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When she isn't pretending to be Dr. Karl Kennedy (her hero) she enjoys chasing after the sun, cooking, eating and telling everyone she’s going to start being healthy by playing tennis. Roya loves to know what’s going on in all parts of the globe (to aid in her hobby of chasing the sun), so she's really excited to manage Baha'i Blog's Events Calendar.

Baha’i Blog: Writers Wanted

Over the past 18 months, Baha’i Blog has grown, with people from all parts of the world reading and contributing to the blog. And now, we’re looking for new contributors and writers to join our team!

Whether you’re a seasoned wordsmith or an inexperienced newbie, we would love to have you on board, so if you’re interested in trying your hand at Baha’i blogging then we’d love to hear from you.

We’ve also managed to get some funding (limited, however, as we run as a not-for-profit!) so once you’ve had your first article published on Baha’i Blog, you will be eligible to receive US$60 for each additional post of yours that gets published on the blog.

Interested in writing for us? Keep reading! Continue reading

Why Baha’is Don’t Drink Alcohol – A Social Perspective

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on Baha’i Blog called Why Baha’is Don’t Drink Alcohol – A Medical Perspective, and there was a great response with a lot of really great feedback. As the title suggested, my purpose in that article was to focus on the medical effects of alcohol consumption, but now as a result of all the feedback, I thought it would be interesting to write a follow-up to the article covering the social effects of alcohol. In this post I’m going to focus on criminal behavior, as well as the social effects on the individual, family and society.

Before delving into the various social detrimental consequences of alcohol use and the criminality associated with it, let’s first look at how alcohol affects human behavior, as it is the behavior which has a negative impact on society. A reminder however that this subject is vast, and for the purposes of this article I will try to keep things as to the point as possible, therefore focusing on those behavior’s which have the most impact: aggression and lack of judgment. Continue reading

Why Baha’is Don’t Drink Alcohol – A Health Perspective

I was reading an interesting article on the BBC news website the other day and it talked about the detrimental health effects and the financial cost of alcohol related hospital admissions to the National Health Service in the UK.  I couldn’t believe it when I read that nearly £2 billion was spent on alcohol related in-patient hospital admissions in just one year.

As a medical doctor from the UK, a country that has an entrenched culture of drinking alcohol, (in moderation and to excess) I thought it would be interesting to write about the health implications of drinking alcohol. Continue reading

What’s New at Baha’i Blog’s Directory and Calendar

Hi Baha’i Bog readers! My name is Roya and I just wanted to say a quick hello and let you know that I’m the new team member who’s looking after the Baha’i Blog Directory and Calender.

The Baha’i Blog Directory is where you can find a whole bunch of Baha’i resources! There’s everything from websites to music, iPhone Apps to apparel, books to Baha’i inspired organizations.  We’re always looking for more great Baha’i resources to share with our audience, so if you know of any we don’t yet have, please let us know!

The Baha’i Blog Calendar is a resource for finding national and international events, conferences, summer schools and other Baha’i activities around the world. If you have a medium to large event that you think would fit in here, then please let us know.

I’ve been adding a lot of new items to the Directory and the Calendar lately, so be sure to check in regularly as there are a lot of great things happening and cool stuff being added every day!

Here are just a few of the recent additions for you to check out:

The Baha’i Blog Directory

ALBUMS: Tons of new albums like Smith & Dragoman’s The Mystery; Nabil & Karim’s Vol. 2; Luke Slott’s The Light of Unity.

CHILDREN’S CLASS RESOURCES: A few new additions to this section, all inspiring!

JEWELLERY: Some great new places to find beautiful Baha’i Jewellery.

The Baha’i Blog Calendar

OCT 4  – European Baha’i Business Forum: Annual Conference 2012

OCT 13 – The Baha’i Studies Cloud Conference Series

DEC 23 – The 2012 Rabbani Trust Conference Orlando

We hope you find the Baha’i Blog Calendar and Directory sections useful, and be sure to take some time to look through them.

If you have any suggestions or contributions I would love to hear from you!

-Roya (roya@bahaiblog.net)

Happiness. Contentment. Are they the Same Thing?

Photo courtesy: pasotraspaso via Flickr

I was participating in a Ruhi book 1 study circle a few months ago, and as we got to the end of the book, we read the following quote:

O My servants! Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain. -Gleanings from the writings of Baha’u’llah

I had read this quote before, but for some reason when I read it this time, it really resonated with me. I began thinking about the difference between happiness and contentment. Which one should I try and work towards? Am I ever going to be happy? How can I learn to be content in times of tests and difficulties? Continue reading

The Declaration of The Bab

The Shrine of the Báb located on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel is where the remains of The Báb are laid to rest. (Photo courtesy Nancy Wong)

Baha’is around the world celebrate the 22nd May 1844 as the day of the declaration of The Báb, who was the forerunner of Baha’u’llah the founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Baha’is view The Báb as a Messenger of God, who had a role that can be likened to John The Baptist (who told of the coming of Christ) in heralding the coming of the latest Manifestation of God: Baha’u’llah.

The events surrounding the declaration of The Báb have been told in many ways, but perhaps the most widely read is the account in The Dawn-Breakers: Nabíl’s Narrative of the Early Days of the Bahá’í Revelation. This book was written by Nabil (one of the Letters of the Living), and chronicles the early days of the revelation of The Báb and Baha’u’llah.

The story begins in 1783, when a learned man named Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í (1743-1826) began, at the age of 40, to travel through Persia teaching that the advent of a great day was drawing near, the day that would see the advent of the Qá’im, the Promised One of Islám. During this time, there was great discontent in the East as certain prominent clerics practiced disunity and behaved in a way that was damaging Islam.  As he spread this message, his knowledge and wisdom impressed many, who were eager to learn from him. Among these was a gifted young man named Siyyid Kázim-i-Rashtí (1793-1843), who became Shaykh Ahmad’s favoured pupil and eventual successor. Continue reading