In the tender embrace of verses, this poetry book, titled "Nargese Shiraz," unfolds as a poignant tribute dedicated to a cherished soul—his beloved sister, Miss Simin Saberi. At a mere 24 years of age, she and nine other Bahá’í women tragically met their untimely fate on June 18th, 1983, leaving a profound void in the hearts of those who knew her.
As the poet Rahbar Saberi spills ink onto these pages, his words become a vessel carrying the collective emotions and sentiments of numerous Iranian Bahá’ís from Shiraz. Within the heart of each poem, the echoes of history since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 resound, painting a portrait of the resilience and steadfastness of a community navigating tumultuous times.
"Nargese Shiraz" is a collection of verses and a tapestry of profound human experiences, encapsulating grief, courage, and a search for hope amidst the darkness. It becomes a chronicle of the cherished memories, the unbroken spirit, and the enduring legacy of those who have left this world, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of their loved ones and the pages of this book.
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In this poignant narrative, we delve into the martyrdom of Miss Simin Saberi, the author's sister, alongside six other girls and three other women during a tragic event in Shiraz in 1983. The book chronicles this heart-wrenching loss and offers a glimpse into the author's parents' conversion to the Bahá'í Faith and the cherished memories from their shared childhood.
As the narrative unfolds, the reader is taken through the turbulent times marked by the rise of the Islamic Republic of Iran. During this period, the innocent Bahá'í community in Iran faced relentless persecution, bearing the weight of calamities and disasters. The book poignantly recalls the arrest and martyrdom of 226 believers, a harrowing saga that began with the unrest in 1978 and persisted until September 2016.
Furthermore, the book meticulously examines the endeavors of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre, shedding light on the appalling denial of human rights to the Bahá'ís in Iran. Additionally, it delves into the internal correspondence of the Islamic Republic of Iran, offering insights into their stance on this issue.
Overall, this narrative serves as a powerful tribute to the enduring spirit of the Bahá'í community in the face of adversity and offers a sobering reflection on the significance of human rights and religious freedom.
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