ANGELS OF IRAN . Mona's Story

ANGELS OF IRAN . Mona's Story
by faryarm

Azadeh Rohanian-Perry an American-Iranian woman living in Durham, North Carolina recounts the story of her childhood friend, Mona Mahmudnizhad. Mona was only 16 years old when she was executed together with nine other women in Shiraz, Iran on June 18, 1983. She was offered her life to recant her Faith. She refused. Mona asked to be the last of the nine to be hung so she could pray for their others as they faced their deaths. When it was her turn, she kissed the rope and calmly placed the noose around her neck.


The Planned Film about Mona



See The Music Video that was made in 1983 in her memory.


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Which Vision and Hope for Iran, The Bahai or yours Nadeem?

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Which Vision and Hope for Iran, The Bahai or yours Nadeem?    

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Administrative Rights

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If this is done administrative rights are taken, if that is done the rights are taken. If you want to go pulish an article, permission is to be taken. Don't read this, don't read that.... don't speak to him, don't talk to that person. I hope you are getting me mansouri.

One advice for you, if martyrdon is such a beautiful thing for you guys, then why not some from California, some from Log Angeles, some from Haifa come to Iran and start Ruhi classes for those poors of Iran.

Come on faryar.

Amir Sahameddin Ghiassi

The play a dress for Moan university USA

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100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024

Release: March 9, 2001


QUINN READS MARCH 22 -- Daniel Quinn, author of the award-winning novel "Ishmael," will read from his new book, "After Dachau," at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in Buchanan Auditorium of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Administration Building. The reading -- part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

"Ishmael" won the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, designed to encourage authors to seek "creative and positive solutions to global problems." Quinn’s other books include the novels "Dreamer," "The Story of B" and "My Ishmael"; "Beyond Civilization," a book of nonfiction; and, with Tom Whalen, "A Newcomer’s Guide to the Afterlife," a fictional guide for the newly deceased. Quinn’ s short fiction has appeared in the Quarterly, Asylum and Magic Realism.

Publishers Weekly calls Quinn’s new novel "provocative" and "Orwellian."

For more information about this event, contact the Prairie Lights bookstore at 337-2681.

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BAHA’I MARTYR IS SUBJECT OF UI STUDENT’S PLAY MARCH 22-25 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present "A Dress for Mona," written and directed by UI department of theatre arts graduate student Mark Perry, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, March 22-25 in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

Perry’s play is based on the true story of Mona Mahmundizhad, a 17-year-old Iranian girl who was martyred in 1983 for refusing to recant her Baha’i faith.

"It’s a story about faith, about courage, and the amazing capacity of human beings to choose to transcend the evil wrought by those around them," Perry says. "I hope people won’t be discouraged by the heaviness of the subject matter -- I think the play has a light heart."

Amir Sahameddin Ghiassi has written, "The Baha’i religion is a world religion which began in Persia. Baha’is believe in the oneness of God, the oneness of religion, and the unity of mankind. Baha’is strive to eliminate all prejudices of race, nationality, and religion. And Baha’is respect that all religions have come from the same God, in different times, to guide mankind."

A witness to Mahmundizhad’s execution, a Baha’i teacher named Djalal, wrote, "I could not believe that what I was seeing was real. She, the young girl, was so in love with God that she was ready to be killed for Him and His glory. For her faith . . . The revolution of Iran, which should have been a religious revolution and should have led the people to God’s way, was now eating the innocent people and children."

The production of "A Dress for Mona" features dramaturgical assistance by Azadeh Rohanian, lighting design by Rob Koop and costume design by Tallie Nelson.

Admission will be $5 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.

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GLAVE READS MARCH 23 -- Author Thomas Glave will read from his debut collection of short stories, "Whose Song?" at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Glave, whom the New York Times calls "a gifted stylist," has won an O. Henry Prize and a fellowship from the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, Mass. He traveled to Jamaica on a Fulbright grant and helped found the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays.

