They Hanged Her for Teaching Love
August 25, 2008
She is called the Angel of Iran, because
she lived her short life angelically. The demonic Islamist Mullahs, true
to their nature, couldn’t bear an angel in their midst. On June 18,
1983, they hanged the young woman, barely past childhood, for refusing
to renounce her belief: the belief in love, justice, and equality for
all children of God.
Her name was
a 17-year old Baha’i Character School (Sunday school) teacher. Her
pupils loved the indescribably gentle loving teacher who taught them to
grow up as exemplary humans with hearts brimming with the love of God,
all his people and his creation.
One day the Mullahs’ agents came to her
house while the young school-girl was studying for her next day English
exam. The savage Islamists had another much tougher exam in mind for her
to be administered in the horrific prison of the Mullahs. They were
certain that they could break the frail young woman under pressure and
torture; that they could make her recant her faith and adopt their
Our great Zoroaster, the luminous ancient prophet of Persia, spoke of
the ongoing battle between the forces of good under Ahuramazda—God, and
the forces of evil directed by Ahriman—the Satan. Zoroaster warned us
not to fall for the enticements or be deceived by the machinations of
Ahriman. He further informed us that evil can be recognized by the deeds
of its people; people who would oppose the precepts of Ahuramazda.
And the child-woman Mona was seen by the Islamist clergy as a threat to
their very demonic precepts and practices. They felt compelled to either
convert her to their creed of darkness or extinguish her young life.
the young teacher, deeply loved children and believed that they had to
be brought up as champion workers for Ahuramazda.
Baha’is claim that the founder of their religion,
, is the reappearance of the spirit of Zoroaster; that Zoroaster’s triad
teachings of Good Thoughts, Good Speech, and Good Behavior are
elaborated in greater details by Baha’u’llah.
for the children, a detailed exposition of Zoroaster’s
teachings, are summarized in the passage below by Baha’u’llah.
"Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the
trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly
face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer
to the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be
fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man,
and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in
darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the
distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let
integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the
stranger, a balm to the suffering, and a tower of strength for the
fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the
erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow
of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life
to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary
above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an
ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on
the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy
generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.”
Ten Baha'i women
of Shiraz, Iran were among the many Baha’is who were arrested
by the Islamists for their faith. The young Mona was one of them. These
women endured months of endless abuse in the prison of the Mullahs, yet
every one of them refused under threat of death to recant their faith of
The heartless Mullahs finally decided to make good on their threat and
hanged these magnificent human beings, one-by-one. The Angel of Iran was
the last to be hanged for she wished to pray for each woman as she was
hanged. When Mona’s turn came, she kissed the noose and placed it around
her own neck with prayers on her lips.
The savage Islamists hanged the magnificent child-woman Mona after a
long period of tortuous imprisonment. By killing her, the agents of
Ahriman aimed to kill love. But assuredly they can never kill love. They
only kill the lover.
Oh, you earthly angels!
You immigrating birds,
Whose only adornment
Is a bed of white feathers!
The innocent children of Iran,
Are wearing your white glowing robe,
And have left the memories of life,
I see the poor black swallows,
Flying over the ruins of our city!
I see overflowing pain,
With the hearts of every Persian!
My heart stops palpitating!
My breath starts to dry up!
My faith simply fades away,
And my bed falls silent.