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  • October 19

    Bahái Words
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    18 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Teachers must continually travel to all parts of the continent, nay, rather, to all parts of the world, but they must travel like Abdu’l-Baha, who journeyed throughout the cities of America. He was sanctified and free from every attachment and in the utmost severance. Just as His Holiness Christ says, “Shake off the very dust from your feet.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The post October 19 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • Documentary film charts Iranian Baha'is' peaceful response to oppression

    Baha'i World News Service Headlines
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    LONDON — A powerful new documentary film, telling the story of the Baha'is of Iran and their peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution, had its UK premiere on 12 September. Using interviews, personal stories, and archival footage – often smuggled out of Iran at great personal risk – the film, titled To Light a Candle, highlights the constructive resilience of...
  • October 20

    Bahái Words
    Words
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Consider how the Bab endured difficulties and tribulations; how He gave His life in the Cause of God; how He was attracted to the love of the Blessed Beauty, Baha’u’llah; and how He announced the glad tidings of His manifestation. We must follow His heavenly example; we must be self-sacrificing and aglow with the fire of the love of God. We must partake of the bounty and grace of the Lord, for the Bab has admonished us to arise in service to the Cause of God, to be absolutely severed from all else save God during the day of the Blessed Perfection, Baha’u’llah, to be…
  • Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Open Heart”

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    Mitko Gerensky
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    “Blessed are the man and the woman who have grown beyond their greed and have put an end to their hatred and no longer nourish illusions. But they delight in the way things are and keep their hearts open, day and night. They are like trees planted near flowing rivers, which bear fruit when they are ready. Their leaves will not fall or wither. Everything they do will succeed.” ~ Judaism / Christianity, Holy Bible, Plasm 1 “O thou handmaid of God! In this day, to thank God for His bounties consisteth in possessing a radiant heart, and a soul open to the promptings of…
  • "How does someone introduce the Baha'i Faith without having a debate?"

    teaching.bahai.us
    Teaching blog
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Recently, the Baha’is were contacted by someone through www.bahai.us and asked this question:How [does someone] introduce the Baha'i Faith to other people w/o having a debate?” This is of course a wonderful question, and the response that was provided by a Baha'i is as follows . . . . There is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about becoming a better teacher of the Baha’i Faith by attending a study circle, or informal, small study group using the book “Teaching the Cause,” the sixth book in a series of books published by the Ruhi Institute that all Baha’is are…
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    Baha'i World News Service Headlines

  • Documentary film charts Iranian Baha'is' peaceful response to oppression

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    LONDON — A powerful new documentary film, telling the story of the Baha'is of Iran and their peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution, had its UK premiere on 12 September. Using interviews, personal stories, and archival footage – often smuggled out of Iran at great personal risk – the film, titled To Light a Candle, highlights the constructive resilience of...
  • Human rights and the Baha'i question absent from President Rouhani’s UN speech

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speech to the United Nations today failed to address a number of fundamental human rights issues in Iran, including the reason for Iran's continued unjust persecution of Baha'is. "A year ago, President Rouhani came to office making numerous promises to improve the human rights situation in Iran, including a pledge to end religious discrimination," said Bani...
  • Iran switches tactics to conceal how it prevents Baha'is from entering university

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    TEHRAN — Shadan Shirazi had always been an exemplary student, showing special strength in math and science, according to numerous accounts in the Persian media. So it was not surprising that she scored well when she took the college entrance examination in math and physics. In fact, she placed 113th out of all Iranians – estimated to be more than a million – who took college entrance...
  • Iran's national university entrance guide discriminates against a wide range of potential students

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The university entrance guide for Iran's national university system, which must be followed by all students seeking to study at both public and private colleges and universities in Iran, is quite specific about what beliefs applicants must have before applying for a university place. Specifically, according to page four of the 2014 version of the booklet, those seeking university entry must...
  • Design of Colombian House of Worship unveiled

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    NORTE DEL CAUCA — The design for the local Baha'i House of Worship in the Norte del Cauca region of Colombia was unveiled Sunday at a meeting held at the site designated for its construction. A small team from the Colombian architectural firm, CUNA, presented the approved plans before an audience of 500 people from the region and further afield. Speaking on behalf of the firm, Eduard...
 
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  • October 20

    Words
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Consider how the Bab endured difficulties and tribulations; how He gave His life in the Cause of God; how He was attracted to the love of the Blessed Beauty, Baha’u’llah; and how He announced the glad tidings of His manifestation. We must follow His heavenly example; we must be self-sacrificing and aglow with the fire of the love of God. We must partake of the bounty and grace of the Lord, for the Bab has admonished us to arise in service to the Cause of God, to be absolutely severed from all else save God during the day of the Blessed Perfection, Baha’u’llah, to be…
  • October 19

    Words
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Teachers must continually travel to all parts of the continent, nay, rather, to all parts of the world, but they must travel like Abdu’l-Baha, who journeyed throughout the cities of America. He was sanctified and free from every attachment and in the utmost severance. Just as His Holiness Christ says, “Shake off the very dust from your feet.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The post October 19 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • October 18

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    17 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The moment this Divine Message is carried forward by the American believers from the shores of America and is propagated through the continents of Europe, of Asia, of Africa and of Australasia, and as far as the islands of the Pacific, this community will find itself securely established upon the throne of an everlasting dominion. Then will all the peoples of the world witness that this community is spiritually illumined and divinely guided. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The post October 18 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • October 17

    Words
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The post October 17 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • October 16

    Words
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    All nations and kindreds will be gathered together under the shadow of this Divine Banner … and will become a single nation. Religious and sectarian antagonism, the hostility of races and peoples, and differences among nations, will be eliminated. All men will adhere to one religion, will have one common faith, will be blended into one race and become a single people. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The post October 16 appeared first on Bahái Words.
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  • Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Open Heart”

    Mitko Gerensky
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    “Blessed are the man and the woman who have grown beyond their greed and have put an end to their hatred and no longer nourish illusions. But they delight in the way things are and keep their hearts open, day and night. They are like trees planted near flowing rivers, which bear fruit when they are ready. Their leaves will not fall or wither. Everything they do will succeed.” ~ Judaism / Christianity, Holy Bible, Plasm 1 “O thou handmaid of God! In this day, to thank God for His bounties consisteth in possessing a radiant heart, and a soul open to the promptings of…
  • Pilgrimage to the Altar of Rustling Words and Unbound Parchments

    Mitko Gerensky
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    One day I was thus filled with longing To behold in human form the splendours of ‘The Friend,’ To witness the Ocean gathered up into a drop, The Sun compressed into a single atom… ~Rumi, Mathnavi Pilgrimage to the Altar of Rustling Words and Unbound Parchments. Photo of a leaf and dew drops by me from a 2013 hike to the Shenandoah Valley. If a dew drop can contain the wisdom of the ocean, can a torn page contain its book? Is a picture’s frame its safe sandbox or accursed shackles? Is a note freer on its own or within a symphony? What Does A Leaf Want? “What…
  • Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Power of Reflection”

    Mitko Gerensky
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    “O people of Bahá! The source of crafts, sciences and arts is the power of reflection. Make ye every effort that out of this ideal mine there may gleam forth such pearls of wisdom and utterance as will promote the well-being and harmony of all the kindreds of the earth.” Bahá’u’lláh / 6. Kalimát-i-Firdawsíyyih (Words of Paradise) Dear friends! What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, homemade banana bread baked with love and shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing music and prayers with…
  • Musical Prayer Station with Gustaff Besungu “The Subject Tonight Is Love”

    Mitko Gerensky
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The subject tonight is Love And for tomorrow night as well, As a matter of fact I know of no better topic For us to discuss Until we all Die! ~ Hafez Dear friends! What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, homemade banana bread baked with love and shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing music and prayers with friends gets us all closer to the Creator. I invite you and your loves ones on Sunday, October 5th, at 4 pm, to a very special Musical Prayer Station with Gustaff Besungu who will present songs and music…
  • Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Gender Equality”

    Mitko Gerensky
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    “It is my hope that women of the East, as well as their Western sisters, will progress rapidly until humanity shall reach perfection. God’s Bounty is for all and gives power for all progress. When men own the equality of women there will be no need for them to struggle for their rights! One of the principles then of Bahá’u’lláh is the equality of sex.” ~ Bahá’í Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, 1911, “Paris Talks” Dear friends, What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments…
 
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  • "How does someone introduce the Baha'i Faith without having a debate?"