Glave’s essays and short fiction have appeared in "Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers," "Men on Men 6: Best New Gay Fiction" and "Prize Stories 1997: The O. Henry Awards."

"In this collection of short stories Thomas Glave walks the path of such greats in American literature as Richard Wright and James Baldwin while forging new ground of his own," Gloria Naylor says of Glave’s first book. "His voice is strong and his technique dazzling as he cuts to the bone of what it means to be black in America."

Nadine Gordimer says, "Thomas Glave has the strong talent and courage to take up the right to enter the inner selves of both black and white characters in his stories."

For more information about this event, contact the Prairie Lights bookstore at 337-2681.

Amir Sahameddin Ghiassi

Why we should have so many problems in our life?

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Why we should have so many problems in our life?  And why we should suffer so much in our short life? I remember one time Dr. Shahabi told if  Bab and Bahaullah instead of changing the name of Moslem to Babi and Bahai would bring their ideas as a philosopher or thinker, may be they had more success and the people did not suffered so much also. In that time that the people were under so much prejudice and were so uneducated to be against the name of their religion was a hard action and those people who even did not Quran and did not anything about the religion and they just listen to their clergies, were used as a device to kill the Babi and Bahai and also each other. In the time that Miss Kit Middleton is marrying like in a fairy tells and millions or dollars is spent for her wedding other girls in Iran is hanged up, just because they were Bahais? Is it just?    

Why because they born in two different countries.  I know a lot of other people who are suffering just because of religion names and the hate between religions. The people just suffer, because of lack of knowledge greed and hate.  Killing other believer of other religions is just of the persecution, there are a lot of other types of persecutions. 

The people who born in a family of two religion for example Bahai and Moslem will be doubled persecuted, from the members of both religions. In the hope that one day Love and Unity will take the place of hate and disunity and greed or misuse of different religions. I thought the Bahai people and the Bahai administration is better than others. I believed that the House of Just is really a holey gathering and I count on it. As a child I was persecuted by both religions Bahais and Moslems people, one time I said Alah Abha to my father and I was just four years old. He hits me, because the poor father thought I will go to the hell by saying Alah Abha that I did not even know its meaning.

Almost every day the good ignorant Moslem children teased me and say bad words to me that I put tomato in Abbass Effendi or I did   … the crystal box for the dead people  coffin or they punched the word Abbass Effendi with the knife on my desk and the teacher punished me for their action. In the way home the Moslem children attacked me four of five person and I have to fight with them, as I came covered with blood home, my father told me, clean and start to pray before it is late. And now the Bahai children made fun of me, because I war forced to pray Arabic Islamic Namaz?  

After graduation, I could not marry a girl in my level, because both Bahai and Moslem girls did not want to marry a man with Moslem father and Bahai mother.  I was sent out of the work after the revolution in Iran and I lost most of my capital robbed by Moslem friends and Bahai family. I lost also my family and be cheated from both sides. That is what had happened to my friend Nasser. Why, in compare with Mona, he is not killed, but to lose family and wealth is not easy too. The Persian court system have ignored him as he was robbed by Moslem friend of his, him and the Bahai administration system and House of Just did almost the same to him?  I have to add, there is a lot of good and nice Bahais and also a lot of good Moslems, but what can we do if we meet bad people?

And as you know thousand friends are nothing and one enemy is too much, so just few bad people is enough to destroy the lives of other people. I hope that one day Love and Just will replace hate and greed and misusing of religions and other school of thinking. The human being should be live in peace and unity. The teaching of Bahais are nice, but not all Bahais act according to them , they are like other people and sometimes also misuse the good name of nice Bahais like Mona and the other nine angel who are killed in cruel way in Shiraz. And thousand of Bahais or half Bahais are also persecuted in the Middle East Bahaullah told if the religion is causing problems, to have no religion is better or love each other and do not count each other as foreign that all of you are the leaves of a tree trunk or fruit of tree of my friend do not think but love and plant love in your heart?  We should not go after the name, but Love and Unity of mankind.



