Citizen Javid

Citizen Javid
by Jahanshah Javid

My daughter Mahdiyeh woke me up Tuesday morning and asked if I wanted to come to her U.S. citizenship ceremony. "When is it?" I asked in a daze. "Eight o'clock," she says. It was 7:30. I had forgotten all about it. I quickly got ready and we took a cab to a Washington DC courthouse >>> Photos

I had imagined a dry ceremony run by boring bureaucrats. But no. The clerks were cordial and helpful and the presiding judge was a sweetheart. What made it more special were the speakers -- model citizens and activists who recalled the importance of the Bill of Rights as well as the need to preserve the language and culture of the new citizens' country of birth in order to make America a richer, more diverse and vibrant society.

I'm greatly relieved that Mahdiyeh is finally a U.S. citizen. She will now enjoy a level of individual freedom and security few countries can offer >>> Photos

Video: The court clerk had difficulty reading Mahdiyeh's name. He said something like "Javed, Mada" :o)


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JJ and mahdiyeh jan, congratulations!

by benbagheri on

We're all proud of Mahdiyeh! Her work and professional accomplishments and now her citizenship! You must be a proud Dad.




by KouroshS on

What is wrong with that when accepting some other country's citizenship will make someone life's much better or even safer for that matter? 

Darius Kadivar

mannya2001 I suppose You Meant NORWAY ... ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on


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by mannya2001 on

IN your dreaaaaaaams   PEDRO


True Iranians

by Javadagha on

I do not understand how someone who grew up in Iran will be happy with another country’s citizenship.  I believe this is a reason WHY Iran has lagged in comparison to other countries.  

There are Iranians who will never accept other citizenships regardless of how bad the situation in Iran gets.  In my book, these are true Iranians.

Ari Siletz

No pressure

by Ari Siletz on

Senator, governor, congressman, chief justice,attorney general, secretary of state, we're not picky.

Congratulations Mahdiyeh Khanoum!

Shazde Asdola Mirza

Best wishes for her, Iran and America

by Shazde Asdola Mirza on

Every voice counts! Every action counts!



by Midwesty on

No, don't take the certificate to bed with you, it might get crumpled. ;O)

bajenaghe naghi

JJ jan

by bajenaghe naghi on

Congratulations to Mahdiyeh and you for the special day and wish Mahdiyeh the very best as a brand new bona fide American.  

Organic NUTritionist


by Organic NUTritionist on

Really, if you get to know me you will see that I don't bs and say it like it is--it's a family trait!  ;)



by farshadjon on

Congratulations to the Javid family and especially to Mahideh khanom!



by KouroshS on

Then i hope you will see plenty of it among your friends and relatives:))


Organic jaan no party bazi congratulatory notes ;-)Just kidding!

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred.

Organic NUTritionist

you look soooooo beautiful....

by Organic NUTritionist on

congratulations :)


Got it's moments...Girls dig it...

by Kareem on

Being an illegal alien ain't all that bad  ;-)



by KouroshS on

Hoping to see the day where this priviledge is extended to so many others under the comprehensive Immigration reform.

Elahi amen.

No Comment

thank you

by No Comment on

thank you everybody for your kind words :)



by anonymous111.2 on

Now can we see your papers please JJ? know, just to make sure you're here legally. :-)



by jigsawnovich on

mobaarak e!


Marge jaan these days it's easy to get a replacement. Besides

by Anonymouse on

Once you get your passport it's the same and you can loose it while dozing off on a train in a foreign country like JJJ did and order a new one and have it delivered to you while sun bathing in South of France

Everything is sacred.

I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek

don't lose that citizenship certificate

by I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek on

once i lost mine (i loaned it to kharmagas and Q for our secret mission in Orlando, Florida) and it cost me hundreds of dollars to get a new copy. it's also a very slow, Beaurocratic contact-filled process. 


Congrats MJJ! I get goose bumps, even though I don't know you!

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred.


A privilege

by Princess on

Being the citizen of a democratic state, by choice rather than birthright, is a privilege afforded to few people in this world.

Let us hope for the day when, Iran and every country in this world, grant their citizens the basic human rights we tend to take so much for granted. And may we learn to never take these basic rights for granted.

Congratulations, Mahdiyeh jan, and all the best wishes to you! 



I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek

this is why i love america

by I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek on

i love these ceremonies so much. congratulations to mahdiye!!!! 



by Cost-of-Progress on

It's a more secured feeling, isn't it?

I think I know the guy sitting behind her in the courtroom. he looks familiar.







by Souri on


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Darius Kadivar

Congrats !

by Darius Kadivar on

Nice ;0)

Niki Tehranchi

Good for you!

by Niki Tehranchi on

Congrats to you and I hope you enjoy your civic rights and duties to the fullest :o)


Congratulations :)

by Humility on

I became a Citizen in 1992 - Voted for Clinton that year!





by IRANdokht on

I love Mahdieh's picture :o)