    Teaching blog
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Recently, the Baha’is were contacted by someone through www.bahai.us and asked this question:How [does someone] introduce the Baha'i Faith to other people w/o having a debate?” This is of course a wonderful question, and the response that was provided by a Baha'i is as follows . . . . There is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about becoming a better teacher of the Baha’i Faith by attending a study circle, or informal, small study group using the book “Teaching the Cause,” the sixth book in a series of books published by the Ruhi Institute that all Baha’is are…
  • "Baha'i might fulfill our needs"

    Teaching blog
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Jennifer first discovered the Baha'i Faith by driving past the Baha'i House of Worship located in Wilmette Illinois.  Here is what that discovery now means to her. I passed the Baha'i temple and thought it was absolutely beautiful.  I googled what it was . . . I didn't even know a religion like this existed. It is exactly what I believe essentially.  I was raised Greek Orthodox, and I enjoyed it, but I just feel like I am not exclusively Christian.  In fact, I am simply in support of all religions and anybody working towards peace.  I have a 3 month old baby and would…
  • "God has sent me to you . . ."

    Teaching blog
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Jack simply shared this . . . I’ve prayed for guidance and god has sent me to you. I’ve never heard about you from any other source.
  • "Lots of people are ready for this"

    Teaching blog
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Jerry, age 30, who inquired about the Baha'i Faith, then later registered his formal declaration to become a member, shared this about him beliefs.Lots of people are ready for this; the world is becoming ripe for this message. I already have come to all of the exact same conclusions in my own religious-free spiritual development. Thank God Baha'u'llah has come.  I have often wondered how this truth would get out to the masses  . . . He was a master teacher. Looking very forward to having a life as an active participant within the Baha'i faith. Excited!! Never thought this would…
  • The Baha'i Faith "is so nourishing, and I cannot get enough of it"

    Teaching blog
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Recently, Keith contacted by Baha'is having visited a website about the Baha'i Faith.  Here is how Keith described his journey thus far.I have been a spiritual wonderer for over three decades and haven't found a spiritual home, but if I ever did have a permanent spiritual home, it is with Baha'i.  I've been investigating and learning for a little over 2 weeks.  It is so nourishing, and I cannot get enough of it.Upon receiving communication from two Baha’is, Keith shared what he enjoyed about the explanation of the core tenets of the Baha'i Faith, which were shared concisely…
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  • "The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female." #bahai (painting by @jmart1844)

    Borna Safai
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
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  • How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

    Borna Safai
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin FoerMy rating: 3 of 5 starsI'm a little bit disappointed after reading this book. While there are good connections between football (yes, I choose to call it that) and events in societies and countries around the world, there doesn't seem to be much of an explanation but rather correlation or at best causation. The style of writing is good and capturing, but each section and chapter just left me waiting for the real punchline or some sort of pointer on how/where things were going, but there were no predictions or…
  • I love my view at breakfast

    Borna Safai
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
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  • Ruhi Book 8, Unit 1, Section 26, memorization exercise

    Borna Safai
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Another exercise to help memorize/recall the following quote:O my loving friends! After the passing away of this wronged one, it is incumbent upon the Aghsán (Branches), the Afnán (Twigs) of the Sacred Lote-Tree, the Hands (pillars) of the Cause of God and the loved ones of the Abhá Beauty to turn unto Shoghi Effendi—the youthful branch branched from the two hallowed and sacred Lote-Trees and the fruit grown from the union of the two offshoots of the Tree of Holiness,—as he is the sign of God, the chosen branch, the Guardian of the Cause of God, he unto whom all the Aghsán, the…
  • yupps, fall is here!

    Borna Safai
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
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  • Kisaasi (Uganda) residents protest Bahais' refusal to allow road construction

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Residents of Kisaasi -Kikaya Zone in Kampala have held a peaceful demonstration against the Bahai Worship Centre for refusing KCCA and Energo Construction company to construct a road through their land until they are compensated Ushs3 billion. [$US1.1 million] Residents of Kisaasi -Kikaya Zone have held a peaceful demonstration against the Bahai Worship Centre for refusing KCCA and Energo Construction company to construct a road through their land until they are compensated 3 billion shillings. The residents led by the Kawempe North MP Latiff Ssebagala have given Bahai an ultimatum of two…
  • Love Means Rebuilding

    11 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    First I want to tell you a quick story about a city. My city. Then we’ll talk about what it can mean for the growth of your local Baha’i community. Many older Baha’is think back longingly on the 60’s and 70’s as a kind of golden era when the community was bigger, more energetic, and it was changing the world. My wife and I recently moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, so close to Manhattan that we’re staring it in the face every morning when we wake up. JC is the definition of an up-and-coming town — there are a handful of high-rises under construction at any given time, there are…
  • Being Baha’i and Gay

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Allah’u’abha! I am a 41 year-old third-generation Baha’i. I’m also gay. On the six-point Kinsey scale I eventually nailed myself as 4.5, which is at about the 75 percent mark across the scale (0 totally straight, 3 bisexual, and 6 totally homosexual). Sadly, this means to me that 75 percent or so of my sexual interest is devoted towards men. Woops, I am one, and people have a problem with that. I met a Baha’i recently who told me he had — living in Seattle — never even met a gay Baha’i, and so after some thought, I’ve decided to share a little of my journey from a man that…
  • Help! Bahais are taking over the gardens!

