Bahá'ís from communities in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area will host a public gathering in support of religious freedom and human rights in Iran on Saturday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at the Lisner Auditorium of George Washington University. The event is dedicated to seven Iranian Baha’i leaders who have been imprisoned in Tehran for more than a year on false charges stemming from their membership with the country’s Baha’i religious minority.
We entreat God to deliver the light of equity and the sun of justice from the thick clouds of waywardness, and cause them to shine forth upon men. No light can compare with the light of justice. The establishment of order in the world and the tranquillity of the nations depend upon it. - Baha'u'llah
May 29 marks the anniversary of the Ascension of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith. The day is one of nine holy days on which Baha'is suspend work and school.
Baha’u’llah died 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. This Shrine is the holiest place on earth for Baha’is, the place toward which they turn in prayer each day.
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."
For a week after Baha’u’llah’s death, writes Shoghi Effendi, “a vast number of mourners, rich and poor alike, tarried to grieve with the bereaved family. . . Notables, among whom were numbered Shí'ahs, Sunnis, Christians, Jews and Druzes, as well as poets, ulamas and government officials, all joined in lamenting the loss. . .”
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.
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.
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 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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The 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.Last Updated ( Friday, 24 April 2009 18:29 ) Read more...
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
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.
Fri Sep 19th, 07:30 pm
Brookland - NE Fireside Discussion
Fri Sep 19th, 07:30 pm
Georgetown Fireside Discussion
Sun Sep 21st, 11:00 am
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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.