Iqan sent to Evin Prison

photo of Evin Prison Entrance, Tehran, IranIn a poetical, heartfelt rendering, Iran Press Watch has translated the post of a youth who has seen a friend sent to prison. In this brief excerpt, the reader will notice that, unlike many other activisms in the world, while Iqan Shahidi is a victim of a tyrannical regime, there is no victimisation here. There is certitude, love, sacrifice, inspiration and service. These are the characteristics of real power. These are the reason why tyrants are ever confounded. These are the reasons why true religion is barely noticed by the world, even though the world would not exist without it. This is the example on which the progress of humanity is founded and will take a direction that few intellectuals perceive. My prayers and service are with our brothers and sisters who are showing the way of sacrifice and the path forward.

Photo of Iqan Shahidi
Iqan Shahidi

“Iqan is also gone. Iqan Shahidi has been sent to Evin Prison. The same Evin that these days accommodates the best. And Iqan was one of our best….

It is not hard to love someone without having seen him; we love so many things without seeing them. Like the heat of the fireplace in the thick of the winter. Iqan was this warmth. Many of us owe a lot to Iqan. I’m talking about myself. Pity that I can’t describe how one day everyone will know how great a man Iqan was; though even now we know that he is a great man.

Great men are not few. Sama Nourani [another detained Baha’i youth — see http://www.facebook.com/notes/human-chain-project/one-year-prison-sentence-of-sama-nourani-upheld-in-appeals-court/164913790240005] is another great man; great men who have great plans and hope to accomplish their goal. Yesterday, while reading the following posting on Iqan’s Facebook page my heart sank:

‘ I am checking my belongings for the last time. I am heading out to Evin in one and a half hours. I hope the next time I post something on Facebook, noticeable ease and freedom for my countrymen will have been established through your efforts, my precious ones…’

At the time we had company. Perhaps if I had been alone, I would have burst into tears. I read Iqan’s Facebook posting out aloud to our guests. We fell silent for a while, only silence; a silence that probably Iqan is also experiencing.

Normally, I am not used to talking about someone in this fashion; especially in public. I believe if we love someone like Iqan, we should follow their path. Placing his picture beside ours and bemoaning the misery of his conditions is no help for Iqan, nor for other Iqans, nor for ourselves.

But I write this just for Iqan, because I love him deeply. Long live dear Iqan; awaiting your release.”

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One thought on “Iqan sent to Evin Prison

  1. Jeanne Farr

    I share your feelings about Iqan. I see postings from many young friends on Face Book as I teach English to them through BIHE. However, there was something special about what he wrote and the spirit that jumped off the page.

    I also agree that we have to do something besides lament.

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