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    The latest story in Iran’s government-approved media is that Bahais are up to no good in an extensive park on the Western outskirts of Tehran, on the road to Kharaj, known as the Vardavard gardens. A google search at 17.30 GMT today found 408 media sites expressing their concern at Bahai activities in the area, in identical words. The stories have two different titles: “The Vardavard gardens are a safe place for immoral Bahai activities” [example…
  • Singapore gets 9 religious leaders to bless F1 track again this year

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The SIA Formula 1 Grand Prix is set to start in Singapore next week and organisers have again invited 9 religious leaders to pray for and bless the track before the event. A ceremony was held at the track yesterday (Sept 10) where the religious leaders prayed for good weather and the safety of all those involved in the race including drivers, teams, officials and spectators. The nine different faith groups that were represented were Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism, Judaism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and the Baha’i faith. Organisers explained that they didn't want to leave…
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    11 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    I've read the generalization that all religions can be misused to support violence, and the sweeping accusation that all religions have in fact been used to support atrocities and violence.  I think, however, that this is not technically correct.  My understanding is that there are several religions for which nonviolence and anti-warfare principles are central to the core belief system, and I am unaware that these religions or sects have perpetuated any atrocities, violent persecutions, wars, or generally supported aggressive warfare or communal violence.  I would include in…
  • Thoughts on UFOs and aliens.

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:49 pm
    What are UFOs?  I don’t know what they are, but people continue to see objects in the sky (and rarely, on the ground, or on water, or under water) that they can’t identify.  The objects are usually stars, planets, planes, human satellites, balloons, experimental aircraft, drones, meteors, bolids, strange weather phenomena, hallucinations, or other things that have no supernatural or extraterrestrial origins.  There are also many reports that are hoaxes, or honest witnesses who have been deceived by hoaxes. But, I’m convinced there is a residue of sightings that are still…
  • We have lasted some 400 years.

    12 Mar 2014 | 6:51 pm
    I've been thinking of how spectacle distracts and numbs people so they won't take time to live authentic lives and make meaningful connections with others and that sort of thing.  Today I happened to see a headline that distracted me: "Dem Congresswoman Says the Constitution is 400 Years Old" and I wondered if an elected representative had actually been so ignorant, but when I read what the woman (Sheila Jackson Lee) had said, I realized the article and headline were very, very misleading.  She had not claimed the Constitution was 400 years old, she had said, with reasonable…
  • Musings on why I believe in life after death.

    11 Mar 2014 | 12:43 am
    Last night I was having a conversation with some friends, and one of them asked me whether I believed in life after death.  I hesitated, and then answered, "yes" because I do.  I had hesitated because I suspect the existence we experience after death is so different from what we imagine, and our "identity" or "self" is so different in that existence, that it might not really be accurate to consider it the same life we have here continued into another place.  That is, I don't expect to find us in a heaven such as is conventionally imagined or reported in some of the…
  • What is the Catholic Church For?

    13 Sep 2013 | 11:38 am
    I mainly use Facebook as a source for referrals to interesting web content, as I have many friends who post links to articles or videos they found worth sharing, and quite often I follow these links.  This is far more fruitful than random web surfing, if I'm looking for stimulating or inspiring content.Today one of my friends posted a link to a 30-second excerpt of Stephen Fry complaining about the Catholic Church.  The source was Upworthy, which has lately become a source for quite a bit of content my friends share on Facebook; Upworthy has a pretty good record of…
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  • Changes in the Bahai calendar: what, how and especially, why?

