‘Not Even A Concealed Sigh’

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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:


Geoffrey comes from the great American national park of Alabama. Having been born into a family of writers, journalists, and photographers, he hopes – just hopes – that some of it has rubbed off.


  1. Aimee

    26 January, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    This is excellent, thanks!

  2. Mina Sheppard

    28 January, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Thank you, for telling the story, these are the stories of the history of our beloved faith.:)