midst. Somewhere between Vali Asr Street and Ferdowsi Square a new life, a renewal, has been breathed into the hearts and minds of people. But what of this city, and what significance does a city the whole world is watching have?

Bahá’u’lláh states regarding Tehran.

“It is Our wish to remember the Abode of supreme blissfulness (Tihrán), the holy and shining city—the city wherein the fragrance of the Well-Beloved hath been shed, wherein His signs have been diffused, wherein the evidences of His glory have been revealed, wherein His standards have been raised, wherein His tabernacle hath been pitched, wherein each of His wise decrees hath been unfolded.”
(Bahá’u’lláh, 346, http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/).


In another passage he writes:

“Let nothing grieve thee, O Land of Tá (Tihrán), for God hath chosen thee to be the source of the joy of all mankind.”
(Bahá’u’lláh, 346, http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/).


For Bahá’u’lláh the concept of justice is central, and the well being of mankind is hinged upon this. So when one sees such a gross injustice in the violation of people's rights we wonder why and how it can prevail? But humanity is awakening, and the world is watching it all so closely.

It is particularly inspiring to see how such a cross section of young Iranians, many of whom who have never had the chance to visit their homeland, have been working tirelessly to get the news out the past few days. Or those non-Iranian supporters of freedom, twittering and writing extensively about the situation. One such friend, a young Canadian, and former classmate at McGill, has been active on twitter from his job post in North Africa, and has even been providing me with news! This is emblematic of the interconnectedness of all of us.

My hope is that future generations will be even more vigilant, and a system of world governance will be in place that will not allow such abuse of people and violation of people’s human rights. Freedom will prevail no doubt.

I stand in solidarity with the freedom loving people of Iran, those innocents that have perished in the cross fire, and those persisting in creating change, and all those expressing their desire for human rights for the people of Iran, no matter their gender, religion, social class, age, or ethnicity.
Iran, Iran, how we love thee Iran!

By: Donna Hakimian

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