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  • July 30

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    Words
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Suffer me not, O my Lord, to be deprived of the knowledge of Thee in Thy days, and divest me not of the robe of Thy guidance. Give me to drink of the river that is life indeed, whose waters have streamed forth from the Paradise (Ridván) in which the throne of Thy Name, the All-Merciful, was established, that mine eyes may be opened, and my face be illumined, and my heart be assured, and my soul be enlightened, and my steps be made firm. Thou art He Who from everlasting was, through the potency of His might, supreme over all things, and, through the operation of His will, was able to ordain…
  • In Luxembourg, President of Chamber of Deputies expresses appreciation for work of Baha'i community

    Baha'i World News Service Headlines
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The President of Luxembourg's Chamber of Deputies has thanked the Baha'i community for its activities to build bridges between different elements of society. "For me the efforts carried out by the Baha'is can be summarized by the word 'cohesion,'" Mars Di Bartolomeo told some 100 guests gathered at a celebration of National Day, the official birthday of His Royal Highness Henri, Grand Duke of...
  • August 1

    Bahái Words
    Words
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence. To this most excellent aim, this supreme objective, all the heavenly Books and the divinely-revealed and weighty Scriptures unequivocally bear witness. ~ Bahá’u’lláh The post August 1 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab

    The Baha'i Community of Arlington, Virginia
    Mitko
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Martyrdom of the Báb, the forerunner of the Baha’i Faith, took place on July 9, 1850 at noon. An event with no parallel in history save the crucifixion of Jesus, it is commemorated as a solemn Holy Day by Bahá’ís around the world. The holy day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Bab, the herald of the Baha’i Faith, by a firing squad on July 9, 1850, in Tabriz, Persia. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work, for Baha’is, is suspended. There are no prescribed activities for this solemn day, but usually Baha’is will gather to read from…
  • Multilingual Interfaith Prayer Station in Arlington at 7:30 pm on Sundays

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    Mitko Gerensky
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    “O ye close and dear friends of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá! In the Orient scatter perfumes, And shed splendours on the West. Carry light unto the Bulgar, And the Slav with life invest.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Faith In the past few Sundays, I had a variety of friends whose languages use the Cyrillic alphabet come to the Prayer Station turning it into a Cyrillic spiritual gathering of a sort.  I expect the two brothers of Thesaloniki, Cyril and Methodius, whose students spread their alphabet and the teachings of the Gospel to the Slavs and beyond, would have been delighted.
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    Baha'i World News Service Headlines

  • In Luxembourg, President of Chamber of Deputies expresses appreciation for work of Baha'i community

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The President of Luxembourg's Chamber of Deputies has thanked the Baha'i community for its activities to build bridges between different elements of society. "For me the efforts carried out by the Baha'is can be summarized by the word 'cohesion,'" Mars Di Bartolomeo told some 100 guests gathered at a celebration of National Day, the official birthday of His Royal Highness Henri, Grand Duke of...
  • Commemorations mark fiftieth anniversary of European Baha'i House of Worship

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Prominent religious and political figures gathered here at the start of a program of festivities to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Baha'i House of Worship on the European continent. In the opening reception held at Germany's National Bahá'í Center on 3 July, the Minister of State and head of the Chancellery of the state of Hesse, Mr. Axel Wintermeyer, addressed an audience of some 130...
  • Threatening anti-Baha'i posters distributed in Yazd, Iran

    18 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    A highly inflammatory and threatening flier calling Baha'is "godless" was distributed in the city of Yazd, Iran, last week on the eve of an important Shiite holy day. The anonymously authored leaflet was posted on walls and also placed on the homes and cars of Baha'is, said Diane Ala'i, the representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva. "The...
  • On three continents prominent Muslims denounce persecution of Iran's Baha'is, call for religious coexistence

    17 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, prominent Muslims have spoken out recently against the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran, denouncing the religious intolerance that is the motivating force behind the oppression of that country's largest religious minority. Inspired in part by Iranian Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, who recently issued...
  • On the eve of the World Cup, the Universal House of Justice responds to Brazilian President's invitation

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    In response to an invitation by the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, the Universal House of Justice has released a message to the people of that country and beyond for the occasion of the 20th World Cup, which begins today. President Rousseff had written to the Universal House of Justice inviting it to provide a statement regarding the promotion of world peace and harmony among the peoples...
 
