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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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Baha’i Ridvan Celebration – Johannesburg, South Africa

In this video, some of the Baha’is from the Baha’i community of Johannesburg, South Africa, are interviewed about Ridvan. Ridvan is a twelve-day festival in the Baha’i Faith, commemorating Baha’u’llah’s declaration that he was a Manifestation of God. In the Baha’i Calendar, it begins at sunset on the 13th of Jalal, which translates to the 20th or 21st of April, depending on the date of the March equinox. Continue reading

Persecution of the Baha’is in Yemen

In this video the Baha’i International Community (BIC) expresses its deep concerned for the safety of all Baha’is in Yemen following the Houthi prosecutor’s baseless accusations against a member of its community, Hamed bin Haydara, who is appealing his death sentence.

Hamed bin Haydara has been detained since 2013, and following a series of sham trials, Mr. Haydara was sentenced to death in 2018. The court further called for the confiscation of all assets owned by Baha’is and the dissolution of Baha’i institutions. Hundreds of Baha’is face persecution on the basis of their religion in Houthi-controlled areas. Continue reading

EBBF Podcast Episode 8: Personal Stories that Shaped People’s Meaningful Careers

The Ethical Business Building the Future organization, otherwise known as EBBF, is a not-for-profit that aims to promote and moral and spiritual wisdom and principles found in the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and the great religious traditions of the world, such as the principles of justice, respect, trustworthiness, integrity and unity.

#discoveringhow is EBBF’s podcast series where you can hear personal experiences and insights from EBBF members — each episode offers you stepping stones, fresh ideas, and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future. Continue reading

School of the Nations Celebrates 30 Years of Baha’i-inspired Education

School of the Nations is a Baha’i-inspired international school in Macau, and it was established in response to a need for an educational approach that incorporates both academic and moral education. It opened in 1988 with only five students and seven teachers and it has since grown to nearly 100 teachers and over 600 students, from pre-kindergarten to grade 12.

In January 2019, it was featured on the Baha’i World News Service as it celebrated its 30-year anniversary. I was thrilled to catch up with Mona Manouchehri, who assists with curriculum development at the school, to hear a first-hand account of what it’s like to work at a large Baha’i-inspired school. Continue reading

“Ädel (Noble)” by Ann-Sofie & Shahram

“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 Stockholm, Sweden with Ann-Sofie Wensbo and Shahram Mansoory who sing “Ädel”, which is Swedish for “Noble”, and is from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading