\”Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble, and there is always time.\” – Attributed to `Abdu\’l-Baha
A friend and I just looked up the source for this quote. Yeah, turns out it\’s not much of a quote. I mean, it\’s lovely and poetic, but I can\’t find it in that form. The closest we came was in \”Daily Lessons Received at Akka\” by Helen S. Goodall and Ella Goodall Cooper.
Abdu\’l-Bahá brought us flowers or oranges or grapefruit from the wonderful Ridvan nearly every day and also gave us delicious grapes from a vine that was planted by His own hand. (This vine yields seven crops of grapes every year, and these particular grapes were the seventh yield.)
His constant shower of material and spiritual favors caused us to exclaim that we did not deserve so many blessings, and while we received and received everything from Him, we were unable to give Him anything in return.
He replied, simply, \”That is what I am here for–to give, and not to receive.\”
When we deprecated the trouble it must be to answer so many questions and to give us so much time, He replied, \”Whatever is done in love is never any trouble, and–there is always time.\”
— [page 42]
I can assume this is one of those cases where someone read the book, was telling a friend about it and paraphrased it. The friend wrote down the paraphrase and that was what\’s vaguely quoted by all and sundry, including a great song by Conrad Lambert.
This feels like a small victory for International Pressure. We\’ll never really know what the motivation of the Iranian administration was to change this but my impression is that they\’re waiting for the rest of the world to stop paying attention.
Iran Press Watch has been able to confirm that the trial of the former Yaran has been delayed.
The families of the seven imprisoned former leaders of the Baha’i community of Iran have been advised of this delay.
Yesterday (Friday) certain sources close to the situation informed Iran Press Watch of a possible delay of the trial by two (2) days, but it now appears that the delay might be longer.
No new date was given to the families.
Members of the Baha\’i Faith in the greater Charlottesville area will hold a Public Prayer Meeting Friday, July 10th at 8:30 pm in Charlottesville to express their support for the seven Baha\’i leaders who are to stand trial the following morning in the same Iranian Court that convicted and sentenced American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi. Those interested in sharing their support should call 979-1941 for details.
The official website of the Baha\’is of the United Sites and other news agencies announced last week that the trial of seven Iranian Baha\’i leaders, arrested in the spring of 2008, is scheduled to be held at Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court on July 11, 2009. American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi was recently convicted of espionage in Branch 28 of this Court and sentenced to eight years imprisonment. She was eventually released, but only after an international outcry at the clear politicization of the case and manifestly unjust legal procedures.
The seven Baha\’i leaders have been held for over a year without formal charges or access to their attorneys. Official Iranian news reports have said the Baha\’is will be accused of “espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.” The charge of “espionage for Israel” is punishable by death.
Charlottesville Area Baha\’is
The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent monotheistic religions. Founded more than a century and a half ago, the Bahá\’í Faith has spread around the globe, with a significant presence throughout the United States. Members of the Bahá\’í Faith come from nearly every nation, ethnic group, culture, profession, and social or economic background. The roughly 100 Bahá’í adults, youth and children who live in the greater Charlottesville area hail from Virgina, other parts of the U.S., and other nations, including Iran, as well as Bermuda, Cameroon, Denmark, and Malawi. Bahá’ís view the world’s major religions as part of a single, progressive process through which God reveals His will to humanity. Major Bahá’í tenets include the oneness of humanity, equality of men and women, eradication of prejudice, harmony of science and religion, universal education and world peace.