9 December 1970 – 11 April 2020

The Universal House of Justice was saddened to learn from your email letters of 11 and 12 April 2020 of the untimely passing of one of your members Mohajir Selvaraj Satanam, faithful follower of the Blessed Beauty. His manifold services, including as a member of the Auxiliary Boards in Vietnam and of the National Spiritual Assemblies of Singapore and Thailand, are remembered with warm appreciation. May the memory of his endeavours to serve the Faith of God be a source of inspiration to all those who knew him. Kindly convey to his family members the loving condolences of the House of Justice for the loss they have suffered and assure them of its heartfelt supplications in the Holy Shrines for the progress of his illumined soul in the realms beyond and for the comfort and solace of their hearts.

– The Universal House of Justice to the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Malaysia dated 14 April 2020

This is a story of Mohajir Selvaraj Satanam, a faithful servant of Bahá’u’lláh who has left behind an indelible record of service rendered with utmost love, sincere devotion and undying zeal for this Supreme Cause. In attempting to write the story of  Mohajir who was transplanted into the next world at a relatively young age, I am drawn to make reference to a weighty statement that Abdul-Bahá made when visiting the resting place of Thornton Chase, whom He called the first believer of America:

“…The purpose of life is to get certain results; that is, the life of man must bring forth certain fruitage. It does not depend upon the length of life. As soon as the life is crowned with fruition then it is completed, although that person may have had a short life. There are certain trees which come to fruition very quickly, but there are other trees which attain to fruition very late; the aim is fruit. If the tree brings forth its fruit young, its life is short; it is praiseworthy. How regretful it is that a man may live a long life and yet his life may not be crowned with success like unto the cypress tree which does not give any fruitage …” – Star of the West, 4 November 1912, p.4

  A budding spiritual giant.

Mohajir’s parents, Mr. Satanam (whose life story is also featured in this blog)   and Mrs. Indra Devi had a very strong influence on Mohajir’s Bahá’í upbringing. The parents ensured that their children, Mohajir along with his older brother Selvam and younger sister Lua were enveloped in the Bahá’í way of life. They created  a Baháʼí environment at home, with prayers, telling of Bahá’í stories, sending them for children classes and Baháʼí conferences without fail. Satanam wanted his children to develop boundless love for  Bahá’u’lláh, for which he taught them his own favorite song, “Will You give your life for  Baháʼu’lláh.” When Mohajir was just 8 years old, he attended the Regional Institute for Baháʼí Children held at Port Dickson, in August 1978. That was one of the events that  led many Bahá’í children to rise to heights of service in the later days.

Growing up in the Port Dickson community, 1974. First row L-R: Selvam, Indra Devi Satanam, S. Satanam, Maniam, Rajaratnan, Arul Sivanathan,(unknown) and Mohajir Satanam. Standing back row at the extreme left is Manimaran, with Seetharaman next to him. Standing in the middle is Siah Boon Hee. At the extreme right is Ringo.

Mohajir shone well both in the academic field and as a Baháʼí youth. In 1981 he scored 5 As in the standard five government assessment examinations, the highest one could achieve. In 1982 he was the  deputy head prefect of his school, St. Paul’s Institution in Seremban, and a school football player. With sports running in the veins of the family, Mohajir was a die-hard supporter of Liverpool Football Club. Mohajir’s academic excellence and active involvement in sports activities assisted in earning him the prestigious ASEAN Scholarship that enabled him to pursue his education for his GCE “O” levels in the renowned  Raffles Institution in Singapore from 1983 to 1986 where Mohajir rose up as a prefect, school hockey captain, and rugby player. After passing his “A”  levels at the Hwa Chong Junior College where he studied from 1987 to 1988, Mohajir returned to Malaysia in 1989 and pursued his accountancy qualification with the Systematic College in Kuala Lumpur and later went to the Emile Woolf College of Accountancy in London and completed his Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 1992. Desiring to improve further his academic profile, he would later from 2001 to 2003 take up   Masters in Business Administration at the Heriott Watt University, Edinburg, Scotland where he passed with distinction. He rose up in his career to hold the prestigious position of Country Head for Malaysia for a Swiss company called Syngenta. Despite having risen to such a high position in his career, deep in his heart Mohajir was more resigned to be a mere servant to serve the Cause of Baháʼu’lláh. While Mohajir developed an impressive academic record, he desired to see his close friends do equally well in their own studies. In the 1990s he took time from his busy schedule and gave free coaching to several of his friends in Seremban in their studies, and they all passed their examinations.

With his father S. Satanam upon graduation

Father and son playing badminton in Seremban.

Receiving a trophy from the Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan state after competing in a marathon competition.

A 1989 family photo, probably the only one with exclusively with all the five family members together. L-R: Mohajir, Lua Sharmini, Selvam, S. Satanam, and Madam Indra Devi.

Early Services

One of the cherished desires of Mohajir, since he was a youth, was to travel teach in the interiors of the jungles in the state of Sarawak. His love for the tribal people and their spiritual, educational, and social development was close to his heart. Mohajir had made at least two trips to the jungles of Sarawak, of which the first trip has many stories to tell, as recounted by his close friend Murali Subbarao who traveled with him on this trip. In the first three-month trip undertaken in 1990 Mohajir and Murali Subbarao traveled from Kuching to Miri towns, visiting several longhouses in the interiors during this journey. It was on this trip that Murali realized the unshakable faith Mohajir had in Baháʼu’lláh. There was an incident when the boat in which Mohajir, Murali, and Edward, a local Iban tribal youth were traveling capsized. They almost drowned but miraculously escaped death. Compounded with that they faced many challenges, some quite unbearable. Murali suggested to Mohajir that they should return to West Malaysia, but Mohajir replied in such a forceful tone assuring him that the divine guidance and protection were always with them, and gave Murali the strength and motivation to continue serving. On another occasion, Mohajir was suffering from severe food poisoning, and was continuous vomiting and stricken with diarrhea. Murali was very concerned but Mohajir assured the worried Murali, “Do not worry brother, we are under the watchful eyes of  Baháʼu’lláh. Just have faith and keep praying.” When Murali saw Mohajir’s health deteriorating further in the jungles where access to doctors was not available, he urged Mohajir to wrap up and return. But Mohajir’s firm answer was still a clear  “No,’’ and insisted on completing their three-month mission. At one longhouse some Iban friends gave jungle herbs and administered traditional treatment that saved Mohajir’s life. But Mohajir had become very weak. On this insistence of Murali, Mohajir followed him to Miri town where they stayed a few days in the houses of Mr. Manogaran and Mr. Dorai. Upon slightly recovering, Mohajir pressed on to  Ulu Tatau, their next village in their plan. Of this experience with Mohajir in Sarawak, Murali has this to say, “Until today I am yet to come across anyone so determined and with so much faith in  Baháʼulláh.

Children class in Sarawak

Conference with Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum in Thailand in 1987: L-R : Nimia, Lena Tan, Selvam Satanam, Kueh Fah Lee, Mohajir Satanam, Seow Gaik Ching and  Murray Samuel with Amatu’l-Bahá seated

Leadership Qualities

Mohajir displayed sterling leadership qualities from his young age. In 1988, the youths of Seremban wanted to attend the Regional Youth Conference in Singapore.  Mohajir and his elder brother Selvam got together and spearheaded the organization of this trip. They all stayed in the Bahá’í Centre in Cooling Close, Serangoon Garden. It was during this trip that Mohajir was given the affectionate nickname of “Haji” on account the great care he showed to all the youths.

In the early 1990s, Mohajir served actively in the State Youth Committee in the state of Negeri Sembilan and traveled across the state to meet many Local Bahá’í Youth Committees, and involved in extensive teaching activities. An iconic event was the highly successful Negeri Sembilan Youth Camp titled “Lifetime Service to Bahá’u’lláh,” held in November 1993 with more than 60 participating.

When the youths of Seremban and Rembau towns desired  to attend the First ASEAN Baháʼí  Youth Conference held in Prachuab Kirikhan, Thailand in October 1994 once again the ever enterprising Mohajir and Selvam took the lead in organizing this trip, with the parents of the youths granting full permission on account of the trust and confidence they had in these brothers. They traveled for almost 15 hours by train and returned with full enthusiasm. It was at this conference that the call for pioneering to Vietnam was first sounded, and it started to germinate within Mohajir’s young and tender soul until it materialized much later in 1995.

First ASEAN Baháʼí Youth Conference held in Prachuab Kirikhan, Thailand where Mohajir’s heart was moved to go pioneering.
Seated at extreme left is Mohajir, and to his left are Lua Rani, Vishnu, Shankar Muniappan, Selvi, Kasturi, Tarani Raj (unknown). Standing at the back  of Mohajir are Seran Murugan, Madam Valli and Murali Rao. Standing at extreme right in the back row right with glasses is Selvam with Cues in front of him.The two ladies on the left dressed in red are L-R: Sarojini  and Nazanin.

Upon completion of his studies, Mohajir started his career as an Auditor with the Price Waterhouse in Kuala Lumpur from 1993 to 1995. He married Malini, daughter of Mr. Rajaratnam of Port Dickson on 30 August 1995. Rajaratnam is the first believer of Port Dickson who accepted the Faith in 1955. Having been well settled as a family man with a good job, there was still an inner urge within Mohajir to take the Faith to foreign countries.  And true to his sincere desire,  Baháʼu’lláh enabled Mohajir to travel to serve the Faith in Vietnam, Thailand, Switzerland, Indonesia, and Singapore, and in all these places he left indelible traces of service. As such the services of Mohajir were spread out in these countries.

VIETNAM: 1995 –2004

Mohajir’s first job was in Vietnam. There was a call for pioneers to Vietnam, and Mohajir and Malini answered the call. In 1995 he joined the Finance Department with the Bin Ahn Water Supply Company of  Salcon Engineering where he remained for 7 years. In 2002 he joined Syngenta, a Swiss firm, as the Head of Finance in Vietnam. He would continue working with Syngenta for18 years rising to the last held position of Country Head for Malaysia.

