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    28 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Ancient Beauty hath consented to be bound with chains that mankind may be released from its bondage, and hath accepted to be made a prisoner within this most mighty Stronghold that the whole world may attain unto true liberty. He hath drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow, that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy, and be filled with gladness. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
  • May 28

    Bahái Words
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    27 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    If it were possible that in every city a few of the awakened ones, when opportunity is offered, could hold a meeting, and therein habitually present the proofs and arguments of God, this would do much to expand the consciousness of man; provided, however, that the discourse be kept to this one theme. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  • True Mirrors Mended With The Gold Of Love

    Befriended Stranger
    Mitko Gerensky
    26 May 2015 | 4:38 pm
    “If People Were Mirrors”, a timely piece by (or of?) Andréana Lefton is so beautiful and meaningful, I had to print it so i can reflect on it more later. Read it and reflect on it too, as an encouragement to be true mirrors to ourselves and others… What if people were true mirrors? What if a man looked at a woman, and saw himself – or at least those parts of himself he would never imagine trusting or acknowledging in the light of day? What if a white woman looked at a black man, and saw herself – or at least those parts of herself she would never share or seek to…
  • Newsreel marks new developments in Chile

    Baha'i World News Service Headlines
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The eighth in a series of newsreels documenting the construction of the Baha'i House of Worship for South America has been released and can be viewed online in Spanish and English at the official website. The title of the episode, "Connection with South America", highlights the impact that the erection of the House of Worship is having not only on surrounding communities in Chile but across the...
  • Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years in Prison for the Seven Baha’i Leaders

    The Baha'i Community of Arlington, Virginia
    Mitko
    14 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    On May 14, the five men and two women that once comprised the unofficial Iranian Bahá’í leadership group known as the Yárán mark the completion of seven long years of imprisonment―difficult years that represent less than half of the manifestly unjust 20-year sentences they received in court proceedings that were not a trial but a travesty. Their continuing incarceration is but one facet of a ceaseless campaign of harassment, deprivations, and violent attacks the Bahá’ís of Iran have been forced to endure for well over three decades, a campaign of hate and repression…
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  • Newsreel marks new developments in Chile

    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The eighth in a series of newsreels documenting the construction of the Baha'i House of Worship for South America has been released and can be viewed online in Spanish and English at the official website. The title of the episode, "Connection with South America", highlights the impact that the erection of the House of Worship is having not only on surrounding communities in Chile but across the...
  • Global solidarity with seven imprisoned Iranian Baha'is

    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    A global campaign to call attention to the long and unjust imprisonment of seven Iranian Baha'i leaders spawned a worldwide outcry this month on the seventh anniversary of their arrest. From simple village assembly halls to government chambers, individuals and groups raised their voices to denounce the unjust incarceration of the seven, along with the 110 other Baha'is currently jailed for...
  • European Parliamentarians call for release of Iranian Baha'i prisoners

    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRUSSELS—Together with many voices from within Iran—including Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer there—and from outside, five members of the European Parliament are calling for the immediate release of the seven imprisoned former Iranian Baha'i leaders saying, among other things, that such religious...
  • Global campaign on seventh anniversary of arrest of seven Iranian Baha'i leaders launched

    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Baha'i International Community has today launched a campaign to mark the seventh anniversary of the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of the seven former Baha'i leaders in Iran. The campaign will run until 21 May 2015. Events are being planned around the world by Baha'i communities and others to call attention to the plight of the seven, who were arrested in 2008. The plight of some 90 other...
  • Four released while eight remain in prison

    4 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Four Baha'is involved with the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), who had been unjustly imprisoned in Iran four years ago, have been released after completing their sentences, while concern remains for eight others who are still languishing in jail. Mr. Ramin Zibaie, Mr. Farhad Sedghi, Ms. Noushin Khadem and Mr. Mahmoud Badavam were arrested on 21 May 2011 in a coordinated raid...
 