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  • August 1

    Words
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence. To this most excellent aim, this supreme objective, all the heavenly Books and the divinely-revealed and weighty Scriptures unequivocally bear witness. ~ Bahá’u’lláh The post August 1 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • July 31

    Words
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Unto Thee be praise, O Lord my God! I entreat Thee, by Thy signs that have encompassed the entire creation, and by the light of Thy countenance that hath illuminated all that are in heaven and on earth, and by Thy mercy that hath surpassed all created things, and by Thy grace that hath suffused the whole universe, to rend asunder the veils that shut me out from Thee, that I may hasten unto the Fountain-Head of Thy mighty inspiration, and to the Day-Spring of Thy Revelation and bountiful favors, and may be immersed beneath the ocean of Thy nearness and pleasure. Thou art the Great Giver, the…
  • July 30

    Words
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Suffer me not, O my Lord, to be deprived of the knowledge of Thee in Thy days, and divest me not of the robe of Thy guidance. Give me to drink of the river that is life indeed, whose waters have streamed forth from the Paradise (Ridván) in which the throne of Thy Name, the All-Merciful, was established, that mine eyes may be opened, and my face be illumined, and my heart be assured, and my soul be enlightened, and my steps be made firm. Thou art He Who from everlasting was, through the potency of His might, supreme over all things, and, through the operation of His will, was able to ordain…
  • July 29

    Words
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Magnified be Thy name, O Lord my God! Thou art He Whom all things worship and Who worshipeth no one, Who is the Lord of all things and is the vassal of none, Who knoweth all things and is known of none. Thou didst, through a word of thy mouth, bring creation into being and fashion the universe. There is none other God except Thee the Fashioner, the Creator, the Almighty, the Most Powerful. ~ Bahá’u’lláh The post July 29 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • July 28

    Words
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Glory be unto Thee, O Lord my God! I beg Thee to forgive me and those who support Thy Faith. Verily, Thou art the sovereign Lord, the Forgiver, the Most Generous. O my God! Enable such servants of Thine as are deprived of knowledge to be admitted into Thy Cause; for once they learn of Thee, they bear witness to the truth of the Day of Judgment and do not dispute the revelations of Thy bounty. Send down upon them the tokens of Thy grace, and grant them, wherever they reside, a liberal share of that which Thou hast ordained for the pious among Thy servants. Thou art in truth the Supreme Ruler,…
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    The Baha'i Community of Arlington, Virginia

  • Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab

    Mitko
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Martyrdom of the Báb, the forerunner of the Baha’i Faith, took place on July 9, 1850 at noon. An event with no parallel in history save the crucifixion of Jesus, it is commemorated as a solemn Holy Day by Bahá’ís around the world. The holy day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Bab, the herald of the Baha’i Faith, by a firing squad on July 9, 1850, in Tabriz, Persia. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work, for Baha’is, is suspended. There are no prescribed activities for this solemn day, but usually Baha’is will gather to read from…
  • Arlington Baha’is celebrate the Declaration of the Bab

    Mitko
    23 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    A group of Arlington Baha’is, joined by a Chilean guest, gathered in the evening of May 22, 2014 to commemorate the Declaration of the Bab, marking 170 full years since the beginning of the Baha’i Faith! While sharing light refreshments, the friends viewed a video presentation about the house of the youthful Messenger of God whose title the Bab means the Gate to the knowledge of God. The gathering continued with spiritually-uplifting conversations about the momentous event which took place 170 years ago in the city of Shiraz, Iran, and concluded with songs and the reading…
  • Ridvan Festival

    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    The Baha’ís in Arlington begin celebrating their holiest religious festival at sunset on Sunday, April 20, 2014. It is also the time during which the community will elect a new Local Spiritual Assembly, the governing body for the Arlington Baha’í community. Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel. The Festival of Ridvan is a twelve-day period commemorating Baha’u’llah’s announcement of His claim to prophethood and his departure from Baghdad in 1863, observed from sunset 20 April to sunset, 2 May. The first, ninth and twelfth days of Ridvan are major Bahá’í holy days on…
  • Arlington Baha’is to observe two significant Holy Days

    Mitko
    23 Nov 2013 | 3:07 pm
    How would you feel if you knew that the Creator has made a promise to never leave humanity alone and send Divine Educators to guide us, Baha’u’llah being the most current one? And what if He provided means to guarantee the unity of His followers — an eternal Covenant. The Day of the Covenant is the day when Bahá’ís celebrate the appointment of `Abdu’l-Bahá as the Centre of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant. Abdu’l-Baha, the Center of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah To honor this unique Baha’i Holy Day, this Monday evening, Nov 25, a…
 