Mohajir with Mr. Quang Dinh Minh, member of the National Spiritual Assembly for many years preceding 1975, and Mr. Nguyen Van Loi, the first Auxiliary Board member in Vietnam appointed by  Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum

He went to Vietnam at a time when Vietnam was slowly lifting restrictions on the  Bahá’í Faith and other religions, and he worked closely with the Bahá’í community of Vietnam which was slowly but steadily regaining its footing. His areas of activities involved conducting training sessions and spiritualization institutes, and programs for the youths and adults. As a meticulous worker, Mohajir would prepare and plan some two to three months ahead for the execution of the programs with utmost dedication. Mr. Milkcues and Murali Subbarao of Malaysia also had offered their assistance to Mohajir on some of those training sessions.The training sessions were highly successful and  Mohajir earned the appreciation of individuals and institutions.  In addition to these programs. Mohajir did not lose sight of the individuals and on many occasions, he privately made arrangements to send youths for English classes.

Wedding party in Da Nang, Viet Nam on 7 December 2014.  L-R:  -Mrs. Uyen Thi,   Mr. Nang Xinh Dang, Mohajir Satanam, Mrs. Thu Lam ( Bride). and  Dang Van Vinh (Bridegroom)

Just before leaving Vietnam for Switzerland. Standing L-R:   Mr. Hong An (Quynh’s Brother), Malini and Mohajir, Mr. Cuong, Counsellor Rosalie Tran, Mr. Nam, Mr. Thang. Sitting L-R: Shabnam Mohajir, Mrs. Diep, Quynh, Mr. Binh, Phuong, Anisa Mohajir.

(From January 2005 to July 2006 Mohajir worked with  Syngenta Crop Protection AG in Switzerland as Head of Reporting.)

SINGAPORE: August 2006-December 2009

In August 2006, Mohajir moved back to Singapore. In many ways, it was a homecoming for him to the island where he had spent his teenage years as a student. The next three and half years of his stay in Singapore overlapped partly with the period when Mohajir was called upon to serve as an Auxiliary Board member for Vietnam until 2009. It was a service which he rendered with great joy as the Vietnamese Bahá’ís occupied a very special place in his heart. His service as a Board member for Vietnam culminated in the re-formation of the National Spiritual Assembly of Vietnam in Ridván 2008.

In Singapore, Mohajir and Malini’s home at Kovan Road was an oasis of hospitality for many Bahá’í youths from all over South East Asia passing through Singapore. Mohajir had high regard for the early believers of the Faith. One of the Baháʼí icons in Singapore was Mrs. Rose Ong, daughter of Yankee Leong, the first believer of Peninsula Malaysia, and a very dear friend of his late father. Mohajir had heard a lot of Rose Ong from his father and followed exactly what his father did- which is to visit her regularly.  As Rose Ong was elderly, Mohajir and his wife Malini would warmly invite her to their house and pick her and send her back. At times when she was unable to attend some functions, either Mohajir or Malini would give her a lift in their car. Whenever Mohajir returned to Seremban to visit his family, he would bring along Rose Ong as her sister Lily Ng resident in the same town. In one of those trips back to Seremban, they reached the immigration checkpoint at the Singapore-Malaysia border, only to learn that Rose Ong had forgotten to bring along her passport. Mohajir, with the greatest understanding and patience, drove back to her apartment to get her passport so they were able to continue on their trip. Each time a visitor from abroad came to stay with Mohajir, he and Malini would bring them to visit Rose Ong, which simply cheered her heart.

Flying with Rose Ong from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

In Singapore, Mohajir made the effort to connect with people, friends, strangers, and anyone who crossed his path, including strangers in a lift, and striking a casual conversation with people. He was selfless with time, generous with money, and had a great love for others.

Dr. Sathia Varqa Subbarao living in Singapore during this period has this to say, “While in Singapore, Mohajir’s family earned the name of what a Bahá’í family should be – hospitable, welcoming, kind, and respectful and above all rooted in service to others. He made a difference wherever he went. He touched hearts, listened attentively and embraced anyone who crossed his path.”

THAILAND: January 2010 – May  2013

My own first encounter with Mohajir was when I met him and his family in Bangkok in 2010.  That first meeting had an everlasting effect on me. Working in Lao People’s Democratic Republic,  I often traveled from Vientiane to Bangkok for my official meetings where I had the opportunity of visiting the Bahá’í friends. On one of those trips to Bangkok, Mohajir met me at the airport and took me to my hotel. Upon reaching the hotel he immediately asked me if I was available to go with him to meet some of his contacts in shops, neighborhoods, and the refugee settlements around Bangkok, which I gladly accepted. Soon Mohajir became a very close friend of mine, and in my subsequent visits, he invited me to stay at his house since that would save time and avoid the stress of the heavy traffic of Bangkok. In those subsequent visits, almost daily we went out meeting friends and teaching the Faith. In the evenings there were usually some Bahá’í activities held at his home where friends gathered, prayed, and studied the Holy Writings, went through the messages from the Universal House of Justice, or sat through the Ruhi classes.  Malini too was behind all these activities constantly phoning people, arranging the activities, preparing sumptuous meals, and ensuring their comfort. Malini even insisted to do my laundry which I refused and did it myself. The couple flooded my heart with so much hospitality that my thoughts spontaneously recalled the example that my close friend since 1965 S. Satanam himself had set. Mohajir resembled his father in many ways.  It was in fact the undying love that Satanam Singaravadiveloo had for Hand of the Cause of God Dr. Raḥmatu’lláh Muhájir that made him name this second son after the revered Hand of the Cause.

Seated attentively at the center is Mohajir at a Youth Camp held on 18 June 2011 at Magic Years International Kindergarten at Nonthaboury, Bangkok.

On another visit to Bangkok on a Friday, there was no fixed program awaiting me. Mohajir suddenly proposed an idea of going to Yasothon in the Northwest of Thailand by an overnight bus journey to join the community there at the Feast, and return the next night to be back in Bangkok on the following morning.  I welcomed the suggestion and I joined Mohajir’s family in taking an overnight bus to Yasothon and arrived there early on Saturday morning.  Since the Feast was in the evening we paid a visit to the neighboring Bahá’í village.  We attended the Feast in the company of the local friends and the late Kannabaran and his wife Chansay from Vientiane and Faridian Abhasakun from Bangkok who were also there. After the Feast that night we took our return bus to Bangkok. We enjoyed the trip immensely although the bus ride took twenty-two hours back and forth, covered in two consecutive nights. Upon return to Bangkok on Sunday morning, we took a short rest and joined the study of Ruhi book eight in the afternoon. It occurred to me that when there was no activity, Mohajir would create one, as he seemed to loathe any rest. He had to be involved in some kind of activity while he was awake. That was the kind of lifestyle that Mohajir and his family led, with no rest at all.

My next visit to Bangkok coincided with the marriage of  Rezwan, daughter of the late Kannabaran to Dayan from Brazil.  At the hotel where the marriage took place Mohajir’s family and I were seated on a table along with four officials from the United Nations Development Program(UNDP). The friends from the UNDP  began expressing admiration on the simplicity of the Bahá’í marriage ceremony and the Bahá’í readings on marriage, and that led to a meaningful conversation. Mohajir seized the opportunity to share a number of insights about the Faith. The excited officers asked for literature on the Faith and upon returning home, Mohajir sent them Baháʼí literature and soon they became regular attendees at Bahá’í firesides. Mohajir was always on the lookout to share the message of Baháʼu’lláh at every given opportunity.

Mohajir joined the breaking of fast on 14 March 2017 and studying the 01 March 2017 letter from the Universal House of Justice, on his later visit in 2017. Seated L-R: Firouz Parsi, Vaughan Smith, and Sukhum Abhasakun Faridian with Mohajir at the apartment of Firouz in Bangkok.

When  I was in Bangkok on yet another occasion, Mohajir was expecting a guest, David Mocan from the Philippines who was scheduled to arrive after midnight at the Bangkok Airport.  When midnight approached he told me to rest while he would go to the airport to receive the friend. I insisted on going along with him. Mohajir drove me to the airport. There was an hour’s delay on the arrival of the plane, and by the time we brought David home, it was 02:30 in the morning.  Mohajir had to leave at 06:30 am for work and barely slept. Soon I could hear him reciting his morning prayers and he then left for work. To him, nothing was too much trouble and he always had the time when came to making visitors feel comfortable.

Whilst in Thailand, Mohajir served on the National Spiritual Assembly of Thailand and had the bounty and privilege of participating in the International Bahá’í Convention held in 2013 to elect the Universal House of Justice.

International Convention of 2013- L-R: Sukhin Ludher, K. Elango, Thian Boon Meng, Mohajir Satanam, Selvam Satanam, and  Jeremy Pemberton-Pigott

INDONESIA: June 2013 – January 2015

Mohajir and his family lived in Jakarta Indonesia for one and a half years. As he and his family would always do, Mohajir opened their home for Bahá’í activities. Every week, there were Bahá’í activities in his house and on occasion, large-scale gatherings were held in the hall of their home, most times both Mohajir and Malini would organize them. Mohajir belonged to the same community as their family friend, Nabil Chinniah, who was originally from Malaysia himself and naturally they became close co-workers. Once Nabil and Mohajir were playing badminton in Mohajir’s apartment complex. After their gameplay, Mohajir went over and spoke to some adults and children learning Tae Kwon Do. He invited them over his house later. They were Sri Lankan refugees and Mohajir started the Ruhi books with them in the Tamil language. Till today, that family is still actively engaged in the Bahá’í community.

Mohajir and Nabil served in the same Assembly. For Mohajir, adherence to principles of the Bahá’í administration was most important, there was no compromise and he went by the textbooks. There was an occasion when the incident where the community wanted the dates and timing of the Feasts and Holy days to be compromised to accommodate their busy working schedules. But Mohajir reminded them that there is a spiritual purpose to hold the Feast from sunset to sunset every 19 days. As Nabil Chinniah recollected about his friend, “He would always quote from the Writings on these Teachings. To this day, that Baháʼí guidance stayed with the community. Every day in Mohajir’s life was a Bahá’í day and every time a believer met Mohajir, his conversation was invariably about service to the Cause. Always there were families to meet and invite to Bahá’í devotionals at his home. He was happiest when he was able to do something for the Faith.”

Jakarta, Indonesia. Mohajir and his daughters with Mrs. Parvin Payman seated (L) and her daughter Shida seated (R)

SINGAPORE [AGAIN]: February 2015 – March 2019

In early 2015, Mohajir moved back to Singapore. At the specific request of the National Spiritual Assembly of Singapore, Mohajir and Malini located their home in the Bedok neighborhood. The next three to four years saw Mohajir serving ceaselessly in the Bedok neighborhood and the East cluster in Singapore and contributing significantly to its growth, including as the cluster development facilitator in the establishment of an intensive programme of growth in the cluster. In May 2018, Mohajir was elected on to the National Spiritual Assembly of Singapore – a service which that national institution described as being “manifested by a spirit of humility, abiding dedication to the Cause and frank yet thoughtful insights that enriched consultations at its meetings”. Mohajir’s service on the National Spiritual Assembly of Singapore was also memorable as it was the one and only time when both he and his brother Selvam served together on the same institution.

National Spiritual Assembly of Singapore. L-R: K. Elango, Jes Velasquez, Lalitha Melic, Mohajir Satanam, Susie Wong, Avinash Panjabi, Thian Boon Meng, Selvam Satanam,  and Katyana Melic. A rare occasion when both the sons of Satanam served together on any institution.

In Mohajir’s second term in Singapore, his home was once again a lighthouse from which the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh and the loving winds of Bahá’í hospitality were diffused through countless devotional gatherings, firesides, and holy day celebrations. Very frequently, he would hold devotional meetings, host talks by visitors from abroad, organize musical evenings and hold the breaking of fast during the fasting month. Numerous Bahá’ís from various countries such as Germany, Mauritius, United States, Andaman Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam all experienced their family’s loving hospitality. Mohajir was also on the lookout for believers who were not seen at activities for some time. He would make extra efforts to connect with people and organize lunch or coffee to catch up with such friends. This was also the time when his father’s close dear friend Mrs. Rose Ong had a bad fall not far from her flat and hit her head on the ground. A passer-by helped her and took her to a doctor and she had six stitches over her right eye. When Mohajir and Malini heard that she was unsteady on her feet, they came forward and assisted her in whatever way they could for her subsequent medical check-ups. In one of my own visits to Rose Ong with Mohajir, we saw that her apartment was under renovation and the furniture had to be moved around. Unasked, and spontaneously Mohajir moved the furniture for almost the whole day, slogging and sweating profusely. This was a touching moment for both Rose Ong and me. Of Mohajir, Rose Ong remarked, “He never refused anyone who asked him for some aid, small or big which he would do willingly. I witnessed the same attitude their father Mr. Satanam did. Whenever Satanam visited Singapore he would take his family to pay me a visit.” 

I had an opportunity to meet with Mohajir in Battambang, Cambodia in September 2017 on the occasion of the inauguration of the Baháʼí House of Worship. We went together to the House of Worship for prayers several times each day. Mohajir had been a regular visitor to Cambodia and served the Cambodian Bahá’í community as a Resource Person assigned by the Universal House of Justice for a period in 2010. During the prayer sessions in the hall of the House of Worship, I observed that while Mohajir was immersed in prayers and deep meditation, with tears flowing down his cheeks. When we were back in the hotel at night, a few of us got together and discussed the implications of the erection of this spiritual edifice in the development of the Faith in Cambodia. I remember Mohajir providing keen details on the historical development of the House of Worship right up to its inauguration and some of its future implications in the region. Mohajir indeed had a sound knowledge of the subject.

Winter School in Ipoh town, December 2017. L-R: Author Dr. Firaydun Mithaq, Giti Mithaq, Malini, Samoa daughter of Dr. Firaydun pioneering in China, Shabnam Mohajir and Mohajir

In 2017 I made a few visits to some rural Malaysian communities to assist in the process of community building and met Mohajir at his mother’s home in Seremban. Each time we met he kept inviting me to visit them in Singapore. I told him that I could not do much in a sophisticated city like Singapore. But when we met again in December 2017 in Ipoh town for a Winter School, he convinced me to visit Singapore. Accepting his invitation I visited Singapore in July 2018. I flew into Kuala Lumpur International Airport where Mohajir received me. After spending a night at his mother’s home in Seremban we flew to Singapore the next day.  Each day we had Bahá’í activities for the seventeen days I was in Singapore.  During this period Mohajir was busy taking me to the five Bahá’í communities in Singapore where we met people at their homes or at community gatherings for teaching, consolidation, deepening, and devotionals. Each day we were jumping from one activity to another with no rest. He even took me to the Bahá’í cemetery where we prayed at the graves of the many veterans of the Faith such as Dr. K. M. Fozdar and Shirin Fozdar the first pioneers to Singapore. The trip to Singapore turned out to be a huge success despite my earlier reservations that Singapore was not my place of service. The credit goes to Mohajir who tailored the program in such a way that I could be well utilized in the city communities. I guess he knew the art of utilizing different friends for different kinds of services.


Mohajir returned from Singapore to Seremban in March 2019, much to the jubilating joy of the community, as they were well aware that Mohajir is a great asset.  By a coincidence, we met at the resting place of Yankee Leong in Ipoh where we came to offer prayers. He invited me to Seremban to be his guest for a few weeks to help in revitalizing the communities in that region and assured that I will be receiving guidance from the National Spiritual Assembly on that matter.  In  November 2019,  I arrived in Malaysia and met Mohajir in Seremban. In the course of nineteen days in Seremban, we visited many Bahá’í communities in the region based on the National Spiritual Assembly’s guidance which was sent to me. We also participated in the Bicentenary Celebrations of the birth of the Báb in the Rembau community. Since Rembau was very promising I decided to return to Rembau to follow up with the consolidation work.

Mohajir, standing back row fourth from (R) with some members of the Seremban community

I returned to Rembau on February 28, 2020, to serve for forty-five days in teaching and consolidation activities. With the COVID19 turning into a pandemic I was forced to leave Malaysia on March 20, 2020. But in those twenty days, my activities included home visits, devotionals, and restarting the study circles for Ruhi Books 5, 6, and 8, with a total of twenty-four participants. Mohajir was the engine behind all of these actives but he was so humble never to mention his pivotal role to anyone.

The last year of  Mohajir on this earthly life was more eventful. In Ridván 2019 he was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly where he served as Chairman. Subsequently, he was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly of Malaysia in  September 2019 during a by-election and served as a Treasurer. Given his professional background as an Auditor and Chartered Public Accountant (CPA), Mohajir was able to perform his tasks extremely well as Treasurer.

As Treasurer of the Spiritual Assembly of  the Bahá’ís  of Malaysia Mohajir addressed the special conference of the community that was held with Dr. Payman Mohajir, a member of the Universal House of Justice in December 2019

Although he served on the national institution for only a few months, he left a lasting legacy and memory of his ever-smiling face, active, eager, and willing involvement in all consultations, assignments, and tasks. His last email to Counselor Dr. Loh Lee Lee was about the Asli community development of the funds that were needed for completing a project, and Mohajir made arrangements for the funds to be sent on time.

An important video on the Funds that Mohajir produced with the assistance of Anis Karuppiah who provided technical expertise. The music and choice of quotations seem to convey Mohajir’s gentleness, yet firmness of faith and clarity of vision.

While holding these responsibilities, he was also Secretary of the Area Teaching Committee of Seremban Cluster, a role that carried heavy responsibilities with it. These included supporting the two hundred devotional meetings in that cluster, attending regular meetings, dealing with correspondence, writing of reports, and last but not least, visiting communities. He was also a tutor for Ruhi Books 6, 9, and 11.

One of the feathers in the cap for the Seremban Bahá’í community was the resounding success of the Bicentennial celebrations of the Birth of the Báb, which was well reported in the Star Metro dated 28 November 2019 – an event where Mohajir played his usual major big role coupled with all these hives of activities, Mohajir took upon himself the added task of the development of the Asli friends. He often visited their villages and listened to them and helped them, reminiscent of his time with the Iban friends in Sarawak. He moved like a resistless storm, urging friends in Seremban to put the community on the fast track of progress and growth. His only focus was to serve restlessly to accomplish and bring tasks to a successful conclusion, and by any means. Vimala Ratha, who served on the Assembly with Mohajir, shared this observation has this to say, “Mohajir worked without sufficient rest and friends tried to advise him to slow down. But his reply was that opportunities will be lost forever if they are not attended to today! It was numerous heavy loads and responsibilities without rest that stressed him.”

Bicentennial celebrations of the Birth of the Báb in Seremban,2019. Chairman of the Assembly Mohajir is second from left, while Maya Karupiah the  Treasurer explains the exhibits to the representatives from the different Faiths. (Photo Courtesy:  StarMetro)

While attending to community activities, Mohajir never forgot the individual friends and visited them at their homes, and gave all the encouragement in what they were doing.  He reached out to dormant believers who seldom came for activities to encourage them to return to active service of the Faith. Mohajir pushed his own limits to the maximum and moved with urgency, urging all to rise to greater heights of service and he himself set the example.

Mrs. Geetha Sharma who served with Mohajir on the Assembly in Seremban has this to say,  “It is no exaggeration to say that friends who accompanied and served with him could not keep pace with his speed and his numerous commitments. They used to wonder with awe how and from where he got the energy and time to do so many things so well. After a busy Assembly meeting that went past midnight, its members would retire to bed, only to receive early in the morning messages, quotations, PowerPoints, charts, and references on the subjects that were discussed in the assembly meeting the previous night. The Assembly members while welcoming those preparations still wondered how he had the time to all that?  They wondered if he prepared them before retiring to bed, and that has to be at dawn.”   

Nabil Chinniah from Indonesia says, “When my mother-in-law, the wife of Anthony Louis, passed away in Malacca, Mohajir drove for hours from Singapore to Malacca to pay his last respects. He then drove back to Singapore the same day. I asked him why this much trouble, and he replied that such are the moments when Bahá’ís must give strength to the bereaved.”

Towards the close of his earthly life, his magnanimity came to the fore. In February, the country was slowly plunging into the COVID 19 crisis and Mohajir wanted to do his part. On the afternoon of 25 March, he arrived at unexpectedly at the Seremban General Hospital and handed over to Mrs. Uma Bachu, a believer and Matron at the same hospital, two boxes of N95 masks for the staff of the hospital and one box of homemade murukku (an Indian crunchy snack) for Uma. He expressed much concern for the safety of the hard-working health care workers and assured her that he would pray for them. Upon returning home he sent a text that read, “God bless all your pure and selfless hearts. What you are all doing is self-sacrificial. Stay safe and please be assured of our prayers. Take care and rest well. Bahá’u’lláh will surely watch over you and your colleagues.” Uma was very touched and moved by the gesture of this pure caring soul.

Mohajir was obsessed with plans to serve the Cause even during his last moments on this earthly plane. Murali Subbarao, a close friend of Mohajir since childhood days mentions that when he came back to his parents house in Mambau from Penang due to the Movement Control Order issued by the Malaysian Government in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, Mohajir called upon him at his parent’s residence and discussed plans  to conduct Ruhi Book 11 for Murali’s family and some other friends. Mohajir immediately created a WhatsApp group on 29 March 2020 to proceed with the preparatory works. But before the details could be worked out, he was already in the hospital. Suddenly and most unexpectedly, the news spread to his close friends that he was admitted to hospital on 8 April for clots in his heart and lungs.

Mohajir’s last plan was to execute conducting Ruhi Book 11.  (WhatsApp Image from phone of Murali).

The friends who had heard of his hospitalization were asked not to visit him as he needed to rest. When Mohajir did not show any sign of recovery the family requested prayers from the community through the National Spiritual Assembly, and the national institution itself said ardent prayers for him. After a short bout in a coma, he passed away on Saturday, 11 April 2020.  The Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of Malaysia, on which Mohajir served as Treasurer, sent out this message to the entire community:

A distinguished son of an illustrious father, he poured out his life in uninterrupted service to the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh, as a teacher, pioneer to Vietnam for many years, and member of the National Spiritual Assemblies of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, as Auxiliary Board Member in Vietnam and Resource Person of the Universal House of Justice for Cambodia. He combined immense personal warmth, generosity of spirit, utmost humility, and meticulous thought with utter consecration, unwavering obedience, firmness in the Covenant, unfailing love for the Faith. His cheerfulness and dedication touched and inspired the hearts of all those who crossed his path, and heightened their enthusiasm for service. His tireless efforts to spread the teachings of Baha’u’llah in every community left a legacy that will be felt for generations.

He passed away when the country was in a lockdown owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. The nation-wide lockdown prevented many friends from paying their last respects to their much loved and admired friend. A funeral service with limited people was arranged at his home and the burial took place at the Seremban Baháʼí Memorial Park on 12 April. Both the events were shown to the community through online the Zoom technology. From Chieng Mai, my wife and I viewed dear Mohajir’s funeral online, and also joined the memorial service held for him a few days later. Some of the words spoken  by friends at both the funeral and the memorial service are used in this story.

Whilst it is hard to understand the wisdom of Mohajir’s early departure to the Abhá Kingdom, he has left behind in the hearts of innumerable people who crossed his life traces of his love and inspiring memories that continue to be a source of joy and encouragement to them. Mohajir’s kindness, humility, faith, generosity, and his absolute reliance on the power of prayer and divine assistance are his other distinguishing characteristics. His priorities were teaching and promotion of the Faith. He had high regard and respect for the institutions of the Faith and was well-read in the Writings which he often quoted even in any normal conversation, what more when addressing friends at gatherings. Mohajir was well known in the outside world where he was respected and admired for the upright character he possessed.  The legacy and services of Mohajir was only known after his passing. Counsellor Loh Lee Lee said while conveying condolences from the Continental Board of the Counsellors, “For Mohajir, it was what must be done has to be done at any cost. He was restless and always in a rush. Somehow he felt an urgency to do things otherwise the opportunities will be lost.” 

Mohajir had a rare charm about him and a countenance that was always radiant with a warm smile, thus becoming a magnetic personality wherever he went. He was a man of great humility, of which Auxiliary Board Member Mr. Gobinathan Gopal says, “Mohajir did many things without mentioning his name. He sent reports as though it was written by someone else. There was one time I asked him if he knew so many were going through a study of higher Ruhi books in Seremban, and his reply was noncommittal. But when I checked with the Area Coordinator, I came to know that it was Mohajir who was tutoring. I was humbled to learn that Mohajir had mastered this praiseworthy virtue.”  K. Tamil Maran, a close family friend of the Satanams says,“I personally felt Muhajir was seeking and wanted, something deeper and deeper everytime by his thoughts, being and doing, away from the regular daily thoughts and activities of daily life. He was seeking higher dimensions.”

I observed that Mohajir was in the habit of empowering others by sending materials to his friends. Ever since we met for the first time he continually sent me interesting materials about the progress of the Faith that included Bahá’í news, reports of community growth, teaching endeavors, and accomplishments in some communities. On a number of occasions, Mohajir informed me that it was the Hand of the Cause of God Dr. Raḥmatu’lláh Muhájir that he took as his role model and tried to follow his footsteps in every possible way.

Generosity in helping those  in need was part of his nature. I remember one incident in Bangkok. Mohajir used to visit the refugees once a week and have devotionals with them. There was a Ceylonese Christian refugee living in Bangkok with his wife and their 12-year-old son. The poor couple had to work to earn even for small amounts of money to pay for the education of their son. Suddenly, his wife was caught while working and imprisoned because it was against the labor law for refugees to work in Thailand. Her husband and son dared not to go to visit her in prison fearing they might be arrested as well.  The father who had known Mohajir used to bring the son to Mohajir’s house every weekend for some basic education. Malini taught him some English and helped him in his school lessons while Mohajir involved him in the Junior Youth Program. The worried father soon found solace in reciting the Bahá’í prayers and listening attentively to the Bahá’í Teachings. We gave him Bahá’í literature which he read and asked further explanations. He became a strong sympathizer of the Faith. I was moved when he quietly told me he was grateful to Mohajir and Malini who helped them not only by educating his son, but also gave them financial aid, which I did not know.

The Mohajir I had known was great in yet another way. Despite his pressure from Baháʼí activities, Mohajir was able to balance his Baháʼí obligations with his family as a loving husband and a lovely father, looking after their comfort and needs. He would among others, help his children with studies, watch television programs with the family, organize family recreational trips and go out for family dinners, not forgetting celebrations of birthdays and wedding anniversaries. Mohajir was there whenever he was needed to provide the emotional and spiritual needs of the family. As a person with a high sense of humor, he always found ways to keep the family happily laughing away. These and many of his other exemplary ways are gone and shall be missed forever,  as a loving husband for Malini, a caring father for Shabnam and Anisa, a supportive brother for Lua and Selvam, a dutiful son of the Satanams and and doting uncle to his nieces Asha and Eshaa and nephew Sanjay, not forgetting a lovable brother in law for Lua’s husband Tharama and Selvam’s wife Navvab.

The Blessed Beauty has left behind His teachings and Writings to guide us. It is my own understanding that He also sends from time to time some angelic souls who add fresh laurels into the community of the Greatest Name. Mohajir Selvaraj Satanam was just one such heroic angels of God during our own lifetime, and whom the current and rising generations will joyfully remember.

Dr. Firaydun Mithaq
Chieng Mai
31 May 2020


USEFUL LINK. Here is the story of S. Satanam, father of Mohajir:









    The message of condolences from the International Teaching Centre sent through Counselor Dr. Loh Lee Lee read:
    We were saddened to learn of the passing of dear Mohajir Selvaraj Satanam, whose service to the Cause, including as a member of the Auxiliary Boards for both Protection and Propagation in Vietnam and of the Spiritual Assemblies of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, will be remembered with gratitude. We will offer prayers in the Holy Shrines for the progress of his noble soul in the Abha Kingdom and for the consolation of this wife and daughters and other loved ones during this time of bereavement.. …..

    To the Family of Mohajir Satanam
    The Board is saddened to receive the news on the passing of our beloved Mohajir Satanam. Mohajir Satanam devoted his life to the teaching the Cause of Bahaullah and many have come to the Faith through his tireless and sacriffical service. His service to the Faith is of the highest distinction He served on the Institution of Huququllah for South East Asisa as an auditor for Malaysia form many years. He also served at the local and national assemblies in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia., as Auxliary Board member in Vietnam and Resource Person of the Universaal Hose of Justice for Cambodia. We will never forget his gentleness and loving kindnesss to all whom he met.

    We are grieved, but we have the assurance that his soul is now freed from this earthly plane and soars in the Enternal Realms joyously to be in the presence of the Best Beloved. ….

    (Message to the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of Malaysia)
    ….. our hearts are saddened to learn the passing of our dearly loved friend, Mr. Mohajir Selvaraj Satanam, whose many years of service to the Faith of God in our country for about ten years, during his youth in the time of restriction to the Faith in Vietnam. His passing is a great loss not only to the bereaved family but also to the community of Malaysia as well as many neigh our Bahai communities, including Vietnam. …

    (Message to Malini)
    With his passing the Bahai world has lost a selfless and dedicated servant, whose life was distinguished by consecrated and unwavering dedication to the Cause of God. Words are inadequate to express the deep sense of sorrow we feel for the loss of someone who holds a very special place in the hearts of the friends in Singapore. He was an inspiration to those who were privileged to cross his path. HE will forever be remembered for his warm and cheerful nature, his gentle demeanor, his humility and his irrepressible spirit. …

    (Message to the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of Malaysia)
    Our hearts are grieved to learn of the sudden passing of our beloved brother and co-worker, Mohajir Selvaraj Satanam. As a brilliant and illumined comet in the South-East Asian sky, our cherished friend shed his resplendent lustre over the Bahai communities of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia- thus fulfilling the promise of his given name, Mohajir- “pioneer”.

    Raised in an illustrious and devoted family, Mohajir’s radiant, joyful and enveloping spirit, depth and insightful understanding of the Writings, unwavering firmness in the Covenant, unquestioned obedience to the guidance of the Supreme Body and his adherence to and exemplary demonstration of the Teaching in his daily behavior touched the lives of us all. On a personal level, his easy friendship and comfortable fellowship, his sense of hospitality and generosity of heart was shared with all alike without distinction.

    During his brief years in Thailand from 2010 to 2013, he was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly of Thailand where he served as Treasurer, bringing his professional training and innovative approach, profound Bahai knowledge and penetrating insights and understanding to this field of service. How well- suited he was to serve on our national assemblies 3 countries embodying and combining those necessary qualities specified by the Guardian: unquestioned loyalty, selfless devotion, a well-trained mind, recognized ability and mature experience.

    The seeds that Mohajir Satanam and his beloved family, Malini his wife, and daughters Shabnam and Anisha have devotedly sown in the soil of our hearts of oulr countries will continue. To grow and flourish.

    To the family of Mohajir Satanam.
    Your immediate family were pioneers to Indonesia for over two and half years and made many close friends both within the Faith and with persons in the wider society. Mr. Satanam, father of Mohajir also dedicated a few years of his life to Indonesia. They both in their own ways left legacies of their efforts in this country.

    Mohajir was a person of great humility, warmth and generosity. His ever smiling and soft voice attracted him to many people. His gentleness however did not hide his firmness in the Faith and active efforts to share his beliefs with his friends and colleagues. The devotional meetings held in his apartment were well attended and many people learned of the Faith from him. He was also found of sending messages, sms, whatsApp, emails of inspiration and Holy Writings to keep many inspired and dedicated to do more. His thoughtfulness is truly appreciated and now that he has left this world, many will cherish these messaged in memory of a truly great and noble being.

    ……The National Assembly at the close of our meeting on 12 April prayed for the progress of this valiant and faithful servant of the Blessed Beauty through all the worlds of God…. There can never be another Mohajir. His soul is now freed from chains of this earthly existence. He is free to roam and be united with all the loved ones and attain the presence of the Blessed Beauty. His life could be a sacrifice that would bring much victories and bring comfort to myriads.

    He served on the National Assemblies of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, was Auxiliary Board member in Vietnam and Resource Person for Cambodia. This is the truest testimony of how much the people he lived with loved, respected and trusted him. His namesake Dr. Muhajir also passed away in his 50’s. Mohajir has lived up to the name of his father and mother bestowed on him. A pioneer to many lands…..

  2. Mohajir’s sudden demise from this earthly plane is a shock to all of us. The question is why would someone so involved in all aspects of Baha’i life and administration and still very young would go so early to the next plane of existence is beyond our comprehension.
    We Baha’is have the latest and newest Revelation and yet we are not exempted from worldly woes. We are just like the rest but what distinguishes us is we are the only group of people who have the latest Revelation in our hand. This is our strength and comfort zone. This is something that billions on this planet have to play catch-up.
    At about the same time of his passing, we were having prayers with the family just before bedtime. When I flipped the prayer book, the page I opened was a prayer for the departed! On reflection, it was verily subliminal.

    Mohajir, his immediate family and his extended family are our closest friends. When I heard the news, and till today, I repeatedly ask the same question – why Mohajir? I still haven’t got an answer!
    I lost my father when I was eight years old and my mother brought up the five of us single handedly. She is now ninety years old and almost bedridden. So I keep on pondering – why not end my mother’s suffering instead of a Baha’i who still have lots of work to do on this plane of existence … any explanation is beyond our comprehension.
    During Mohajir’s last posting in Singapore, he was in the Katong community and served steadfastly in the assembly. Mohajir’s home was usually filled with activities and we would all go heartily to partake its bounty. The camaraderie engendered is remarkable.
    Mohajir’s contributions to the Baha’i world is common knowledge to all of us in the Asean region and beyond. We stood in awe at this stalwart, champion, and unifier. His sudden departure serves as a reminder to all of us the legwork that we have to accomplish needs quickening for we never know when is our time to move on to the many worlds of God. The work is plenty and we have to hurry up.

    Mohajir’s family in Seremban Malaysia is always welcome to get in touch with Lalitha (my wife), myself and our family for any assistance they may need.
    Mohajir’s time with many of us and my own family will always be cherished.


  3. When I moved to work in Singapore in May 2009, Mohajir would always offer to take me and auntie Rose by car to Seremban whenever he was driving up with his family. He would also insist I sit at the front. We would have many conversations on Baha’i activities, economics, current affairs. Auntie Rose would join in our conversations. He was very willing to drive to come and pick me wherever I was whether it was early morning or late evening. Mohajir often said this story to illustrate how we can be so drawn to the power of Bahaú’llah love to consume us in its entirety. Mohajir loved to share stories from the Bahaí books he has been reading. Patient, generous and selfless was his trademark
    Dr. Sathia Varqa

  4. My association with Muhajir begins from 1980 as a 12 year old student in Malaysia and then a student in Singapore, coming back home from time to time, whom I use to meet in Seremban. With my age difference of 16 years, the earlier part of my relationship was more of adult and youth with all the fun and jokes taking advantage with my age to bully and tease him. He came back in early 1990’s as a grown up adult with his unassuming character and a evolving firmness and constancy in the faith, committed to youth activities. As a student of accountancy, I use meet him during weekends when he was free.

    However, a drastic change and transformation I noticed only when he got married and left for Vietnam as a pioneer. Whenever he came back, I noticed a mark difference in his knowledge and spirit which he had acquired in the pioneering field. It is no more of he learning or listening from me, but I learning from him. As he moved from countries to countries he transformed into “spiritual giant” with his ever increasing knowledge in the Faith and his volition and action in the pioneering field. I noticed in him, the process of his thoughts, being and doing changed tremendously, even his physical appearance. When we meet for late night ‘tea tarik’ it was laughter, fun and learning. He too wanted to update his knowledge in the latest happenings in the local community of Seremban, keeping abreast of all activities.

    We also made a short teaching trip to Vietnam, visiting him in Singapore with Knight of Baha’u’allah, Mr.Puva, in 2019 before he left Singapore to Malaysia.

    With his pioneering experience for 25 years beginning from Vietnam, I learned, unlearned and relearned many things which transformed me, with his sharing of his unique experiences and current knowledge as he served as an members of various National Spiritual Assemblies, Auxiliary Board members and in other capacities.

    When he came back to Malaysia, he got serious in getting to know of all activities in Seremban, so that he can serve effectively. Our ‘tea tarik’ session continued late night modified to late evenings with jokes, fun, learning and teasing.

    Though attimes we have differences on issues and perception, we got along well satisfying spiritual insights as I noticed when I interacted with him. He facilitated Ruhi book 11 & 9 unit 1.On March 11th, he came to break fast in my house and later met him in the Baha’i centre during Feast. The Movement Control Order was declared due to Covid-19. Ruhi book 9 unit 1 continued through Zoom which he completed it as a tutor.He continued pestering me to take over tutoring of book 9 unit 2 & Naw Ruz message which I delayed it, not knowing that there was a wisdom behind it, which he knew best, that he may not be around to continue Ruhi book 9 unit 2 !. From April 1 to April 7 we had very rich conversation, consultation and insights through WhatsApp.I knew he was in the hospital but I expecting him to tell me, respecting his privacy or might be I always called hi” Mike Tyson” of Malaysia,teasing him, when he returned back to Malaysia and got elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly of Seremban and then to NSA. He was taking of many things during our WhatsApp conversations,of older Bahais and his favorite author who shaped his mind during his earlier youth, who was Earnest Hemingway, quoting his favourite book of him, as ” to whom the bell toll”. Many exchanges which I still have it in my WhatsApp. On April 7th night was my last communication, after which I heard around 11th April 10.45 p.m he passed away through my daughter, who was informed by her colleagues attending to him in ICU at Serdang hospital.

    As I have associated with his father Mr.Satanam very closely, so do with Muhajir, in a very much a different ways. His contributions to the faith in detail, I only knew after his demise and through the memory booklet prepared by his family. Many memories of many things there are which cannot be contained in this comment column.

    Looking at all the youths from 1980’s, he had played an exemplary role for youths to emulate and a life of sacrifice and balanced spiritual life with a mystical path with the practical feet

    K. Tamil Maran

  5. I am dumbfounded reading this story on Mohajir Satanam. He is certainly the younger version of his father Mr. Satanam who will always remain a true source of inspiration to me.

    One thing in common I share with Mohajir- we are die-hard supporters of Liverpool Football Club.