Which Vision and Hope for Iran, The Bahai or yours Nadeem?

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Which Vision and Hope for Iran, The Bahai or yours Nadeem?


The Universal House of Justice addresses a message to the Baha’is of Iran

26 June 2009

The Universal House of Justice has addressed the following message dated 23 June 2009 to the Baha’is of Iran in light of recent events in that country.

23 June 2009

To the Bahá’ís of Iran

Dearly loved Friends,

With hearts grieved by events unfolding in Iran, we address this letter to you, the steadfast followers of Bahá’u’lláh in that land. To the concern for your safety that has long weighed on us is now added mounting fear for the safety of millions of Iranian men and women, so many of them at the pinnacle of their youth, their vast potentialities yearning to be realized. How rapidly have veils been rent asunder! Cruelty meted out in calculated measures to you and others over the years has been unleashed in the streets of Iran for all humanity to see. No matter what the turn of events, we are confident you will adhere firmly to the fundamental principle of our Faith that strictly prohibits any involvement in partisan political activity by individual Bahá’ís or by Bahá’í institutions. Yet you cannot remain aloof and insensitive to the suffering of your people. Decades of hardship have prepared each of you to stand as a beacon of strength in the circle of your family and friends, your neighbours and acquaintances, radiating hope and compassion to all those in need. Keep alive in your hearts the feeling of confidence that the future of Iran holds bright promise, the certitude that the light of knowledge will inevitably dispel the clouds of ignorance, the conviction that concern for justice will protect the nation from falling prey to calumny, and the belief that love will ultimately conquer hatred and enmity. You have demonstrated in the example of your lives that the proper response to oppression is neither to succumb in resignation nor to take on the characteristics of the oppressor. The victim of oppression can transcend it through an inner strength that shields the soul from bitterness and hatred and which sustains consistent, principled action. May the words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá resound: “Iran shall become a focal centre of divine splendours. Her darksome soil will become luminous and her land will shine resplendent.” You and your compatriots are in our continued prayers.

[signed: The Universal House of Justice]

Anis Cyrus

Mona; Iran is proud of you.

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Mona,; when you were tortured for liberty and freedom of thoughts,when you cried in sorrow for not being given permission to express your beliefs, when you and your dear friends in jail were hanged in Shiraz some 30 years age, perhaps you could not imagine that the seeds you planted in the heart of Iran could grow and blossom so soon and that the new generation of YOUTH would rise and cry for the very same ideals you gave your life for.
Mona ; Iran is proud of you.


The Fear, Hate and Desperation of the Anti Bahai Campaign

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The Fear, Hate and Desperation  of the  Anti Bahai Campaign 

You know Who you are..dutifully you appear to try and cause hate and division.

By now your futile agenda to attack Bahai Institutions, is an obvious and  transparent illustration of the very same policy the anti Bahai Campaign the Islamic Republic is waging against Bahais in Iran.

The very use of your terminology speaks volumes of your tactics, the prejudice, animosity and the utter powerlessness of the people, the corrupt and moral bankruptcy of the doomed system you and your friends in te Islamic Republic represent.

Needless to say that the anti Bahai policy makers are intimately familiar and aware of who The Universal House of Justice is. They are baffled by the insight and wisdom by which  this democratically elected body of Nine people has made and continues to make decisions; they are no doubt frightened by the respect they command by both Bahais and Non, as well as  the Power vested in them to have such remarkably clear vision of the future in and the practical means by which to achieve Unity, peace and prosperity in Iran and The World.

The devotion and Faith shown by the likes of Mona and many other Bahais imprisoned and executed by the current iranian Regime comes from that mysterious power within and not dictated by any one; this rare conviction to belief and principle is one that has gained the Bahais of Iran, the sympathy and respect of fellow Iranians, who have at last awakened to dismiss the generations of lies and fallacies about Bahais.

