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A story of religious persecution in Iran as told by a friend of mine.

Hello everybody,

I hope you are enjoying these beautiful near spring days.

Like I said in my last post, we have in our Lexington Bahá’í community Persian Bahá’ís who had to leave Iran to escape persecution. Here is a story that Neda Darab related to me:

"When Layla, my middle sister, was in middle school one of her teachers started talking bad about Bahá’ís. Most teachers liked to do that just to see our reactions but we were told not to engage in conversations like this unless we were asked specifically  if we were Bahá’ís or not. Anyways, the teacher went on to say that the Bahá’ís were spies and started naming businesses owned by them and telling the students to avoid these businesses and not buy their products and services.

Layla couldn't take it anymore and said in the class “I am a Bahá’í and none of these stories are true." The next day she was expelled from school and mom had to go to the board of education. From there, the case went to court. Their claim was that Layla was teaching the faith in the class and was disturbing the class. To make the story short she was expelled for almost 3 months and after they agreed to let her back she had to go to a different school that was very far from our house. Usually before you even set foot on school grounds they know you are a Bahá’í and try to test your limits."

Baha'u'llah, the Profet founder of the Baha'i Faith, explains why people persecute the Messengers of God and their followers in His Writings. More on this in the next post.

Until then, enjoy the warmth and sun!