Wednesday, March 11, 2009

6 March 2009 - The Universal House of Justice, recent developments in the Cradle of the Faith

The Universal House of Justice
6 March 2009

To all National Spiritual Assemblies

Dear Bahá'í Friends,

The Universal House of Justice has directed us to apprise you of the following recent developments in the Cradle of the Faith...

...What must be borne in that these actions by the authorities are but the most recent manifestations of a systematic campaign of persecution that aims at the eradication of the Bahá'í community as a viable entity in the land of its birth. In recent years, the harassment and ill-treatment of our fellow believers in Irán have reached new levels of intensity as certain elements historically hostile towards the Cause have assumed growing influence in the affairs of the country.

We call on you to invite the believers in your community to join you, during these spiritually charged days of the Fast, in offering prayers for the protection of their brothers and sisters in Iran...

The heroic steadfastness of the Bahá'ís in the Cradle of the Faith has released mighty spiritual forces into the world. It has, too, evoked the highest admiration of the believers across the globe, whose yearning to alleviate the tribulations of their Bahá'í sisters and brothers in Irán is deeply felt and lovingly acknowledged by the House of Justice. What all must realize is that this longing may best be expressed through single-minded dedication to the prosecution of the Five Year Plan.

May every follower of the Blessed Beauty seize the opportunities that present themselves for the advancement of the Cause, confident that the victories won will bring abiding joy to the members of the long-suffering, renowned community in His native land.
With loving Bahá'í greetings,

Department of the Secretariat

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