By Geoffrey Tyson
In 1850 Iran, Pari Jan Khanoum, at the young age of 22, witnessed the murder of her husband and father. Soon after, all her property and possessions were wrested from her by those same incited mobs directed by religious and civil leaders which had deprived her of her family.
Her great-granddaughter, Ruhi Hiebert, tucked away in Alabama, a world and two life-times away, remembers the story of her life, the pain and tests she endured, her steadfastness and radiance.
Listen to her story below:
Her story references an historic period of unrest in Iran characterized by extreme levels of violence and oppression upon adherents of the emerging Babi and Baha’i Faiths, as well as the personage of Abdu’l Baha who was the son of the founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u'llah.
To learn more about the continued persecution of Baha’is in Iran: