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

On the evening of May 22, Baha'is throughout the world commemorate the Declaration of the Bab, which took place in this room (pictured) in the Persian city of Shiraz in 1844.

 

This Friday evening, the Baha’is of Washington, D.C. will commemorate the Declaration of the Bab at the D.C. Baha’i Center.

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. 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.
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Leaders of Baha'i Faith in Iran have been imprisoned and will be tried.

[Update: 04/14/09 - CNN Story today]

Today, May 14, marks the one-year anniversary of the imprisonment of seven Baha'i leaders in Iran, who have spent a year in jail without formal charges or access to their lawyer, Shirin Ebadi.  The families of the prisoners were recently informed that a new accusation has been lodged against them by the Iranian government, the charge of “spreading corruption on earth,” which carries the threat of death under Iran's penal code.

These charges are completely baseless, and the Baha’is of D.C. are very concerned for the safety and well-being of their co-religionists in Iran.

D.C. Baha’is are writing to their members of Congress, and urging others to do the same, to gather additional cosponsors for two resolutions, H.Res 175 and S.Res.71, currently before the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate respectively, which call for the release of the Iranian Baha'i leaders and other Baha’i prisoners.

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Saturday, 18 April 2009 10:16

From April 21 to May 2, the DC Baha'i community celebrates Ridvan, considered the holiest period of the Baha’i calendar, which commemorates the Baha’i Founder's public declaration in 1863 of His mission as God's messenger for today. 

Baha'i communities across the United States will hold gatherings for fellowship and devotions, as well as the annual elections for the faith's leadership at the national and local levels.

 

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Mr Rezvan TavakkoliMr Rezvan Tavakkoli, brother of imprisoned “Friends of Iran” member Behrouz Tavakkoli, shared insights about the situation of the Baha’is in Iran at a dinner on March 2.  Read more to find photographs of the event from Debbie Jerome or go here to see the event invitation.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 16 April 2009 20:45

Color of Worship logoThe Washington, DC metro Baha'i community along with the Howard University campus commemorated the 1912 visit of Abdu'l-Baha to Rankin Chapel with a rich artistic program on April 4.

The program included musical performances by New Creation and Talia Safa, Darnell Moore, Gilberto Issac Saavedra and the Baha'i Chorale of DC.  Poets and spoken word performers included Farinaz Firouzi, Andrea Noel, Dustin Baker and Lisa Robinson.

Read about the bus tour and view photos of the history tour at the web site of the Arlington Baha'i community.

View the photos of the wonderful evening after the jump.

Update (4/24/2009): The video that introduced the program is now available after the images below.

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Written by Lex Musta Wednesday, 25 March 2009 09:09

Please join me on a spiritual exploration of Abdu'l-Baha's visit to Howard University in 1912.

Abdu'l-Baha, the son of the Prophet Founder of the Baha'i Faith, came in April to Washington, DC ninety-seven years ago. On Saturday, April 4th we shall begin at the very place and hour where the he first set foot in Washington at Union Station at 1:33 pm. From there we will proceed to meet the movements, visit the venues and whisper the words of the unerring Interpreter of Baha'u'lláh's Words. We will make the journey by tour bus, so that we can enjoy one another's companionship on this spiritual journey through our National Capitol's Century of Baha'i History. We shall joyously conclude at Washington DC's annual commemoration of the Master's April 23rd, 1912 address at Howard University, this year entitled "The Color of Worship at 6:30 pm.

I hope you can join us, seating is limited to 44 and is available on a first come first served basis.

Reach me, Lex Musta at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or cal 202-253-6899 for more details and to reserve a seat on the bus.

A $15 charge for bus and printed materials is asked to help cover expenses.
I especially hope that new members of our community, for whom the fee is waived, will join us to experience the city they have known all their lives in a new light.

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You're invited to celebrate Naw Ruz, the Baha'i new year, with the Baha'is of Washington, DC.

Naw Ruz Invitation

Naw-Rúz is the Baha’i New Year’s Day.  The DC Baha'i community will be celebrating the new year on the evening of March 20th.  Join us!  Read more for all of the details.

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Actor Rainn Wilson discusses Baha'i beliefs and his new website SoulPancake.Com

Actor Rainn Wilson was Oprah’s guest this week on her Soul Series webcast. Wilson, who is best known for his role as Dwight on The Office, also happens to be a member of the Baha’i Faith. It is an intertaining and lively discussion in which he discusses his own path towards spirituality and his new website - SoulPancake.com - which he hopes to use to 'de-lamefy' religion.

 

 

The Baha'i International Community has issued an open letter to Iran’s prosecutor general explaining the innocence of the Baha'is in the face of accusations made by the government and asking for fairness in any upcoming trial of seven Baha'i prisoners. The Bahai's of Washington DC continue to pray for their fellow believers and wish for their eventual release from this unjust incarceration. Please see a great article on this new open letter at Baha'i International News Service or download it directly below.

To read the full letter, go to:
http://bic.org/areas-of-work/persecution/prosecutor-general-iran-en.pdf

For latest news on Baha'i leaders on trial in Iran, please visit http://iran.bahai.us.

 
The historic series of 41 Baha’i conferences that began four months ago in southern Africa wrapped up last weekend in eastern Europe with a gathering in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

Baha'is from Washington D.C. attended the conference in Atlanta, GA, where some 3,500 people participated from a number of Southern States.

Photos of Baha'is at the Atlanta conference and more after the jump.

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The best way to meet the Baha'is is to join us in our regular activities including:

*Sunday morning devotions & presentation.
*Devotions in neighborhoods throughout DC.
*Classes for children and youth.
*Study classes for adults.

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Reading a web site about the Baha'is is great but what is even better is to meet Baha'is in your neighborhood.  We can meet with you in a comfortable public setting and engage in a relaxed one-on-one conversation to learn about the Baha'i Faith.  If you are interested in learning more just contact us!

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.

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