Top 10 Baha’i Blog Articles of the Year (2018-2019)

Baha’i Blog celebrates its birthday every year after Naw-Ruz, and now that we’ve just celebrated our 8th birthday, it’s time for our annual top 10 countdown of Baha’i Blog’s most read articles of the year!

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 resources, to personal reflections, interviews and tributes.

We’re also always looking for contributions from new writers here at Baha’i Blog, so whether you’re a seasoned wordsmith or an inexperienced newbie, we would love to have you on board. If you’re interested in trying your hand at blogging about the Baha’i Faith and have an idea for a blog post that you think would fit right in, then please read over our Write For Us and Editorial Values pages, and then send an email to: [email protected]

Now on with this top 10 countdown! Listed below are the 10 most read Baha’i Blog articles of the last year (from Naw-Ruz 2018 to Naw-Ruz 2019), based on Google Analytics. Here’s the countdown starting from number 10:

#10 What Christmas Means to Baha’is: A Personal Reflection

Do Baha’is celebrate Christmas? This question is a bit of a tricky one to answer because Christmas means different things to different people.

Based on the understanding of Christmas as a commemoration of the birth of Christ, the day is clearly of significance to Baha’is, who believe that Christ was a Manifestation of God. Baha’is do not, however, celebrate Christmas within their communities as one of the Baha’i Holy Days. Continue reading…


#9 3 Problems with Religion… and Solutions!

A few nights ago, I invited three of my friends over for dinner. At some point, the topic of religion came up and the conversation that ensued was very interesting, given the diversity of religious backgrounds represented in the room, but also incredibly challenging. Firstly, there was me, a Baha’i who had been brought up as a Christian in an Eastern Orthodox church with a strong – and very, very old – religious tradition of its own. And then there were my three friends – one of Druze heritage, another with a somewhat secular Anglican upbringing, and the last of Jewish descent. All three of them, however, are self-professed “militant atheists” with a profound disdain for religion that was only kept in check that night by their long friendship with me and their unwillingness to offend me (too much). Continue reading…


#8 Newly Translated Prayers Revealed by Baha’u’llah

If you haven’t already heard, the Baha’i Reference Library now lists 109 newly translated prayers, passages and a compilation — you can read all about it here on Baha’i Blog!

In honor of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, I thought it would be a perfect time to share and reflect on these newly translated prayers, and for ease of access, I’ve included them below. You can also find them, and others by Abdu’l-Baha, on the Baha’i Reference Library. Continue reading…


#7 Remembering the Ascension of Baha’u’llah

Every year Baha’is gather to commemorate the Ascension of Baha’u’llah on 13 Azamat according to the Baha’i calendar. Customarily (although this is not a requirement), at three in the morning, following an evening of prayer and reflection, Baha’is stand and face Qiblih as one from amongst them reads the Tablet of Visitation.

It was early in the morning of May 29, 1892 (five minutes past three, to be precise) that Baha’u’llah passed away in the mansion of Bahji outside Akka (present-day northern Israel), after a brief illness. Following His death, a vast number of mourners from all walks of life and religions, grieved with Baha’u’llah’s family and followers. Continue reading…


#6 The Declaration of the Bab

shrine-of-the-bab-300x200Baha’is around the world celebrate the 22nd of 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…


#5 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…


#4 New Documentary Film ‘The Gate’: An Interview with Steve Sarowitz

About a year ago I got a call from Rainn Wilson asking me to have a chat with a guy who wanted to create a feature length documentary about the Bab. His name was Steve Sarowitz. He was an entrepreneur and had absolutely no experience in getting a documentary made, plus he had only recently become a member of the Baha’i Faith, but we had an amazing conversation for a couple of hours over the phone about the idea, and I have to say that his enthusiasm and determination for making the documentary was contagious! Continue reading…


#3 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…

 


#2 The Station of Jesus Christ in the Baha’i Faith

As the birth of Jesus Christ approaches, I reflect on Christ’s wonderful revelation and the profound impact His message of love and fellowship has had on the world.

While busy preparing for their Christmas festivities with their friends and family, many of my friends ask me whether Baha’is believe in Christ.

Indeed we do. Baha’u’llah refers to Christ as the… 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 concludes our top 10 list of the most read Baha’i Blog articles of the year, from Naw-Ruz 2018 to Naw-Ruz 2019.

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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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