BWNS – 18 October 2017 BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — “Light to the World,” a film about the life and teachings of Baha’u’llah commissioned by the Universal House of Justice was released today on the official website for the bicentenary commemoration. “Light to the World” is available in all the languages of the Bicentenary site: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Hindi, Persian, Arabic and Swahili. Film available for live-stream or download HERE
On July 9, Baha’is all over the world observe the Martyrdom of the Bab and marks the 1850 execution of one of two main figures in the founding of their Faith. “The anniversary of this event is commemorated at noon on Rahmat 16 (Sharaf) (of the Baha’i Calendar – i.e., July 9 or July 10). It is one of nine Holy Days when work is suspended.” (Wikipedia)
“The Bab, whose name means “The Gate” in Arabic, had declared in 1844 that He was a messenger of God sent to prepare the way for the long-awaited promised one of all religions who would come to establish an age of universal peace. In 1863 Baha’u’llah announced publicly that He was that promised one.” (BWNS, 8 July 2007)
The Martyrdom of the Bab program.pdf is a small downloadable foldable handout that contains prayers, readings, and links to music and short videos. Prepared by Tricia Hague-Barrett for use as a complete program or supplement to an already existing program. Read more
Today, we are about to commemorate the Declaration of Bahá’ulláh in the Garden of Ridvan, in Baghdad, Iraq. All around the world, in little villages, hamlets and cities, the Baha’is are gathering. In homes, halls, and even in the fields, they gather together in unity with their friends who help to commemorate this event.
However, we might do well to remember that the long journey to The Garden of Ridvan, did not go well for The Blessed beauty. He was very frail, small in stature, having spent 4 months and 2 days in the ‘black pit’ in Iran, near the residence of The Shah of Iran, and His Blessed shoulders were covered in wounds from the famous chains that had cut almost through His bones. The vermin and disease rampant in such a filthy dungeon were unable to kill Him. Read more
On November 28, members of the Baha’i Faith throughout the world commemorate the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the eldest son and successor of Baha’u’llah, 95 years ago.
The Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha´ commemorates the death—and, retrospectively, the life — of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’, who passed away quietly in his home on November 28, 1921, in Haifa, Palestine (now Israel), at the age of 77. More than 10,000 mourners, representing every one of the diverse religions and ethnic communities in the Holy Land, attended His funeral.
He was eventually laid to rest in a vault adjoining that in which He had laid the remains of the Bab on Mount Carmel in 1909.
Baha’is observe the Holy Day of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha at 1:00 a.m., about the time of His death. There are no prescribed ceremonies but gatherings usually involve prayers and devotional readings.Read more