The Ridvan Message 2015 (172 B.E.)

Ridvan Message 2015

The Universal House of Justice has just addressed the Baha’is of the world with the latest Ridvan message.

Each year on the first day of Ridvan (21 April, or 13 Jalal using the Badi calendar), the Universal House of Justice addresses a letter to the worldwide Baha’i community, known as the Ridvan message. These letters touch on many subjects, including the growth and vibrancy of the Baha’i community, its efforts to contribute to the life of society, and the progress of specific projects and plans. Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s Trivia Quiz: Ridvan (Part 2)

Ridvan Part 2

The 12 day festival of Ridvan, proclaimed by Baha’u’llah as the “King of Festivals” is here!

The period of Ridvan is special because it was during this the time that Baha’u’llah first proclaimed His mission, so it’s a time of celebration for Baha’is around the world.

We haven’t had a Baha’i Blog Trivia Quiz for a while, so we thought this was the perfect time for it! Continue reading

Baha’is of Vanuatu Begin to Rebuild After Devastating Cyclone

People of Tanna Vanuatu

On 13 March 2015, Cyclone Pam hit the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, killing 16 people and destroying thousands of homes. Tanna, an island in the south of Vanuatu and with a population of approximately 32,000, was one of the worst affected areas. Tanna island is also one of five locations where – as the Universal House of Justice announced in its 2012 Ridvan Message – a new local Baha’i House of Worship will be built.

Payman and Sima Rowhani, two Baha’is from Vanuatu, have shared the following wonderful account of their visit to the Baha’i friends in Nakayelo Village on Tanna Island, which we are reproducing on Baha’i Blog, with their permission.

While it is clear from their account that the people of Vanuatu are going through a difficult time, it also demonstrates the incredible courage and resilience of the people there. Continue reading

Music of the Heart: An Interview with Michelle Koay

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It always puts a smile on my face when I find out about individuals from different parts of the world who take the initiative to put the Sacred Writings of the Baha’i Faith to music, and share it with others.

So it gives me great pleasure to share Music of the Heart, the fourth and latest album by Singaporean Baha’i Michelle Koay. All of the ten songs on Michelle’s album consist of the Chinese translations of Baha’i prayers by The Bab, Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha put to music, and the album also includes the karaoke versions of the prayers too.

I decided to catch up with Michelle to find out more about her and this wonderful musical initiative: Continue reading

Townshend International School – A Baha’i-inspired School for Everyone

Townshend International School

“Imagine a school where your teachers are your friends and mentors, looking for the best within you, and helping you see strengths within yourself that you may not have known were there…where helping you develop your character is as important as helping you develop your mind…where helping you be the best person you can be is as important to helping you be the smartest person you can be…a school that sees you essentially as a spiritual being, and nurtures the life of the spirit…”

That school exists, and it’s called Townshend International School.

Townshend International is a Baha’i-inspired school located in a town called Hluboka nad Vltavou in the south of the Czech Republic. It’s about a two hour train ride from the nation’s capital, Prague, and its students come from all over the world to attend. I’ve visited the school and I know many people who have studied there, and I have to say that everyone I know who’s attended Townshend International School can’t say enough good things about it, and how the school had a profound effect on both their spiritual and academic growth.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Vivek Williams, the School Director of Townshend, and I thought it would be great to ask him a few questions to find out more about this wonderful Baha’i-school and to share it with everyone: Continue reading

7 Ways to Help You Memorize the Baha’i Writings

7 Ways Memorize Baha’i Writings

Abdu’l-Baha listed memory as one of the five spiritual powers that we possess, and as Baha’is we are encouraged to memorize the Baha’i Writings. We know that using God’s word in its purest form is what really touches the souls, and it’s also a good way to ensure that the Word of God is with us at all times.

For many of us however, memorizing the Writings can be a struggle, and the different methods of memorization work differently for different people, so I’ve listed seven ways which may help you memorize the Baha’i Writings: Continue reading

Do Baha’is Believe in Dreams?

Do Baha'is Believe in Dreams

Many cultures around the world place special emphasis on dreams as a means of explaining the unknown, as a tool to guide decisions and life choices, or as a connection with another world. What do Baha’is believe about dreams? What do they signify?

Abdu’l-Baha once suggested to pilgrims that there are three kinds of dreams: true vision dreams which requires no interpretation because they are reality; dreams that requires interpretation in order to separate false thoughts from spiritual discoveries; and confused dreams, in which the same circumstances exist in the dream as occurred during waking life: Continue reading

3 Great Activities You can Do with Your Junior Youth

Yarn Activity with Junior Youth

One of the interesting features of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP) is the fact that the arts are used to explore the various concepts presented in the series of books the particpants go through. While the use of the arts is something which happens organically and the participants themselves are encouraged to come up with artistic ways and ideas to explore these concepts, sometimes sharing ideas of activities can help to get things going.

So if you’ve got a junior youth group and are looking for some more ideas of activities to help you jump-start those creative engines, here are three ideas we’ve used with our junior youth groups which are a lot of fun and may help! Continue reading

Top 10 Baha’i Videos of the Year, And More!

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This Naw-Ruz marked our fourth birthday here at Baha’i Blog!

We’re thrilled that after four years online, we’re reaching more readers in more countries than ever before. In fact this year we’re reaching up to a thousand visitors a day from almost every country in the world.

One of the big changes this year was the launch of our new gallery of Baha’i-inspired videos. It’s proven to be enormously popular and is a beautiful way to showcase and highlight some of the amazing media work from around the Baha’i community. That’s why we’ve dedicated this year’s birthday post to a celebration of the top ten videos from the year. Continue reading