    Batu Pahat

  6. We will always remember the late Mohajir for his services. What a wonderful soul he was. We all miss him. He took me around wherever his late father Satanam had visited in the state of Negeri Sembilan. Mohajir even planned to visit outstation places like Bentong town, Kelantan and Terengganu states with me. But before anything materialised he was called to the Abha Kingdom

    Ringo Rengadhar Horia

  7. Honoured and privileged to have associated with this wonderful soul. He was amazingly humble, full of love and always with a warm smile.T he bond created between us is beyoond words tom be described.
    Santhira Karuppan

  8. A befitting tribute to a dedicated hero of the Cause on earth. May his blessed soul continue to progress through the worlds of God.
    Zohrab Chong
    Petaling Jaya

  9. Truly shocking and sad that Mr. Mohajir Satanam has passed away. I met him twice in Jakarta, and the last was in 2015 at Mr Punjabi’s house. I had been also with his father Mr Satanam when he worked as Consultant with the Water Sanitation Project for a state owned enterprise in my town in Makassar, South Sulawesi. Both Mr. Mohajir and his father were very humble and kind. May his soul be blessed by the Blessed Beauty in the Abha Kingdom.

    Minhajul abidin

  10. Thanks a lot Dr. Firaydun for this story.

    I remember his father Mr. Satanam, when I was a kid in Mentakab where he came fro travel teaching as a young man. He was a young man then. It was around.1961. The last I saw him was when he had a serious health problem and came to my Natural Medicine Center in Puchong for consultation . I gave him my natural medicine. He was an embodiment of humility, tact and wisdom. His son Mohajir followed his father’s footsteps.

    Deeply saddened by his untimely demise. I have been to their house. Great family.

    Professor Dr. Ananthan Krishnan
    Kuala Lumpur

  11. Beloved Baha’i friends in Malaysia.
    With loving hearts, my husband Ian and I send beautiful prayers to the Satanam family on the loss of Mohajir. May Baha’u’llah grant him a beautiful place for the growth and development of his soul in next world.
    Love to Indira and family.

    Karin and Ian Ferguson,

  12. WHAT Service! What a life! God bless him! What an example! Oh, my goodness. From the beginning of his life, he was immersed in service, which has made him a selfless servant of Baha’u’llah to humankind. My heart is moved. My condolences to his family; but we all know he is headed for his very beautiful reward in the Abha Kingdom!

    Thank you for the privilege and honor of this opportunity to express how this, very, beautiful presentation moved me!
    Sharyn Mcintyre

  13. Dr. Mithaq,
    I am so moved that I am left speechless at Mohajir’s dedication and selflessness. The whole family is truly exemplary and unique in their love for Baha’u’llah, their humility and kindness in every aspect.

    I am so impressed with your focus and dedication in writing this memoir! You are a prolific writer.
    Ya Baha’u’abha.

    Evelyn Ng
    New York

  14. I have met Mohajir a few times in person. Those few moments have left a deep impact on me spiritually. When I was informed by Mr. KT Maran of his untimely and sudden demise I was in utter shock. I was lost for words and could feel teardrops touching my sour cheeks. However, my beloved wife Martha Selvaraj was a very good friend of Mohajir since childhood in Seremban community in Malaysia. She used to recall so many fond memories of him and the youth gang, the spiritual warriors they were in those early days serving the Blessed Cause.

    Without a shadow of a doubt, Mohajir has been a great source of spiritual inspiration to many youths in his generation and usually a pillar of strength to the younger Baha’is in so many different communities and wherever he resided. I felt the impact so heavily of his leaving this mortal world is because he became very close to my family. He was a humble and loving person he was with my five kids. His constant thoughts, love, and cares about my family were deeply felt. Even my kids were crying bitterly on Mohajir’s leaving this earthly life. This is what my sons Shehan and Shenad had to say on the day of his passing,“Uncle Mohahir passed through all the tests in this world so Baha’u’llah took him to the world of Baha to be with Him’. That’s the love he has showered upon my children. I was very much looking forward to serving with him when I get back to Seremban. Well I feel I’m not so lucky. We shall continue to remember him and to pray for his dear soul in the realms above in Abha Paradise.

    Thank you, my dear friend- Mohajir, and may the blessings continue till we meet again.

    Shamilar Shammi
    Sri Lanka

  15. Wonderful and very inspiring story.May the Blessed Beauty always bless Mohajir for his great services for the Cause

    Johar Nath Gurubaria

  16. Dear Dr. Firaydun Mithaq,
    Thank you for the loving and moving story on Mohajir Satanam. It was so interesting to read that I went through in one sitting. It was through this story that I got to know about him in full details. It is so informative that everyone will surely appreciate it. He has done so much and still remained a very humble servant of Bahaullah. It is good the story of his father S. Satanam is linked up at the end of the story. Both father and son have added glory to the family and the Cause in Malaysia and abroad.

    Kuala Lumpur.

  17. Although my association with Mohajir was short and brief, he created a deep impression on me. When I saw him and his family in Cambodia for the first time I loved his pure spirit. I felt that I had known him for ages. He was such a majestic and magnetic personality though enveloped in utter humility. My next visit was in the Winter School in Ipoh in December 2017 where we spoke longer and that strengthened my bond with his family further.

    I used to hear much nice things about Mohajir from my husband Firaydun who visited him in his travels to Malaysia to do some Bahai work. On occasions when Firaydun stayed with Mohajir in Seremban I sued to talk to Firaydun and Mohajir on the phone.

    I wish I had more time to be with him and his family. I had seen such a devotion and selflessness in him.

    For all he has done for the Cause in Malaysia and elsewhere, I am sure he must be having a special place in the Abha Kingdom.

    Giti Mithaq
    Chieng Mai

  18. Mohajir was really a loving and kind soul to so many people. I had the privilege of meeting this beautiful soul twice in my life. Once was at a Bahai conference in Singapore many years back. At that time he was the MC for a social night section. When the programme ended I had the opportunity of meeting him for the very first time. He quickly addressed me as his brother and I could feel his genuine brotherly love he had for me, although we had not known each other earlier. I could feel it coming from his heart and we became instant friends. We spoke for a short while only because it was quite late and we had to retire to rise up early for next morning’s section.

    The next time I met him was in Ipoh town Perak at one of my Bahai friend’s house. This time he came with is wife. At that time they were making preparations to leave for Vietnam. But I still had some moments to chat with him. He still reflected the same loving Bahai spirit. As a son of the illustrious Mr.Satnam he was very much like his loving father in many ways. Like his father, Mohajir too was so loved by so many friends -Bahais and non Bahais alike.

    There must be a divine wisdom in God taking him away from us so early. May his soul enjoy the beauty of the Abha Kingdom with his Creator.

    Gurubalan JFK Balan

  19. I had the pleasure of meeting Mohajir several times over the years. Although our time together was brief, in each of those encounters Mohajir and his family always showed great hospitality, generosity and kindness. Through our conversations it was evident that service to our Cause was first and foremost in his mind. I appreciated his joyful presence and his great sense of humour. We had devotional at his house and once I was a gust at Ruhi Book 8 at his house in Bangkok. His hospitality and sincere love was manifest in all of his and his family’s actions. Once when I inquired abou the Bangkok Floating Market as to how the people lived in a remote village floating on the river over a hundred killometer away from Bangkok city. I was curious to know whether the people there had heard about the Faith and his answer was: “Why don’t you go there and find out? My driver will take you there for a day of tour.” Sure, next day his driver took me and my dad for a full day tour of this touristic community. I learned a lot from that experience.

    Samoa Mithaq

  20. Dear Dr. Firaydun
    Thank you very much for penning a wonderful story on Mohajir Satanam. You have truly covered the essence of his life and services. You have done a great amount of research.
    First and foremost I wish to thank you for using the statement by the Master as to why and when some people are called to the Kingdom much earlier than others. I had never seen that statement from the Start of the West. This is the first time I am reading and that sums up everything for Mohajir. It comes as a consolation to those missing him. And thanks for using the appropriate photographs in your story.

    I had known Mohajir from the time he was born and had seen him growing up as a well-mannered child, an active youth and later as a passionate worker for the Cause. I detected his potential for the Faith even when he was young- thanks to Mr. Satanam and his wife who created the right environment for him to be nurtured in the Faith. More than me, it was my son Murali who moved with him very closely for some 35 years and his input that you have quoted speaks for itself.

    I was closer to Mohajir’s father Satanam from the Port Dickson days. He was my Bahai mentor who deepened me in the Faith and took me around in his car for visiting old Bahais to consolidate and encourage them to rise higher in the service. With the passing of Satanam I missed such trips, but it came back in the form of his son Mohajir. What a strange thing to happen.

    I must admit in all humility and sincerity that when Mohajir moved into Seremban from Singapore, there was a new spirit that he created, engaging everyone in the community. He tapped the talents of everyone. Myself being a long time believer, he roped me in for yet one more of his great initiatives- to visit dormant and inactive believers. Each fortnight we would drive to visit such inactive and dormant old believers. Some came back to the fold. This is what Mohajir’s father Satanam and I were doing in those days, which was repeated by Mohajir. It was while the momentum was picking up in visiting friends that Mohajir left the world. The last time I met him was on Naw Ruz day at my residence. Next I heard of his admission to hospital. We all prayed.

    When I received news of the passing of Mohajir, I immediately informed my son Murali. Murali took along his son Ashvin and rushed to the Serdang Hospital. I was worried. After some time, Murali’s son Ashvin phoned me from the Serdang Government hospital to confirm that Mohajir had passed away. I just could not bring myself to accepting the passing of such a lovable soul at this tender age. But I am praying for him daily for him to be bestowed his due reward in the next world for serving His Lord with all his energy and passion.

    Subba Rao Demudu

  21. Dearest Firaydun,
    Reading the life of a man who at a very young age inspired by the Teachings of his beloved Faith arose to serve in that region in his short span of life brought nothing to my mind except admiration and a sense of spiritual envy that he could accomplish. His Blessed spirit is calling from on high all and specially our youth to arise and be the agents of change while they can and still young.
    I offered prayers to the threshold of the Blessed Beauty to elevate his precious spirit in Abha Kingdom. May Mohajir assists us and intercede on our behalf to be able to serve as he did.

