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    27 Jul 2015 | 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,…
  • July 27

    Bahái Words
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    26 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Be ye God’s manifestations of trustworthiness in every land. So perfectly should ye mirror forth this quality that even were ye to travel through cities heaped with gold, your gaze would not for a single moment be seduced by its allure. This is the standard required of you, O assemblage of true believers. Assist ye your gracious Lord with your wealth and substance so that in all the worlds of God His servants may perceive from you the sweet savours of the one true God. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
  • Dawn unveiling for Cambodian temple design

    Baha'i World News Service Headlines
    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...
  • Martyrdom of the Báb

    The Baha'i Community of Arlington, Virginia
    Kit
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    This Bahá’í Holy Day, in particular, evokes feelings of awe, sadness, and wonder. The Arlington Bahá’ís observed the Martyrdom of the Báb – Friday, July 10, 2015 – at the Arlington Women’s Club. The highlight of the event was a dramatic representation created by actors and musicians from Canada of the execution of the Báb in the public square of Tabriz, Iran on this date 165 years ago. Share
  • finding love and wonder on pluto

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    14 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    Pluto sent a love note back to Earth via @NASANewHorizons. This is the last image taken before today's #PlutoFlyby. pic.twitter.com/a2AE20LHcR — NASA (@NASA) July 14, 2015 When I was in elementary school, I was fascinated by science, especially astronomy. I was the nerdier kind of kid who preferred reading books to kicking a ball in the playground, and so, I would hole up in the library and gather up all the books I could find about stars, planets, the universe, and more. At that time, exploration of the solar system was still just beginning. Humanity had walked on the moon and…
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  • 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,...
  • Youth conference inspires hope and action in CAR

    8 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    On the morning of 15 June, more than 400 young people from the Central African Republic (CAR) gathered with great anticipation for the opening session of a long-awaited youth conference. It was the last in a series of 114 that were held in selected cities around the world. This conference, like the 113 others, was originally planned for 2013. But in March of that year, Bangui, the capital...
  • UN seminar highlights global citizenship education

    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    On June 15, UN permanent missions from France, Korea, Nigeria, Qatar, and the United States co-organized a seminar titled "Global Citizenship Education for a Just, Peaceful, Inclusive and Sustainable World", held at UN Headquarters in New York City. The Baha'i International Community and UNESCO were among seven NGOs and UN organizations that co-sponsored the event. The seminar—archived on
 
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    Bahái Words

  • July 28

    Words
    27 Jul 2015 | 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,…
  • July 27

    Words
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Be ye God’s manifestations of trustworthiness in every land. So perfectly should ye mirror forth this quality that even were ye to travel through cities heaped with gold, your gaze would not for a single moment be seduced by its allure. This is the standard required of you, O assemblage of true believers. Assist ye your gracious Lord with your wealth and substance so that in all the worlds of God His servants may perceive from you the sweet savours of the one true God. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
  • July 26

    Words
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    It is clear that life in this fast-fading world is as fleeting and inconstant as the morning wind, and this being so, how fortunate are the great who leave a good name behind them, and the memory of a lifetime spent in the pathway of the good pleasure of God. ~ Abdu’l-Bahá
  • July 25

    Words
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Bless Thou, O Lord my God, Him Whom Thou hast set over Thy most excellent Titles, and through Whom Thou hast divided between the godly and the wicked, and graciously aid us to do what Thou lovest and desirest. Bless Thou, moreover, O my God, them Who are Thy Words and Thy Letters, and them who have set their faces towards Thee, and turned unto Thy face, and hearkened to Thy Call. Thou art, truly, the Lord and King of all men, and art potent over all things. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
  • July 24

    Words
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Were a man in this day to adorn himself with the raiment of trustworthiness it were better for him in the sight of God than that he should journey on foot towards the holy court and be blessed with meeting the Adored One and standing before His Seat of Glory. Trustworthiness is as a stronghold to the city of humanity, and as eyes to the human temple. Whosoever remaineth deprived thereof shall, before His Throne, be reckoned as one bereft of vision. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
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    The Baha'i Community of Arlington, Virginia

  • Martyrdom of the Báb

    Kit
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    This Bahá’í Holy Day, in particular, evokes feelings of awe, sadness, and wonder. The Arlington Bahá’ís observed the Martyrdom of the Báb – Friday, July 10, 2015 – at the Arlington Women’s Club. The highlight of the event was a dramatic representation created by actors and musicians from Canada of the execution of the Báb in the public square of Tabriz, Iran on this date 165 years ago. Share
  • Arlington Baha’is Sing for Unity

    Mitko
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    “We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high” ~ Bahá’u’lláh Three Arlington Bahá’í sing with the Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale, a group of amateur singers whose youngest and eldest members are separated by more than 70 years of age difference yet united by their love for uplifting songs about peace and unity. Arlington Baha’is Sing with the Metropolitan Washington Baha’i Chorale The Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale is committed to promoting the…
  • 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…
 
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  • finding love and wonder on pluto

    danger
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    Pluto sent a love note back to Earth via @NASANewHorizons. This is the last image taken before today's #PlutoFlyby. pic.twitter.com/a2AE20LHcR — NASA (@NASA) July 14, 2015 When I was in elementary school, I was fascinated by science, especially astronomy. I was the nerdier kind of kid who preferred reading books to kicking a ball in the playground, and so, I would hole up in the library and gather up all the books I could find about stars, planets, the universe, and more. At that time, exploration of the solar system was still just beginning. Humanity had walked on the moon and…
  • as I pick myself back up

    danger
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:56 pm
    It’s been a while since I’ve spent much time looking after this blog. No doubt there are still people out there reading, whether they’re subscribed by email or RSS, or follow on Facebook, or simply check back every now and then out of curiosity or nostalgia. It’s been a tumultuous time for the owner of the world’s longest-running Bahá’í blog (if it hasn’t been stripped of that title due to the succession of hiatus after prolonged hiatus). Things started getting busy around the end of 2010. Life started getting in the way of writing, you know, in the…
  • 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…
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  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    Borna Safai
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:22 pm
    The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric RiesMy rating: 3 of 5 starsI actually finished this book a month ago, but didn't know what I thought about the book until I went through it again. Now I know.The Lean Startup helps startups go from idea to product through experiments that generate validated learning. How is this done? Through a repeated series of steps through the Build - Measure - Learn feedback loop. With the assumptions that are inherent in the product, decide how to test it, build something that tests it…
  • David and Goliath

    Borna Safai
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:02 pm
    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm GladwellMy rating: 3 of 5 starsWhy did David beat Goliath? Why do seemingly smaller entities beat larger ones, in war or other situations? How can apparent disadvantages be turned into advantages?I think that's the premise of the book. And there's some information about how the smaller ones can choose not to play by the rules of the other, and thus create advantages to their own. But then Malcom Gladwell goes on to tell a bunch of other stories that don't really seem to convey any sort of message, except for the…
 
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  • Discussion on Reddit Bahai (Killer Robot Calamity)

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    I think you're right, but missing a key element. The Ruhi Institute is also integral to the Administrative Order. I've given a few talks to youth about this, which I refer to as my "Killer Robots from Outer Space" talk. Moving the friends through the sequence of courses prepares them for an event of catastrophic nature (such as killer robots from outer space). When the killer robots come and decimate humanity, we will need to do several things. One is to arrange devotional gatherings, so that we can pray to God together, our only refuge in difficult times. Two is to do home visits. We will…
  • "… a body of learned Bahais"

    17 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    On a facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/406540056128667/permalink/788528511263151/?comment_id=789412611174741&offset=0&total_comments=83&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R9%22%7D) [The Baha'i Questions Forum], Don Calkins wrote: “Obviously the House of Justice needs someone w/ an appropriate background to explain the Writings to them.” This was in the context of letters that showed the Universal House of Justice’s understanding of Bahai teachings evolving over time. I will give more details below. I am sure the suggestion was well meant, but I think it is heading in the…
  • Baha'i group buys house near temple

    4 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    The national organization for the Baha'i faith paid $1.2 million in May for a 2,863-square-foot vintage American Foursquare-style house on Sheridan Road in Wilmette, almost directly across the street from the landmark Baha'i House of Worship. Built in 1921, the brick house had not officially been listed. The sellers were a couple who bought it in 2013 for $895,000, netting them a $305,000 profit in less than two years. The house is at the northwest corner of Sheridan Road and Linden Avenue. To the north of the home is a vacant lot that the Baha'is own, and then across the street to the north…
  • The Confederate Flag and the Oneness of Humanity

