Read the full article HERE.
The Huffington Post published this wonderful article on the the Martyrdom of the Bab which begins with the fascinating question: 'Imagine if you had been assigned the unpleasant duty of having to execute someone you believed was innocent.' Read the story at Huffington Post
Please join us for the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab on Monday, July 9th at 12:30 p.m. at the DC Baha'i Center (5713 16th St NW).
This Holy Day commemorates one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the Bahá'í Faith, concerning one of its Central Figures, the Báb, who was the forerunner to Bahá'u'lláh.
In 1850, Mirza Taqi Khan, Grand Vizier of the new Shah [of Persia], Nasiri'd- Din, ordered the Bab executed. On July 9, the Bab was brought before a firing squad in the barracks square of Tabriz, along with a young follower. When the smoke cleared, the Bab was nowhere to be seen. He was later located in the room He had occupied, finishing a conversation with His amanuensis. The commander of the Armenian regiment, Sam Khan, refused to fire a second time and another regiment had to be found. This time their bullets killed the Bab. His remains were hidden by the Bábís and in 1899 transferred to Palestine. In 1909 'Abdu'l-Bahá Himself interred the Báb's remains in the sepulcher on Mount Carmel known as the Shrine of the Bab. (Compilations, NSA USA - Developing Distinctive Baha'i Communities).
(Read more here.)
Please join us for the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab on
Monday, July 9th at 12:30 p.m.
at the DC Baha'i Center (5713 16th St NW).
All are welcome. Tea and light refreshments will be served.
Please note since the United States observes DST the commemoration is to take place at 1:00 pm.
Consultation and celebration in honor of Race Unity Day
When: Sunday June 10th, 2012 from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Where: DC Bahá’í Center 5713 16th St NW
Race Unity Day: Second Sunday in June
Baha’u'llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, implored people to “Close your eyes to racial differences and welcome all with the light of oneness.”
To that end, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States inaugurated Race Unity Day in 1957 to promote racial harmony and understanding. Since then, communities throughout the country have held celebrations, open to the public, on the second Sunday in June.
The purpose of Race Unity Day is to focus attention on racial prejudice, which Baha’is believe is the most challenging moral issue facing our nation. Writing in the mid-1800s, Baha’u'llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, stated unequivocally that humanity is a single race and called on the world to recognize the principle of human oneness in all spheres.
Worldwide, Baha’is have sought to build a model of racial integration by embracing people from all races, backgrounds and classes of society.
This Spring, our Bahá'í community began a tour series visiting local historic religious sites throughout DC. The goal is to build bridges with our neighboring faith communities and learn more about the places and histories that are important to them.
To participate in an upcoming tour, view the calendar and RSVP here.
Below are reports and pictures from our trips so far.
“I am very happy to see you and thank God that this meeting is composed of people of both races and that both are gathered in perfect love and harmony. I hope this becomes the example of universal harmony and love until no title remains except that of humanity. Such a title demonstrates the perfection of the human world and is the cause of eternal glory and human happiness. I pray that you be with one another in utmost harmony and love and strive to enable each other to live in comfort.”
Please join us as we celebrate religious unity through prayers, reflection and fellowship in honor of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please join the D.C. Baha'i community commemorate the Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha on November 28th at 12:00 am (Sunday Evening/Monday morning). The commemoration will take place at the D.C. Baha'i Center beginning at 12:00 am and commencing with a reading of the Tablet of Visitation at 1:00 am. You are invited to learn more about the passing of Abdu'l-Baha here.
Please join the D.C. Baha'i community celebrate the Day of the Covenant on November 26th at 2:00 pm. The celebration will take place at the Georgetown Library Community Room (3260 R St NW). Please plan to arrive by 2:00 pm as we will begin promptly. There will be music, prayers, fellowship, and light refreshments will be served.
Fri Jul 25th, 07:30 pm
Georgetown Fireside Discussion
Sun Jul 27th, 11:00 am
Sunday Morning Program
Sun Jul 27th, 11:30 am
The best way to meet the Baha'is is to join us in our regular activities including:*Sunday morning devotions & presentation.
Founded by Baha'u'llah in the mid-1800s, the Baha'i Faith is among the fastest-growing of the world's religions. Baha'is live in more than 100,000 localities around the world, which reflects their dedication to the ideal of world citizenship.