Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Articles of the Year

Every year just after Naw-Ruz, Baha’i Blog celebrates its birthday, and now that we’ve just turned six years old, it’s time to start doing our annual ‘Top 10’ countdown of Baha’i Blog’s most popular posts.

As you know, Baha’i Blog has an Article section, a Video section, an Audio section, an Image Gallery, a YouTube Channel and a Soundcloud page, but written articles are the first thing we started out with, and they range from news and personal reflections, to interviews and tributes. We post two original articles per week, and so far we’ve published over 600 since we first began.

In this Top 10 countdown, we list the 10 most read Baha’i Blog articles of the last year (from Naw-Ruz 2016 to Naw-Ruz 2017), based on Google Analytics. So now ladies and gentlemen, here’s the countdown starting from number 10:

#10 9 Unique Aspects of Baha’i Marriage

Each religion has a set of standards in order for marriages to thrive and develop. You will find that the Baha’i Faith, in particular, offers some very simple, yet profound, directions for the formation of healthy marriages which will contribute to a unified world. These guidelines are available for anyone, regardless of their belief background, to utilize as they prepare for marriage, grow into a couple and struggle through the unavoidable challenges of life together. While so many of the teachings of each religion remain constant, here are nine distinctly unique aspects of Baha’i marriage. Continue reading…

#9 Why is the Baha’i World Centre in Israel?

Why-is-the-Bahai-World-Centre-in-Israel 300x200For centuries, the Holy Land has been recognised as sacred for Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Moses and Jesus established their religions there, and Muhammad visited on His night journey and ascension.

But how did this land on the shores of the Mediterranean come to be associated with the Baha’i Faith, a religion born in Persia, more than 1500 kilometers away? Continue reading…

#8 10 Ideas for Consulting Effectively in Your Marriage

10-Ideas-for-Consulting-Effectively-in-Your-Marriage-300x200Almost exactly five years ago, my husband and I were asked to create a workshop about consultation in marriage.
Sounds pretty easy, right?
Not exactly.
We fought so much while trying to create the workshop that eventually I just took over and he did another topic (oh, the irony!).

And while we’ve since worked really hard to improve this aspect of our relationship, it still remains hard! Which is why I love this validation from the Universal House of Justice: Continue reading…

#7 Introducing the Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson

Bahai-Blogcast-Rainn-Wilson-Header-300x200Baha’i Blog is soooo excited to launch our very first series of podcasts which we’ve aptly named “The Baha’i Blogcast” hosted by the very funny and wonderful Baha’i actor Rainn Wilson.

In this series of weekly podcasts, Rainn interviews members of the Baha’i Faith and other friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick. Continue reading…

#6 Why Baha’is Don’t Drink Alcohol – A Health Perspective

Why Baha’is Don’t Drink Alcohol – A Health PerspectiveI was reading an interesting article on the BBC news website the other day and it talked about the detrimental health effects and the financial cost of alcohol related hospital admissions to the National Health Service in the UK. I couldn’t believe it when I read that nearly £2 billion was spent on alcohol related in-patient hospital admissions in just one year.

As a medical doctor from the UK, a country that has an entrenched culture of drinking alcohol, (in moderation and to excess) I thought it would be interesting to write about the health implications of drinking alcohol. Continue reading…

#5 Dedication of the House of Worship in Chile

The-Inauguration-of-the-House-of-Worship-in-Chile-300x200From October 13th-16th, the House of Worship in Chile will be inaugurated as a gift to humanity! This temple is the last of the continental Houses of Worship to be built and its dedication is a joyous and jubilant historic occasion. In honour of this event, we’ve gathered details on how you can watch the inauguration, the official social media accounts for the Templo Baha’i de Sudamerica (the Baha’i Temple of South America), and previous articles and videos showcased on Baha’i Blog about this unique edifice. Continue reading…

#4 12 Things About Ridvan

12 Things About RidvanAs we join Baha’is around the world in celebrating the 12 day festival of Ridvan, we thought it would be great to share 12 things you should know about these special days which signify the 12 days Baha’u’llah spent in the Garden of Ridvan in Baghdad, so let’s begin! Continue reading…

#3 The Declaration of The Bab

shrine-of-the-bab-300x200Baha’is around the world celebrate the 22nd May 1844 as the day of the declaration of The Bab, who was the forerunner of Baha’u’llah the founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Baha’is view The Bab as a Messenger of God, who had a role that can be likened to John The Baptist (who told of the coming of Christ) in heralding the coming of the latest Manifestation of God: Baha’u’llah. Continue reading…

#2 4 Qualities Baha’u’llah Loved to See

4-Qualities-Bahaullah-Loved-to-See-300x200When we aspire to live up to the teachings of Baha’u’llah and strive to emulate the immense array of virtues, we can become a little overwhelmed. It can be helpful to limit the range of qualities we focus on. Luckily, there are four qualities that Baha’u’llah especially liked.

Baha’u’llah is said to have often remarked: Continue reading…

#1 An Introduction to Ayyam-i-Ha

An Introduction to Ayyam-i-HaAyyam-i-Ha is a multiple-day Baha’i festival that is joyously celebrated in countries and territories all over that world. It typically falls around the end of February and beginning of March (with the recent worldwide implementation of the Baha’i or Badi calendar the exact dates of Ayyam-i-Ha shift and move within the Gregorian calendar).

Now let’s briefly look at what Ayyam-i-Ha is, what it means, and how it’s celebrated. Continue reading…

Well, that’s the top 10 list of the most read Baha’i Blog articles of the year, and we hope you’ve enjoyed Baha’i Blog so far and found the site interesting and helpful.

On behalf of everyone here at Baha’i Blog, we’d like to say “THANK YOU!” to everyone for your constant support and encouragement over the last six years, and an extra special “THANK YOU!” to all of you who have written for us!

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About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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