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Just like ... the just-reached seminal decision by the U.S. Supreme Court granting marriage equality in all fifty states, realization of the Oneness of Mankind "implies an organic change"... As the Confederate flag of South Carolina goes down – literally and figuratively – and others, like Mississippi’s and Alabama’s, and even previously revered collectibles like the famed Dukes of Hazzard General Lee Confederate Matchbox Car, fall with it in rapid succession, many of us stand in awe that such a change is actually happening. While these moves were unimaginable just two weeks earlier,…
  • Closure of the BCCA

    7 Jun 2015 | 8:06 pm
    This is an extremely difficult letter for us to write. We are saddened to announce that, after nearly a quarter century of services provided to the Baha'i community world-wide, the BCCA is closing down all services as of 31 July 2015. This shutdown includes all email lists and websites that are currently managed by the BCCA. After that date, however, lists for Assemblies, clusters, teaching institutes and groups will be created and maintained under the newly-formed 'bahai.email' domain. Topical lists, such as Baha'i Writers and Baha'i Women will be discontinued. The Daily Readings and Baha'i…
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  • Two letters of Abdu’l-Baha in praise of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar

    Sen
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    The Mashriqu’l-Adhkar is a House of Worship or Temple, built not just for Bahais but for all the people in a community to use. The name means ‘the place where God is remembered,’ and remembrance in this context has the combined senses of awareness and praise. ‘Where God is remembered’ is not just in a building: it is also in the heart, and in a devotional meeting, and in a community. For more information on the Mashriqu’l-Ahkar, see ‘The Mashriqu’l-Adhkar Handbook,’ in the ‘compilations’ section of this blog. (Opens as a PDF…
  • “… a body of learned Bahais”

    Sen
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    On a facebook group, one Bahai wrote: “Obviously the House of Justice needs someone w/ an appropriate background to explain the Writings to them.” This was in the context of letters that showed the Universal House of Justice’s understanding of Bahai teachings evolving over time. I will give more details below. I am sure the suggestion was well meant, but I think it is heading in the wrong direction entirely, but first I will have to explain why the suggestion could be made. The ‘problem’ for the Bahais, is that it is clear from doctrine and practical observation…
  • “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…
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    Iran Press Watch

  • Expulsion of a 17 Year Old Baha’i Student from High School for Her Religious Beliefs

    editor
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Source: bahaicamp.com Translation by Iran Press Watch Based on reports received by the “NO to the Harassment and Imprisonment of Baha’is” campaign, on July 1st 2015 Kamand Agahi, a 17 year old Baha’i resident of Isfahan, was denied permission to sign up by the principal upon her arrival at Safoora High School. After returning to high school with her parents, Kamand Agahi was mistreated by the principal, Mr. Ghari. They were given the excuse of a “decision made by the high school council” as the reason for expulsion of this Baha’i student. When Kamand and her family took…
  • Religious Persecution On the Rise: Minorities Under Threat in the Middle East

    editor
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Source: www.huffingtonpost.com By Doug Bandow 07/25/2015 All religious faiths are victims of persecution somewhere. In this supposedly enlightened, tolerant age, people routinely are brutalized, jailed and killed for their faith — or lack of faith — in God. Hostility to believers is evident even in the West, long home to the strongest advocates for freedom of conscience, expression, and association. Worse, over the last year “a horrified world has watched the results of what some have aptly called violence masquerading as religious devotion” in several nations,…
  • Siavosh Khanjani: In Iran, Baha’is Are Deemed Unfit to Attend University, Hold Public Sector Jobs, or Teach

    editor
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Source: news.nationalpost.com July 16, 2015 6:37 PM ET Baha'i leadership remains imprisoned in Iran. TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images I own and operate a business in Toronto. Since coming to Canada, I have been welcomed by other Canadians, and feel very much a Canadian now, too. I work hard and contribute as best I can to the well-being, prosperity and peace of a country that has given me a genuine home. Yet, after many years, I still love Iran and long to return some day, if only to visit but perhaps also with a dream of contributing to the mutual interests of my two homes, Iran and Canada.
  • Qom Seminary Holds Anti-Baha’i Classes

