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  • New international website of the Baha'i community launched

    Baha'i World News Service Headlines
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    HAIFA — A new website of the worldwide Baha'i community has been launched at www.bahai.org,, representing the latest stage in the development of an official presence on the Web that extends back to 1996. The site explores the beliefs and writings of the Faith and shares the story of those throughout the world who, inspired by the teachings of Baha'u'llah, are...
  • January 26

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    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Therefore, in the beginning one must make his steps firm in the Covenant so that the confirmations of Bahá’u’lláh may encircle from all sides, the cohorts of the Supreme Concourse may become the supporters and the helpers, and the exhortations and advices of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, like unto the pictures engraved on stone, may remain permanent and ineffaceable in the tablets of the hearts. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The post January 26 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • An interfaith prayer gathering for a departed Arlington neighbor

    The Baha'i Community of Arlington, Virginia
    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…
  • From “Selma” to Love ‘n Faith

    Befriended Stranger
    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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    22 Jan 2015 | 10:11 pm
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    Baha'i World News Service Headlines

  • New international website of the Baha'i community launched

    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    HAIFA — A new website of the worldwide Baha'i community has been launched at www.bahai.org,, representing the latest stage in the development of an official presence on the Web that extends back to 1996. The site explores the beliefs and writings of the Faith and shares the story of those throughout the world who, inspired by the teachings of Baha'u'llah, are...
  • Baseless indictment of Yemeni Baha'i after 14 months of harsh imprisonment

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    NEW YORK — In a betrayal of justice, authorities in Yemen have indicted Hamed Kamal bin Haydara, a Yemeni national, of being a spy for Israel and converting Muslims to the Baha'i Faith. These charges come at the start of the second year of his imprisonment. Throughout this time, Mr. bin Haydara has been held without charge and has endured various forms of torture as well as intense...
  • Panel explores migration, media, and misperception

    4 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    LANGENHAIN — How does the media influence our sense of identity? How does it shape our perception of those different from us? How does it reinforce "otherness"? These questions animated a recent panel discussion on German media’s depiction of international migration in that society. Titled "Exclusion in Germany: Is Media Honoring its Responsibility?", the event was held on 7 December 2014...
  • Two months in the morgue: One facet of campaign to make Iranian Baha’is invisible

    29 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    GENEVA — The body of a Baha'i has been held in the morgue for nearly two months in the large, southern Iranian city of Ahvaz because local officials have refused to allow the man's burial. Shamel Bina passed away on 28 October but remains unburied, despite numerous appeals from his family and others, who have appealed to numerous officials from the governor general to the city's Friday prayer...
  • On foothills of the Andes, light ascends and inspires

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    SANTIAGO — The most recent in a series of newsreels on the construction of the Baha’i House of Worship for South America has been released. Opening with time-lapse photography, the film provides a glimpse of the emerging beauty of the temple, which rests on the foothills of the Andes Mountains overlooking the city of Santiago. Among the developments related to the construction process,...
 
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  • January 26

    Words
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Therefore, in the beginning one must make his steps firm in the Covenant so that the confirmations of Bahá’u’lláh may encircle from all sides, the cohorts of the Supreme Concourse may become the supporters and the helpers, and the exhortations and advices of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, like unto the pictures engraved on stone, may remain permanent and ineffaceable in the tablets of the hearts. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The post January 26 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • January 25

    Words
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Thoughts are a boundless sea, and the effects and varying conditions of existence are as the separate forms and individual limits of the waves; not until the sea boils up will the waves rise and scatter their pearls of knowledge on the shore of life. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The post January 25 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • January 24

    Words
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Under all conditions those who have remained firm in the Covenant have conquered, while the violators have met defeat, disappointment and dejection. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The post January 24 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • January 23

    Words
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    They who are the beloved of God, in whatever place they gather and whomsoever they may meet, must evince, in their attitude towards God, and in the manner of their celebration of His praise and glory, such humility and submissiveness that every atom of the dust beneath their feet may attest the depth of their devotion. ~ Bahá’u’lláh The post January 23 appeared first on Bahái Words.
  • January 22

    Words
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Recite ye the verses of God every morning and evening. Whoso reciteth them not hath truly failed to fulfil his pledge to the Covenant of God and His Testament and whoso in this day turneth away therefrom hath indeed turned away from God since time immemorial. Fear ye God, O concourse of My servants. ~ Bahá’u’lláh The post January 22 appeared first on Bahái Words.
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    The Baha'i Community of Arlington, Virginia

  • 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…
  • 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…
 
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  • 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…
  • Appreciate, Befriend, Co-create

    Mitko Gerensky
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    See ye no strangers “You were talking as if you’ve been friends whole life”, Sofia, my 11 year-old daughter commented as we were walking to Northside Social for coffee and afternoon snack before our makeshift Bulgarian lesson at the library. She was referring to the pleasant conversation she, her sister and I had had with a beautiful half-Japanese/half-American graphics designer, Deborah, and her dog, Bentley, whom we met on the street. I smiled and answered: “Isn’t this what the Baha’i Faith is about — to treat strangers as friends?”…
  • Interfaith Prayer Station “Back to the Father”

    Mitko Gerensky
    27 Dec 2014 | 4:35 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…
  • Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Winter and Troubles of the World”

    Mitko Gerensky
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    “Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this son of York; And all the clouds that low’r’d upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.” ~ Shakespeare, Richard The Third Act 1, scene 1, 1–4 Dear friends, What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, homemade banana bread baked with love and shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing music and prayers with friends gets us all closer to the Creator. Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation…
  • Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station “Messenger of Joy”

    Mitko Gerensky
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    O SON OF THE SUPREME! I have made death a messenger of joy to thee. Wherefore dost thou grieve? I made the light to shed on thee its splendor. Why dost thou veil thyself therefrom? Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh (Arabic #33) Dear friends, What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, homemade banana bread baked with love and shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing music and prayers with friends gets us all closer to the Creator. Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and…
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    Borna Safai
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:11 pm
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    6 Jan 2015 | 3:56 pm
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  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Borna Safai
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanMy rating: 4 of 5 starsWe know already that our eyes can deceive us, but in Thinking, Fast and Slow we also learn that our minds can deceive us!Kahneman talks about the two different types of minds that we have - the fast-thinking one (System 1) that makes quick decisions and rationalizes it; and the slow-paced one (System 2) that does rational analysis. However, sending things "back" to System 2 is a costly effort, and it is very easy for us to forget to do that, leading us to oftentimes make decisions that seem irrational on a deeper analysis.Each…
  • Beyond the Culture of Contest

    Borna Safai
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    Beyond the Culture of Contest by Michael Robert KarlbergMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis book is simply amazing in its analysis and commentary on the current state of the world. Looking at the economic, political and legal systems, how they're tied together and essentially run by money, creating an unsustainable society.The culture of contest raises us in a mindset that normalizes adversarialism, conflict and contest, and looking at other ways of organizing society and world seems unrealistic and naive at best. Although the current culture of contest has led us to where it has, and we have made…
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    Borna Safai
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
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    Bahais Online

  • Slain woman had tried to support abusive husband

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Friends of Leila Alavi say the 26-year-old hopelessly tried to support her troubled and abusive husband right up until he allegedly murdered her with a pair of scissors. ...Mr Hosseiniamraei followed the Baha'i faith and they were married at the Australian House of Worship on Sydney's northern beaches in 2011. Her body was found in her car on Saturday morning at the Auburn shopping complex where she worked as a hairdresser. That evening, police arrested and charged her 33-year-old husband Mokhtar Hosseiniamraei with murder. He was refused bail on Sunday and police told a Sydney court he "has…
  • The mystery of Marsha Mehran