The campaign of systematic persecution of Iranian Bahais in the last 32 years and in particular, its escalation since 2008, can not possibly be due to any fear of a peaceful, obedient community of 300,000 Bahais or whatever the official published number of Bahais in Iran, but no doubt the fear by the regime of the growing popularity and by many credible accounts, the alarming rise of interest in Bahai ideology, its spiritual principles,with regard to modernity, the separation of religion from the state and civil society, its Iranian roots and not to mention the abolition of professional clergy and the whole idea of "Marja Taghlid".

The attacks on Bahais and their supreme elected council, te Universal ouse of Justice,  by individuals here on, seem to come mainly from either  regular proxies or those who  see the rising interest in Bahais , be it from a purely humanitarian view or belief, as a direct threat to their already lost credibility and ultimately their imminent loss of control and power over the gullible minds and souls of a nation whose progress they have paralyzed by the self evident hypocrisy, deceit, corruption, superstition and ruthless hold on to power at any cost.

All one as to do is read the loving guidance  from the Universal ouse of Justice, to The Bahais of the world since their election in 1963, and especially the remarkably prophetic messages to Iranian Bahais about the rising tides of change in Iran and the eventual changes that would bring unprecedented change and awareness about their plight by the their fellow Iranians.


This letter To Bahais of Iran written in November 2003 is one example  of the profound insight and vision of The Universal ouse of Justice

Date November 26 2003 

"To every fair-minded observer, you are the living proof that faith in God and confidence in social progress are in every sense reconcilable; that science and religion are the two inseparable, reciprocal systems of knowledge impelling the advancement of civilization. Already, you begin to see this realization dawning in the eyes of many Muslims of your acquaintance. These friends and neighbours, who can truly lay claim to being “a people summoning unto goodness“, have watched with outrage as those whom they know to be innocent of any crime have been slandered and attacked without recourse to legal protection. They are sensitive — perhaps even more than you are yourselves — to the spirit of courage and decency that you have displayed throughout these ordeals. And they are also awakening to the real character of those whose abuse of you defiles the honour of Islám, in whose name such crimes are perpetrated. If you are not yet physically free, you are at last beginning to win acceptance as a respected and valued part of the Iranian people. Ahead lies the day when your fellow citizens will have recognized and come to treasure the contribution you are destined to make to Iran’s recovery of her rightful place among the nations of the world.

Ruling elites can make no more serious error than to imagine that the power they have managed to arrogate to themselves provides an enduring bulwark against the relentless tides of historical change. Today, in Iran as everywhere throughout the world, these tides roll in with insistent urgency and tumultuous force. They are not merely at the door of the house, but rise up irresistibly through its floors. They cannot be diverted. They will not be denied.

This is the real reason why Bahá’u'lláh was so desperately opposed by clergy and rulers who recognized in Him — correctly if only dimly — the Voice of a coming society of justice and enlightenment, in which they themselves would have no place. Nor should you have any doubt that it is this same fear that animates the successive waves of persecution you have long endured. Those who investigate the Cause of Bahá’u'lláh with sincerity readily appreciate that the Bahá’í community is a creative minority that is the embodiment of its Founder’s vision of the future and of His indomitable Will to achieve it. Through your love, your sacrifices, your services and your very lives, you have proven to be the true promoters of the progress of your dear homeland of which Bahá’u'lláh has written:

The horizon of Persia hath been illumined with the light of the heavenly Orb. Erelong will the Daystar of the supernal realm shine so brightly as to raise that land even unto the ethereal heights and to cause it to shed its radiance over the whole earth. The imperishable glory of bygone generations shall once more be manifest in such wise as to dazzle and bewilder the eyes….

Iran shall become a focal centre of divine splendours. Her darksome soil will become luminous and her land will shine resplendent. Although now wanting in name and fame, she will become renowned throughout the world; although now deprived, she will attain her highest hopes and aspirations; although now destitute and despondent, she will obtain abundant grace, achieve distinction and find abiding honour.