    editor
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Source: bahaicamp.com Translation by Iran Press Watch Qom Seminary1 has recently started planning classes called “Understanding Baha’ism” and “Understanding Ahl-e Haqq”. These classes, which present a one-sided view of religious minorities, have the sole purpose of destroying the Baha’i Faith and the Ahl-e Haqq2. Subsequently, the Qom Seminary has started extensive propaganda on these subjects in most government centers and government sponsored news websites. In an advertisement on its site, Tasnim news agency has announced that the Qom Seminary intends to…
  • Ten Day Notice to Vacate a Travel Agency for Being a Baha’i

    editor
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Source: bahainews.net Translation by Iran Press Watch July 19 2015 According to reports provided to Baha’i News, pressure on Baha’i residents of Tehran and Karaj has recently intensified. According to a reliable source, security agents of Tehran Province have forbidden a Baha’i resident’s travel agency from continuing to operate. This reliable source added that the agents have allowed only ten days to vacate the premises, and have stated “being a Baha’i” as the reason for this action. He also added that not much is left until the designated date, and the pressure has…
 
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  • Official pressure to boycott Bahai-run businesses in Zahedan

    Sen
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    Campaign against harassment of Bahais, July 28, 2015. The Oweis website, whose page header indicates that it speaks for Ayatollah Khamenei’i (whom it promotes to ‘Grand Ayatollah’ ! ), has published a photograph of a Baha’i-run optometry shop in Zahedan, along with an article which says that although all the Shiah and Sunni religious authorities have stated that all sorts of transactions and dealings with the Bahais are haram (religiously forbidden), the Atiyeh Sazan Hafez health insurance company has contracts for services with a number of Bahai-run opticians to…
  • Trial scheduled for 10 Bahais in Hamadan

    Sen
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Bahai News (Persian), July 27, 2015. Ten Bahais from Hamadan who have been free on bail have been informed that they face trial on July 29. They are to be charged with propaganda against the regime. The names of eight of the Bahais are given as Hamid Adharnoush [Azarnoush] (حمید آذرنوش), Mas`oud Adharnoush (مسعود آذرنوش), Shahin Rashedi (شاهین راشدى), `Atefeh Zahedi (عاطفه زاهدى), Roumina Tabibi (رومینا طبیبى), Mina Hemmati (مینا همتى), Mehran Khandel (مهران خاندل) and Parvaneh Ayoubi (پروانه ایوبى). It is likely…
  • Fresh graffiti in Tehran

    Sen
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    Bahai News (Persian), July 26, 2015. On the night of July 25-26, a Bahai home in the Shahrak-e Gharb district in North-west Tehran was defaced with the usual unimaginative slogan: “Death to Baha’i.” The house on Sazman Barnameh Avenue, in a modern and prosperous neighbourhood near Eram Park, has been occupied by the Aqdasi (اقدسی) family for many years. This is the first time that they have faced such threats there, although graffiti, threatening letters, the vandalism of cars and arson attacks are common enough for the Bahais across Iran. Short link:…
  • Qom Seminary launches online training in anti-Bahaism

    Sen
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Iran Press Watch, July 24, 2015. In an advertisement on its site, Tasnim news agency has announced that the Qom Seminary, the most influential seminary in Iran, intends to hold online introductory courses on the Baha’i Faith and the Ahl-e Haqq for seminary students across the country. These courses will be offered through the “All sects and religions organization,” and the Offices of Propaganda and Practical Training at the Qom Seminary. The Qom Seminary has started extensive propaganda on these subjects in most government centers and government sponsored news websites. The Qom seminary…
  • Shahrukh Ta’if released after four years in prison

    Sen
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    Bahai News (Persian), July 24, 2015. Shahrukh Ta’if (شاهرخ طائف) was released from Raja’i Shahr prison this morning, at the end of a 4-year sentence. Mr. Ta’if was arrested at his home in Tehran on January 14, 2009 and held for over two months in solitary confinement. He was released on bail on March 18, 2009. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison for “membership of the Bahai community” and began his sentence in Evin prison on January 17, 2012. In August that year he was transferred to Raja’i Shahr prison, where many male prisoners of conscience are…
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