Top 10 Baha’i Blog Articles of the Year (2020-2021)

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

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Honorable Mention: 12 Online Baha’i Resources Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Now, before we get to the top 10 list, who can forget the fact that we’re now living in a COVID-19 world? Over the last year we saw a lot of coronavirus-related content naturally emerge, so our 12 Online Baha’i Resources Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) definitely deserves an honorable mention. There have been more articles and resources related to the pandemic published since the time this one was first posted, but it’s still a great resource.

Ok, so with that out of the way, let’s get on with the show! Listed below are the 10 most read Baha’i Blog articles of the last year from Naw-Ruz 2020 to Naw-Ruz 2021, based on Google Analytics.

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 New Medical Study on the Baha’i Fast

The team at Baha’i Blog was excited to learn of a new medical study that was conducted specifically on the Baha’i Fast. This mixed methods research project involved specific lab tests and measurements, as well as interviews and questionnaires and it was initiated by Dr. Daniela Koppold and her team in Berlin, Germany. It’s the first time we’ve heard of such a scientific initiative and we were thrilled to find out more!

The Baha’i Writings describe the spiritual benefits of fasting in various passages, but what are the material effects of abstaining from food and drink, from sunrise until sunset, for 19 consecutive days? Dr. Daniela Koppold and her colleagues set out to explore that very question. Here’s what she shared about how they went about their research and what they discovered: Continue reading…

#8 The Number Nine (9) and the Baha’i Faith

As we celebrate the Ninth Day of Ridvan (one of the three days of the 12 day Baha’i Festival of Ridvan where work should be suspended) I thought it would be interesting to look at the use and significance of the number nine in the Baha’i Faith.

First of all the Ninth Day of Ridvan is significant to Baha’is because this was the day where Baha’u’llah was joined by the rest of His family in the Najibiyyih Garden (known thereafter as the Garden of Ridvan) in Baghdad, but there are also numerous uses of the number nine in the Baha’i Faith, for example: Baha’i Houses of Worship are built with nine sides and nine entrances; each Baha’i institution, such as Local and National Spiritual Assemblies and the Universal House of Justice all have nine democratically elected members.

In a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, he clearly explains that there are three reason for the significance of the number nine: Continue reading…

#7 Universal House of Justice Letter to the Baha’is of the United States 22 July 2020

The Universal House of Justice addressed the Baha’is of the United States in a letter dated 22 July 2020. The letter is regarding racial prejudice and the American Baha’i community’s distinctive contribution to its eradication.

The message can be viewed and downloaded from the Baha’i Reference Library here: Regarding racial prejudice and the American Baha’i community’s distinctive contribution to its eradication

You can also listen to Baha’i Blog’s audio recording of the 22 July 2020 message here on YouTube and Soundcloud.

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#6 The Declaration of the Bab

Baha’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. (The date to commemorate this joyous historic occasion shifts within the Gregorian calendar from year to year but according to the Baha’i calendar, it is always honoured on the 8th of Azamat.)

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.

The events surrounding the Declaration of the Bab have been told in many ways, but perhaps the most widely read is the account in The Dawn-Breakers: Nabil’s Narrative of the Early Days of the Baha’i Revelation. This book was written by Nabil, and chronicles the early days of the Revelations of the Bab and Baha’u’llah.

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#5 A Study Guide for the Universal House of Justice Message 25 Nov. 2020

It’s always so exciting when the Universal House of Justice releases a message, and the recent letter released to the Baha’is of the World on the occasion of the Day of the Covenant, 25 November, 2020, was of no exception.

A few of the members of my Baha’i community on the Gold Coast, Australia, put together a Study Guide to help us reflect and deepen our understanding of the letter, and so with their permission, I’m sharing it here in case you find it useful too.

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#4 Baha’i Temples: A Brief Introduction

Baha’i Houses of Worship (or temples, as they often called) are places of prayer built by Baha’is, but open to people of all faiths, religions and beliefs. In the Baha’i Writings, they are also referred to as Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, which is Arabic for “The Dawning Place of the Mention of God”, and they are not simply buildings, but are considered sacred institutions. Baha’u’llah describes this sacred institution with these words:

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#3 15 Baha’i-Inspired Online Resources for Children

I thought it might be helpful to highlight some of the Baha’i-inspired online resources for children that we’ve shared on Baha’i Blog over the years as more and more families around the world isolate themselves indefinitely in their homes.

My go-to media is books, but as postal services are affected by the pandemic, I decided to focus this list on online resources that are immediately accessible. I know that this list isn’t exhaustive and I’d love for you to share some of your favorite resources, or resources you recently found, or you’ve created, in the comments section below.

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#2 What is the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program?

Worldwide, junior youth are participating in an endeavour that strives to give them a voice in today’s society. These junior youth groups are enhancing their power of expression, sharpening their spiritual perception and allowing them to analyse the constructive and destructive forces of society.

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#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 2020 to Naw-Ruz 2021.

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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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