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  • August 30

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    29 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    O my God, my Master, the Goal of my desire! This, Thy servant, seeketh to sleep in the shelter of Thy mercy, and to repose beneath the canopy of Thy grace, imploring Thy care and Thy protection. I beg of Thee, O my Lord, by Thine eye that sleepeth not, to guard mine eyes from beholding aught beside Thee. Strengthen, then, their vision that they may discern Thy signs, and behold the Horizon of Thy Revelation. Thou art He before the revelations of Whose omnipotence the quintessence of power hath trembled. No God is there but Thee, the Almighty, the All-Subduing, the Unconditioned. ~…
  • September 2

    Bahái Words
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    1 Sep 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Man’s merit lieth in service and virtue and not in the pageantry of wealth and riches. Take heed that your words be purged from idle fancies and worldly desires and your deeds be cleansed from craftiness and suspicion. Dissipate not the wealth of your precious lives in the pursuit of evil and corrupt affection, nor let your endeavours be spent in promoting your personal interest. Be generous in your days of plenty, and be patient in the hour of loss. Adversity is followed by success and rejoicings follow woe. Guard against idleness and sloth, and cling unto that which profiteth mankind,…
  • Irish Baha'is hold conference on inclusive society

    Baha'i World News Service Headlines
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the pressing questions in the Irish nation, as in many others across the world, is how to build a cohesive society where different groups can live together in harmony and integrate into the wider community. This was the theme of a conference organized by the external affairs office of the Baha'i community of Ireland on 3 August, titled "The New Irish as 'Us' — Identity and...
  • September 3

    Bahái Words
    Words
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Heed not your weaknesses and frailty; fix your gaze upon the invincible power of the Lord, your God, the Almighty … Arise in His name, put your trust wholly in Him, and be assured of ultimate victory. ~ The Báb
  • Arlington Interfaith Fireside Discussion “The Valley of Unity”

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    Mitko Gerensky
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:11 pm
    “O My Brother! A pure heart is as a mirror; cleanse it with the burnish of love and severance from all save God, that the true sun may shine within it and the eternal morning dawn.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys Dear friends, Have you wondered what path our soul traverses and what nurtures it? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation,  meaningful discussion, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with smile? Whatever the answer might be, reflecting on uplifting themes, sharing songs, prayers and inspiration…
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    Baha'i World News Service Headlines

  • Irish Baha'is hold conference on inclusive society

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the pressing questions in the Irish nation, as in many others across the world, is how to build a cohesive society where different groups can live together in harmony and integrate into the wider community. This was the theme of a conference organized by the external affairs office of the Baha'i community of Ireland on 3 August, titled "The New Irish as 'Us' — Identity and...
  • Lunda Baha’is examine future of their society

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hundreds of members of the Baha'i Faith from the Lunda population gathered in the Northwestern Province of Zambia on 24 July to celebrate their history and deliberate on their contribution to the development of their people. The conference brought together people of all ages in a discussion on how the teachings of the Baha'i Faith are being applied to the life of their society. They, in the...
  • Dawn unveiling for Cambodian temple design

    18 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    BATTAMBANG, Cambodia — As the sun rose over Battambang yesterday, the melodies of prayer filled the morning air, in a spirit of reverence, exultation, and thanksgiving. These dawn prayers began the event for the unveiling of the design of the first local Baha’i House of Worship for the people of this region of Cambodia, which has in recent years witnessed the emergence of a vibrant...
  • Baha'i family in Iran forced to give up body of a loved one for unlawful burial

    17 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The recent experience of a Baha'i family in Sanandaj, a town in the Kurdistan province of Iran, highlights the cruel absurdities practiced by the Iranian authorities towards some of its citizens, members of this faith community—the largest non-Muslim religion in the country. On 12 July 2015, a Baha'i, Mrs. Baji Muhammadifard passed away and her family sought a burial permit to inter her body...
  • Theme of youth features at interreligious Congress

    13 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    For growing populations of youth across the planet to become constructive participants in the life of society and contributors to social progress, a fundamental shift in thinking is required about the role of religion in society. This was one of the main points made by the Baha'i International Community delegation to the 5th World Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions,...
 
