Translation By Iran Press Watch
In November 2015 Ayatollah Masoumi Tehrani1 presented as a gift to the newly arrested Bahá’ís in Tehran a piece of his calligraphy work from the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet founder of the Bahá’í Faith, which states:
O SON OF MAN! Ponder and reflect. Is it thy wish to die upon thy bed, or to shed thy life-blood on the dust, a martyr in My path, and so become the manifestation of My command and the revealer of My light in the highest paradise? Judge thou aright, O servant!
The following excerpt is taken from his official website:
“As confrontational actions of security forces against our Baha’i compatriots need to be meditated upon, I, with utmost humility, have penned a piece from the Baha’i book “Hidden Words” in the form of calligraphy. This move may raise the conscience of my fellow countrymen by considering increasing their respect for human dignity and not focusing their attention on different ethnicities, languages and religions. This piece of calligraphy is offered to Sahba Farnoush, Navid Aqdasi, Parviz Nikaeen, Keyvan Nikaeen, Arshia Rouhani, Mateen Janamian, Zareen Aqabani, Yeganeh Agahi, Negar Bagheri, Nava Majzoob, Yavar Haghighat, Helia Moshtaq, Naghmeh Zabihian, Franeh Daneshgari, Sanaz Eshanqi, Nika Pakzadan and Sharan Tamrie Najaf, who have recently been arrested and have no legal protection. I emphatically and seriously demand that the authorities stop these atrocities.
If human value is connected to religion and belief, surely we Muslims stand at the lowest level, due to our actions which have clearly been manifested in recent times.”