Responses to Injustice

By Mehran Bashiri

Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #136
Bosch Bahá'í School: Santa Cruz, CA
May 26–30, 2016
(see list of papers from #136)

    With the widespread oral history and written accounts of the persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran, significant attention and sympathy have been directed to the cause of the emancipation of the Iranian Bahá'ís. While there are qualitative descriptions, a detailed quantitative account of the injustices that records the atrocities comprehensively is missing. This response may be related to some Bahá'í Writings, where individual Bahá'ís are encouraged to "Pay ye no heed to aversion and rejection, to disdain, hostility, injustice: act ye in the opposite way." "If others ... poison your lives, sweeten their souls ..."

    There are other responses, when in Súriy-i-Múlúk, addressing the inhabitants of Constantinople, the Blessed Beauty predicts, "The day is approaching when God will have raised up a people who will call to remembrance Our days, who will tell the tale of Our trials, who will demand the restitution of Our rights from them that, without a tittle of evidence, have treated Us with manifest injustice.

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