Each time we visit the Holy Shrines you are in the forefront of our hearts and prayers. Your long night will end, and you will have the joy of witnessing with your own eyes the mighty structure your sacrifices have raised."

The Universal House of Justice

Please see whole Text


In Persian(Farsi) 


nadeem khan

The Haifan UHJ is also responsible

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for this situation of Baha'is in Iran today.

The Haifan UHJ & ITC Members (with Iranian Passports) should come to Iran and start teaching the Baha'i Religion, the religion established by Imam Mahdi and Jesus Christ. These members should leave those Beautiful Gardens of Haifa and come to Shiraz and start teaching this new religion for the betterment of Iranian nation. Lets see how much guts they have.

Sitting in those beautiful Haifan buildings and givving commands and orders in the name of messages is an easy task but working on field is very difficult.

I hope you are getting me.




by hirre on

It takes strength to stand for what you believe in...

From an atheist's perspective it's a tragic ironi: on one end people are ready to commit murder for their religious faith, on the other end people are ready to die for their religious fate (although it's different branches of the same fate)...

nadeem khan

These are the tools in the hands of Supreme Haifan Body

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The responsibility of these kind of cruel killing is also on the infallible shoulers of the Haifan Supreme Body, the UHJ. What I am seeing is the  people over here are only seeing the cruel actions of the Islamic Regime but they are not studying the behaviour of Haifan UHJ.

In the messages of Haifan UHJ to Persian members of the faith, it cleary asks them to be 'firm', not to stop 'Teaching Activities' even if they are in prisons and not to pass on information to counsillors who are sitting in different countries. When the Baha'is obey the order of Haifans and do not follow the orders of Iranian government, they get persecuted and sometimes commit this kind of crimes with the innocent Baha'is who are fully charged by those "Messagages to the Persian Believers"coming from Israel.

Now, if the teaching work is really so important in these times when the cruel regime is not in a mood to leave you and the Haifans are motivating the Iranian Baha'is to teach and convert, what more can be expected.

If the Haifans really believe that the teaching is so important that lives can be given for it then these UHJ (the manifestation of God of today) and the ITC members should come to Iran (The members holding Iranian Passports) and start teaching just like these motivated Baha'i youths and sacrifice their life for this 'True Religion' of Imam Mahdi if needed.

The Haifan UHJ is playing with the lives of Baha'is of Iran for some reasons known to many.



Reading Excerpts From the Film's Screenplay

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Last Year, for the first time, at a Human Rights Event in NYC, A group of actors read unrehearsed from the screen play of Mona's Dream to an audience of two thousand people.


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by yolanda on

They are making a movie:


Reagan made a plea for clemency, but the 16 year old still got hanged.......IRI is brutal!

Thank you for posting!

Maryam Hojjat

Mona's story is very Tragic

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& It is not only her story.  IRR/IRI has been killing innocent young IRANIANS regardless of any affiliation when they do not listen to them and their barbaric idealogy.  They have killed many young moslems as well.  Their crimes to IRANIANS are widespread in all over the country.

Down with IRI/IRR, his supporters, & his thugs.

Amir Sahameddin Ghiassi

As long as we are indifferent we will have unjust

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The system of the world is training the people to be indifferent and as long as we are indifferent or cruel, we will have the same problem over and over. The killing of Mona, Neda and other young children of Iran is our fault, as we are indifferent and do not care for the problems of others? So the cruel people are encouraged to do their activities.

