Category Archives Art & Creative Works

Mercy’s Blessing: A Film by May Taherzadeh

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working on numerous film projects with the wonderful May Taherzadeh, who’s like a dear sister to me, so when she told me about a new film she was making, I couldn’t wait to see it!

‘Mercy’s Blessing’ is the name of May’s recently released film, and it’s not only beautifully made, but this touching story was filmed in the nation of Malawi, where May was raised for many years. The story is inspired by true events, and May is using the film as a tool to create awareness and foster a discourse on issues relating to the equality of women and men, and the importance of educating girls.

The film has already won numerous awards, and I was excited to talk to May about the film for Baha’i Blog.

Before reading on, you can watch the trailer to Mercy’s Blessing here, or scroll down to see it at the bottom of this page.

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What is the Baha’i Ringstone Symbol?

(Photo courtesy of 9starjewelry.com)

Everything you know is put to the test when you have children. Recently, after singing the prayer that begins “O God! Educate these children…” for what must have been the 1,000th time, my five year old asked me: “What is the Sun of Reality?”. She stopped me in my tracks. I really had to think about it, and think about how to explain my thoughts. She also frequently asks about what is referred to as “the ringstone symbol”, a work of calligraphy often found on Baha’i-inspired jewelry, and used by many of our family members. My answers to all these questions need some work, so this prompted me to read up on this significant symbol and, in preparation for the next time she asks about it, I’ve written up seven questions and answers about the ringstone symbol:  Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s Top 10 Image Posts of the Year!

To celebrate Baha’i Blog’s 7th birthday, we recently posted our 10 most popular articles of the year, and now we thought it would be a good time to share our 10 most popular Image posts of the year as well!

What do we mean by “Image posts”? Well, Baha’i Blog has an Article Section, a Video Section, an Audio Section, and about two years ago we launched our Image Section, where we feature photos, wallpapers, design, art and other imagery from talented Baha’i creators. (You can find out more about our Image Section by reading this article.)

In this top 10 countdown, we list the top 10 posts with the most amount of traffic from Naw-Ruz 2017 to Naw-Ruz 2018 based on Google Analytics. Let’s start with number 10: Continue reading

Women Inspiring Women in Baha’i History: Tahirih’s Lineage

On March 8th, we celebrate “the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women” and acknowledge the urgency of “accelerating gender parity.” As much as International Women’s Day is a celebration, it is also a monument to centuries of discrimination.

For as long as systemic discrimination has quashed individuals’ potential, some have refused to accept their assigned inferiority. Wherever sexism has caged women, resistance has arisen. Countless such efforts have gone unrecorded, lost to history, leaving humanity only scattered memories of women who spearheaded social transformation.

Yet, stirred by Baha’u’llah’s teachings on the equality of women and men, Baha’is have a tradition of recording women’s contributions. Thanks to the efforts of Baha’i historians, we can enjoy lengthy biographies of groundbreakers: Lua Getsinger: Herald of the Covenant, Martha Root: Lioness at the Threshold, and From Copper to Gold: The Life of Dorothy Baker. We can also read briefer portraits of prominent women like Hands of the Cause Keith Ransom-Kehler and Amelia Collins in collections such as A Love Which Does Not Wait and Portraits of Some Baha’i Women.

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Buy Our New Baha’i-Inspired T-Shirt Designs and Support Baha’i Blog!

The Baha’i Blog team is super excited to announce the sale of this year’s new Baha’i-inspired t-shirt designs! We’ve produced two new designs for adults and two new designs for children, plus we’ve created an assortment of stickers and a tote bag too!

Also, due to popular demand, we’ve brought back our designs from last year, so you can also buy our ‘Created Noble’, ‘Baha’i Blog’, and ‘World Embracing Vision’ t-shirts in all sizes, from onesies for infants, to t-shirts for toddlers, kids, junior youth, and in a men’s cut and a women’s cut.

The team at Baha’i Blog have create these shirts to help us raise funds to keep doing what we’re doing, and to also explore the use of Baha’i-inspired content through the medium of worn apparel. Your support is greatly appreciated!

All of our products include FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING too! So if you’d like a cool Baha’i-inspired t-shirt and also want to help us in our endeavors, then check out our online shop and place your orders now!

These shirts can be great Ayyam-i-Ha gifts too, so if you’re based in the US where shipping will be quicker, we recommend you order right away to receive them in time!

Here are this year’s designs:

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An Interview with Katherine Mayerovitch About the Baha’i Blogging Challenge

A thrilling initiative is underway: a group of bloggers are each attempting to create Baha’i-inspired content every day for 30 days! It’s called the Baha’i Blogging Challenge and you can read all about it, including how to participate and the writers who are involved, here on the website dedicated to the project.

Katherine Mayerovitch is the fantastic writer who has spearheaded the challenge and she kindly agreed to give us some of the behind-the-scenes details of this exciting initiative and how it came to be:  Continue reading

Susan Engle’s Tiny Baha’i Books

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is fascinated by tiny things. When I heard about Susan Engle’s work, I was delighted. Her first project was a book called The Baha’i Faith: A Tiny Introduction, and tiny is exactly what it is! It fits in the palm of your hand. Recently, A Tiny Book of Prayers also became available and it is equally enchanting. Susan was happy to tell us more about her little books and I’m so glad she did!  Continue reading