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  • Multilingual Interfaith Prayer Station in Arlington at 7:30 pm on Sundays

    Mitko Gerensky
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    “O ye close and dear friends of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá! In the Orient scatter perfumes, And shed splendours on the West. Carry light unto the Bulgar, And the Slav with life invest.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Faith In the past few Sundays, I had a variety of friends whose languages use the Cyrillic alphabet come to the Prayer Station turning it into a Cyrillic spiritual gathering of a sort.  I expect the two brothers of Thesaloniki, Cyril and Methodius, whose students spread their alphabet and the teachings of the Gospel to the Slavs and beyond, would have been delighted.
  • Winter Day and Summer Night

    Mitko Gerensky
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Hearing some open mic performers at Busboys & Poets bring pre-recorded soundtracks made me think that I too should probably do the same and premiere the new version of “Repeated Words” for which Eric Harper laid down the guitar track. But then I thought, what about an acoustic song, simple enough so I can play it myself on the guitar and sing? That is when an old song which I had written in the end of winter of 1998 in North Carolina came to mind. A few summers ago, while camping in Yosemite one night near the campfire I added new verses to the song, completing it with the…
  • Is it time for Tiny Planet open mic?

    Mitko Gerensky
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    If I were a corporation (and I am not!), I would be in turn-around mode, and part of my strategy would be embracing the creative arts — not as a consumer but as a co-creator. My first experience at the open mic of Busboys and Poets in Shirlington Recently I attended my first open mic at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, where I sang two songs — one, a Baha’i prayer for unity, and the other, a Bulgarian folk song. A lady at the neighboring table, who herself turned out to be a talented singer, told me that her husband was Bulgarian. Between the two of us, we were the only…
  • Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Glorious in Spiritual Degrees” – Sunday, July 6, 2014

    Mitko Gerensky
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    “O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is…
  • Back Home with Andy Grammer

    Mitko Gerensky
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    “I’m always home, wherever I am!” told me almost a year ago, on July 21, 2013, my then nine year old Sofia as I dropped her and her sister off home after our trip to Bulgaria, my home country. The next day in a moment of mindful reflection I told myself “I’m always home whenever I AM!” Back Home with Andy Grammer The beauty of the ability to BE one own’s unique self — and the powerful energy it generates — was brought home beautifully and rhythmically at Andy Grammer‘s concert last night, part of his “Back Home” tour to…
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  • "I was in the mall . . . "

    Teaching blog
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    How did Andy first hear about the Baha'i Faith? “I was in the mall buying something and someone told me about it.” Andy became a member of the Baha'i Faith in his early 50s.  
  • Nancy became curious about a Bahai post on her friend's Facebook page - now she and her daughter are members

    Teaching blog
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Nancy who is in her mid 30s and lives in Oklahoma, reconnected with a friend from high school on Facebook, having seen a post made by that friend on her wall. Curious, Nancy messaged her friend and asked her if she was Baha'i, and the friend responded yes. Later they connected to discuss Nancy’s questions. This is what Nancy shared about wanting to become a Baha'i, when she filled out the declaration registration form at www.bahai.us.  I have already been contacted by a member of the Baha'i faith and after discussion my decision is clear that I belong in the Baha'i faith community…
  • Angie's journey in becoming a Bahá'í

    Teaching blog
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    When Angie was in her late 20's, some 10 years ago when she was working as a receptionist, she met an older gentleman who came into the office.  He saw that she was frustrated and gave her a book of Bahá'í prayers.  Angie put the little book aside and did not read it. About 3 years ago, Angie began to search more directly for "something different."  She investigated a number of faiths, including Christianity and Buddhism, and even studied Islam, but none of them felt quite right for her.  Angie's cousin was also searching and knew about the Bahá'íHouse of Worship…
  • "He was ready to declare when he attended our devotional"

    Teaching blog
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Conner,who lives in a small town in North Carolina, inquired about the Baha'i Faith simply by calling 800-22UNITE and saying “Hi there, my name is Conner and I was looking for a local Baha’i community near me.” Conner decided to register his belief in Baha'u'llah having researched Baha'i Faith online after learning of it while in high school.  He was raised Catholic, and is excited to learn more.  He plans to attend Community College next year, so he will be moving soon. Here is one story about what made this declaration special, as told by the host of a recent…
  • "I feel a spiritual pull to being a Bahá'í"--her pastor was supportive!