    Sen
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Relax – not the new Bahai calendar. But it does have 19 months On July 10, 2014, the Universal House of Justice announced three decisions regarding the Badi` (Bahai) calendar that has been used, in two slightly different forms, by Bahais in Islamic lands and in the rest of the world. The changes take effect from the next Bahai New Year, from sunset on March 20, 2015. The full text of the letter from the Universal House of Justice is available in the documents archive of this blog. The changes modify the pattern of the Bahai year somewhat, harmonise practices for Bahais in the East and…
  • Undercover Bahais: Abdu’l-Baha tells the Manchester Bahais to lay low

    Sen
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    When the young Shoghi Effendi was in England for his university studies, he went to Manchester, arriving there on October 1, 1921, and staying for six days. On the evening of October 2 he was at a meeting of the Bahais in home of Mr. and Mrs. Heald. Riaz Khadem (Shoghi Effendi in Oxford, p. 118) describes that meeting as largely musical. Shoghi Effendi shared some Persian poems by Abdu’l-Baha that could be used as hymns. There is more in Riaz Khadem’s account of Shoghi Effendi’s visit, but it is the mention of Samuel and Mrs. Heald that interests me here. With a few days of his visit to…
  • Copper to Gold?

    Sen
    3 Feb 2014 | 12:54 am
    An enquirer asked: Do Baha’is really believe that copper turns into gold after 70 years if protected from becoming dry (or solidified)? The most important skill for understanding scriptures, including the Bahai scriptures, is not mastery of the original languages, or other arcane knowledge, but familiarity with literary language: the ability to read poetry and similar writing. Religious language is necessarily metaphorical, using the physical world (as understood at the time) as a correlative and reflection of spiritual realities. A literalist mind-set makes a complete hash of reading…
  • The Guardian and the Governor

    Sen
    30 Jul 2013 | 9:25 am
    Someone asked a question in the comments to this blog, which is so important I have decided to answer in a new posting. He asks whether a government leader [in Israel] who enrolled in the Bahai community would have had temporal authority over the Guardian, had the line of guardians continued, or would the governor have had to defer to the authority of the Guardian, as the head of the Bahai community? The first part of the answer is, that a Bahai in a position of temporal authority can never be faced with that dilemma, since the scope of deliberations throughout the Bahai administration (the…
  • “Without reference to particular individuals”

    Sen
    22 Mar 2013 | 4:17 pm
    From the moment Pope Benedict announced his retirement, the names of possible successors were being discussed, along with ideas about the right kind of Pope to lead the Church in the years to come. A South American? An African? … It all makes for good press. Bahai elections, even the forthcoming election of the Universal House of Justice, are not so newsworthy. The Bahai community has no clergy, in the sense of qualified religious experts who lead a religious community. Its affairs are administered by elected local and national “spiritual assemblies.” The members of the National…
 
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    Iran Press Watch

  • The world governing body of the Baha’i Faith praises Bahai’s of Iran for their “unrelenting pursuit of knowledge”, describing BIHE as “one of the most outstanding examples of constructive resilience in the modern age”

    editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Source: http://www.payamha-iran.org/2014-10-01 Translation by Baha’i World Center     The world governing body of the Baha’i Faith (1) has written an open letter (2) to the oppressed Baha’is of Iran which is so important and so eloquent that Iran Press Watch has decided to quote extensively some of its relevant passages: “Regrettably, in your land, truth has become a flexible plaything in the hands of those who are drunk on worldly power. So institutionalized has lying become in official circles that statements made by the authorities increasingly lack any…
  • Judiciary Moves to Close the File on the Killing of Ataollah Rezvani

    editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Source: hra-news.org/fa/religious-minorities/b-155 Translation by Sen’s daily at http://wp.me/pNMoJ-28k Thirteen months after the execution-style killing of Mr. Ataollah Rezvani, a well-known member of the Bahai community in Bandar Abbas (on August 24, 2013), the judicial authorities are pressing the Rezvani family to accept the ending of the investigation. On October 14, the Rezvani family and the lawyer handling this case were summoned to a Revolutionary Court in Bandar Abbas where Judge Amani, the investigating magistrate, told them that thus far no clues had been found regarding…
  • New Documentary ‘to Light a Candle’ Examines Baha’i Struggles in Iran

    editor
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Source: www.worldreligionnews.com   13 OCT 2014, POSTED BY KYLE GLATZ NEW FILM TO LIGHT A CANDLE  EXAMINES THE PERSECUTION OF BAHA’IS IN IRAN. For millions of people around the world, the term Baha’i will have little or no meaning. They are completely unaware of this religious group or the persecution that they face living in Iran. However, that is about to change with the release of a new film calledTo Light A Candle. This brave new film explores a topic that is considered taboo at best within the nation, and seeks to relay some of the difficulties faced by the Baha’i every…
  • Imprisoned BIHE Professor Writes to His Grandchildren about BIHE and Importance of Education