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  • September 3

    Words
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Heed not your weaknesses and frailty; fix your gaze upon the invincible power of the Lord, your God, the Almighty … Arise in His name, put your trust wholly in Him, and be assured of ultimate victory. ~ The Báb
  • September 2

    Words
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Man’s merit lieth in service and virtue and not in the pageantry of wealth and riches. Take heed that your words be purged from idle fancies and worldly desires and your deeds be cleansed from craftiness and suspicion. Dissipate not the wealth of your precious lives in the pursuit of evil and corrupt affection, nor let your endeavours be spent in promoting your personal interest. Be generous in your days of plenty, and be patient in the hour of loss. Adversity is followed by success and rejoicings follow woe. Guard against idleness and sloth, and cling unto that which profiteth mankind,…
  • September 1

    Words
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    O peoples of the world! Forsake all evil, hold fast that which is good. Strive to be shining examples unto all mankind, and true reminders of the virtues of God amidst men. He that riseth to serve My Cause should manifest My wisdom, and bend every effort to banish ignorance from the earth. Be united in counsel, be one in thought. Let each morn be better than its eve and each morrow richer than its yesterday. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
  • August 31

    Words
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    O my God and my Master! I am Thy servant and the son of Thy servant. I have risen from my couch at this dawntide when the Daystar of Thy oneness hath shone forth from the Dayspring of Thy will, and hath shed its radiance upon the whole world, according to what had been ordained in the Books of Thy Decree. Praise be unto Thee, O my God, that we have wakened to the splendors of the light of Thy knowledge. Send down, then, upon us, O my Lord, what will enable us to dispense with anyone but Thee, and will rid us of all attachment to aught except Thyself. Write down, moreover, for me, and for such…
  • August 30

    Words
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    O my God, my Master, the Goal of my desire! This, Thy servant, seeketh to sleep in the shelter of Thy mercy, and to repose beneath the canopy of Thy grace, imploring Thy care and Thy protection. I beg of Thee, O my Lord, by Thine eye that sleepeth not, to guard mine eyes from beholding aught beside Thee. Strengthen, then, their vision that they may discern Thy signs, and behold the Horizon of Thy Revelation. Thou art He before the revelations of Whose omnipotence the quintessence of power hath trembled. No God is there but Thee, the Almighty, the All-Subduing, the Unconditioned. ~…
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  • Arlington Interfaith Fireside Discussion “The Valley of Unity”

    Mitko Gerensky
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:11 pm
    “O My Brother! A pure heart is as a mirror; cleanse it with the burnish of love and severance from all save God, that the true sun may shine within it and the eternal morning dawn.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys Dear friends, Have you wondered what path our soul traverses and what nurtures it? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation,  meaningful discussion, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with smile? Whatever the answer might be, reflecting on uplifting themes, sharing songs, prayers and inspiration…
  • A deep breath before the Valley of Knowledge

    Mitko Gerensky
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    Dear friends, After the engaged discussion an energetic group of friends from Bolivia,  Bulgaria, Chile, Canada, Turkmenistan, and the U.S.A. held during Maya Wong’s reflections on Arts Education and its Ability to Empower and Uplift the Human Spirit, we will take a short non-commercial break and resume our prayerful fireside gatherings on August 31st, 2015 when we will come together to immerse ourselves into the Valley of Knowledge: “In the ocean he findeth a drop, in a drop he beholdeth the secrets of the sea. Split the atom’s heart, and lo! Within it thou wilt find a…
  • After Chill in The Fire, Reflections on the Art of Education

    Mitko Gerensky
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Chill In The Fire Since due to a scheduling conflict, Maya’s presentation on Art Education and its ability to uplift the human condition had to be postponed from last Monday to August 17, 2015, we continued the exploration of “The Seven Valleys” by Bahá’u’lláh. The theme this time was “The Second Valley — The Valley of Love”. “A lover is he who is chill in hell fire; A knower is he who is dry in the sea.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys, “The Valley of Love” Delving further into the mystical language of…
  • Reflections on Arts Education and its Ability to Empower and Uplift the Human Spirit

    Mitko Gerensky
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, Maya’s presentation will take place on August 17, 2015 while the August 10th discussion will continue the exploration of “The Seven Valleys” by Bahá’u’lláh. Dear friends, Have you wondered what the difference between spiritual and material progress is, and whether the arts can play a role in elevating the human condition? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation,  meaningful discussion, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with smile? Whatever the answer might be, reflecting…
  • Fireside Discussion on “The Valley of Search”

    Mitko Gerensky
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:49 pm
    “The true seeker hunteth naught but the object of his quest, and the lover hath no desire save union with his beloved. ” ~ Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys Dear friends, Have you wondered what path our soul traverses and what nurtures it? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation,  meaningful discussion, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with smile? Whatever the answer might be, reflecting on uplifting themes, sharing songs, prayers and inspiration with friends gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges…
 
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  • Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City

    Borna Safai
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy DelisleMy rating: 3 of 5 starsI picked this one up by recommendation and for the sake of nostalgia; having lived in Israel for a number of years, it's always interesting to see and read what other people think about a culture that's very different from what we're used to.Guy Delisle spent a year in Jerusalem, and the book is basically his experience from it. His wife is with the MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders), and he acts as a stay-at-home dad with their two kids. He explores Jerusalem and the rest of Israel, and finds…
  • When Strangers Cooperate: Using Social Conventions to Govern Ourselves

    Borna Safai
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:58 pm
    When Strangers Cooperate: Using Social Conventions to Govern Ourselves by David W. BrownMy rating: 2 of 5 starsThis book was written 20 years ago, and it feels like it shows when reading it. As an example, the Internet is portrayed as something new and possibly interesting coming up.When Strangers Cooperate talks about how social conventions can help govern our actions and make us behave better and cooperate more. He provides a couple of examples, such as queuing up in a line when we are more people waiting. There's also a good critique of what people might respond in return, with a focus on…
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  • Syrian refugees that certain politicians call a "swarm" and "scum"

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    Syrian refugees that certain politicians call a swarm and scum .please share this photoPosted by Ray Brocklesby (#) on Thursday, 20 August 2015 (https://www.facebook.com/ray.brocklesby/posts/10154071787703368:0)
  • A response to a gay Baha'i

    19 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    It seemed to me the same things kept getting discussed, and the same ideas were repeated so often that I became very bored with the whole topic. Back before the Internet's widespread use, when people were using electronic bulletin boards and e-mail lists to discuss various things, I was often engaged in groups that discussed the Baha'i Faith. Back then, a common topic was the fact that our religion, the Baha'i Faith, teaches that people ought not express love through homosexual behaviors. The sources of that teaching, the actual teaching, how that teaching is interpreted, what was actually…
  • Multi faith prayer held at Lotus Temple for APJ Abdul Kalam

    17 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Baha'i faith hosts special prayer for Dr Kalam National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India on Friday organised multi faith prayer for the soul of former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. People from several religious backgrounds and section of society attended a multi faith prayer service at New Delhi's Baha'i House of Worship, commonly known as Lotus Temple. Special prayers from the sacred scriptures of different religions including Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and the Baha'i faith were recited for the progress of Dr Kalam's soul. Ms Nazneen Rowhani, Secretary…
  • Baha'i beliefs: The 'last' religion

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    The Baha’i believe in the unity of all religions: there is one God, and the various world religions have all arisen as different ways of communicating His message in different places and at different times. All religions are gradually and inevitably moving towards bringing about world peace, and the Baha’i see their own faith as the final fulfillment of this religious trajectory. It’s an evolution Baha’i explain through the metaphor of a school. Other religions are equivalent to the early grades, while the Baha’i are in the final class. “But of course you still obey and respect…
  • Letter from the NSA of the United States, July 31, 2015

    5 Aug 2015 | 7:43 pm
 
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    Iran Press Watch

  • Iranian Daughter Remembers Kidnapped Father

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    29 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    Source: www.richmond-news.com Susan Mottahedeh Richmond News | August 28, 2015 09:52 AM Jinous Nourinejad displays a photo of her family in Tehran along with her father before his disappearance in 1980. Photo submitted                     Jinous Nourinejad’s father disappeared in 1980 during religious and political conflicts in Iran. Jinous Nourinejad collapsed at the news. It was August 1980. Her father, along with 10 other high-ranking Baha’is, disappeared in Tehran and was never heard from again. “For me, it’s like an open…
  • Iranian Tenor Escaped Persecution on Way to Stardom

    editor
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    Source: www.timesheraldonline.com By Andrew Gilbert Correspondent | POSTED: 08/25/15 For any young tenor, reaching the hallowed stage of Italy’s La Scala is an exceptional accomplishment. But for Ramtin Ghazavi, the journey from Iran to Milan is a story of defying extraordinary odds and unrelenting discrimination. The Islamic revolution that swept away the repressive, Western-oriented government of the Shah in 1979 takes a dim view of most musical forms, opera not excepted. There are no conservatories focusing on Western classical music in Iran, and the once renowned Tehran Symphony…
  • Building Khavaran Cultural Centre on Ruins of Baha’i Cemetery!

    editor
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Source: www.facebook.com By Shadi Sadri Translated by Iran Press Watch Bringing parallel lines together It is the academic year of 1995-1996. I am in my last year of studying law and preparing for my post graduate studies. I have a full time job at Aftabgardan Newspaper, a subsidiary publication of Hamshahri Newspaper. I converted my job to part time, and now I am responsible for the “Setareha” (Stars) page. My job entails choosing articles for junior youth, editing and publishing them. It has been agreed that I will organise the First Friday Book Fair for Children and Junior Youth. We…
  • August 21st: The Anniversary of the Arrest of a Group of Elected Baha’i Officials