Yadam Beh-Khair


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Only if people had raised up against this cruelty back in that time we would not have had the tragedy of Neda Aghasultan today. It is a crime to be silent towards injustice

Esfand Aashena

Mona's story - sounds like an interesting movie. Hope 2c it soon

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Everything is sacred

Amir Sahameddin Ghiassi

The persecution of innocent people and unjust

by Amir Sahameddin Ghiassi on

The killing of ten angels in Shiraz 

The young girl, about seventeen years old, steps firmly to the death place; Mona Mahmundizhad, one of my best students, was persecuted in Iran (Persia), because she was Bahá'í.
The Bahá'í religion is a world religion which began in
Persia. Bahá'ís believe in the oneness of God, the oneness of religion, and the unity of mankind. Bahá'ís strive to eliminate all prejudices of race, nationality, and religion. And Bahá'ís respect that all religions have come from the same God, in different times, to guide mankind.

The revolutionary Islamic court in Shiraz, Iran persecuted Mona, and now they wanted to perform her execution.
Mona was walking very firmly towards the place of execution without any doubt or fear. She was singing Bahá'í songs and was walking like an angel towards her place of death. The people who were looking at this heroine were all crying and their faces were wet with tears. The eyes of her Moslem friends were shining from the tears and their faces were red; Mona was the only one not crying, and she was not sorry about what would happen to her in a few minutes. The reflection of God was in her face and she was sure that what she was doing was right and correct.
The Moslem people around her were singing Moslem songs, quietly. Some of them were singing in a very low voice while crying about this cruel situation and what would happen in a few minutes. The Bahá'ís who were there were singing the Bahá'í songs, "Sobuhon Ghoduson Rebeana Ve Reben Malaekaten Ve Ruh" The Moslems were singing "Alah o akbar" and the Baha'I were singing "Alláh-u-Abhá, Alláh-u-Abhá".
My friend Djalal, who was there as Mona's teacher, told me the following story in the hopes that the message of Mona would reach the people:

"I could not believe that what I was seeing was real. She, the young girl, was so in love with God that she was ready to be killed for Him and His glory. For her faith. And I, her poor teacher, must be there - without any power to save her. I have to watch the execution of one of my best students; I am a helpless person and can see the injustice to this young girl who has no crime in her life. The only crime that the so-called Islamic court could prove was that she was Bahá'í. A young, nice, intelligent, lovely, friendly and pure girl, who should be walking to the university to study and should have her whole life and future in front of her, was going to be executed because she was Bahá'í. And, who had signed her document but a Moslem who must be the follower of Imam Hossein, who was killed by Jazid in Karbella with all his family; his wife, children and even a little baby. The Jazid had cut off the water from them; so in the hot summer day of Kerbella, these holy people had no water to drink and must fight with these cruel people. He had been killed and for three days his body, and the bodies of his family, were left under the hot burning sun of the Kerbella Dessert. We had always cried for his death and the cruel situation in Kerbella, and now one of his followers had signed the death document for Mona.
"Her friends and classmates were there and were crying very bitterly; but Mona was firm and was singing with love and joy.

"The revolution of Iran, which should have been a religious revolution and should have lead the people to God's way, was now eating the innocent people and children. Which dirty hand in the revolution would like to paint a black page for Islamic history? I was Moslem, my father was Moslem, and he loved all the people around him. He always said to me, 'Djalal, you must respect all other people and their religion, and even if they have a false religion, you must respect them so they will respect our prophet. If you say bad words about their false prophet or god, they will do the same thing to our real and pure God." Now I was seeing the Moslems killing young, innocent children; my students, who were like my children. I could imagine that one day they might kill my little girl and that she must walk to her death place.
"Mona was a very good and friendly student of mine. She always helped the other students and laughed in a friendly way with them. She liked the younger students and helped them with their homework. Her parents were very proud of her. She was also, as I had heard, a teacher for the Bahá'í Friday school for younger students, which was another crime the Islamic court could prove.