    editor
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Source: taraneh.org/?p=58 Translation by Iran Press Watch A letter from Farhad Sedghi in Rajai Shahr prison, addressed to his three grandchildren, who just started school for the first time in September 2014 Posted on October 1, 2014   To my grandchildren, With loving greetings, my dear ones! I am writing this letter on the occasion of your first year of schooling. You are going to receive formal education in order to be able to build a better and a peaceful society for mankind in the future, and accordingly to serve all people. First of all, I supplicate almighty God to shower you with…
  • Bahai Youth Sentenced in Shiraz

    editor
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Source: hra-news.org/fa/religious-minorities/b-140 Translation by Sen’s daily at http://wp.me/pNMoJ-28c   Farhud Yazdani, an 18-year-old Bahai living in Shiraz, has been sentenced to one year in prison, for participating in social networks used to plan a mass water-fight in Besat Park in Shiraz. The background to this is the use of social networks, last July, to organise water fights in Besat Park and Aram Park in Shiraz, and in other cities in Iran. The water fight in Aram Park was cancelled when the security forces threatened to disrupt it, but the event in Besat Park led to…
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  • Judiciary moves to close the file on the killing of Ataollah Rezvani

    Sen
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    HRANA, October 17, 2014. Thirteen months after the execution-style killing of Mr. Ataollah Rezvani ( عطاءالله رضوانی ), a well-known member of the Bahai community in Bandar Abbas (on August 24, 2013), the judicial authorities are pressing the Rezvani family to accept the ending of the investigation. On October 14, the Rezvani family and the lawyer handling this case were summoned to a Revolutionary Court in Bandar Abbas where Judge Emani, the investigating magistrate, told them that thus far no clues had been found regarding the circumstances of Mr. Rezvani’s murder, so…
  • Bahai youth sentenced in Shiraz

    Sen
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    HRANA, October 10, 2014. Farhud Yazdani (فرهود یزدانی), an 18-year-old Bahai living in Shiraz, has been sentenced to one year in prison, for participating in social networks used to plan a mass water-fight in Be`sat Park in Shiraz. His arrest had not previously been reported on Sen’s Daily. The background to this is the use of social networks, last July, to organise water fights in Be`sat Park and Aram Park in Shiraz, and in other cities in Iran. The photograph below is from an event in Tehran. The water fight in Aram Park was cancelled when the security forces threatened to…
  • Passing of Dr. Kamran Ekbal

    Sen
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Editorial, November 8, 2014. I am very sorry to have to pass on this message from the family of Dr. Kamran Ekbal. My dear husband and our beloved father, Dr. Kamran Ekbal, passed yesterday, 6.10.2014, after a prolonged struggle of more than eight years against his deadly disease to the Abha Kingdom and the realms high above. The disease devoured his body but his brains remained untouched and active almost till the last moment, allowing him to continue his scholarly works without interruption. He will live everlasting in our thoughts and memories. Huda Baghdadi-Ekbal and his three sons Basil…
  • Detention orders of three Bahais in Mashhad extended

    Sen
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    HRANA, October 6, 2014. The temporary detention of three Bahais from Mashhad who have been held without trial since June 1 has been extended for another month. Mey Khalusi (می خلوصی), Dari Amri (دری امری) and Shayan Tafazoli (شایان تفضلی) were arrested in the home of May Khalusi, and were at first held in Ministry of Intelligence interrogation facilities in Mashhad. They were transferred to Vakilabad prison on August 2. Thus far the authorities have not given any specific reason for extending their detention. It would appear that Dari Amri and Shayan Tafazoli were…
  • Jamaleddin Khanjani sent to hospital, returned without treatment

    Sen
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    HRANA, September 28, 2014. Jamaleddin Khanjani (جمالدین خانجانی), aged 81, is one of seven Bahai ‘Yaran’ (national facilitators for the Bahais in Iran) who were sentenced to 20 years in prison after their May 2008 arrest. He is imprisoned in block 12, the wing of Raja’i Shahr prison that holds prisoners of conscience, and suffers from diverse ailments connected to his age. On September 27, in accordance with the instructions of the prison doctor, he was sent to a medical centre outside the prison, but unidentified officials opposed his treatment and he was…
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