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    26 Aug 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Source: Tavaana: E-Learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society  Translation by Iran Press Watch Thirty-five years ago, on a day like this Kambiz Sadegh Zadeh and ten other elected Baha’i officialswere arrested. On his personal Facebook page, Shahin Sadegh Zadeh-Milani has mentioned this group arrest and written about their disappearance. The families and friends of Baha’i community leaders have tried very hard to get news of their condition, but this has proven to be ineffective. Regarding this, Shahin Sadegh Zadeh writes: Thirty-five years ago on a day like this, my father and ten…
  • Trees Cut at Baha’i Cemetery in Orumiyeh

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    26 Aug 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Source: bahaicamp.com Translation by Iran Press Watch   According to the “No Campaign” No to Abuse and Imprisonment of Baha’i Residents, as reported by Human Rights Activists, unidentified elements have cut down twenty year old trees using an electric chainsaw at the Baha’i Cemetery in Orumiyeh. On the afternoon of Friday, 21 August, some unidentified individuals started to cut down the twenty year old trees at the cemetery designated for the use of Baha’is in the city of Orumiyeh.   This is the first time such an incident has taken place in Orumiyeh, although previously…
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  • Officials shut off ‘Bahai’ water supply to Dazgareh township

    Sen
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    Iran Press Watch, August 26, 2015. On Monday 24 August, officials shut off the water supply for residents of the small town of Dazgareh in Semnan province. The water comes from a well dug with a legal permit 25 years ago, and given to the town by the Khanjani Family. The family are Bahais. The police, Revolutionary Guards Corps, and Intelligence and Security agents of the water authority and other officials, including Mr. Ehsani, head of the Intelligence service, were in attendance. They had a special expedited order to destroy the well, and used heavy construction machinery. Work continued…
  • Trees cut down in the Bahai cemetery of Urumiyyeh

    Sen
    23 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    HRANA, August 24, 2015. A number of 20-year old trees in the Bahai cemetery of Urumiyyeh (Urmia) have been cut down with a chainsaw. The destruction apparently happened on July 25, 2015. This is the first time that this cemetery has been targetted by the vandals, although trees have been cut down in the Bahai cemeteries of Marvdasht, Sansgar and Isfahan. In Isfahan, some 2500 trees were cut down October 2008, and in Marvdasht, 1200 were cut down in April, 2011. Short link: http://wp.me/pNMoJ-2q9 Older items can be found in the archive, here. Even older news is here. Filed under: Bahai rights,…
  • Shahram Falah granted 10-day leave from Kerman prison

    Sen
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:34 am
    Campaign against harassment of Bahais, August 23, 2015. Shahram Falah (شهرام فلاح), a Bahai from Yazd who began a 3-year prison sentence in Kerman on February 4, 2015, has been granted a 10-day furlough, and left prison this morning. He is one of 20 Bahais who were arrested in central Iran August 2012: 10 in Yazd and Isfahan and 10 others in towns and cities such as Shahin Shahr, Vila Shahr, Arak and Kerman. This report indicates he was held in Kerman prison, although earlier reports said he was in Yazd Prison. Short link: http://wp.me/pNMoJ-2q5 Older items can be found in the…
  • Details of Bahai businesses closed in Kerman province

    Sen
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:58 am
    Bahai News (Persian), August 15, 2015. Bahai News reports on a number of Bahai businesses in the Province of Kerman that have been shut down by authorities because they were closed on Bahai Holy Days. In November 2014, when Bahais in Iran were celebrating the Birthdays of the Bab and Baha’u’llah, close to 90 Bahai-run businesses in Vila Shahr, Nashtarud, and the southern region of Kerman, Rafsanjan, and Jiroft were closed by the authorities. No dates are given in the latest report, but these closures appear to be in addition to those previously reported, and are certainly in addition to…
  • Amanullah Mostaqim’s medical furlough ends: back to Raja’i Shahr prison

    Sen
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Bahai News (Persian), August 18. 2015. Amanullah Mostaqim ( امان‌الله مستقیم ) one of the imprisoned staff members of the Bahai Open University (BIHE) in Iran, was returned to Raja’i Shahr prison on the morning of August 18. Mr. Mostaqim, a Bahai from Shiraz, is serving a 5-year sentence for educational activities. He had been free on medical leave since late April, 2015, as he suffers from diabetes and heart disease. Prison doctors have determined that prison and other stressful circumstances are a danger for him. He began serving his sentence on May 20, 2013, but he…
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