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."
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 "bahaiworldnews.org"".
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
On March 19, 1999, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on the
celebration of the Baha'i New Year, or Naw-Ruz, which takes place on
the vernal equinox (Saturday, March 20th) and is a religious holiday
in the Baha'i faith. For the 19 days before Naw-Ruz, Baha'is between
the ages of 15 and 70 refrain from eating and drinking during
daylight hours. Lorelei McClure, spokeswoman for the Baha'i National
Center in Evanston, Illinois, stated: "It is a time to deny oneself
material comforts. Fasting is an outward sign of the inward