Baha’is around the world have joined the global “Not Another Year” campaign calling for the release of the seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Iran for nothing more than being a Baha’i.
We decided to share just a few examples of some of the many actions taken by Baha’is globally in an effort to bring awareness to their wrongful imprisonment. Continue reading
It is impossible for me to imagine what it would feel like to be wrongfully imprisoned for nine years. Nine years is such a long time. In that time period, all of my nephews and nieces have been born, friends and family members have passed away, and loved ones have achieved major milestones like completing their educations, winning artistic prizes, and changing careers. Nine years is a long time to miss out on a life that is rightfully yours. Nine years is a long time not to be able to hold a newly-born loved one in your arms, to offer a shoulder of strength during a time of grief, or to watch a child blow out their birthday cake candles.
It is with heavy hearts that on May 14, we mark the 9th anniversary of the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of the seven Baha’i leaders of Iran (known as the Yaran, which means “the Friends”). These seven Baha’is made up the entire membership of the now-disbanded ad hoc group tending to the spiritual and social needs of the Iranian Baha’i community (in the absence of formally elected Baha’i leadership which was banned in 1983), and they were arrested and have been imprisoned since 2008 for nothing more than being Baha’is. Currently, about 90 Baha’is are also imprisoned for their beliefs.
We all can lend a voice in helping to end this injustice and to bring attention to the plight of the Baha’is in Iran and those who suffer human rights violations. In observance of the ninth anniversary of the Baha’i leaders’ incarceration, the Baha’i International Community is launching a global campaign in which we can all participate. Continue reading
I can’t believe it’s now been six years since a few of us got together and launched Baha’i Blog, a site aimed at sharing and creating content that explores and celebrates the Revelation of Baha’u’llah through various avenues of media including articles, video and audio.
We set out on this Baha’i Blog journey with an approach of ‘learning through action’, and we continue to meet regularly in order to plan, act and reflect on all the things we’re working on. The last six years have truly been an amazing experience with so many great learnings and so much great feedback and help from both Baha’i Institutions and so many individuals and communities in every part of the world. We are extremely grateful to everyone for their continued encouragement and support over the years!
So far we’ve had over 120 contributors to Baha’i Blog, and we’ve published over 1,060 posts to date. We’ve produced over 100 videos, and over 130 audio recordings including talks, music, and even our very own podcast series with Rainn Wilson.
With so much happening here at Baha’i Blog, we thought we’d just share a few of the highlights of some of the things we’ve done over the last year: Continue reading
The Baha’i World News Service (BWNS), which is the official news source for the worldwide Baha’i community, has just launched their redesign and it includes some exciting new features! Continue reading
Toward Prosperity: The Role of Women and Men in Building a Flourishing World Civilization is a new document released by the Baha’i International Community (BIC). This five page statement was prepared as a contribution to the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. It includes these powerful words: “Women and men are equal, and always have been.” This document examines prosperity, as it relates to “the economic empowerment of women in the changing world of work” and the BIC states that “while the path towards prosperity has many obstacles, it is also paved with hope.” With the recent release of this statement and the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we wanted to help spread the word about this statement as it offers the leaders of the world a Baha’i perspective on a critical subject. Continue reading
On 1 March, 2017 the Universal House of Justice wrote a letter to the Baha’is of the World on economic life.
While all letters from the Universal House of Justice merit repeated study and reflection, this letter arrived just as the Fast began, a period unique in its dedication to prayer, meditation, introspection, study and action. I hope the Fast, and the spiritual attributes it helps strengthen, act as a magnifying glass so that I can better understand and implement this recent guidance in my daily life. Continue reading
On January 18th, the Baha’i World News Service shared that a new volume of Writings of Baha’u’llah in English has been released! Days of Remembrance: Selections from the Writings of Baha’u’llah for Baha’i Holy Days has been published and can be read online in its entirety on the Baha’i Reference Library! Continue reading
Photo: courtesy of the Baha'i International Community
The Universal House of Justice wrote a moving letter to those gathered at the dedication of the Mother Temple of South America in Chile on October 14th. Continue reading
Photo: courtesy of the Baha'i International Community
From October 13th-16th, the House of Worship in Chile will be inaugurated as a gift to humanity! This temple is the last of the continental Houses of Worship to be built and its dedication is a joyous and jubilant historic occasion. In honour of this event, we’ve gathered details on how you can watch the inauguration, the official social media accounts for the Templo Baha’i de Sudamerica (the Baha’i Temple of South America), and previous articles and videos showcased on Baha’i Blog about this unique edifice. Continue reading
Baha’i Blog is soooo excited to launch our very first series of podcasts which we’ve aptly named “The Baha’i Blogcast” hosted by the very funny and wonderful Baha’i actor Rainn Wilson.
In this series of weekly podcasts, Rainn interviews members of the Baha’i Faith and other friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick. Continue reading