Under destruction…the houselike structure marking the resting place of Quddus, Babol, Iran, April 2004. Reproduced with permission of the Bahá’í International Community. http://media.bahai.org
The campaign of hate and prejudice against the Bahá’ís by the Iranian government and clergy continues unabated. This includes the destruction of every significant site associated with the history of the Bahá’í Faith in that country. They destroy both their heritage and their future. Why will Bahá’ís from around the world want to visit Iran in the future, if there are no physical remains of the early history of their Faith to see, a history that is dramatic, glorious, and inspiring? Instead, they will probably go elsewhere. They will probably go to Iraq and Turkey.
The second Taraz [Ornament] is to consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship, to proclaim that which the Speaker on Sinai hath set forth and to observe fairness in all matters.
They that are endued with sincerity and faithfulness should associate with all the peoples and kindreds of the earth with joy and radiance, inasmuch as consorting with people hath promoted and will continue to promote unity and concord, which in turn are conducive to the maintenance of order in the world and to the regeneration of nations. Blessed are such as hold fast to the cord of kindliness and tender mercy and are free from animosity and hatred.