    Teaching blog
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Sheila, from the Midwest, contacted the Bahá'ís to learn more about the Faith.  Here is her story, as shared by the Bahá'í who spoke with her. Sheila and I talked for an hour.  She is almost 17, a high school sophomore, and is very interested in the life of the spirit.  Through incidents in her life, Sheila has realized that she is here for a purpose.  Although her family did not practice any particular religion, they felt connected to their Creator.  Most significantly, her mother passed away last year, and before passing, she told Sheila that she would be…
 
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  • understanding baha’i symbols and the “greatest name”

    danger
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    If you know any Baha’is, chances are you’ve seen them using one of three common symbols to indicate their faith. One is the nine-pointed star, which appears in all sorts of places from posters to tombstones. The number nine is significant to Bahá’ís for a few reasons. As the highest single-digit number, it’s seen as a symbol of completeness. It also ties into the ancient art of Arabic numerology, which assigns number values to letters. In this system, the letters of the word Bahá—referring to Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith—add…
  • youth and “the western way of life”

    danger
    7 May 2014 | 11:02 am
    Thanks to /u/Rinky-Dink on Reddit for sharing a recent, and still relatively unknown, letter from the Universal House of Justice about the challenges faced by Bahá’í youth in upholding a Bahá’í standard and way of life in the context of Western culture and sexual mores. There is a lot of meditate on in this meaty, hard-hitting letter, which touches on God’s purpose for humanity, the forces shaping human society, the role of religion in promoting human well-being, and our own capacity as individuals to rise above our faults and shortcomings to become champions of a…
  • ayyam-i-ha and the fasting season

    danger
    28 Feb 2014 | 6:20 am
    It’s a busy time of year for Bahá’ís, no matter where they are. The joyous festival of Ayyam-i-Há is taking place, a festival of fellowship, generosity, and hospitality. The Bahá’ís in Da Nang have been busy with a campaign of home visits to elderly members of the community. Tonight, Quynh, Kiên and I gathered together with them at a fun musical celebration, and tomorrow we’ll be doing some visits of our own in our neighbourhood, and cutting out some Ayyam-i-Há decorations with some of the local kids. Tomorrow evening comes the Feast of Loftiness, which kicks off…
  • rear this little babe

    danger
    5 Nov 2013 | 10:34 am
    Please help us welcome baby Kiên to the physical world! A wonderful journey awaits… O God! Rear this little babe in the bosom of Thy love, and give it milk from the breast of Thy Providence. Cultivate this fresh plant in the rose garden of Thy love and aid it to grow through the showers of Thy bounty. Make it a child of the kingdom, and lead it to Thy heavenly realm. Thou art powerful and kind, and Thou art the Bestower, the Generous, the Lord of surpassing bounty. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Related posts: ‘abdu’l-bahá on love i am he, o my lord (prayercast, trk.2)…
  • dear kiên

    danger
    24 Oct 2013 | 6:30 am
    Mẹ Quỳnh wants me to write you a few words to let you know how things were before you were born. We saw you for the first time when we were in Da Nang, Vietnam. That’s where your mom was born, so it’s a special place for all of us. One of your uncles is a doctor who helps parents see babies before they’re born, and he helped us see you. You were small, but you jumped and moved around a lot. So we gave you a nickname, Tôm nhảy—or just Tôm for short. From the first time we saw you, we loved you. The first time we prayed for you, we cried—not because we were sad,…
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    Borna Safai
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
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  • Eats, Shoots and Leaves

    Borna Safai
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne TrussMy rating: 4 of 5 starsCan a book about grammar actually be fun and enjoyable? Well, yes, it can. Some good examples about grammar gone wrong, some history of the different punctuation marks, and some rules of when and where to put them. Language is constantly evolving, and there is no reason to stick with something just for the sake of it, but just as punctuation in music helps us find our rhythm as we play, there is something to be said for proper grammar and punctuation. It helps the flow of the text and…
  • Monsieur Linh and His Child

    Borna Safai
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe ClaudelMy rating: 5 of 5 starsWow. The (relatively) short story of Monsieur Linh and His Child is captivating from beginning to end. Short sentences, short chapters and an interesting story that takes you from an unnamed war-torn Asian country to an unnamed country accepting refugees. Monsieur Linh ends up daily sitting on a park bench, listening to Monsieur Bark, speaking a language he does not understand. Despite this, the friendship develops and grows, and they go to places. When Monsieur Linh is suddenly removed from his refugee home, he immediately…
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    7 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
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    Luminous Realities: Exploring the Creative Process