    With much love and respect to his entire bereaved-family
    For such a hero.
    Daryoush Yazdani

  22. Dr. Firaydun,
    It was and still unbelievable that Mohajir has left this world at such a young age. Just one week before he passed away he rang me up to find out how things were going on, since I was incapacitated owing to problems with my legs. He asked if there was anything he could do for me. I was very touched with his gesture. I remember his late father used show so much concern for me during my difficult moments and now Mohajir was following his father’s footstep. I thanked him for his kindness and left for Australia for one month. When I returned from Australia, Mohajir came and took me for lunch and later bought two bottles of Aloe Vera gel for my legs. He was a rare kind of human gem who showed such sincere care and love to both Bahais and non-Bahais. He was a lover of humankind. Since I had known him from his childhood days I was able to see him growing strong in the Faith and serving the Faith with utmost sincerity and dedication. Every friend in the community really loved him.

    But when I heard of his sudden removal from the world, my heart went through such pain that I am not able to describe. My heart cried for losing such a beautiful soul. But when reading this story on Muhajir I learn that he has done so much for the Faith without any pomp or publicity. He was humble just like his father.

    My wife and I shall always remember and pray for his precious soul to rest in eternal peace in the Abha Kingdom.

    R. Mariappan and Jenny Wong

  23. Dr. Firaydun,
    Thank you for this wonderful sharing of Mohajir. I salute Mohajir for having played an important role in the lives of many friends including me. He endeavored to practice the teachings of Baha’u’llah in his private life and at work.

    RIP brother Mohajir, will remember you in my prayers

    Satish Satio

  24. Dear Dr Firaydun
    Thank you for your most engaging recollections of our faithful servant of Bahá’u’lláh, Mohajir Satanam.

    The late Mrs.Shantha Sundram told me once that Mr.Satanam gave his second son the name “Mohajir” that he might emulate the beloved Hand of the Cause of God Dr. Raḥmatu’lláh Muhájir in his services. I feel that he and his devoted father, Mr. Satanam, were very similar in that they were both quiet yet indefatigable workers of the Faith, underneath whose surface surged a powerful and vibrant love for the Cause. It seems to me that they epitomized the spirit of “forgetful of self but ever mindful of what is Thine”.

    I knew Mohajir and his older brother Selvam from young and our paths would cross at various Baha’i events. Both brothers were brilliant and they won ASEAN scholarships and left Malaysia to continue their studies in Singapore. Later, I heard that Mohajir furthered his studies in the UK and subsequently, pioneered to Vietnam. In 1995 or 1996, I was in Ho Chi Minh City on a work trip and Mohajir and Malini invited me to their home for dinner. They were newly weds at that time and had no children yet. After a long taxi ride, I arrived at their home and was quite surprised to find it was not the elegant expat house I was expecting. It was a simple shop-house and I had to climb up the stairs to their home as downstairs was Mohajir’s office. I remember the house was quite dark and the radio was scratchy due to the irregular power supply in that area. Surely this was attestation of their desire to serve as pioneers and sacrifice for the Faith! They welcomed me with the warmth and love that can surely be expected of the Satanams and of course I enjoyed a sumptuous meal as well.

    On another occasion, they invited me to their house again for dinner and with them were a Malaysian expat couple they were trying to teach. We were served a lovely meal and during dinner, the couple unfortunately made some disparaging remarks about the Vietnamese people. I remember looking up at Mohajir and seeing the embarrassment and disappointment in his face, a sure testimony of his love for the Vietnamese people and seeing all mankind as his own family.

    Over the years, we would meet at various Baha’i events and it was always a delight to catch up and exchange updates. From my siblings and cousin living in those countries, I heard first hand of his sterling services to the Cause in Thailand and Indonesia and as a resource person for Cambodia.

    When I heard he was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly of Malaysia, I was so happy as I knew he would bring a great measure of experience and ardor to that esteemed institution. I was fortunate to meet with him and Malini again in December 2019 at the meeting with the member of the Universal House of Justice, Dr. Payman Mohajer held in Kuala Lumpur.

    The news of his hospitalization and later of his passing was a great shock to me and my heart immediately went out to Malini, Shabnam and Anisa, Mrs. Satanam, Selvam and Lua.

    To his two beautiful daughters, please be assured that your beloved father is ever looking out for you and taking care of you. As you remember him in your prayers, be assured that he is praying ardently for you too. And as you traverse this journey of life, call upon his him to assist you in any challenges you might have and his noble soul will most certainly rush forth to your assistance.

    With warmest love and regards,

    Soheil Chinniah

  25. Mohajir was my closest friend with whom I had associated closely for the past 35 years now. Among the childhood friends he had created everlasting impressions in me both as a friend, philosopher and guide as they would say. Our service for the Cause started with three months travel teaching trip to Sarawak. Later when he was away abroad, I communicated with him over telephone or emails. Yet I found ways of meeting up with him abroad, whenever possible. When Mohajir was in Vietnam Mr. Milkcues Jasper and I gave him some support in conducting trainings and spiritualization institutes, programmes for the youths and adults. And Mohajir, in his concern for the development of youths, had given free tuitions in English. Even in Seremban he had taken time off and given coaching to many students who all did well in their examinations. His heart was for the Faith and for his fellow humans. He was a lover of mankind.

    He loved his football and was a diehard supporter of Liverpool team and had good friends who would hang out and watch football televised on large television sets placed in the mamak stalls. Among the regular friends were my brother, Sathia Varqa, Milkcues Jasper, Rajeshbir Singh, Melvin Mahendran, Sanger Muniappan and myself included. And there will be a few rounds of orders of fried noodles, roti canai banjir and teh tarek until the wee hours of the night. It is anyone’s guess that it was always Mohajir who would come forward to foot the bill, but we would still insist on going Dutch or we take turns to pay. Those were the days that shall remain in memory.

    On the 17 March 2019 when he informed me that he was moving from Singapore to Seremban for good, it came as my greatest happiness. I knew that would provide ample opportunity to be in closer contact with him on a daily basis. Despite his own busy schedule he still had time for friends. We met often and communicated over telephone. Mohajir was not the person to give himself a rest.

    Still fresh in my mind- after attending funeral of Amelia Naidu in the late afternoon, I came back, rested and was watching TV. At about 9pm, my mother came out of her room in a state of shock and kept repeating Mohajir, Mohajir with tears. My father who was with her gave the news of Muhajir’s passing in Serdang Hospital. I immediately took the car, accompanied by my son Ashvin and rushed to Serdang hospital. That was the time when the country was in lockdown owing to the COVID 19 virus. I prayed very hard for God to enable me to drive past the police blocks to Serdang Hospital. The police did not stop me and we arrived at 11.15pm, and shocked to be confirmed that my best friend had passed away and his remains were placed in the mortuary. I could not accept that he left without a word, I was so broken to see Malini and her daughter Shabnam sitting outside sobbing away with tears and completely lost.

    When ushered into the place where his mortal remains lied he could not believe what I saw. I was heart – broken to see his lifeless body. Yet he appeared radiant with a smile as though he was sleeping in utter peace. My son Ashvin, Mohajir’s sister Lua’s husband Tharma got and I washed his body and shrouded it with white cloth and prepared his body to be buried the following day. His body was then transported to his house. At the funeral service held in his bouse the following day I was asked to say a few words, but I chocked. Till today I am not able to come out of this sorrow. It appears that I shall feel his loss forever. But Mohajir has left an exemplary way of Bahai life that shall forever inspire many. I. pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace in the company of his father and other angelic souls who have ascended before him.

    Murali Subba Rao

  26. Firaydun Jan,

    My initial association with dear Mohajir started in 2010, during which my family and I were attending our son’s wedding in Bangkok. Later on, I met Mohajir at the celebration of the Birthday of The Bab at the Bangkok Baha’i Center, where he delivered a very wonderful and inspiring talk about The Bab, and the Baha’i Faith, and put the audience into a spiritual rapture and ecstasy. In the following week, my plan was to attend the Thailand Baha’i Youth Camp north of Bangkok, and I was asked by the Committee to present some workshops. Once Mohajir heard about it, he invited me to go with him and his wife, Malini, and two charming daughters, Shabnam and Anisa. This gave me a chance to learn about the depth of their dedication to the Faith.

    During the 5 day camp, Mohajir and I created a space for some meaningful and uplifting conversations and I learned a great deal about his Baha’i service in Malaysia. Once he noticed my interest in travel teaching, he instantly offered his accompaniment to travel to that region with me, but unfortunately, due to the shortage of my time, that plan remained a dream.

    Mohajir truly had a spiritualized and magnetic personality. He had devoted all his mind, soul, life, and health in the path of service to the cause of unity. His love for everyone had no bounds. He said that he often called upon the Holy Spirit for strength and guidance to be a better person, and prayed fervently night and day to become worthy of being a servant to the Abha Beauty. Mohajir had a deep desire to fill the heart of every person who crossed his path with happiness, and he experienced joy from the melody of the Supreme Concourse.
    Mohajir had an aura of a pure heart and sincerity. He exemplified selfless devotion and dedicated efforts in any project that he was undertaking. He was the manifestation of humility, generosity, truthfulness, and self effacement in his public discourse, and a firm member of the party of Covenant of God. I felt privileged and touched by the spirit that animated Mohajir’s life.

    I supplicate to the Blessed Beauty to shower him with His infinite bounties and blessings, and to elevate his precious soul in all the worlds of God. I also offer my ardent prayers for the strength, and endurance of his much loved wife, Malini, and his daughters, Shabnam and Anisa, during this very trying time.

    I treasure my memorable time with him and his dear family.

