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OMG: A German Grunge Rock Album Based on the Baha’i Writings

Here at Baha’i Blog we’re passionate about the arts, and we love celebrating the diverse ways in which Baha’is and their friends around the world express the Revelation of Baha’u’llah through various forms of artistic expression.

During the recent global celebrations of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, we witnessed an exciting wave of artistic initiatives in all parts of the world to honor this special period in history, which the Universal House of Justice called “…the single greatest worldwide opportunity there has ever been for connecting hearts to Baha’u’llah”.

Inspired by “this special period in history”, a Baha’i in Austria named Arno Kerche decided to release an album called OMG. Most of the songs on OMG are based on the Baha’i Writings in German, and the style is grunge rock. Baha’i-inspired music in this genre is rare, and Baha’i-inspired music in this genre in German is even more rare, so I decided to get in touch with Arno to find out more about his story and how OMG came to be:  Continue reading

“कठिनाइयों को दूर करने वाला (Remover of Difficulties)” by Bhojraj Parmar

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Auckland, New Zealand with Bhojraj Parmar who sings “कठिनाइयों को दूर करने वाला (Remover of Difficulties” in Hindi from the Writings of the Bab. Continue reading

“कठिनाइयों को दूर करने वाला (Remover of Difficulties)” by Bhojraj Parmar [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Auckland, New Zealand with Bhojraj Parmar who sings “कठिनाइयों को दूर करने वाला (Remover of Difficulties)” in Hindi from the Writings of the Bab. Continue reading

Celebrating 7 Years of Baha’i Blog: Some Highlights of the Year!

It’s Baha’i Blog’s seventh birthday everyone, and we’re super excited to share it with you all!

Baha’i Blog’s mission is to create, celebrate and explore Baha’i-inspired content, artistic expression and use of media. Since 2011 we have been using Baha’i Blog as a “laboratory” of sorts, where through planning, action and reflection, we explore how the vast and dynamic Revelation of Baha’u’llah translates into various avenues of content creation, whether it be through the articles we publish, the videos we make, the music we record, the podcast we produce, or even the T-shirts we print.

The field of arts and media inspired by the Baha’i Revelation is a blossoming garden of personal and community projects, creations and craft. Through Baha’i Blog we aim to surface, highlight, celebrate and contribute to this ecosystem, and we do this by not only being active participants and creators ourselves, but by also encouraging, collaborating, showcasing and helping other creators as well. Continue reading

BBC Heart and Soul: Faith in Freedom

Heart and Soul is a weekly half-hour programme produced by the BBC which aims to explore different experiences of spirituality around the world. On its 11 March 2018 episode, titled “Faith in Freedom: Dr Sina Hakiman”, we meet Dr Sina Hakiman who was imprisoned three times by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard for being a Baha’i. Sina explains to John McCarthy, this episode’s host, his belief that all religions are valid. Sustained by a philosophy of “constructive resilience” he worked inside the prison as a doctor, while his wife Sholeh continued her husband’s fight for his human rights by setting up a medical clinic.  Continue reading

New Books About the Hands of the Cause for Children & Youth

Two new biographies are available about the lives of the Hands of the Cause for young readers! These books, published by the Baha’i Publishing Trust of India, are the result of true team-effort and international collaboration between Elika and Tarrant (Tarry) Mahony and Vered Ehsani. The first volume describes the lives and heroic acts of service of Amelia Collins, Dorothy Baker and Tarazu’llah Samandari, the second; Martha Root, Enoch Olinga and Rahmatu’llah Muhajir. A third volume is currently in progress. All are meant for a young audience — which makes them all the more special!  Continue reading

“Fire of Thy Love” by Yasmin, Sarah, Nava & Sahar

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Vancouver, Canada with Yasmin Vahedi, Sarah Nadia Mohebiany, Sahar Zandieh and Nava Taghvai who sing “Fire of Thy Love” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

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