  • "The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion." - the Bab

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel. Baha'is from around the world walk up the central staircase of the Terraces on Mount Carmel as part of inaugural ceremonies 23 May, 2001 - permission Baha'i International CommunityAn Astonishing Turn of EventsToday is July 9, the date each year when I join my Baha'i community to commemorate the martyrdom of the Bab. The original setting was Tabriz, Persia 1850. The players in the real life-and-death drama were Muslim, Christian, Babi - each faced with making a personal choice, none…
  • Ask great questions. Share great stories. National Day of Listening

    27 Nov 2013 | 1:15 pm
    Want a meaningful alternative to holiday shopping frenzy? How about this: Interview a loved one and record their story – and possibly post it at the StoryCorps Wall of Listening on this National Day of Listening, the day after Thanksgiving. "It's the least expensive but most meaningful gift you can give this holiday season."  “Listening to people reminds them that their lives matter,” says Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, which launched National Day of Listening five years ago. And the stories people tell, when given the opportunity, can be surprisingly interesting, funny,…
  • "Eyes on the Stars" - and a Visit from StoryCorps' Dave Isay

    24 Nov 2013 | 2:57 pm
    Carl remembers his brother, Ronald McNair, a physicist and crew member of the 1986 Challenger shuttle that exploded seconds after takeoff. They grew up in Lake City, South Carolina.This animation of a real-life remembrance – a favorite of mine – was also one shared by Dave Isay at BookPeople here in Austin. Dave was on tour for Ties that Bind, the fourth book of selected interviews from StoryCorps. StoryCorps, founded by Dave Isay, is celebrating its ten-year anniversary, and Dave Isay’s October 23rd appearance at BookPeople marked the very day it all started in…
  • Birth of Baha'u'llah: "The people must be set completely free"

    16 Nov 2013 | 1:44 pm
    Photo from Baha'i WordsThis week, on November 12, Baha'is celebrated the Birth of Baha'u'llah. The story of Baha'u'llah comes alive in this two-part video Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i Faith, which you can find on my Luminous Realities website. For insight in to why Baha'is celebrate, and how it all relates to the world at large, here is a passage from the writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha:"Holding on to husks""O ye respected souls! From the continual imitation of ancient and worn-out ways, the world had grown dark as darksome night. The fundamentals of…
  • Record a Poem - yes you! or just listen in

    30 Apr 2013 | 9:47 pm
    Listen to "Invitation" written and read by Druzelle CederquistMore by author at Luminous Realities website I hope you enjoyed the poet videos in my last post: Invite a Party of Poets - and they will come! But don't let name-brand poets have all the fun. The Poetry Foundation has set up a Record-a-Poem site on SoundCloud and invited everyone to post recordings of their favorite poems. What a gift, to record a poem that spoke especially to you, that inspired you or tickled your funny bone, that brought "a sliver of insight a fresh perspective.”How-to steps…
 
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  • Abdu’l-Baha on religious law and the House of Justice

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    This tablet by Abdu’l-Baha, dated around 1899, responds to detailed questions, “concerning the wisdom of referring some important laws to the House of Justice.” Abdu’l-Baha replies that, in principle, the Baha’i Faith is similar to Christianity, whose scriptures also specify only a few laws. The Bahai Faith, he says, has little connection to worldly concerns. Religion’s primary function is to refine characters and bring light in darkness. However the Bahai scriptures do specify some foundations of our religious law, leaving subsidiary matters to the divinely-inspired…
  • The Faith is my life

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I was born and raised in a Baha’i family in Malaysia. I am a 3rd generation Baha’i. I realized that I was different when I was about 13 years old. When I found out that I was attracted to someone of the same sex, my whole world came crashing down. I was devastated and heartbroken because I couldn’t accept the fact. I was scared. I grew up believing that homosexuality was a disease and can be cured. I prayed to God to send me someone to talk to and He did. Every day I prayed and asked God to make me normal. He seemed to answer all my other prayers except this one. I became confused. I…
  • Marriage law biased, say Baha’i