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:10 pm
    The best-selling young novelist who died a recluse in a rubbish-strewn cottage on Ireland’s west coast From the moment of her arrival in Lecanvey, Marsha Mehran cut a solitary figure. The few times she was seen were when she would sit, in the depths of winter, on a bench in the shadow of Ireland’s holiest mountain and open her laptop to catch the Wi-Fi from the village pub opposite. The Dawson family, who run Staunton’s Pub in a crook of the meandering road that tracks the stark beauty of County Mayo’s Atlantic coast, repeatedly invited the striking young woman into the warmth. Once…
  • My Turn To Come Out

    7 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    The news of Leelah Alcorn’s suicide (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brynn-tannehill/not-one-more_b_6400854.html) has, of course, hit my family hard. And while I wrote a post (http://migrainefamily.com/2013/07/23/my-religion/), erm, a year and a half ago, about being a person of deep faith – in which I only mentioned the name of my religious persuasion in the tags – this is not something I discuss publicly. it is time for me to claim my right for my family to proudly be a part of the Bahá’í family. In large part, I do not discuss this publicly because I have had an internal struggle…
  • Carole Lombard Baha'i

    25 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The Weaver Confidential Baha’i documentation reveals a spiritual side to the earthy, madcap Lombard that would surprise many Carole Lombard loved the secular side of Christmas, as demonstrated by the number of surviving letters, cards, and notes attached to or referencing various gifts presenting by Carole to friends and acquaintances over the years. Examples can be seen at the fine Carole Co. web site (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/364643.html). Much less is known about her religious beliefs, which was a topic she kept private. A glimpse into Carole’s belief system is found in the…
  • I Don’t See Race; I Only See Grayish-Brown, Vaguely Humanoid Shapes

    23 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    I don’t understand why everyone seems to be so angry lately. Everywhere you look, there are marches, protests, riots—and all of it over so-called racism in our great country. I just don’t get it. I really don’t. But maybe that’s because, when I look at my fellow Americans, I don’t see a particular race or color. In fact, all I see is just a series of muted, roughly person-shaped silhouettes. And this world would be a much better place if everyone else did, too. I don’t see race, because I am not capable of discerning any physical difference between the nebulous tangle of…
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    Iran Press Watch

  • Interview with a Baha’i Student Who Was Expelled after One Hour

    editor
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Source: Radio JiBi, Published January 18, 2015 Behrad Azargan, a student in the field of Electronic Technology in the Department of Industrial Power at Mulla Sadra Polytechnic Institute of Technology of Ramsar, after passing five semesters, was expelled from the university because he is a Baha’i.  In an interview, JiBi Radio examined various angles of this expulsion. At what point did the university administration become aware that you belong to a religious minority? According to the university administration, during a review of the student’s files, they realized that in the…
  • Bahai Home and Workplace Raided in Shiraz

    editor
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Source: wp.me/pNMoJ-2dh January 21, 2015 On January 19, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence raided the workplace and then the home of Mr. Hasan Salehi in Shiraz. They had a search warrant for both properties. The officers said that he was suspected of propaganda against the regime and membership of an illegal organization. When Mr. Salehi’s family protested the seizure of some Bahai materials, the officers said they were required to collect anything relating to Bahai beliefs, because it was a baseless sect, and anything relating to any family member. In the end, the agents seized a…
  • Activist Imprisoned for Supporting Baha’is

    editor
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Source: hra-news.org/fa/thought-and-expression/atena-3   Translation by Iran Press Watch Thursday, the 8th of January, 2015 HRANA – Atena Farghadani, a civil rights activist, has been summoned to the 15th Branch of the Revolutionary Court by Judge Abu’l-Qasim Salavati. She is expected to be present in court on Saturday, the 10th of January, to be questioned regarding charges of propaganda against the regime, undermining national security, and insulting members of parliament by depicting them in cartoons. HRANA reports according to Saham News that Ms. Farghadani had previously been…
  • My Grandfather Passed Away in Adel-Abad Prison

