Members of Baha'i Movement Celebrate Ridvan

April 28, 2001

Source: New York Daily News

On April 28, 2001, the New York Daily News reported that members of the Baha'i religion around the world are celebrating Ridvan. "Ridvan (Arabic for 'paradise'), the movement's major festival, lasts 12 days. Among its distinctions is that the first day of Ridvan...was marked by an election, perhaps the most unusual and democratic in any religion...Ridvan, known as the King of Festivals, celebrates a most significant moment in the life of Baha'u'llah - the 12 days that he spent meditating in a garden near Baghdad in 1863 before...

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Baha'is Begin Celebration of Their Faith's Founder

April 20, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On April 20, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that on the day that "followers of the Baha'i religion will celebrate the beginning of the Ridvan, a 12-day festival commemorating the proclamation of Baha'u'llah as prophet and founder of their faith tradition."

Baha'i Website Offers News Service

April 12, 2001

Source: One Country

On October 1, 2000, "One Country" reported that "the Baha'i International Community launched an Internet-based news service on 4 December 2000. The Baha'i World News Service (BWNS) reports on the activities, projects and events of the worldwide Baha'i community." The service intends to provide information about Baha'i events around the world for secular news services, as well as for interested individuals. The website may be found at """.

Baha'is Put Beliefs about Racial Integration into Practice

February 17, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 17, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that members of the Baha'i Faith have been intentionally moving to neighborhoods where they are an ethnic minority, "as a matter of conscience." The Baha'i Faith is "a religion founded in the mid-1800s that now has more than 5 million followers worldwide. It emphasizes racial unity, even to the point of encouraging interracial marriage." A national spokeswoman for Baha'is in the U.S. said that "'The elimination of prejudice of all kinds is a...

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Ohio Interfaith Association Works for Peace and Human Rights

February 16, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On February 16, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported on the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, which has 350 members from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Baha'ism, Islam and Judaism. All are volunteers. "The missions of the association...are to educate its members and the public about customs of different faiths and to provide interfaith public worship and ceremonies related to local and global concerns." The association's projects, which range from peace-training programs in public schools to the creation of...

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Baha'i Faith Celebrates 100 Years in Milwaukee

November 11, 2000

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On November 11, 2000, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "in 1863, a Persian nobleman known as Baha'u'llah declared he was God's newest messenger, the fulfillment of prophecies from past religions and the bearer of new laws for modern society. His message spread quickly, and far beyond the Middle East. By 1900, some of his followers, now known as Baha'is, arrived in Milwaukee after helping establish a Baha'i community in Kenosha a few years earlier...A century later, there are more than 100 Baha'is living in...

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Baha'i Faith Celebrates Founder's Birthday

November 10, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On November 10, 2000, the Chicago Sun Times reported that "hundreds of followers of the Baha'i religion from across the region are expected to gather in their grand house of worship in Wilmette Saturday evening to mark the Birth of Baha'u'llah, one of the most important celebrations on their religious calendar. Baha'u'llah, the founder of Baha'i, was born in Persia (now Iran) 183 years ago Sunday...Baha'i is a monotheistic religion that worships Allah. Baha'u'llah, who is not worshipped, is its prophet, but the religion teaches...

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Baha'i Practiced in Maryland

October 15, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On September 15, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported on the Baha'i community of Howard County. It reports that there are approximately 150 followers who gather together weekly for "food, social interaction, prayer and a discussion of one of the faith's tenets." At a recent Friday evening gathering, the "cosmopolitan group of 20 Baha'is encircled the designated speaker, and another member began an informal prayer: 'Thank you, Lord our God, who unifies the spirit of all and fulfills our needs,' said Dermot McHugh, an agronomist for...

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Baha'i Faith Commemorates a Founding Figure

July 8, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 8, 2000, The Los Angeles Times published an article on the commemoration of the death of Siyyid 'Ali Mohammed, one of the founding figures of the Baha'i religion. Known as the Bab, he was born in 1819 in Shiraz, Iran. He was known for his generosity to the poor. In 1844, the Bab announced that he was Islam's promised Qu'im, "He Who Will Arise." His coming represented the portal through which the Messenger of God would soon appear. The prophecy is believed to have been fulfilled when a follower of the Bab named Mirza...

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U.S. National Convention of the Baha'i Faith

May 11, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On May 11, 2000, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana reported that Diana Ancker Broussard of LaPlace, LA attended the U.S. National Convention of the Baha'i Faith as a delegate from April 27-30, 2000 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is one of the 165 delegates that were elected last October to represent 133,000 members of the Baha'i Faith in 48 states. The delegates govern and guide the Baha'i Faith through the national council, called the National Spiritual Assembly. Broussard spoke about the election process: "The...

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International Baha'i Leader Dies at 89

January 31, 2000

Source: The Ottawa Citizen

On January 31, 2000, The Ottawa Citizen reported that Ruhiyyih Rabbani, known to five million Baha'is around the world as Ruhiyyih Khanum ("great spiritual lady"), died on January 19th in Haifa, Israel at the age of 89. She was the only daughter of Canada's first Baha'i family and married the world leader of the faith, "Guardian" Shoghi Effendi, in 1937. When her husband died in 1957, she became the Baha'is preeminent leader, spending much of her life traveling to 185 countries as an ambassador of the Baha'i faith. Though she...

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International Baha'i Leader Dies at 89

January 29, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On January 29, 2000, The Times-Picayune reported that a memorial service will be held at the New Orleans Baha'i Center for Ruhi ih Rabbani, the widow of Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, on Sunday, January 30th. Born Mary Maxwell, Rabbani married the great-grandson of Bahaullah, the founder of the Baha'i faith, and was the last living link to the founding family.

New Baha'i Centers

November 27, 1999

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On November 27, 1999, The Tampa Tribune reported that the Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is of Pinellas County opened up on Novembers 5th, 1999. Beverly Azizi, chairwoman of the new center, stated: "Our community has 80 adult members; we outgrew meeting in homes." Before the opening of the new center, the Baha'i community in Pinellas County met in different homes for nearly 30 years.

New Baha'i Centers

November 15, 1999

Source: The Courier-Journal

On November 15, 1999, The Courier-Journal reported that the Greater Louisville Baha'i community dedicated a new worship center in Buechel, Kentucky to serve more than 175 members. The money for the center took more than a decade to raise, since Baha'is don't accept money from people who are not Baha'i. The new center, which is a converted house, contains classrooms and a large meeting room.