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    A lawyer for the Baha’i has gone to court demanding that the new marriage law should provide for the faith’s followers. Ms Mary Wanjuhi Muigai on Wednesday argued that the new Marriage Act signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta in April did not cater for Baha’i marriages, separation, divorce, custody and maintenance of children. Full story... (http://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Bahai-Marriage-Law-Court-Case/-/1064/2395236/-/148bcgz/-/index.html)
  • What Do Baha’is Believe? Sexual Orientation

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Question: The Baha’i religion believes that everyone is equal, no matter what ethnicity or gender, but what about sexual orientation? According to the teachings of Baha’u’llah, we have one duty toward each other — that is to love. This love, the Baha’i scriptures repeatedly remind us, must be universal because God’s love is universal: Full story... (http://bahaiteachings.org/what-do-bahais-believe-sexual-orientation)
  • Belonging Before Believing

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Think big and be inclusive. Remove any cultural barriers between seekers and Baha’u’llah’s message. If always reading prayers out of a book makes seekers in an evangelical Christian area uncomfortable, offer to sometimes say spontaneous prayers they way that they’re accustomed to. If playing John Lennon’s “Imagine” during devotions (this has really happened) makes outsiders shift in their seat, choose music that speaks more to their experience. In addition, let seekers contribute to the life of the Baha’i community as much as they are comfortable. Short of encouraging them to…
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  • They don’t like the aggression

    Steve
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Kate Kelly’s excommunication letter, June 23 2014: “The difficulty, Sister Kelly, is not that you say you have questions or even that you believe that women should receive the priesthood. The problem is that you have persisted in an aggressive effort to persuade other church members to your point of view and that your course […]
  • Born to be mild

    Steve
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Get your motor running Head out on the highway Looking for Baha’u’llah In whatever comes your way
  • Horton hears a whoso

    Steve
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:44 am
    Sooner or later, every Bahai gets to hear a whoso. I heard quite a few in the Dunedin community just after Alison was removed from membership. Listen in, and you might hear one, too. “The sacred and youthful branch, the Guardian of the Cause of God, as well as the Universal House of Justice to […]
  • Unnatural acts

    Steve
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Homo sapiens emerged out of Africa. As the species spread, some populations became afflicted with abhorrent conditions such as light skin colouring. Today, billions of people have this aberration. We must turn off the gene that causes pale skin, so that people no longer need to “cover up”. Pastiness is highly condemned and often a […]
  • Leaving the surf

    Steve
    16 May 2014 | 3:39 pm
    When I was a practising surfer, I briefly belonged to a nationally and internationally-affiliated surfing organisation. But I realised that I had no interest in organised group surfing activities and resigned my membership. Or “left the surf” as they say in surfing circles. Actually, they don’t say that. Surfers might ask why they haven’t seen […]
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  • Iranian Christians Tortured in Prison

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    30 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Published 14 May 2014  |   Carey Lodge  Source: christiantoday.com, http://goo.gl/wDIb46 Further reports have emerged of Christians being violently tortured and beaten while serving prison sentences for their faith in Iran. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an international organisation campaigning for religious freedom worldwide, inmates Silas Rabbani and Amin Khaki have each experienced brutal treatment while being held captive by Iranian authorities. Khaki was detained in Shoush, Iran on March 5, one of eight Christians who were arrested during a picnic. He was…
  • Situation Deteriorates for Iran’s Religious Minorities, Experts Say

    editor
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Source: Almonitor, http://goo.gl/KQNHlB July 28, 2014, Barbara Slavin An Iranian-Christian woman looks at Christmas decorations while shopping in central Tehran, Dec. 13, 2011. (photo by REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl) A year after Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration as Iran’s president, the human rights situation in the country has deteriorated for many human rights defenders and especially for Baha’is and Christian converts as a result of what some experts describe as a hard-line counteroffensive against the pro-Rouhani pragmatist/Reformist camp. Rouhani has devoted most of his efforts…
  • New Religious Affairs Minister Supports State Recognition of Baha’i Religion

