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No peace for Iran’s Baha’is on ABC’s “Earshot” hosted by David Rutledge

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This is an episode on a radio program called “Earshot” hosted by David Rutledge on ABC (Australia):

The systematic persecution of members of the Baha’i faith in Iran shows no sign of easing. For Iranian-born Bahai’s in Australia, gratitude and love for their adopted home is mixed with distress at the plight of their co-religionists back in Iran. We travel to the western NSW town of Dubbo to meet with Baha’is and talk about education, memories of life in Iran, and their hopes and fears for the future.

You can find out more about “Earshot” here: www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro…ms/earshot/about/

Baha’i Chronicles – A New Site Chronicling the History of the Baha’i Faith

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Here at Baha’i Blog we’re passionate about Baha’i history, and so we’re super excited to share with everyone a wonderful new site called Baha’i Chronicles, which aims to document the stories of the heroes and heroines of the Baha’i Faith, both past and present.

Baha’i Chronicles (BahaiChronicles.org) is the brainchild of Neda Nassir Najibi and Vanda Marie Khadem. Three years ago, Neda Najibi had started a series on her Facebook page titled “Did You Know”, which portrayed stories about Baha’i heroes and heroines, and while researching these individuals, she realized that there wasn’t a single website which captured the heroism, struggles, victories, sacrifices, and dedication of all of the Baha’is, both past and present. The stories of Baha’i heroes and heroines had also been a constant source of strength and inspiration in Vanda’s life, and it was her dream that future generations of children have access to the Baha’i Faith’s precious global heritage. So after several phone conversations, texts, emails, brainstorming sessions, and with the unfortunate passing of Neda’s father Nassir Najibi, who was an enormous influence on her, the two of them came up with idea and launched Baha’i Chronicles in his honor.

Neda is an old friend of mine, and so I decided to catch up with her to find out more about Baha’i Chronicles: Continue reading

Make an effort. Make a change | Bayan Smith | TEDxLancasterU

Make an Effort Make a Change

In this talk, Bayan Smith shares how through effort we can make change. He explores the phrase “Don’t curse the darkness, light a candle”.

Bayan dedicates his time alongside friends in promoting a process of community-building in their neighborhood. They see their activities as making a contribution to refreshing and renovating some of society’s decaying values and idle standards. He has also been part of an agency coordinating this process at a national level for the past 3 years.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

What Happens When Your Faith is Tested – A Personal Reflection

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There are many ways in which your faith, your belief in Baha’u’llah and His teachings, can be tested. In its most outwardly violent form, some of us are publicly persecuted, discriminated against, or pressured to recant. Some of us are tested by calamities and intense physical suffering, like the loss of a loved one, or the destruction of everything you own. For some, other people — including other Baha’is — are a test of faith. Who hasn’t experienced difficulties with someone who just “rubs you the wrong way” or whose understanding of a teaching stands in sharp contrast to your own? And we can all be a test to ourselves. I was once asked, “What do you do when there is an aspect of your religion that troubles you? What do you do then?” I mumbled through an answer but studying excerpts from the 19 April 2013 message from the Universal House of Justice has helped me think through my answer to this question more profoundly. Continue reading

#PaintTheChange: New Campaign for Baha’is in Iran

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Education Is Not a Crime is back with a brand new campaign for the Baha’is in Iran! #PaintTheChange you want to see in the world: www.paintthechange.me

Education Is Not A Crime mixes old-school street art and shiny new smartphones to fight for human rights in Iran.

The Baha’is are Iran’s largest religious minority. But Iran’s government has persecuted them since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Businesses are torched, people are fired from their jobs, thousands are harassed and jailed, and hundreds have been killed.

The government also bans the Baha’is from teaching and studying in Iranian universities. But they do teach and they do study – in secret.

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Here’s a Baha’i Blog artcile explaining some background to the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran: Some Background to the Persecution of the Baha’is in Iran

Baha’i Temple Chicago: Aerial Drone Footage

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This beautiful aerial footage of the Baha’i temple in Chicago was shot by the Parrot Bebop Drone 3.

You can find out more about the Chicago Baha’i temple from their official website: www.bahai.us/bahai-temple

Also, here’s a Baha’i Blog article about Baha’i temples, also know as Baha’i Houses of Worship: What Kind of Temple is This

Like trivia? Take this Baha’i Blog trivia quiz about Baha’i Houses of Worship: Baha’i Trivia: Houses of Worship

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