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Special Website Dedicated to the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah

To capture the jubilant celebrations occurring all over the planet, the Baha’i International Community has released a special website dedicated to the Bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith. This official website, bicentenary.bahai.org, aims to inspire and encourage and it will unfold in the days surrounding the Birth of Baha’u’llah–so it’s definitely worth visiting over and over again. It’s also available in six languages: English, Russian, Spanish, French, Persian, and Arabic! Continue reading

Universal House of Justice Message Marking the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah

The Universal House of Justice has just released a message marking the occasion of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah.

The message provides a context in which to consider the life and mission of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith, and it can be used at appropriate occasions connected with your Bicentenary celebrations, and also shared with those whom you feel might be receptive to its contents.

The letter can be found on the Baha’i International Community’s website dedicated to the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah and is available in English, Persian, Spanish, and a number of other languages: bicentenary.bahai.org

Here is the message from the Universal House of Justice in English: Message from the Universal House of Justice Marking the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah

We have also included the message in full below: Continue reading

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World”, a New Baha’i Blog Initiative

The Baha’i Blog team is excited to launch a new initiative called “Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World”, in honour of the bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the planet. Accompanying their photographs are a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives.  Continue reading

Universal House of Justice Letter Marking the Dedication of the Battambang Temple

The Universal House of Justice wrote a letter to those gathered to celebrate the inauguration of the world’s first local House of Worship (also called a Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, or temple) in Battambang, Cambodia on September 1st, 2017.

The letter highlights the physical, geographical and spiritual context in which the temple was built. The letter can be read in full on the website for the Universal House of Justice here, and we have also quoted it in full below. Continue reading

Hands of the Cause Documentary Series: An Interview with Fred Badiyan

The Hands of the Cause of God documentary series is a classic set of four documentaries made by filmmaker Fred Badiyan. This outstanding four-part documentary recounts the lives of the Hands of the Cause of God within the historical context of the Baha’i Faith. Told through first person interviews and incredible never-before-seen archival footage, their incredible lives and service come to life in a powerful way, and which will inspire future generations.

Fred Badiyan – who happens to be my great-uncle by the way – has really dedicated his life to serving the Baha’i Faith through media, and his example has truly been a huge inspiration for me personally. He has made many Baha’i documentaries including Crossing Frontiers, Not Even A Lamp, Jewel In The Lotus, and Shoghi Effendi: Guardian of the Baha’i Faith.

Years in the making, Fred made this wonderful series on the Hands of the Cause of God years ago, and it’s now been digitized and made available on 9StarMedia, so I decided to touch base with Fred and ask him a few questions about this important documentary series: Continue reading

“Framework for Action” – New Collection of Letters from the Universal House of Justice

Palabra Publications has released a new collection of selected messages from the Universal House of Justice from 2006 to 2016. Having access to successive years of recent guidance in a single book is a great study and reference tool and we’re excited to share the news of this volume’s publication with you.

Palabra has summarized the contents of this collection with these words:

“In 2006, at the end of the first of a series of four Five Year Plans, only the first glimmerings of an intensive program of growth had emerged, and a new pattern of action was consolidated in but a few score clusters. The first elements of an evolving framework for action had just emerged, which, in the past decade, has been more fully understood, elaborated, and exploited. Among the many important concepts and practices that received attention over this period were the systematization of cycles of growth, the learning mode, the functioning of the Auxiliary Boards, the training institute as an educational process with three distinct stages, institutional capacity at the cluster and regional levels, the movement of youth, accompaniment, a coherent life of service, social action, involvement in the discourses of society, and universal participation. The movement of clusters along a developmental path marked by a series of milestones has now become well understood, such that some two hundred clusters have been able to create a pattern of community life that embraces a thousand or thousands, while some five thousand additional clusters follow in this well-defined pattern of action.” Continue reading

A New Baha’i Board Game Called “Nunki”

How often do Baha’i board games become available? Hardly ever! Nunki is a newly created multi-category game available in English and German, and it’s the brainchild of a team of energetic and vibrant German youth. Laura, one of the team members, happily shared with Baha’i Blog some details about how the game came to be, how it’s played, and how it has been received so far. Continue reading

Not Another Year – #‎ReleaseBahai7Now‬ – Glimpses of the Global Campaign

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

“Not Another Year!” – Help Release the 7 Baha’i Leaders Now

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