Shine in Her Eyes|درخشش چشمانش

 

 

First year of the university had started and the young students were excited. Boys were looking carefully at the girls to in hopes of finding their match. All the girls were beautiful but there was something different about Ranaa. Ranaa was the one simple girl that all the boys had their eyes on.

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Months passed and between all the richest and handsomest boys, Ranaa chose the smart, quiet and ordinary boy who always sat at the back of each class. The boy didn’t have much and could only take her for cheap sandwiches or Tuesday movies, because tickets were half price.

Ranaa loved books and movies, so the boy bought her many used books because that’s all he could afford.

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They would read and interpreted the books for hours on a bench beside a pond near their dorm.

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There was always a special shine in Ranaa’s eyes which was a sign of love, happiness and satisfaction.

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Many of her friends told her that she could find someone better, with more money. They said that he couldn’t make her happy in the future. But Ranaa loved him, she had a simple beautiful relationship that was all she needed.

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One of Ranaa’s Professors was very young and loved her very much. The professor went to Ranaa’s father and asked for her hand in marriage.

Ranaa’s family was very poor, so their daughter marrying the professor was of great benefit to them as it would bring great changes to their future.

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Ranaa married the Professor for her family’s sake. Years passed, one day her friends went to visit her. She had a beautiful house, a library full of new books, her kitchen, living room, swimming pool, and car all shined, but not her eyes.

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Mr. Moore|آقای مور

 

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I moved to USA when I was at late 16. The only English I knew was “hello” and “how are you?”

In September 1986 I attended Grade 12 in George Washington High School at Charleston, West Virginia. Not knowing enough English to attend high school was a hard challenge.

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For every single subject that I needed to complete to be able to graduate, I had to work triple hard. I had to find every single word in the dictionary to understand every subject.

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But it was a great achievement for me and I was very excited and positive about it. Months passed and I was getting better in English and was speaking slowly but more smooth. My English teacher was very kind and patient with me, she talked slowly and clearly to make sure I understood. My Algebra teacher loved me because I always handed in neat homework and got A+ in his class. All the students and other teachers were super nice and never made fun of my baby steps in learning English.

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There was a very tall white man in his late sixties, always shaved. He had white hair, blue eyes and his face was mostly red. He was very serious and looked angry all the time. His name was “Mr. Moore”. He wasn’t nice to anyone, but he was even more unkind to me and a girl from El Salvador. He was our Biology teacher and no matter how polite I was and how hard I worked in his class, he always gave me an “F” for my work. After months of trying, I realized if I continue this way, I wouldn’t be able to graduate. I went to the Grade 12 Councillor, Barbara. She was a white chubby lady with a beautiful smile. I remember that I cried a lot in her office and explained my situation. She mumbled: “Oh, that racist….”

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And continued: “My dear don’t you worry at all. I will transfer you to another Biology class.”

I grudged and said: “What about the months of “F’s.”

She got up from her desk, held my hand and took me to Mr. Huffman’s office and told him: “She is another one of Mr. Moore’s students set aside for sacrifice. She is getting good grades in other classes. I want her in your Biology class. She needs to graduate. She needs our help.”

Mr. Huffman said: “Oh dear, Mr. Moore did it again?!”

I really didn’t understand on that day what they were talking about, until I got C+ in Biology and graduated with other students.

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Freedom of Speech|آزادی بیان

 

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The leader of an unjust land gathered everyone weekly in the main square of the town. People had to show up in order to respect the leader, or there would be consequences and people didn’t want to get in trouble.

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The leader always talked about great things about the land like freedom of thought, speech, choice and dreams, but the civilians never saw those things.

Then at the end of each speech, the leader invited people to talk freely and share their thoughts if they disagreed with any part of his speech. The leader insisted that he loved to hear about it to be able to fix it. However, out of thousands of people, not one ever dared to speak up. Until a man named Sam finally did one day.

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Sam said: “We have a rich land full of gold mines, we make tons of money here. Why don’t we have enough schools, hospitals, fair retirement. Why can’t females …?”

The leader interrupted: “You see dear people, feel free to talk. It is a free land and you all have rights to share your thoughts. I thank Sam for mentioning all these things that we already are working on it.”

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The speech finished mysteriously. Everyone started looking at each other and talked with their eyes. They were wondering what had happened, but also what a brave man Sam was. He asked questions that they all had wanted to ask for so long. He was stopped in the middle, but at least he was able to ask some of the important questions.

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This encouraged people to gather questions they could ask in the following week’s Congregation.

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When it was time for the gathering, the leader began his speech filled with the same old lies. Everyone was looking all around but couldn’t find Sam. No one asked any question that day.

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Weeks passed and Sam was never seen again. Once again, out of thousands of people, not one ever dared to speak up.

 

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I am smart|من با هوشم

 

A third-grade teacher was on medical break for a few months. A new substitute teacher walked into the class.

 

The substitute teacher continued the class like other normal days.

 

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In every subject, he realized one of the students was slower and lacked self-confidence, causing his classmates to bully him a lot. One day when class was finished, the substitute teacher asked the slow student to stay after school.

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The substitute teacher wrote a short poem from a famous poet on the board and told the student: “I would like you to memorize this poem tonight. Please don’t tell anyone about it.”

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The next day, the substitute teacher wrote the same poem on the board and said: “I give you all 5 minutes to memorize this poem. It’s a famous poem and all of you have heard it before, so it shouldn’t be hard.”

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After five minutes he erased the poem and asked: “Who remembers the poem?”

The slow student was the only one who raised his hand and was able to recite the poem. Other kids were shocked and the teacher said loudly: “Everyone please clap for M-H.”

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Every day the kind substitute teacher helped M-H. believe in himself. M-H. became the honor student that year. Every year after that he was the best student in his classes. After years, he became the most famous kidney transplant specialist in Iran.

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Then in his life story he mentioned that he owes all his achievements in life to his grade three-substitute teacher who made him believe that he was not dumb, and he should work hard and have faith in himself. He is still living in Shiraz-Iran and has saved many lives.

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Young Olive Tree|نهال زیتون

 

 

The king of a far away territory was passing by a farm. He saw a 90-year-old man planting a young olive tree.

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The king got closer to the old man and said: “With all due respect sir, are you planting a young olive tree?”

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The old man said: “Yes, your majesty.”

The king continued asking: “Did you know that it will take 20 years for this young olive tree to develop olives?! You are a 90 year old man, with what hope are you planting this twig?”

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The old man smiled and said: “Everyone else planted and we ate; now we plant for others to eat.”

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The king liked the answer and gave some valuable coins to the old man.

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The old man laughed.

The king asked with wonder: “Why are you laughing?”

The old man said: “Everyone else’s olive trees give profit in 20 years, but my olive twig gave profit right away.”

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The king enjoyed the answer again and gave more gold coins to the old man.

The old man laughed again.

The king had to ask: “What did you laugh about this time?”

The old man said: “Olive trees give profit once a year but my olive twig gave profit twice in one day.”

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The king jumped on his horse back and ran away fast from the old man and his farm.

The king’s right hand-side got closer to king and asked in shock: “Why did you run away so fast after the old man’s answer?”

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The king said: “His 90 years of experience and knowledge would have made me bankrupt if I would’ve continued asking questions.”

 

 

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Compatriot|هموطن

 

 

23 years ago, my husband, our 6-year-old son and I flew to Turkey to pay a visit.

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We toured beautiful Istanbul and Ankara for around ten days. To return to Iran, we decided to go by bus so we could see many parts of Turkey and Iran on the way.

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The boarder was like an airport and there were more than 10 buses and many cars waiting in line to be checked. All the passengers were supposed to stay in the terminal.

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People had their luggage in line and sat on benches, chairs and some on the floor waiting for their bus to come out of customs.

90 percent of the terminal was fill with Iranian people. A couple approached us and started a conversation: “Hi, how are you? What brought you to Turkey?”

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They complimented each one of us and tried to get friendly. They seemed like a nice and normal couple.

Then the couple asked us: “Looks like you don’t have any suitcase.“

My husband said: “We were touring and a carry-on was enough for us.”

 

The couple continued: “Now that you don’t have any luggage, do you mind passing this handmade Turkish rug through customs for us? This way we don’t have to pay duty. We both have two suitcases and if we take this rug they will charge us a lot.”

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My husband without any hesitation said: “Sorry, we can’t.”

The couple said: “Why? That would be very nice of you. You don’t have anything with you. Please just pass this rug for us. God bless you if you do.”

My husband got annoyed and said: “Sorry, I would never do this. I don’t know you. I can’t trust you. Sorry.”

They got mad and mumbled while leaving us: “It was just a rug. Cheap, unkind people are gathered here calling themselves compatriots.”

After a while, they announced our bus number and finally we could get to the bus. When we reached the other side of customs, we saw that couple in handcuffs, the rug was open and there were many small plastic bags filled with drugs.”

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Thank God for my husband’s wise decision, we could have gotten executed for that amount of drugs or rotted in jail forever.

 

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Hurting people’s honor| بدنام کردن مردم

 

There once was a land of injustice. People had to obey religious rules even if it didn’t make any sense. They were not able to talk nor complain, if they did they would be punished.

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They were put in prison, whipped in public and tortured. The land of injustice was full of unhappy people.

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A wise man was passing by the Injustice land and saw a young man getting whipped over and over again.

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People of the town were forced to gather to watch and learn the lesson of how disobeying was painful and not worth trying.

The wise man went closer and asked the religious judge who sentenced the order: “May I ask what this young man did?”

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Judge said: “He drank wine. Drinking wine is forbidden and who ever drinks wine will burn in hell and be punished on earth.”

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The wise man asked: “May I ask the reason why drinking wine consequent s to getting whipped?”

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The judge said: “Because drinking wine and alcohol is very bad for health and will damage the body. Our duty is to remind them and teach them the religious path to heaven. And if they didn’t get it, we are forced to punish them so they would follow and go to heaven.”

The wise man smiled and said: “Thank you for making it clear to me that drinking alcohol will hurt the body, but whipping will not. Also they drink wine in private as it is their own business, but whipping will be in front of a crowd and will damage their soul, honour and reputation. It is wonderful how concerned you are about the  health of others in the town. People should be awake and thankful for all these great efforts you are putting in for them. I personally am amazed.”

 

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