    editor
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Source: www.tribunezamaneh.com/archives/48335?tztc=1 Translation by Iran Press Watch Parisa Sabet I don’t quite recollect “Golestan Javeed,” the old Baha’i cemetery of Shiraz, which has been recently razed to the ground.  I only know that my paternal grandfather, as well as many other Baha’is martyred between 1981 and 1983, have been buried there. The stories I have heard about my grandfather sound more like myths. My aunt—his daughter—told me that he had an herbal medicine store in Marvdasht[1] and that the local people believed very much in the efficacy of his remedies and…
  • Expulsion of a Baha’i Student after Studying for a Semester

    editor
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Source: hra-news.org/fa/religious-minorities/b-420 Translation by Iran Press Watch January 11, 2015 HRANA News Agency Noora Mossama, a student majoring in Computer Software Engineering at the State University of Mazandaran, was dismissed at the end of her first semester. According to the findings of reporters of the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), a news organization covering all human rights activities in Iran, Noora Mossama, a Computer Software Engineering student at the State University of Mazandaran, was denied access to attend her final exam at the end of her first semester.
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  • Behfar Khanjani denied family visits

    Sen
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:21 am
    HRANA, January 23, 2015. Behfar Khanjani (بهفر خانجانی), a Bahai prisoner of conscience serving a five-year sentence in Seman’s central prison, has been denied the right to receive family visits as a punishment for writing a letter to Dr. Jahangiri, the head of Iran’s Prison Association. Mr. Khanjani was initially given a four-year prison sentence for membership of illegal Bahai groups and attending Bahai prayer meetings and the 19th-day ‘Feast.’ His sentence was later extended by one year for “propaganda against the regime.” Mr. Khanjani suffers from an…
  • Bahai home and workplace raided in Shiraz

    Sen
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    HRANA, January 21, 2015. On January 19, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence raided the workplace and then the home of Mr. Hasan Salehi (حسن صالحی) in Shiraz. They had a search warrant for both properties. The officers said that he was suspected of propaganda against the regime and membership of an illegal organisation. When Mr. Salehi’s family protested the seizure of some Bahai materials, the officers said they were required to collect anything relating to Bahai beliefs, because it was a baseless sect, and anything relating to any family member. In the end, the agents…
  • Bahai student expelled from Technical University in Ramsar

    Sen
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:51 pm
    “Fariba Kamalabadi” (public figure Facebook page), January 19, 2015. On January 11, Bahrad Adhargan (بهراد آذرگان), a student of Electrical Engineering at the Mulla Sadra Technical University in Ramsar, in the Mazandaran province of Iran, has been expelled because of his Bahai beliefs. However he was able to study for five semesters. Apparently it took this long for the university administration to notice that in his application form, following the question “Religion?” he had written “Of course.” The university then summoned him to the office of…
  • Trials of six Bahais in Tabriz continue

    Sen
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:43 pm
    HRANA, January 14, 2015. The fifth court hearing of charges against six Bahais took place in Tabriz on January 14. The accused are four members of the Bahadori (بهادری ) family, Shabnam Issakhani (شبنم عیسی خانی) and Rashin Saberi (راشین صابری). During the hearing Simin Rasouli (سیمین رسولی), the mother of the Bahadori family, was questioned, and the court was adjourned until January 21. In the previous hearings, Farzad Bahadori (فرزاد بهادری), the father of the family, Mrs. Rasouli, the children Sahar ( سحر بهادری ) and Nassim…
  • Bahai arrested in Yemen, more arrests expected (updated(2))

    Sen
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Haberler and other sources, January 12, 2015. Hamid Kamal Mohammed bin Haidarah (حامد كمال محمد بن حيدرة), a Bahai of Persian background, is to stand trial in Yemen on charges of spying for Israel and seeking to spread the Bahai faith in Yemen. According to Yemen’s official news agency, he was interrogated by prosecutors in the capital Sana’a on Sunday. The prosecution has referred the case to the Specialized Penal Court in the capital Sana’a as a prelude to trial. Mr. bin Haidarah is also referred to in the report as Hamid Mirza Kamali Sarvestani…
 
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