In the course of assembling records of persecutions perpetrated against the Baha’i community of Iran and their long and important history of resisting forces arrayed against them, Iran Press Watch has come across a statement by the Universal House of Justice written on November 26, 2003, which has far-reaching implications and remains true today as it did then. Iran Press Watch is grateful to Dr. Khazeh Fananapazir for offering this translation. The original Persian is attached for ease of reference for those interested.
The greatest mistake that the ruling authorities may perpetrate is to vainly imagine that using the powers they have usurped for themselves they can become a barrier or a dam to impede the flow of the forces of change and transformation. Today whether it be in Iran or other parts of the world the torrent of these changes and transformations is in full flow with great rapidity and power. One can neither deny its existence nor divert its course nor diminish its intensity and potency. It can penetrate through all doors and walls and enter ones own home.
The primary reason why the divines and rulers have, from the inception of the Revelation of Baha’u’llah, arisen to oppose it is that they saw that Baha’u’llah was the Founder of a new community based on equality and social justice and in that society they saw no role or station or position for themselves. This fear and anxiety has been the cause of the restrictions and tribulations wrought upon the Baha’is, they that tread the path of love and faithfulness. At the same time none can deny that that despite all these injustices perpetrated upon the Baha’i community, this community is a creative minority, an exemplar of the spiritual and divine civilization envisioned by Baha’u’llah, and is a sign of the iron will of the Blessed Beauty in realizing His sublime purpose. You who extol the Greatest Name in the cradle of the Faith of God, have proven with your commitment to genuine service, with your self-abnegation, and with your sacrifice even of your life blood that you are truly yearning for the progress and exaltation of Iran – an Iran about which ‘Abdul-Baha has uttered these words:
The horizons of Iran are illumined by the rays of that divine Luminary. Ere long the Orb of the world above will shine with such intensity so that that land will attain the zenith of resplendence and give illumination to all the world and that everlasting honor and glory of the past will shine again with such effulgence that eyes will be dazzled and minds astonished.
Iran will be the epicenter of lights. Its earth will be resplendent. The country will be illumined. Nameless and traceless as she may now appear it will be of prominent renown in entire world. This deprived land will attain all its wishes and aspirations. Disadvantaged as it may appear now it will possess all bounties and will achieve all manner of distinction.
These eager and yearning souls always remember those champions of the fields of service and faith in our most cordial prayers so that the dark night of restrictions may expire and that you may all witness the gladsome greatness and glory of that strong Edifice which you have been building with so much sacrifice and selflessness.