Mona, The Angel of Shiraz

Nov 2012
Angels do live in our day. Abdu'l-Baha said that, "Angels are also those holy souls who have severed attachment to the earthly world, who are free from the fetters of self and passion and who have attached their hearts to the divine realm and the merciful kingdom. They are of the kingdom, heavenly; they are of the merciful One, divine. They are the manifestations of the divine grace and the dawns of spiritual bounty."

Such a one was Mona.

One soul who was led to the Faith by her shared his story online:

--I never knew Mona. I became aware of her one day in the 1980's while waiting in a doctor's office. There was a magazine that had an article about these people called Bahá'ís in Irán. The mullas were killing them. I remember seeing a picture of Mona in the article. She was so vibrant, so beautiful in that picture, and about my age. I remember thinking in horror, "Who could kill her?"

Then I closed the magazine and forgot about her and these people called Bahá'ís.

About ten years later I was walking across the UC-Davis campus. There was a booth under a Live Oak Tree with a large poster that had "Bahá'í Faith - World Peace" written on it. At that time I was a long time agnostic and thought that organized religion was a sham, foolishness, and a source of violence and hatred. I avoided religious groups as if in fact they were the bubonic plague.

I would have walked past that booth except that I saw Mona's smiling face in my mind's eye. I had not thought of her since that day in the doctor's office. Her visage drew me as if in a dream to the booth. I met the Bahá'ís. I loved them. I was astounded at the teachings of Faith. Within a month I became a Bahá'í.

I cannot think about Mona without tears of joy and grief coming to my eyes. She is my saint because it was she who called me to the Faith. I can't imagine a life without the bounty of the Bahá'í Faith. It is as if I was seldom alive before I came to the Faith.

One glorious day I shall meet her. When I read, "I have sent death as a messenger of joy to thee, wherefore dost thou grieve?", I know in my heart of hearts that it must be true.--

Mona's faith, commitment and courage will be the source of inspiration for many ages to come. God bless her.

Mona Mahmudnizhad | Bahai Chronicles
Jul 2011
n ireland
She went to her death lovingly and willingly in the spirit of Anis. May Almighty God have mercy on her executioners. I'm sure they often picture that smiling saintly martyr. Tonight my heart feels weighty for the horrible injustice done to the Angels of Shiraz and all those around the world put to death for their beliefs
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Mar 2013
I remember a Persian Baha'i who visited our community and who spoke about being imprisoned in Shiraz together with Mona. She said that nobody, including Mona, were prepared to be martyred when they entered the prison.

She spoke of a dream which Mona had in which Baha'u'llah gave her a gift. When she opened it, she found that it was a red robe. She asked what it meant, and He said it was the robe of martyrdom. She didn't want it, so He gave her another box, and in it was a blue robe. She asked what this meant, and He said the robe of service. She happily and joyfully put that one on.

It was during their stay in prison that their souls were prepared for martyrdom. For instance, they were given the bastinado (where the soles of their feet are beaten), and they found that they didn't actually feel the pain of it. They were lifted out of it.

Mona was in a small cell with 11 other women. Because she was so young she was given a plum, and she wouldn't eat it alone. It had to be cut so that each one of the women there got a piece of it.

Anyway, it was a very long time ago, but this is what I remember of the talk. By the time Mona was hanged she was well prepared and wanted her martyrdom to mean something. She wanted youth to rise up and teach the Faith with joy and enthusiasm. She is certainly in a good place now. I understand there are levels in the next world, and she is certain among the Supreme Concourse.
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