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Old 12-17-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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Baha'i cemetary attacked and partly destroyed

Baha'i cemetery in Sanandaj, Iran, attacked and partly destroyed
16 December 2013

GENEVA — Among the many acts of persecution to which the Baha'is in Iran are being subjected, one of the most heartless is the wanton desecration of their cemeteries. Most recently, attackers have destroyed portions of the Baha'i cemetery in Sanandaj, Iran, which has in recent years been threatened by local authorities who have sought to raze the site and repossess its land. The attack follows recent efforts by local officials to reclaim the site, which had been officially allocated to Baha'is some 20 years ago.

Reports from Iran say the morgue, where bodies are washed, along with the prayer room, a water tank, and the walls of the cemetery were destroyed sometime in the morning on 12 December 2013.

"We don't have all the details about this attack yet, but it appears to have been the result of a government effort to confiscate the cemetery land and destroy its buildings and graves," said Diane Ala'i, the representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva.

"Baha'is hold the legal deed to the land, and have even won support from many of their Muslim neighbors for their efforts to beautify the property and its surroundings. At one point, they planted more than 250 trees there.

"But elements of the government have more recently sought to reclaim the property, even seeking a court order to raze the buildings and graves. The Baha'is of Sanandaj fought back in the courts but their protests have now apparently failed to protect their rights," she said.

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Old 12-18-2013, 04:15 AM   #2
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The more they persecute
the more they spread God's message.

In Christs words
Forgive them for they know not what they do.
 
Old 12-18-2013, 08:06 AM   #3
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I don't understand how they can feel they are making progress by attaching physical things. After all, Baha'i Faith, as the true Religion, is not here for those earthly things.
 
Old 12-18-2013, 08:27 AM   #4
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I don't understand how they can feel they are making progress by attaching physical things. After all, Baha'i Faith, as the true Religion, is not here for those earthly things.
Dear friend exactly

As the Christian bible says........

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2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
King James Bible : 1 Corinthians
 
Old 12-18-2013, 07:21 PM   #5
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Decay

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I don't understand how they can feel they are making progress by attaching physical things. After all, Baha'i Faith, as the true Religion, is not here for those earthly things.
It is the decay of the archaic institutions of a perverse form of Islam which is neither connected to Muhammad (PBUH), nor Allah.

That more Muslims do not arise in protest of this extremism speaks volumes about the society in general. In America, not so long ago, racism was institutionalized and broadly tolerated. The great Civil Rights era of the 50s and 60s at least put a spotlight on the reality. Something similar needs to happen in the world of Islam, by Muslims, to stand against those who, in the name of Islam, distort its image.
 
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