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Beautiful Song Caused Singer and Songwriter, Behnam Rohani Fard, to be Arrested.


The Music and Arrest of a Bahai Musician; Behnam Rohani Fard

Behnam Rohani-Fard, a Baha'i Musician and composer  who had resided in Tehran for some time traveled to the city of Yazd to participate in the mourning ceremony arranged for one of his family members.  In the morning hours of Monday, October 12, Mr. Rohani-Fard was detained by Intelligence agents while driving in his private car; he was taken to an undisclosed location.

An Aerial View of the City of Yazd (Picture taken from a Yazd poster by Mehdi Vaez)An Aerial View of the City of Yazd (Picture taken from a Yazd poster by Mehdi Vaez)In repeated follow-ups made by Mr. Rohani-Fard’s wife, she was told that her husband would be released in one week and his detentions was related to his change of residence, as well as chanting religious Baha'i songs.

Readers are reminded that Mr. Rohani-Fard was a target of investigation by agents from the Intelligence Ministry in March 20 of this year.  During the investigation, Mr. Rohani-Fard’s computer and some of his personal effects were confiscated.  The agents carried a search warrant and an issued sentencing for a one-year suspended jail term, effective for the next four years.

In search of the dawn by Behnam Rohani Fard

We are searching for the dawn
With the help of a breeze
and with hearts filled with BAHA
We are searching for the dawn
Wherever there is a ray of light; we must search
Perhaps that source of light is a passage out of this endless night
We are searching for the dawn
Perhaps the lovers of Messenger would sing about the New Message.

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