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    Bahái Words

  • May 29

    Words
    28 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Ancient Beauty hath consented to be bound with chains that mankind may be released from its bondage, and hath accepted to be made a prisoner within this most mighty Stronghold that the whole world may attain unto true liberty. He hath drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow, that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy, and be filled with gladness. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
  • May 28

    Words
    27 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    If it were possible that in every city a few of the awakened ones, when opportunity is offered, could hold a meeting, and therein habitually present the proofs and arguments of God, this would do much to expand the consciousness of man; provided, however, that the discourse be kept to this one theme. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  • May 27

    Words
    26 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When your hearts are wholly attracted to the one true God you will acquire divine knowledge, will become attentive to the proofs and testimonies and will commit to memory the glad-tidings concerning the Manifestation of the Beauty of the All-Merciful, as mentioned in the heavenly Scriptures. Then ye shall behold how wondrous are His confirmations and how gracious is His assistance. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  • May 26

    Words
    25 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    O ye friends of God! Beware! Beware of differences! By differences the Temple of God is razed to its very foundation, and by the blowing of the winds of disagreement the Blessed Tree is prevented from producing any fruit. By the intense cold of the diversity of opinions the rose-garden of Unity is withered, and the fire of the love of God is extinguished! ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  • May 25

    Words
    24 May 2015 | 9:03 pm
    O handmaid of God, peace must first be established among individuals, until it leadeth in the end to peace among nations. Wherefore, O ye Baha’is, strive ye with all your might to create, through the power of the Word of God, genuine love, spiritual communion and durable bonds among individuals. This is your task. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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    The Baha'i Community of Arlington, Virginia

  • Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years in Prison for the Seven Baha’i Leaders

    Mitko
    14 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    On May 14, the five men and two women that once comprised the unofficial Iranian Bahá’í leadership group known as the Yárán mark the completion of seven long years of imprisonment―difficult years that represent less than half of the manifestly unjust 20-year sentences they received in court proceedings that were not a trial but a travesty. Their continuing incarceration is but one facet of a ceaseless campaign of harassment, deprivations, and violent attacks the Bahá’ís of Iran have been forced to endure for well over three decades, a campaign of hate and repression…
  • Celebrate with us the Twelfth Day of Ridván

    Mitko
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    The Baha’i Community warmly invites you to celebrate with us the The Twelfth Day of Ridván, concluding the annual Bahá’í festival commemorating the historic events during which Bahá’u’lláh declared Himself to be God’s Messenger to the age of humanity’s collective maturity, foretold in all the world’s scriptures. The celebration will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the picnic shelter to the right of the Amphitheater at Lubber Run Park, 200 N Columbus St., Arlington, VA 22203. A potluck picnic lunch starting at noon will precede a devotional…
  • An interfaith prayer gathering for a departed Arlington neighbor

    Mitko
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    “God got a gift for Christmas and it was my Daddy…” These were the words my 7 year old neighbor told his family and there was not a dry eye at the gathering to mourn the departure of his father.  This and many other stories of that family’s unshakable faith were shared with me when several ladies — grandmother, sisters, aunts — stop by to thank me for taking care of their little boy the night when his daddy’s soul winged its flight from this mortal world. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if…
  • Celebrating the birth of the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh’s herald

    Mitko
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    “The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion.” — The Báb On Monday, October 20, 2014, from noon till 4 pm, the Bahá’is of Arlington, VA will join neighboring communities in celebrating the Birth of the Báb, with a picnic and devotional program hosted by the Bahá’i community of Falls Church, at Cherry Hill Park. Annual Birth of the Bab Celebration – Oct. 20 – Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, VA The Bahá’í Faith traces its origin to 1844 and the announcement by a young man, Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad, in Shiraz, Persia. He…
 
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  • True Mirrors Mended With The Gold Of Love

    Mitko Gerensky
    26 May 2015 | 4:38 pm
    “If People Were Mirrors”, a timely piece by (or of?) Andréana Lefton is so beautiful and meaningful, I had to print it so i can reflect on it more later. Read it and reflect on it too, as an encouragement to be true mirrors to ourselves and others… What if people were true mirrors? What if a man looked at a woman, and saw himself – or at least those parts of himself he would never imagine trusting or acknowledging in the light of day? What if a white woman looked at a black man, and saw herself – or at least those parts of herself she would never share or seek to…
  • Starting a Baha’i study circle in Arlington

    Mitko Gerensky
    14 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    I’ve been in a funk lately (and not the Uptown kind), trying to find a way to transition from the hiatus I had taken from hosting regular devotional gatherings to something new that would engage my energies and direct them towards serving our community. But I felt I did not want to do it alone so I needed the assistance of my friends — new and old. And this is where you come in! Starting a Baha’i study circle in Arlington. Bring your own bees! Let me first introduce the Cast so far: An old friend from El Salvador who is currently taking care of her impressively strong…
  • From the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Ridvan

    Mitko Gerensky
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Spiritual  Conversation and Prayer Station “From the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Ridvan” – 7:30 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015 Dear friends, What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing songs, prayers and inspiration with friends gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for the days ahead. We invite you and your loves ones tonight to an Interfaith Spiritual Conversation and Prayer Station in Arlington, VA on the theme…
  • Musical Prayer Station “What Cannot Be Forgotten”

    Mitko Gerensky
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    “O SON OF SPIRIT! My claim on thee is great, it cannot be forgotten. My grace to thee is plenteous, it cannot be veiled. My love has made in thee its home, it cannot be concealed. My light is manifest to thee, it cannot be obscured.” ~ Baha’i Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words #20 Dear friends, Have you had enough of this winter’s snow? Have the daily distractions blurred your vision of who you truly are? Then, it is time to remember not only that spring shall come but also what cannot be forgotten! What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer,…
  • From “Selma” to Love ‘n Faith

    Mitko Gerensky
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Discussing “Selma” at Love ‘n Faith I am sitting at a table in the cozy Love ‘n Faith Community Cafe  with a group of strangers, some of them students –current and former ones — of Howard University, and I can’t help but think of the invisible connection between the NC A&T Students’ Sitting for Justice at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, and these words spoken by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá more than a century ago at Rankin Chapel in Howard University: “Today I am most happy, for I see here a gathering of the…
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  • How the Baha'is of Baltimore responded to the crises

    Teaching blog
    13 May 2015 | 4:44 pm
    In April 2015, the tragic death of Freddie Gray plunged the city of Baltimore into turmoil.  Although much public attention was placed on the symptoms of civil unrest, protests and in some cases, violence, conversations across the city increasingly brought into light the unmet need for unity as an underlying condition. In neighborhoods, communities and a city working to continue on a path of development, the ties that brought groups of people together to work towards a common cause despite differences of age, class, race, religion or other social boundaries were called on to contribute…
  • SED: Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity in Baltimore

    Teaching blog
    13 May 2015 | 4:29 pm
    The friends in Baltimore share how they responded to questions about race. We were invited to join with the First Unitarian church of Baltimore in an ADORE (a dialogue on race and ethnicity) on Friday, May 1st. From the Baha’i Community we had youth and junior youth and adults [many from the wider community joined us].  We initially shared a pot luck meal together and were able to meet the members of the church as well as their other guests. Then we gathered and everyone introduced themselves. Interestingly, almost all the youth were from the Baha’i Community. There were also members…
  • SED: Samples of endeavors reported for 2015

    Teaching blog
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    Some examples of social and economic development endeavors underway across the country . . . o   Planting a garden in a neighborhood in Naples FL with another organizationo   Offering seminars and scholarships through the Esperanza Foundation in Portola CAo   Church-sponsored talks, potluck and speakers on MLK Day in Scottsville VAo   “To Light a Candle” documentary on religious and educational freedom, across the USAo   Roadside cleanup in Grand Rapids MNo   “Education is not a Crime” seminar and consultations, across the…
  • SED in Ithaca NY: "We still have time"

    Teaching blog
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    The Ithaca Junior Youth Group was formed in November 2010, and since then the participants have been involved in different service project in the community:  o   They’ve performed step dances in several local Festivals (like the Food Justice Summit, the Boricua Festival or Juneteenth) to raise awareness about the power of youth to make changes and the potency of united work. o   They’ve raised money for several causes - some of them sponsored by local organizations (like the SPCA of Tompkins County or Green Star Community Projects), and some of them international…
  • I didn't understand why the churches were not in unity

    Teaching blog
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    “I had a job in a northern town of Indiana. It was a long way from where I lived and I had to drive to the job site. On the day the job started, I arrived early and had some time to kill. I was walking around the parking lot near where the job was and I saw a water logged piece of paper lying on the ground. I picked it up and it was a pamphlet about the Baha'i Faith. I carefully opened the pages and started to read the information. I started to think that this is what I believe. I was raised a Southern Baptist and didn't believe all that I was told. I didn't understand why the churches were…
 
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  • Brida

    Borna Safai
    15 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Brida by Paulo CoelhoMy rating: 2 of 5 starsA girl in search of her path in life, a man in search of his soul mate, a confused but supportive boyfriend, and a witch. The start of a bad joke? No, just the main protagonists in Paulo Coelho's book.The scene is Dublin, Ireland, and Brida is a young girl who realizes that she has been a witch in her previous lives. Somewhere along the way there is the struggle to find your soul mate. To help her along the way are two teachers following different paths - the Tradition of the Sun and the Moon. It is a confusing read, with a lot of seemingly random…
  • The Bahá’í Calendar

    Borna Safai
    2 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    In a Message dated 10 July 2014 the Universal House of Justice “call[ed] upon the Bahá’ís of the East and West to adopt, on that auspicious occasion [21 March 2015], the provisions that will unite them in the common implementation of the Badí‘ calendar.”Many questions have been raised about the upcoming changes; the answers to some have been put together in a presentation which you can download here.The adoption of a new calendar in each dispensation is a symbol of the power of Divine Revelation to reshape human perception of material, social, and spiritual reality. Through it,…
  • Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

    Borna Safai
    1 May 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad YunusMy rating: 4 of 5 starsIf you think there is no good left in the world, you should read Banker to the Poor. Muhammad Yunus takes us through his experience, going from a university teacher to a worker at the grassroots level, lending money to the poorest of village people, to help them get started through offering microcredit loans.It's a fascinating story, of how an initial $27 helped 42 people get their life back on track again, to break free from the vicious circle of poverty. The Grameen organization…
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    Borna Safai
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael PollanMy rating: 3 of 5 starsFire, water, wind and earth - the four elements, and four different ways of filling our stomachs. Michael Pollan takes the reader on a tour of his investigation of and experimentation with food, and it is a fascinating and captivating read.Reading about barbeque, slow-cooking meals, baking bread, and making pickles/cheese/bread through fermentation with the help of some experts in their fields brings some saliva to the mouth. There's a lot to digest (pun intended), and there's a lot of science to back up the…
  • Have Hope

    Borna Safai
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    This year's Ridván message from the Universal House of Justice had a beautiful paragraph, inspiring courage and giving hope to the Bahá'ís around the world:We wish to address some additional words to those of you in whose surroundings marked progress is yet to occur and who long for change. Have hope. It will not always be so. Is not the history of our Faith filled with accounts of inauspicious beginnings but marvellous results? How many times have the deeds of a few believers—young or old—or of a single family, or even of a lone soul, when confirmed by the power of divine assistance,…
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  • Great Lakes naval center dismisses religious volunteers for minority faiths

    12 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    Great Lakes Naval Training Center has dismissed a number of civilian volunteers who offered services for a handful of minority religious traditions, including Unitarian Universalism, the Baha'i faith, Buddhism, Christian Science, Church of Christ and Earth-centered traditions, also called nature worship. The ouster, conveyed to volunteers last month, echoed a similar expulsion last May in which Muslim leaders were dismissed. That decision was rescinded a month later, with a caveat that if uniformed personnel were available to lead, volunteers would be asked to step aside. Critics of the…
  • Selective Truths Revealed: The Case of Iranian Search Engines

    11 May 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Over the past few years, Iranian officials have championed ‘national’ tech development projects (such as the National Information Network (SHOMA) and Iranian versions of Western services), while eschewing foreign platforms like Viber and WhatsApp. One of the most recent examples of this dynamic can be found in the February 2015 launch of three Iranian search engines: Parsijoo, Gorgor and Yooz. While this was announced in February, it should be noted that Parsijoo was in fact launched a few years ago, and Yooz was launched in early 2010. It’s unclear why the authorities are presenting…
  • Brokenhearted Baha'is: LGBT's Rejected by Their Church

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
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  • MSU student shunned in Egypt wins coveted PD Soros Fellowship

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Raeuf Roushangar, a Michigan State University graduate student studying biochemistry, has won a prestigious Paul Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (http://www.pdsoros.org./) – an honor that comes with up to $90,000 stipend. Roushangar was one of 30 winners of the premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants. The recipients, chosen from a pool of 1,200 applicants, were selected for their potential to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture or their academic field. While winning the award is a high achievement, what Roushangar had to…
  • Shipwrecked sailor says he survived 66 days at sea with a lot of prayers

    3 Apr 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Facebook posts paint Jordan as a free-spirited young man who shared his father’s Baha’i faith... Louis Jordan’s Facebook page foreshadowed his fate. A year ago, the 37-year-old South Carolina man began posting photos of himself on his beloved 35-foot sailboat, Angel, which he had painstakingly restored. Over the coming months, he uploaded pictures of food he had jarred and fish he had caught for dinner. Jordan, it seemed, was preparing for a journey. On Dec. 28, 2014, he posted a video to Facebook. It was grainy footage of a woman recounting a near-death experience. Less than a month…
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  • What the CS representatives did right

    23 May 2015 | 6:12 pm
    One of the GMs I talked to invited me to offer my suggestions to the company about how to improve the way they respond to situations like the one I discussed in a previous post. After some research on how to submit a suggestion, the only possible way I see for me is with the in-game suggestion option, and I might do that.My suggestions are not for the company. Any suggestions I might have would be for individual customer service representatives who see what I see, and who would like to do more to help people in that situation, if they knew what to do. I don't see any way for me to offer them…
  • Response to being maligned in a forum

    23 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    In responses to my posts on a game forum, where I'm trying to help people who have been wrongly banned and whose appeals have been persistently denied, I've seen some personal attacks against me. Normally my only response is to report them, without responding to them or mentioning them at all in my posts. I did respond though, to a personal attack coming from one of the forum members who have a stamp of credibility from the game company.----I want to respond to two public allegations against me by --------:1. Insinuating that I'm foolish enough to believe every person who claims that they…
  • Game account wrongly banned; appeal denied

    20 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    This is written for people who already see what I'm seeing, and who would like to do more to help, if they knew what to do. I'm not sure I have any ideas that they haven't already thought of and tried, but I'm not sure I don't. Please, anyone reading this, if you have any ideas or encouraging words for me, please find some way to communicate them to me. My Yahoo address is geotalk.I'll be adding to this post and revising it, as my thoughts evolve.For reference, I'll briefly describe an example of what I'm seeing.A person is falsely accused of some violation of the terms, and her game account…
  • What I'm trying to do in the Wow forums

    16 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
    If you're looking for my discussion about what I'm trying to do in the WoW forums, this is it. I'll post more later.
  • Making time

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Some time ago I suspended my Internet projects indefinitely. Now I'm thinking I might go back online in February or March, if I can learn habits I want to learn before then, including:- making time in my life now, for some things that I'm hoping will some day happen in my life.- spending more time with some friends and family members, learning to be a better friend.- getting some things done from my list of Things to Do.Mostly what I want to make time for, sometimes at home and sometimes outside, is to spend with some friends that I'm hoping to have some day. Those will be friends who will be…
 
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  • “Bahais marry their sisters” — the prohibited degrees of affinity for marriage

    Sen
    16 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    This posting will explore the principles and procedures that determine the ‘prohibited degrees of marriage’ in Bahai law. How closely does someone have to be related to you, to be too close for you to marry? The term “affinity” is used to include blood relationships and marriage relationships. Bahai readers will no doubt ask, why do we need a systematic explanation of this now? It is not as if there is a problem: we do not have a prevalence of first cousin marriages in Bahai communities, our assemblies are not overburdened by requests from fathers wanting to marry their…
  • 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 [December 26: the dates of feast days and holy days for the coming years have been added to the bottom of the blog. [Skip to the table]] 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…
  • 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…
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  • My View: Yes, Iran Jails People for Their Opinions

    editor
    28 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Source: www.deseretnews.com By Katrina Lantos Swett and Robert George For the Deseret News May 28 2015 In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani, in Tehran, Iran.Vahid Salemi, Associated Press “We do not jail people for their opinions.” So insisted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in his April 27 interview with American journalist Charlie Rose. Zarif has since claimed he was speaking about imprisoned journalist Jason Rezaian, an…
  • Shomeis Mohajer Released at the End of Her Sentence

    editor
    27 May 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Source: besharatebahai5.blogspot.nl Translation by sen’s daily Shomeis Mohajer, a Bahai from Tehran, has been released at the end of a one-year sentence. She was one of almost 20 Baha’is who were arrested in early July, 2012, in a wave of arrests in Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz. She was charged with propaganda against the regime and forming an illegal group, and sentenced by by Judge Moghiseh. Her husband, Shahab Dehghani, was arrested at the same time, and began serving a four-year sentence in Raja’i Shahr prison on May 26, 2014. by
  • Closure of Three Baha’i-Owned Businesses in Sari

    editor
    26 May 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Source: hra-news.org Translation by Iran Press Watch 05/25/2015 HRA News Agency (HRANA) – Yesterday, the businesses of three Baha’is in Sari were shut down by the Office of Properties and City Development of the City of Sari According to HRANA, the news organization of Human Rights Activists in Iran, on Sunday 24 May 2015 the commercial businesses of three Baha’i residents, including Ziaollah Khoshbin’s paint store, Kamal Akbari’s carpentry shop, and Ehsanollah Sanai’s medical equipment store, were shut down, because they were closed on a date that was not an official…
  • Global Solidarity with Seven Imprisoned Iranian Baha’is