    Sohrab Gandomi

  27. Dr. Firaydun,
    Just managed to go through the Baha’i Recollections -Remembering Mohajir Selvaraj Satanam. A wonderful account. It is amazing how he served the Faith tirelessly. I remember meeting Mohajir on a few different occasions . He was always very humble and loving to all the friends. May he reap the benefits of his tireless service to the Cause of God. He is dearly loved and missed.

    Ranee Datwani Sreedharan
    Kuala Lumpur

  28. Mohajir’s passing was a great shock to me. I was not aware that he was sick.

    A couple of days before he passed away, Pierre and I were talking of dreams and deaths. I mentioned about my dream I had had when Mr. Satanam passed away The Spiritual Assembly had sent an email, announcing the passing of Mr.
    Satanam on that day. It was a great shock and I did not know he had been sick for some time. I remember phoning Ravichandran and he said to call later as
    prayers were going on at the graveside. It appears to be a premonition to me of what was coming. When I learnt of
    Mohajir’s passing from Panja Ganesan, I was completely off. I was emotional, sad, perturbed and for days, I could not overcome my feelings. Pierre commented that
    I was really disturbed of this death. I managed to see a little on remote communication from Panja’ s computer, before it was deleted. I phoned from the list of numbers which appeared on the screen and the funeral was just over and Mrs. Indira Satanam was leaving the grounds when I called. I was not myself and certainly very unintelligible. All I could say was to identify myself when she asked ‘Who is this?’ and said, I will be praying and hung up. I lost my voice; you can imagine the state I was in.

    For a whole week, I could not get over it and prayers helped me to calm down and remind myself that death comes to anyone at any time. Some one so young, 20 years younger than me had passed away. I knew very little of him besides the dedication and pioneering here and there. I met Selvam, his elder brother when I attended the Summer School in Singapore, a few years ago, whence Mr. Hooper
    Dunbar was the main speaker.
    Kamachee Martel

  29. In 2004 when i was staying in Saigon for a few months i got to know Mohajir, Malini and family.

    They were always active and were like a beacon of light in the dark night. Mohajir was like a rainbow who colored the sky but lasted momentarily.

    I guess Baha”u’llah required his service in the Abha Kingdom therefore he took him to the other world of lights.

    May God’s blessings shower upon his family.

    Praying for the people that God has taken away, as they pray for us.

    Geeti Yaganagi

  30. Late Mr Mohajer Satanam was a man of nobility and dedication. Although he had a very deep and profound understanding of the Faith, yet he did not show it outwardly. With great humility and lowlines he extended his service whether it is in the field of deepening, training or teaching. I had an encounter with him for a short time. Within that period I discovered that his entire being was glowing with love, humility and knowledge. Undoubtedly he indeed is God’s gift to Malaysia. He captivated whoever was in his presence with his sincere love and spirit. Those who were listening to his talks never wanted to go away even for a moment. He will envelope them all in his highly spiritual atmosphere.

    A few month before Mohajir passed away I had the honor to be his host at my house in Sungai Patani. He came on a formal visit to the Bahai community in Sungai Patani in hic capacity as Treasurer of the National Spiritual Assembly of Malaysia. He arrived together with NSA Secretary Nicholas and pioneer to Thailand Mr. Firaydun. They met the community at the 19 Day Feast and the three of them came to my house and gave me the honor of being their host where they spent the night relating stories, cracking jokes and recounting fond memories till late in the night. That was a memorable night that I never forget. Next day Mohajir and Nicholas had whole day meeting with LSA while Firaydun went to Padang Lembu community to visit them.

    Later came the news that Mohajir had passed away…
    Sungei Petani

  31. Dear Dr. Firaydun
    I just finished reading the article you wrote about our dearest brother Mohajir Selvaraj Satanam. He was indeed a very lovely and devoted teacher and a true servant of the Faith. He is greatly missed. God bless his soul.

    Your article is very well written. One of the best I have read.
    You did a fantastic work.
    Thank you so much.


  32. Dr. Firaydun
    First let me express my deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Mohajir Selvaraj Satanam. I pray for his soul to have a special place in the Abha Kingdom.

    After reading the story I felt too sad and too bad that I did not get to meet him in person when he was around. He seems to have been such a great Bahai.

    This amazing soul will always be remembered in the minds of all friends, as he has proven to be an example and inspiration for the current generation. I am sure the future generation too will come to learn of this devoted servant of Bahaullah.

    His life has so much to say about struggles, sacrifice, dedication and devotion in the path of God,

    It is our fervent hope that Bahaullah will send of more of such Mohajirs in our midst.

    Thank you for this amazing story.
    Husayn Abdullah

  33. Just a few hours before sunset of Naw Ruz this year(2020), I was surprised to receive an email with 2 attachments from Mohajir Satanam with a short thank you note and conveying his loving Naw Ruz greetings to my family and dear ones. After reading all the stories of Mohajir that many friends have recollected about him, I am just bewildered and begin to ponder how did Mohajir had so much energy and time to drop us an email.

    Of the 2 attachments, one was a letter that Mohajir wrote as the National Treasurer describing the growth and development of the Faith and on the next paragraph was about the surge in the material the needs of the Faith. The other attachment contained 4 paragraphs, 15 sentences and 489 words from our Beloved Master that began with:-

    O phoenix of that immortal flame kindled in the sacred Tree! Bahá’u’lláh—may my life, my soul, my spirit be offered up as a sacrifice unto His lowly servants—hath, during His last days on earth, given the most emphatic promise that, through the outpourings of the grace of God and the aid and assistance vouchsafed from His Kingdom on high, souls will arise and holy beings appear who, as stars, would adorn the firmament of divine guidance; illumine the dayspring of loving kindness and bounty; manifest the signs of the unity of God; shine with the light of sanctity and purity; receive their full measure of divine inspiration; raise high the sacred torch of faith; stand firm as the rock and immoveable as the mountain; and grow to become luminaries in the heavens of His Revelation, mighty channels of His grace, means for the bestowal of God’s bountiful care, heralds calling forth the name of the One true God, and establishers of the world’s supreme foundation.

    These shall labor ceaselessly, by day and by night, shall heed neither trials nor woe, shall suffer no respite in their efforts, shall seek no repose, shall disregard all ease and comfort, and, detached and unsullied, shall consecrate every fleeting moment of their lives to the diffusion of the divine fragrance and the exaltation of God’s holy Word. Their faces will radiate heavenly gladness, and their hearts be filled with joy. Their souls will be inspired, and their foundation stand secure. They shall scatter in the world, and travel throughout all regions. They shall raise their voices in every assembly, and adorn and revive every gathering. They shall speak in every tongue, and interpret every hidden meaning. They shall reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom, and manifest unto everyone the signs of God. They shall burn brightly even as a candle in the heart of every assembly, and beam forth as a star upon every horizon. The gentle breezes wafted from the garden of their hearts shall perfume and revive the souls of men, and the revelations of their minds, even as showers, will reinvigorate the peoples and nations of the world.

    I am waiting, eagerly waiting for these holy ones to appear; and yet, how long will they delay their coming? My prayer and ardent supplication, at eventide and at dawn, is that these shining stars may soon shed their radiance upon the world, that their sacred countenances may be unveiled to mortal eyes, that the hosts of divine assistance may achieve their victory, and the billows of grace, rising from His oceans above, may flow upon all mankind. Pray ye also and supplicate unto Him that through the bountiful aid of the Ancient Beauty these souls may be unveiled to the eyes of the world.

    The glory of God rest upon thee, and upon him whose face is illumined with that everlasting light that shineth from His Kingdom of Glory (Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’lBahá Pg 204)

    As I read these Writings of our Beloved Master again and again, I could not hold back my tears as I felt that Mohajir must have been one of these holy beings who must have carried with him the above Writings, reflected on them every single day and put into practice every single word as desired by His Beloved.

    We are truly grateful to Dr. Firaydun Mithaq and to all our dear friends for their recollections for through these stories we were able to know in greater detail about Mohajir’s sacrificial and ceaseless services in the Cause of God. May his life be an inspiration to us all.

    Kuala Terengganu,

  34. Dear Dr. Firaydun

    It is truly remarkable to see how selflessly Mohajer served the Faith… Holding a high position in a corporate environment and yet so focused on his task of serving the community in every setting he was in. This is truly awe inspiring. I did not know him personally, but spoke to him once, just before the Bicentenary Celebration of the Birth of the Bab in 2019. Just that one phone conversation spoke volumes of his humility and humble nature and I was touched by his gesture.

    May God bless his dear wife and his family with lots of love.
    Subang Jaya

  35. I read the story on Mohajer Satanam and was kind of distressed that someone so young, talented and with lots of potential and capacity, has been “called” to the world beyond. I do not know Mohajer but I know his father S. Satanam very well. Regardless that, through this story I felt close to Mohajer, a kind of spiritual love and concern for a co-worker whom I had not met.

    Lum Weng Chew

  36. Mohajir Selvaraj Satanam was a great friend and a brother whom we have known since our early pioneering days in Cambodia. Just like his father, our dearly loved uncle Satanam, Mohajir was a cheerful, delighted, humble, easy-going person, and always fun to be around. He is a perfect resemblance of uncle Satanam in every possible way of life. His untimely passing to the heavenly abode at such a young age is so unbearable to us – and what more to his loving family! Reflecting on our fond memories of this humble servant of Bahá’u’lláh, my wife mentioned that at times when a person’s spiritual assignments on this material world have reached its highest degree, then it is time to move on to the next stage to take up even more significant and weighty spiritual assignments! His passing is like a dream to us even to this day! It is really hard to believe.

    His unfailing love and wonderful services he had rendered for the Faith has sincerely touched the core of our hearts – and has left behind a great challenge to all of us to emulate. Together with his loved family, we too pray for the unfailing protection and bounties be conferred upon this radiant soul in all the worlds of God.

    “Know that you are where you are not by chance, but by the design of your creator, for your development and for the development of others around you.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

    Together in Prayers,
    Vela, Ramani, and Family
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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