Bahá'í

British Prime Minister Sends Ridvan Message to Baha'is

April 24, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/710

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has sent a message to UK Baha'is to mark Ridvan, the most important Baha'i festival. In it he expressed his "respect and admiration" for the British Baha'i community which, he said, "makes a contribution to British life out of all proportion to its size."

In the letter, which was addressed to the annual reception...

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Edmond Baha’is Celebrate Faith’s Holiest Period

April 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Edmond Sun

http://www.edmondsun.com/local/local_story_113232800.html

Edmond along with all Oklahoma City Metro Baha’i communities from April 21 to May 2 are celebrating 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...

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Baha'is And Rights Groups Say Iranian President Must Address Discrimination At Home

April 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/708

The Baha’i International Community joined two human rights organizations in calling on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to address discrimination in his own country when he speaks this week at the conference known as Durban II.

The statement was issued as a joint news release by the Baha’i International Community, the Iranian League...

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Egypt Officially Changes Rules for ID Cards

April 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/707

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior this week published a decree that allows individuals to obtain government documents without identifying themselves as belonging to a particular religion.

The decree is the result of a recent Egyptian Supreme Administrative Court ruling – in a case involving Baha’is – that on government ID cards and...

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Clergy Gather to Protest Iran's Persecution Of the Bahai Faith

April 9, 2009

Author: John Darling

Source: Mail Tribune

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090409/NEWS/904090321

Leaders of several faiths are gathering Saturday in Medford to protest the persecution of members of the Bahai Faith under the Iranian government and to show support for a resolution by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., calling for the release of prisoners being held in Iraq for their faith.

The...

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Egypt: Bahai Minority Group Under Attack

April 8, 2009

Author: Noha El-Hennawy

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2009/04/egypt-bahais-under-attack.html

The homes of some members of Egypt's Bahai minority came under violent attack by Muslims this week in a rural area in southern Egypt.

The attacks erupted in the village of al-Shuraniya in the upper Egyptian province of Sohag where Muslim residents gathered outside the...

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Bahais Open Terraced Garden

April 8, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News24

http://www.news24.com/News24/Archive/0,,2-1659_1028476,00.html

As the bright sun dimmed on Tuesday over Haifas Mount Carmel, hundreds of white lights were illuminated along the mountains cascading western cliff throwing tiny shadows over the majestic terraced gardens of the Bahai faith.

Three thousand Bahais descended on this coastal city from as far afoot as Uganda, Samoa and Australia to...

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Canada's Parliament Condemns Persecution Of Baha'is In Iran

April 2, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/706

Canada's House of Commons has unanimously adopted a strongly worded motion condemning the persecution of Baha'is in Iran and calling on the Iranian government to release Baha'i leaders imprisoned in Tehran.

The motion, which was approved on 30 March, stated that the accusations against the Baha'is – espionage for Israel, insulting religious...

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Baha'i Speak Out to Draw Attention to Persecution

April 2, 2009

Author: Mark E. Rondeau

Source: The Bennington Banner

http://www.benningtonbanner.com/ci_12053134

Local Baha'i are speaking out to draw attention to the plight of seven members of their faith in Iran who have been arrested and are reportedly charged with spying for Israel.

Arrested in Iran

The seven, five men and two women, were serving as ad hoc administrators for the Baha'i faith at the national level in Iran.

This faith has...

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Local Baha'i Ring In a New Year

March 24, 2009

Author: Jennifer Johnson

Source: Park Ridge Herald-Advocate

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/parkridge/news/1493805,pr-bahai-032409-s1.article

As the calendar declared March 20 to be the start of a new season, local followers of the Baha'i faith also welcomed in a new year.

Gathering at the iconic Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette for songs and prayer on March 21, Baha'is celebrated Naw-Ruz, an ancient new year...

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Baha'i In Pinellas to Pray for Leaders Detained In Iran

March 21, 2009

Author: Theodora Aggeles

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/article985793.ece

After sundown Friday, the Baha'is celebrated the start of the New Year, and the end of a 19-day fast. But this year, the time of celebration and happiness is bittersweet.

On Sunday, Baha'is in Pinellas County will open their doors for a special spiritual gathering to pray for seven Baha'i leaders imprisoned in Iran, and everyone...

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Naw-Ruz This Year Marks Centenary Of Entombment Of the Bab

March 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/704

On March 21, Baha'is around the world will mark Naw-Ruz - their new year - a date that this year coincides with the 100th anniversary of the interment of the remains of the Bab on Mount Carmel.

On Naw-Ruz in 1909, 'Abdu'l-Baha, then the head of the Baha'i Faith, laid to rest the mortal remains of the Bab. 'Abdu'l-Baha personally placed the precious trust in its place...

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Believers Gather to Pray for Imprisoned Baha’i Leaders

March 16, 2009

Author: Laura Oleniacz

Source: The Winchester Star

http://www.winchesterstar.com/showarticle_new.php?sID=6&foldername=20090316&file=pray_article.html

Believers of different faiths gathered Sunday afternoon to pray for seven Baha’i leaders who have been in prison in Iran for nearly a year for their religious beliefs.

Local followers of the Christian, Muslim and Baha’i faiths...

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Egyptian Court Removes Barriers to ID Documents for Baha'is

March 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/703

A court in Egypt today removed any grounds for preventing Baha'is from receiving proper official identity documents, clearing the way for an end to years of deprivation for Egyptian Baha'is - and opening the door to a new level of respect for religious privacy in Egypt.

The Supreme Administrative Court dismissed an appeal by two Muslim lawyers...

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Amid Persecution In Iran, Members Of FdL Bahai Community Seek Understanding

March 12, 2009

Author: Sharon Roznik

Source: Fond du Lac Reporter

http://www.fdlreporter.com/article/20090312/FON0101/90311131/1289/FON01

While Christians observe 40 days of Lent, members of the local Bahai community observe their annual 19-day period of fasting through March 20.

Their thoughts have been focused on Iran, where seven Bahai religious leaders have been imprisoned for nearly a year awaiting trial. According to Iran media,...

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