    editor
    26 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Source: news.bahai.org Banner image in the campaign marking the 7th anniversary of the imprisonment of the Yaran               NEW YORK — A global campaign to call attention to the long and unjust imprisonment of seven Iranian Baha’i leaders spawned a worldwide outcry this month on the seventh anniversary of their arrest. From simple village assembly halls to government chambers, individuals and groups raised their voices to denounce the unjust incarceration of the seven, along with the 110 other Baha’is currently jailed for their religious…
  • BIHE Consultant Released at the End of His Sentence

    editor
    25 May 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Source: hra-news.org Translation by sen’s daily  Riaz Sobhani, a Bahai who worked for the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) as a building industry consultant and manager, was released from Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj today at the end of a four-year sentence. He was arrested on June 14, 2011, not long after security forces raided premises and homes relating to BIHE. He was tried and sentenced in Tehran by Judge Moghiseh. BIHE is a distance-learning institute founded by Baha’is in Iran and serves students who are excluded from tertiary study in Iran because…
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  • Eleven Bahai businesses closed in Sari (update)

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    27 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    HRANA, May 27, 2015. Local authorities in Sari have shut down eleven businesses run by Bahais because they had been closed on Bahai holy days. These include four clothing stores, run by Wahab Darabi (وهاب دارابی), Taraneh Zahedi (ترانه زاهدی), Sa`id Goli ( سعید گلی) and Aramesh Zahuri ( آرامش ظهوری); two electric motor winding shops, run by Farshad Kemali ( فرشاد کمالی) and Mehran Kemali (مهران کمالی); two toiletries and cleaning materials shops run by Ehsanullah Sana’i (احسان الله سنایی) and Ehsan Izadi ( احسان…
  • Shomais Mohajer released after 1-year sentence

    Sen
    26 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Besharat-e Bahai, May 26, 2015. Shomais Mohajer (شمیس مهاجر), a Bahai from Tehran, has been released at the end of a one-year sentence. She was one of almost 20 Bahais who were arrested in early July, 2012, in a wave of arrests in Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz. She was charged with propaganda against the regime and forming an illegal group, and sentenced by by Judge Moqiseh (قاضی مقیسه). Her husband, Shahab Dehqani (شهاب دهقانی), was arrested at the same time, and began serving a four-year sentence in Raja’i Shahr prison on May 26, 2014. Short link:…
  • Three Bahai businesses shut down in Sari

    Sen
    25 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    HRANA, May 25, 2014. Local authorities in Sari shut down three businesses run by three Bahais, on May 24, because they had been closed on Bahai holy days. The businesses are a shop selling colours, run by Ziullah Khushbin (ضیاالله خوشبین), the wood turning workshop of Kemal Akbari (کمال اکبری), and a toiletries shop run by Ehsanullah Sana’i (احسان الله سنایی). Recently 12 Bahais in the city of Rafsanjan had their businesses closed by local authorities, because they were shut on the three Bahai holy days of Ridvan, which this year fell on April 21,…
  • Riaz Sobhani released at the end of his sentence

    Sen
    25 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    HRANA, May 25, 2015. Riaz’ullah Sobhani (ریاض الله سبحانی ), a Bahai who taught classes for the Bahai Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), was released from Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj today at the end of a four-year sentence. He was arrested on June 14, 2011, not long after security forces raided premises and homes relating to the Institute for Higher Education. He was tried and sentenced in Tehran by Judge Moqiseh (قاضی مقیسه). The BIHE is a distance-learning institute which serves students who are excluded from tertiary study in Iran because they are…
  • Refusal to allow hospital treatment for Afif Na`imi continues

    Sen
    23 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Iran Press Watch, May 18, 2015. Despite repeated instructions from the Medical Commission regarding cancellation of his prison sentence, Afif Na`imi ( عفیف نعیمی ), a Bahai prisoner of conscience and one of the seven Yarn (national facilitators for the Bahai community in Iran), is still imprisoned although he has severe heart disease ‒ even Tehran’s district attorney has authorized the Rajai Shahr Prison clinic to transfer him to hospital whenever needed and without coordination with the District Attorney’s Office. Na`imi was arrested in May 2008 together with six other…
 
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