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This news & events blog highlights recent activities in the DC Bahai community.

Baha'i Amazing Race!

(Note: Time changed to 3:30pm) Get ready for the race of a lifetime! The Baha'i Amazing Race is back for its 2nd round! The Baha'i Amazing Race is a scavengar hunt-like adventure through which the participants explore the rich Baha'i hisory of Washington DC while also getting to know fellow community members. Along the way they will face off in community building challenges. The team that reaches the final destination first will recieve amazing (yet modest) prizes.

The event is open to all. Please invite your friends and check out the Facebook RSVP! 


May 29th marks the anniversary of the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh from this earthly plane of existence.  Baha’u’llah passed away after a brief illness in 1892 in the mansion of Bahji outside Akka, in what is now northern Israel. After spending most of His life in exile, He was able to live his later years at Bahji in relative tranquility. He was buried in a small stone house adjacent to the mansion, which now serves as the point of adoration for all Baha'is.  
Six days before His death, Baha’u’llah gathered his followers and family members and delivered what would be His last address to them:

"I am well pleased with you all. Ye have rendered many services, and been very assiduous in your labors. Ye have come here every morning and every evening. May God assist you to remain united. May He aid you to exalt the Cause of the Lord of being."

The commemoration will be held at the Washington DC Baha'i Center on Sunday May 29th at 3 am.  A devotional program will begin at 3:15 and will culminate with a reading of the Tablet of Visitation at 4 am. For more on the life of Baha’u’llah visit:

Written by Administrator The Báb—born Siyyid `Alí-Muhammad in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran) — announced on May 22, 1844, that He was the bearer of a Divine Revelation which would prepare humanity for the advent of the Promised One of all religions. 

On the evening of May 22, Baha’is throughout the world commemorate the Declaration of the Bab, which took place in the Persian city of Shiraz in 1844. That Promised One, the Báb declared, was destined to usher in the age of justice, unity and peace promised in Judaism, Christianity, Islam and all the other world religions. Bahá’u'lláh, one of the Báb’s leading advocates, announced in April 1863 that He was the Divine Messenger the Báb had promised.

The Báb’s announcement in the middle of the 19th century came at a time when many Christians were expecting the return of Christ based on their reading of Biblical prophecy. Simultaneously, half way around the world, in the Middle East, many followers of Islam were also expecting their Promised One to appear. All are welcomed to this joyful observance!


Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 - 7:30pm
American University
Kay Spiritual Life Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20016


Gathering to Celebrate the 9th Day of RidvanThe Washington DC Baha'i Community celebrated the 9th day of Ridván in fitting fashion with an outdoor tent, piles of roses and a wonderful program.

The Holy Days of Ridván commemorate the 12 days Bahá’u’lláh and His companions were in the Najibiyyih Garden outside the city of Baghdad, now referred to by the Bahá’ís as the Garden of Ridván, which means Paradise. The 9th Day of these momentous days during which Bahá’u’lláh declared His Mission to His companions.

In a Tablet, Bahá’u’lláh refers to His declaration as “the day of supreme felicity” and He describes the Garden of Ridván as “the Spot from which He shed upon the whole of creation the splendours of His Name, the All-Merciful.”   Please click Read More to see the wonderful photo gallery.


Local artist Katharine Key has offered a prayer to the Washington DC community during a time of community building and development.

She has put to music a prayer for the Southern States that was revealed by Abdu'l-Baha, the son of Baha'u'llah, after an historic trip he took through the United States.

In one of the most stiring lines, we recognize our own meekness and reliance on God and ask:

"How can I succeed unless Thou assist me with the breath of the Holy Spirit, help me to triumph by the hosts of Thy glorious kingdom, and shower upon me Thy confirmations, which alone can change a gnat into an eagle, a drop of water into rivers and seas, and an atom into lights and suns?" 

Get the song for free download here! (You can right click and choose 'Save As' or 'Save Target As' and choose the location to save the track to). For more of Katharine's music check out


In an open letter to the head of Iran's Judiciary, the Baha'i International Community today contrasted the country's persecution of Baha'is with Iran's own call for Muslim minorities to be treated fairly in other countries. Read more about the letter at the Baha'i International News Service. 


Please join the D.C. Baha'i community celebrate the Day of the Covenant on November 26th at 4:30 pm.  The celebration will take place at the Waterfront Tower's Community Room, 1101 3rd St. SW.  The closest metro stop is the waterfront stop on the green line. Please plan to arrive by 4:30 pm as we will begin promptly.  There will be music, prayers, fellowship, and refreshments will be served.

 The Day of the Covenant

'Abdu'l-Bahá was born on May 23, 1844, the very day that the Báb declared His mission to Mullá Husayn. Although a number of Bahá'ís wished to celebrate the Master's birthday, He wouldn't permit it. That day, He insisted, belonged to the Báb, not to Him. In the face of repeated requests, however, He established the Day of the Covenant as a day Bahá'ís could celebrate in His honor if they wished.

Yet it was not for Himself that He sought any honor or glory. He was first, last and always His Father's servant. That, indeed, is what "'Abdu'l-Bahá" means "the Servant of Bahá". He wrote:

My name is 'Abdu'l-Bahá, my identity is 'Abdu'l-Bahá, my qualification is 'Abdu'l-Bahá, my reality is 'Abdu'l-Bahá, my praise is 'Abdu'l-Bahá. Thraldom to the Blessed Perfection [Bahá'u'lláh] is my glorious and refulgent diadem; and servitude to all the human race is my perpetual religion." (Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 430)

Written by the Holy Day Committee Monday, 01 November 2010 19:49


You are invited to join the D.C. Baha'i community celebration of the Birth of Baha'u'llah on Thursday, November 11th at 7:00 pm.

The celebration will take place at the Park Hyatt Washington, Hyde Park Room, 1201 24th st, NW Washington DC (map).  Please plan to arrive by 7:00 pm as the program will begin promptly at 7:15 pm.  There will be music, prayers, fellowship, and dinner will be served. As always, all are welcome.

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 November 2010 20:13 )
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What is the Bahai Faith?

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.