The Music and Arrest of a Baha'i Musician


Behnam Rohani-Fard, a Baha’i Musician and composer who had resided in Tehran for some time traveled to the city of Yazd to participate in the mourning ceremony arranged for one of his family members. In the morning hours of Monday, October 12, Mr. Rohani-Fard was detained by Intelligence agents while driving in his private car; he was taken to an undisclosed location.

In repeated follow-ups made by Mr. Rohani-Fard’s wife, she was told that her husband would be released in one week and his detentions was related to his change of residence, as well as chanting religious Baha’i songs.

Readers are reminded that Mr. Rohani-Fard was a target of investigation by agents from the Intelligence Ministry in March 20 of this year. During the investigation, Mr. Rohani-Fard’s computer and some of his personal effects were confiscated. The agents carried a search warrant and an issued sentencing for a one-year suspended jail term, effective for the next four years.



5 Responses

  1. sb

    November 18, 2009 2:05 pm

    Nothing, I suspect, can silence the music of Mr. Rohani-Fard’s heart and nothing will quiet the songs sung for him around the world by millions of Baha’is who think of Mr. Rohani-Fard as their dearly beloved brother. This is merely another callous attempt to prevent the sincere expression of love for God, the One, the True, the All-Seeing. Poor Iran.

  2. Neil D. Chase

    November 18, 2009 6:47 pm

    Perhaps if that song were beautifully and uploaded to YouTube with the lyrics and translation, many thousands of people could learn it, and like the soul of Mr. Rohani-Fard, the melody will live forever.

  3. Rah Maja

    November 20, 2009 9:06 am

    Najad … poor Najad … miserable Najad … your turn is fast approaching and … no one will be around to help you. Najad … poor Najad.

  4. sb

    November 20, 2009 9:11 pm

    Dear Frank:

    Yes, there is something we can all do, be Baha’is. The eldest Son of Baha’u’llah was called ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. He said it best: “To be a Baha’i simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.”


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