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    26 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    By Camelia Pasandaran on 07:40 pm Jul 25, 2014 Source: http://goo.gl/ldXYHA New Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Saifuddin. (Antara Photo/Regina Safri) Jakarta. The new religious affairs minister has indicated that the Baha’i religion should be the seventh religion to be recognized by Indonesia as an official faith. “Baha’i is a religion, not a sect,” Lukman Saifuddin tweeted from his Twitter account @lukmansaifuddin on Thursday. “There are 220 believers in Banyuwangi, 100 in Jakarta, 100 in Medan, 98 in Surabaya, 80 in Palopo, 50 in Bandung, 30 in Malang and in other…
  • As You Read This Letter, I Am behind Bars

    editor
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Source: http://iranwire.com/blogs/6272/6075/ Translation by Iran Press Watch As you read this letter, I am behind bars Sarang Etehadi As you read this letter, I, Sarang Etehadi, have left my home, along with my small bag, for prison, for a period of a year.  House lights are turned off, and the kettle on the stove is empty of water and cold.  The windows are closed and the curtains drawn shut.  There is no aroma of home cooked food, and the pleasant humidity of the cooler in the hot  midday hours of summer has been replaced by the heavy and humid air of when the electricity is off. As…
  • Another Baha’i Couple Headed for Prison

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    21 Jul 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Source: Taghato (Intersection),  http://taghato.net/article/7417 Translation by Iran Press Watch Date: July 15, 2014 Taghato: Continuing with arrests and imprisonments of Baha’is in Iran, another Baha’i couple is headed to Evin and Rajai Shahr prisons – within one month – to start their prison terms. Based on reports, Shomeys Mohajer, a Baha’i citizen residing in Tehran who had previously been sentenced to one year imprisonment, was transferred to the women’s political and ideological ward of Evin prison on June 28th. This happened under conditions in which Mrs. Mohajer’s…
 
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  • Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister Supports State Recognition of Baha’i Religion

    Sen
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Jakarta Globe, July 25, 2014 Indonesia’s new religious affairs Minister has indicated that the Bahai religion should be the seventh religion to be recognized by Indonesia as an official faith. “Baha’i is a religion, not a sect,” Lukman Saifuddin tweeted from his Twitter account on Thursday. “There are 220 believers in Banyuwangi, 100 in Jakarta, 100 in Medan, 98 in Surabaya, 80 in Palopo, 50 in Bandung, 30 in Malang and in other regions.” Lukman said he made the comment as a result of a letter sent by the Home Affairs Ministry requesting clarification about the…
  • Jail Sentences for 15 Baha’is in Shiraz

    Sen
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Iran Press Watch, July 22, 2014. According to a Persian report carried by ILNA news agency, the Iranian lawyer Guity Pourfazel has informed them of the conviction of her 15 Bahai clients in the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz. Four women were sentenced to one and half years in jail, the sentences being suspended for five years. Four of the remaining eleven accused were sentenced to three and half year in jail term for “continuous activity against national security.” The remaining seven are to serve twenty month terms. Giti Pourfazel is quoted elsewhere as saying, “Lawyers are not…
  • Sarang Etehadi begins a one-year sentence

    Sen
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    ICHRI, July 18, 2014. Mr. Sarang Etehadi ( سارنگ اتحادی ) has been summoned to begin serving his one-year prison sentence on charges of “propaganda against the state through participation in Bahai worship and prayer groups.” He told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he had been instructed via a telephone call from the Evin Prison Courts on July 6, 2014, to appear to begin serving his sentence within a week. His wife, Nasim Ashrafi ( نسیم اشرفی ), began serving her sentence at Evin Prison on May 6, 2014. The couple, both from Tehran, were…
  • Six Bahais arrested in Tabriz

    Sen
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Iran Press Watch, July 19, 2014. Six Bahais are reported to have been arrested in Tabriz on July 12. Their names are given as Farzad Bahadari (فرزاد بهادری), Samin Rasouli (سیمین رسولی) and their children, Sahar ( سحر بهادری ) and Nassim Bahadari (نسیم بهادری ), who are members of one family, Shabnam Issakhani (شبنم عیسی خانی), a mother of two, and Rashin Saberi, who is reported to be 8 months pregnant. The Bahadari family was arrested in their home and face charges of teaching music in their homes and being Bahais. The family’s books,…
  • Report from the Bahai wing of Vakilabad Women’s Prison, Mashhad

    Sen
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Iran Press Watch, July 17 The fifth ward of the women’s prison of the central prison of Mashhad, in Vakilabad, consists of one room which is approximately 30 square meters, including medical services and a bathroom. At present six Bahai women prisoners are held there, all charged with acting against national security and spreading propaganda against the Islamic Republic under Articles 499 and 500 of the Iranian Constitution by promoting the Bahai Faith and participating in its activities. The names of the Baha’i prisoners in this ward are: 1) Rozita Vasseghi (2), sentenced to 5 years. 2)…
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