Naw Ruz marks the end of the Fast and the beginning of a new year in the Baha’i calendar. Naw-Ruz is a celebration of a “spiritual springtime” that symbolizes both individual renewal and mankind’s revitalization.
Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.
In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and 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.
In this episode I interview Layli Miller-Muro, founder and Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Centre, a non-profit which provides free legal services to women and girls who are fleeing human rights abuses. The organization which was founded in 1997 and serves nearly 19,000 women aims to promote a world where women and girls enjoy equality and live in safety and dignity. In this interview Layli and I talk about her aspirations for service as a youth, her early experience as a lawyer, how the Tahirih Justice Centre came about, keeping the Faith at the center of what you do, personal detachment and welcoming tests, engaging with the wider community in your own field, plus a lot more.
The official website of the Tahirih Justice Centre is www.tahirih.org, and you can purchase a copy of Layli’s book about Fauziya Kassindja called Do They Hear You When You Cryhere on Amazon.
Also, here’s the quote by Baha’u’llah being discussed by Rainn and Layli:
“O CHILDREN OF DUST! Tell the rich of the midnight sighing of the poor, lest heedlessness lead them into the path of destruction, and deprive them of the Tree of Wealth. To give and to be generous are attributes of Mine; well is it with him that adorneth himself with My virtues.”
Click here to watch an interview with Layli where she talks about the importance of work done in the spirit of service to others.
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Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.
Thank you so much for these podcasts. Three of my teenagers were completely spell bound listening to this podcast. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is hear, to hear stories, and just listen to these conversations. Thank you for giving us another tool in our day to day living as Baha’is. And of course for the amazing conversations that follow each podcast. I am reconnecting with my own journey and my kids are pulling me into theirs. Thank you!!
Holly (July 7, 2016 at 7:32 PM)
Ms Muro is a brilliant and a humble Baha’i lawyer. I almost cried when she said one must
welcome tests in his/her life.Like a horseshoe. She also mentioned the importance of Service. I almost missed this 4th episode. But when I checked the sound cloud, it’s there. Thank u.
Criselda R. Figuerres (July 7, 2016 at 11:36 AM)
Inspiring, refreshing. I’m on that anvil myself rather late in life, being forged for new service as a “senior intern” HS English teacher and potential Jr Youth group facilitator, following prayers on my behalf at the World Center last summer. Still uncomfortable with the steep learning curves, but happy.
Keith J. Taylor (February 2, 2019 at 7:40 PM)