"Her parents were very proud of her. I, as her teacher, was there to watch her die. Helpless and poor, I could not change this injustice and had to accept this way of cruelty. I wish that I had the power to do something more for my beloved student than just stand there and cry. I did know that any wrong movement would mean my death also, and I did not think my death would help my student.
Persia, the teacher is like a father or mother, and they love the students like their own children - so for me it was like I was watching my own child being killed by the Islamic court. My mother, who was a Moslem believer, said to me that she would pray for my student who was to be killed by an unjust court.
"Why should people be so cruel to each other and why should they kill each other just because they have other thoughts or religions, which had been given to them by their parents anyway? She was like my daughter and was very polite and friendly to me. I was very sorry to see all this happening to her and sometimes I could not believe that what I was seeing was real. My eyes were full of hot tears, burning my skin as they ran down my face. My feet were shivering as I saw that Mona was close to her death place. She behaved like a hero without any doubt, sorrow or fear.

She was looking firmly in front of her and her dark eyes were shining with the love of God. The people who persecuted her could not see this love and purity. They were blind and could not see the light of God. I did not know why the love for God that Mona was demonstrating now would not move the people that had signed her execution. Were their hearts made of stone or did their business, money and power blind them? Why could not the people see the light and glory of God, which was reflected by Mona?
"Mona walked to her execution place, took the execution rope, kissed it and put it around her neck. The voice of the Moslems who were singing Moslem songs now changed to the Bahá'í song which Mona was singing. Now all the Moslems and Bahá'ís were singing the same song. They were united in song, the Bahá'í song which Mona was singing. All were full of sorrow and sadness. She died at 17 years of age, but her spirit and how she died, I will never forget. I hoped that the other people that saw this would never forget. Any human being should be ashamed to kill innocent people for their beliefs or for the beliefs of their parents.
"Many other Persian girls and boys have been killed by the Islamic Revolution Court and their only crime was that they were Bahá'í. What could they do; as their parents were Bahá'í so they were Bahá'í also. Some of them were my students. Why should I teach them to be killed by the Islamic court? My work was a useless work. I became very depressed and could not teach anymore."

Djalal, my friend who was telling this story, looked in my eyes. His eyes were red because he cried so much for his students who were killed. I could feel the warm tears on my face as well. He said, " What can we do? Only cry for this cruelty?" Should we just sit and look at what the cruel people do as they misuse religion and humanity to kill in the name of God the innocent boys and girls, our students? I thought God gave us a heart full of His love so that we could love and understand each other and each other's children. But these cruel people do not use even their simple understanding for the other people and in the name of God they kill children of God. And they claim that they believe in God. Djalal could not teach in the schools of Iran anymore and he was so sad that I was worried he would soon loose his mind. He said, "How can I be in the class and see the children whom I should teach? The faces of other students who were killed are in front of me and I see in each of the other students, the face of Mona. I cannot teach anymore and see the innocent children who could also be killed by the Islamic Court"

Djalal left me that day. I was always looking for him and I went many times to his house to visit him. The last time that I saw him he was very depressed and his hair had turned white during those years. When I rang his bell, his daughter opened the door. I saw her face, an Iranian girl with the same eyes and face as Mona. I saw in her face the face of Mona. The girl invited me into the house and to her father's room. Djalal was reading a book. He saw me and stood up to shake my hand. " You see, Amir, my girl. I saw always the face of Mona in her face. Maybe the same situation will happen to my daughter one day and they will kill her as they killed Mona."

Djalal; we should work for a goal as Mona worked for a goal. We should work so that our children will have a nice free country, and we should work against this cruelty. I know that maybe they will kill us too, but we must not give up and must try. Freedom has its cost and Mona paid that cost for us. Look at history; many people have been killed because they wanted justice, but they did not give up, they followed their ways without fear or doubt. I know that many young people have been killed, but one day our children will enjoy this freedom. Mona did her part, and we must do our part too.
I think, Djalal, you have been right. And I know that it is very hard for you to see all these cruel things. But we should give the message of Mona to the whole world because they have to know what has happened. The Iranian organizations, which call themselves organizations for humanity and human rights, should understand what they have done to the young and innocence in the Name of God. I hope that one day the message of Mona will reach the people who have God in their hearts and are willing to listen to the words of God. The people who can open their hearts to God, and who are pure, will listen.