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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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“Shamme Afrookhteh (Lighted Candle)” by Aria & Arman

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Hamilton, New Zealand with Aria and Arman Akhterjahan singing “Shamme Afrookhteh (Lighted Candle)” in Persian from a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

“Shamme Afrookhteh (Lighted Candle)” by Aria & Arman [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Hamilton, New Zealand with Aria and Arman Akhterjahan singing “Shamme Afrookhteh (Lighted Candle)” in Persian from a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

“Ablaze” by Isis, Sheida, Sama & Navid [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in London, the United Kingdom with Isis Webb, Sheida and Sama Tanhai and Navid, who sing “Ablaze” from a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Fragrance of Glory – An Illustrated Account of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

As this is a special year marking the centenary of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha — a year in which the Universal House of Justice asks us all to reflect profoundly on the Life of Abdu’l-Baha — Baha’i author Michael V. Day has just published a photographic book about the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha titled Fragrance of Glory.

Michael V. Day is a dear friend and we currently live in the same city in Australia and I must say that I am personally delighted by his contributions to the world of Baha’i literature. He is the author of a trilogy of historical books about the Shrine of the Bab, which you can learn more about from his website: www.michaelvday.com. So when Michael told me about this new book in honor of the centenary of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, I had to find out more. Here’s what he shared: Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 66: Michael O’Neal

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’m joined by my dear Baha’i friend, Michael O’Neal, the founder of ‘Parent University’, a community collaborative that supports families and encourages parent involvement and participation in the education of a community’s children and youth. Michael tells us how he became a Baha’i, what it was like growing up in a poor family, why grassroots initiatives are important, and why perseverance is a must. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this conversation as much I did! Continue reading

Hate Crimes Start with Words: #StopHatePropaganda Against Baha’is in Iran

This video, created by the Baha’i International Community (BIC), can be used in support of a Twitter storm scheduled for 15 July, 2021 at 5pm-7pm GMT (7-9pm CET, 1pm-3pm EDT). The hashtag #StopHatePropaganda can be used.

This video outlines how Iran’s hate propaganda against Baha’is has reached new levels, increasing in both sophistication and scale. Continue reading

A Year of Blessings: A Book by Nasim About Her Year in the Holy Land

As the teachings of the Baha’i Faith encourage everyone to serve others, many Baha’is choose to dedicate a year or more of their lives to full-time volunteering, whether it be by assisting with community-building efforts in a specific neighbourhood or village, or helping at a school, Baha’i temple, or even at the Baha’i World Centre in the Holy Land. This period of time is often referred to as a “year of service”.

My dear friend Nasim, a young Baha’i in Australia, decided to take a year off and spend it serving at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel. When she returned to her home in Sydney, she decided to put a book together about her experiences. The book is called A Year of Blessings, and I caught up with Nasim to find out more about it:

Baha’i Blog: Hi Nasim! Can you tell us a little bit about the book and what it’s about?

This book is about my reflections on the spiritual blessings and transformative lessons I experienced during my year of service in the Holy Land (Haifa, Israel) back in 2018-2019. It shares glimpses of the beautiful, sacrificial and rewarding experience of devoting a full year serving at the Baha’i World Centre, and how it strengthened my love, certitude, and devotion to our Beloved Cause. In the book, I share stories about how tests (a.k.a. blessings in disguise) helped me grow and strengthen many spiritual qualities such as patience, resilience, love, wisdom, and steadfastness, to name a few. The book features full-page photographs of Baha’i Holy Places that I had the chance to photograph in the cities of Haifa, Akka, and in Bahji, as well as a compilation of quotations from the Baha’i Writings that inspired me. I hope these will also inspire the readers and encourage them to ponder their meaning as they continue serving in their respective fields.

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“Fais de mon coeur un receptacle (Make My Heart to Be a Receptacle)” by Mathilde

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Paris, France with Mathilde who sings “Fais de mon coeur un receptacle (Make My Heart to Be a Receptacle)” in French, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Fais de mon coeur un receptacle (Make My Heart to Be a Receptacle)” by Mathilde [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Paris, France with Mathilde who sings “Fais de mon coeur un receptacle (Make My Heart to Be a Receptacle)” in French, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading