Faith In Freedom [world Service]

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01Faith in Freedom: Ingrid Betancourt - Heart and Soul2018030220180303 (WS)

Ingrid Betancourt was held hostage in the Amazon jungle for more than six years

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

In the first programme John meets the French-Colombian former politician Ingrid Betancourt who was held hostage in the jungle by the FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia) for six and a half years. Captured in 2002, she was rescued by the army in 2008. Ten years later, she meets John at Harris Manchester College in Oxford where she is studying for a PhD in Theology. Catholic by family background rather than conviction she tells John about her incredible journey from despair, believing God had forsaken her, to coming to see Jesus and Mary as her spiritual guides in captivity.

Ingrid Betancourt is also a speaker for HeadTalks, a non-profit organisation that holds events on mental health. http://www.headtalks.com/

01Faith in Freedom: Ingrid Betancourt - Heart and Soul2018030220180304 (WS)

Ingrid Betancourt was held hostage in the Amazon jungle for more than six years

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

In the first programme John meets the French-Colombian former politician Ingrid Betancourt who was held hostage in the jungle by the FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia) for six and a half years. Captured in 2002, she was rescued by the army in 2008. Ten years later, she meets John at Harris Manchester College in Oxford where she is studying for a PhD in Theology. Catholic by family background rather than conviction she tells John about her incredible journey from despair, believing God had forsaken her, to coming to see Jesus and Mary as her spiritual guides in captivity.

Ingrid Betancourt is also a speaker for HeadTalks, a non-profit organisation that holds events on mental health. http://www.headtalks.com/

01Faith in Freedom: Ingrid Betancourt - Heart and Soul20180302

Ingrid Betancourt was held hostage in the Amazon jungle for more than six years

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

In the first programme John meets the French-Colombian former politician Ingrid Betancourt who was held hostage in the jungle by the FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia) for six and a half years. Captured in 2002, she was rescued by the army in 2008. Ten years later, she meets John at Harris Manchester College in Oxford where she is studying for a PhD in Theology. Catholic by family background rather than conviction she tells John about her incredible journey from despair, believing God had forsaken her, to coming to see Jesus and Mary as her spiritual guides in captivity.

Ingrid Betancourt is also a speaker for HeadTalks, a non-profit organisation that holds events on mental health. http://www.headtalks.com/

01Heart and Soul20180302

Ingrid Betancourt was held hostage in the Amazon jungle for more than six years

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

02Faith in Freedom: Dr Sina Hakiman - Heart and Soul2018030920180310 (WS)

Dr Sina Hakiman talks about how his faith sustained him during imprisonment in Iran

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul, John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

In the second part of Faith in Freedom John meets Dr Sina Hakiman, imprisoned three times by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, accused of heresy. In total he spent more than seven years in jail in the years after the return of Ayatollah Khomeini to Tehran. He now lives in exile in the UK. Sina explains to John his belief that all religions are valid and that Baha’u’llah is the latest prophet of God following Moses, Muhammed and Jesus. Sustained by a philosophy of ‘constructive resilience’ he worked inside the prison as a doctor, while his wife Sholeh continued her husband’s fight for his human rights by setting up a medical clinic.

Thanks to the Baha’i Blog (http://bahaiblog.net/site/ ) for kind permission to use their recording of Behzad Khoshmashrab chanting “Aye Jan Feshan” (https://soundcloud.com/bahai-blog/aye-jan-feshan-behzad-khoshmashrab ).

Excerpts from the footage of the trial of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s in Iran, ‘An Assembly Executed’, were used with kind permission of the Taslimi Foundation (https://www.taslimifoundation.org )

Produced by Lissa Cook

02Faith in Freedom: Dr Sina Hakiman - Heart and Soul2018030920180311 (WS)

Dr Sina Hakiman talks about how his faith sustained him during imprisonment in Iran

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul, John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

In the second part of Faith in Freedom John meets Dr Sina Hakiman, imprisoned three times by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, accused of heresy. In total he spent more than seven years in jail in the years after the return of Ayatollah Khomeini to Tehran. He now lives in exile in the UK. Sina explains to John his belief that all religions are valid and that Baha’u’llah is the latest prophet of God following Moses, Muhammed and Jesus. Sustained by a philosophy of ‘constructive resilience’ he worked inside the prison as a doctor, while his wife Sholeh continued her husband’s fight for his human rights by setting up a medical clinic.

Thanks to the Baha’i Blog (http://bahaiblog.net/site/ ) for kind permission to use their recording of Behzad Khoshmashrab chanting “Aye Jan Feshan” (https://soundcloud.com/bahai-blog/aye-jan-feshan-behzad-khoshmashrab ).

Excerpts from the footage of the trial of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s in Iran, ‘An Assembly Executed’, were used with kind permission of the Taslimi Foundation (https://www.taslimifoundation.org )

Produced by Lissa Cook

02Faith in Freedom: Dr Sina Hakiman - Heart and Soul20180309

Dr Sina Hakiman talks about how his faith sustained him during imprisonment in Iran

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul, John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

In the second part of Faith in Freedom John meets Dr Sina Hakiman, imprisoned three times by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, accused of heresy. In total he spent more than seven years in jail in the years after the return of Ayatollah Khomeini to Tehran. He now lives in exile in the UK. Sina explains to John his belief that all religions are valid and that Baha’u’llah is the latest prophet of God following Moses, Muhammed and Jesus. Sustained by a philosophy of ‘constructive resilience’ he worked inside the prison as a doctor, while his wife Sholeh continued her husband’s fight for his human rights by setting up a medical clinic.

Thanks to the Baha’i Blog (http://bahaiblog.net/site/ ) for kind permission to use their recording of Behzad Khoshmashrab chanting “Aye Jan Feshan” (https://soundcloud.com/bahai-blog/aye-jan-feshan-behzad-khoshmashrab ).

Excerpts from the footage of the trial of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s in Iran, ‘An Assembly Executed’, were used with kind permission of the Taslimi Foundation (https://www.taslimifoundation.org )

Produced by Lissa Cook

02Heart and Soul20180309

Dr Sina Hakiman talks about how his faith sustained him during imprisonment in Iran

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

02Heart and Soul2018030920180311 (WS)

Dr Sina Hakiman talks about how his faith sustained him during imprisonment in Iran

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul, John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

In the second part of Faith in Freedom John meets Dr Sina Hakiman, imprisoned three times by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, accused of heresy. In total he spent more than seven years in jail in the years after the return of Ayatollah Khomeini to Tehran. He now lives in exile in the UK. Sina explains to John his belief that all religions are valid and that Baha’u’llah is the latest prophet of God following Moses, Muhammed and Jesus. Sustained by a philosophy of ‘constructive resilience’ he worked inside the prison as a doctor, while his wife Sholeh continued her husband’s fight for his human rights by setting up a medical clinic.

Thanks to the Baha’i Blog (http://bahaiblog.net/site/ ) for kind permission to use their recording of Behzad Khoshmashrab chanting “Aye Jan Feshan” (https://soundcloud.com/bahai-blog/aye-jan-feshan-behzad-khoshmashrab ).

Excerpts from the footage of the trial of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s in Iran, ‘An Assembly Executed’, were used with kind permission of the Taslimi Foundation (https://www.taslimifoundation.org )

Produced by Lissa Cook

02Heart and Soul20180309

Dr Sina Hakiman talks about how his faith sustained him during imprisonment in Iran

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul, John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

In the second part of Faith in Freedom John meets Dr Sina Hakiman, imprisoned three times by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, accused of heresy. In total he spent more than seven years in jail in the years after the return of Ayatollah Khomeini to Tehran. He now lives in exile in the UK. Sina explains to John his belief that all religions are valid and that Baha’u’llah is the latest prophet of God following Moses, Muhammed and Jesus. Sustained by a philosophy of ‘constructive resilience’ he worked inside the prison as a doctor, while his wife Sholeh continued her husband’s fight for his human rights by setting up a medical clinic.

Thanks to the Baha’i Blog (http://bahaiblog.net/site/ ) for kind permission to use their recording of Behzad Khoshmashrab chanting “Aye Jan Feshan” (https://soundcloud.com/bahai-blog/aye-jan-feshan-behzad-khoshmashrab ).

Excerpts from the footage of the trial of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s in Iran, ‘An Assembly Executed’, were used with kind permission of the Taslimi Foundation (https://www.taslimifoundation.org )

Produced by Lissa Cook

02Heart And Soul2018030920180310 (WS)

Dr Sina Hakiman talks about how his faith sustained him during imprisonment in Iran

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul, John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

In the second part of Faith in Freedom John meets Dr Sina Hakiman, imprisoned three times by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, accused of heresy. In total he spent more than seven years in jail in the years after the return of Ayatollah Khomeini to Tehran. He now lives in exile in the UK. Sina explains to John his belief that all religions are valid and that Baha’u’llah is the latest prophet of God following Moses, Muhammed and Jesus. Sustained by a philosophy of ‘constructive resilience’ he worked inside the prison as a doctor, while his wife Sholeh continued her husband’s fight for his human rights by setting up a medical clinic.

Thanks to the Baha’i Blog (http://bahaiblog.net/site/ ) for kind permission to use their recording of Behzad Khoshmashrab chanting “Aye Jan Feshan” (https://soundcloud.com/bahai-blog/aye-jan-feshan-behzad-khoshmashrab ).

Excerpts from the footage of the trial of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s in Iran, ‘An Assembly Executed’, were used with kind permission of the Taslimi Foundation (https://www.taslimifoundation.org )

Produced by Lissa Cook

03Faith in Freedom: Shahbaz Taseer - Heart and Soul2018031620180317 (WS)

Shahbaz Taseer talks about how his faith sustained him during his imprisonment

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

Shahbaz Taseer was a hostage for more than four and a half years after being kidnapped at gunpoint, only seven months after his father, Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, was assassinated by his own bodyguard for defending a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

In a remarkable interview for Faith in Freedom, Shahbaz tells John McCarthy how, having rejected Islam while growing up, he read the Quran for the first time in his cell, with only his mufti guard as his spiritual guide. And John hears how the stories of prophets, like Jonah, helped preserve his sanity

Now, 2 years after his release, he has come to see his survival of torture as a miracle which has transformed his life.

Produced by Lissa Cook for BBC World Service.

Image: Prison Bars, Credit: BBC

03Faith in Freedom: Shahbaz Taseer - Heart and Soul2018031620180318 (WS)

Shahbaz Taseer talks about how his faith sustained him during his imprisonment

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

Shahbaz Taseer was a hostage for more than four and a half years after being kidnapped at gunpoint, only seven months after his father, Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, was assassinated by his own bodyguard for defending a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

In a remarkable interview for Faith in Freedom, Shahbaz tells John McCarthy how, having rejected Islam while growing up, he read the Quran for the first time in his cell, with only his mufti guard as his spiritual guide. And John hears how the stories of prophets, like Jonah, helped preserve his sanity

Now, 2 years after his release, he has come to see his survival of torture as a miracle which has transformed his life.

Produced by Lissa Cook for BBC World Service.

Image: Prison Bars, Credit: BBC

03Faith in Freedom: Shahbaz Taseer - Heart and Soul20180316

Shahbaz Taseer talks about how his faith sustained him during his imprisonment

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

Shahbaz Taseer was a hostage for more than four and a half years after being kidnapped at gunpoint, only seven months after his father, Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, was assassinated by his own bodyguard for defending a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

In a remarkable interview for Faith in Freedom, Shahbaz tells John McCarthy how, having rejected Islam while growing up, he read the Quran for the first time in his cell, with only his mufti guard as his spiritual guide. And John hears how the stories of prophets, like Jonah, helped preserve his sanity

Now, 2 years after his release, he has come to see his survival of torture as a miracle which has transformed his life.

Produced by Lissa Cook for BBC World Service.

Image: Prison Bars, Credit: BBC

03Heart and Soul20180316

Shahbaz Taseer talks about how his faith sustained him during his imprisonment

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

03Heart and Soul2018031620180317 (WS)

Shahbaz Taseer talks about how his faith sustained him during his imprisonment

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

Shahbaz Taseer was a hostage for more than four and a half years after being kidnapped at gunpoint, only seven months after his father, Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, was assassinated by his own bodyguard for defending a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

In a remarkable interview for Faith in Freedom, Shahbaz tells John McCarthy how, having rejected Islam while growing up, he read the Quran for the first time in his cell, with only his mufti guard as his spiritual guide. And John hears how the stories of prophets, like Jonah, helped preserve his sanity

Now, 2 years after his release, he has come to see his survival of torture as a miracle which has transformed his life.

Produced by Lissa Cook for BBC World Service.

Image: Prison Bars, Credit: BBC

03Heart and Soul2018031620180318 (WS)

Shahbaz Taseer talks about how his faith sustained him during his imprisonment

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

Shahbaz Taseer was a hostage for more than four and a half years after being kidnapped at gunpoint, only seven months after his father, Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, was assassinated by his own bodyguard for defending a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

In a remarkable interview for Faith in Freedom, Shahbaz tells John McCarthy how, having rejected Islam while growing up, he read the Quran for the first time in his cell, with only his mufti guard as his spiritual guide. And John hears how the stories of prophets, like Jonah, helped preserve his sanity

Now, 2 years after his release, he has come to see his survival of torture as a miracle which has transformed his life.

Produced by Lissa Cook for BBC World Service.

Image: Prison Bars, Credit: BBC

03Heart and Soul20180316

Shahbaz Taseer talks about how his faith sustained him during his imprisonment

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

John McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon; it would test not only of his mental resolve but also his faith. In this three-part season for Heart and Soul John meets three people of three different religions held against their will. John talks to them about how their faith sustained them in their darkest hours of captivity, including physical and psychological torture. John shares his own experiences of being held in Beirut and how for him, the Bible was a crucial source of information, entertainment and comfort.

Shahbaz Taseer was a hostage for more than four and a half years after being kidnapped at gunpoint, only seven months after his father, Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, was assassinated by his own bodyguard for defending a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

In a remarkable interview for Faith in Freedom, Shahbaz tells John McCarthy how, having rejected Islam while growing up, he read the Quran for the first time in his cell, with only his mufti guard as his spiritual guide. And John hears how the stories of prophets, like Jonah, helped preserve his sanity

Now, 2 years after his release, he has come to see his survival of torture as a miracle which has transformed his life.

Produced by Lissa Cook for BBC World Service.

Image: Prison Bars, Credit: BBC