Saturday, February 28, 2009

I Don't Have to Worry


Today our family will be celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha with both sets of grandparents of Douglass Ali as well as my sister and her daughter. The mere thought of it fills my heart with joy and my eyes with tears for this simple but profound blessing.

"Let the days in excess of the months be placed before the month of fasting. We have ordained that these, amid all nights and days, shall be the manifestations of the letter Ha (The letter "Ha" has been given several spiritual meanings in the Holy Writings, among which is as a symbol of the Essence of God), and thus they have not been bounded by the limits of the year and its months. It behoveth the people of Baha, throughout these days, to provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His Name..."
(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 25)

The complete freedom my family will enjoy in celebrating this blessed period before the fast will be in marked contrast to the brutal oppression of Baha'i families in Iran.

I don't have to worry that someone may try to firebomb my home with my wife and infant son inside because are Baha'is.

I don't have to worry that I might return to work to find that I have been fired because I am a Baha'i.

I don't have to worry that even if I am fortunate enough to keep my job, that my pension may someday be denied me because I am a Baha'i.

I don't have to worry that "security forces" might knock down our door, confiscate our Baha'i books and other personal items and then drag me or my wife away to prison and charged as "spies" and "insulters of Islam" because we are Baha'is.

I don't have to worry that my wife or I might just "disappear" one day because we are Baha'is.

I don't have to worry that my son may be subjected to harassment by his fellow students or even his teachers because he is a Baha'i.

I don't have to worry that when Douglass Ali is old enough to go to college that he will be denied entry because he is a Baha'i.

I don't have to worry that at the end of a long life of such unjust treatment the cementary where my bones are laid down will be torn apart by bulldozers because I am a Baha'i.

What a blessing not to have to worry about such things. Every Baha'i should be able to say the same.