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~Bahá'u'lláh

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No to Religious Discrimination against anyone

OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

PRESS RELEASE

3 May 2014

No to Religious Discrimination against anyone

New Delhi: On the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the incarceration of the Seven Bahá’í leaders in Iran, the Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá’ís of India has launched a national campaign from 1 to 14 May for raising awareness and public opinion on the plight of the Bahá’ís, which constitute the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran. The campaign invites concerned citizens of India to join in appealing the Government of India to urge Iran to free the Seven Bahá’í leaders who have been unjustly imprisoned since May 2008, serving a prison sentence of twenty years. Local Bahá’í councils in over 40 locations in India have joined the campaign. The slogan of the campaign given by the Seven from behind prison bars says: “No to Religious Discrimination against anyone!”

On 2nd May, hundreds of young people together with prominent individuals and religious leaders converged at the Bahá’í House of Worship, the Lotus Temple, for an Interfaith prayer service for the release of the Seven Bahá’í leaders and all prisoners of conscience in Iran. They were bearing images of the faces of the seven Bahá’í leaders as a means of calling attention to their imprisonment. The prayer service was a moment of spiritual communion with the Seven and all prisoners of conscience in Iran who have been subjected to systematic persecution on account of their beliefs, religious affiliations and ideologies. Visitors and participants were invited to join a signature campaign at http://chn.ge/1f0cwKI.

Following the prayers 100 white doves were released to fly into the air as a symbolic act heralding freedom, justice and peaceful co-existence for all in a land which has historically prided itself in liberating people from the shackles of oppression and tyranny.

All gathered lauded the courageous act of Ayatollah Abdol Hamid Masumi Tehrani in Iran.  On 7 April 2014, the Ayatollah posted an image of an illuminated calligraphic work quoting several verses from Baha'u'llah's Kitab-i-Aqdas, the "Most Holy Book" that he gifted to the Bahá’ís of the world. At the heart of the work are the following words: "Consort with the followers of all religions with amity and concord."  The calligraphic work was accompanied by a three-page statement, which, among other things, said: "I present this precious symbol – an expression of sympathy and care from me and on behalf of all my open-minded fellow citizens who respect others for their humanity and not for their religion or way of worship – to all the Baha'is of the world, particularly to the Baha'is of Iran who have suffered in manifold ways as a result of blind religious prejudice."

In recent past prominent Indians and religious leaders of all denominations supported the bold step taken by Ayatollah Tehrani calling it a constructive and principled voice of commitment to religious tolerance and respect for human dignity.

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