Baha’i Blog is super excited to share that we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary since we launched in Naw-Ruz 2011! (Woohoo!!!)
Over the last 10 years, we’ve been passionately exploring how the Revelation of Baha’u’llah translates into different avenues of media by creating a plethora of Baha’i-inspired content, which we hoped will serve the Baha’i community, and also help raise the profile of the Baha’i Faith online. We hope you’ve enjoyed Baha’i Blog so far, and more importantly, we hope that our work has contributed to your journey and exploration of the wonderful teachings of the Baha’i Faith.
Here’s a brief outline of what Baha’i Blog is all about and some examples of our projects over the last decade: Continue reading
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
We’re excited to share that a selection of 26 prayers prepared by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice and released in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Abdu’l-Baha’s passing has just been made available online on the Baha’i Reference Library.
The Baha’i Reference Library offers downloadable and searchable Writings from Baha’u’llah, the Bab, Abdu’l-Baha, Shoghi Effendi, letters and publications of the Universal House of Justice and compilations, such as the recently released compilation on the Universal House of Justice. You can click on “Recent Additions” to see what’s been added to the Baha’i Reference Library.
If you haven’t already, you may wish to subscribe to the Baha’i World News Service, which often reports when new translations are released, as well as documents the activities of the worldwide Baha’i community.
The Baha’i World is an incredible global publication under the direction of the Universal House of Justice. Its first volumes were overseen by Shoghi Effendi, shortly after the start of his ministry as Guardian in 1921. The continuation of The Baha’i World volumes paused for several years but in May 2019, the publication was relaunched online (https://bahaiworld.bahai.org). Most recently the website has been enhanced and it’s definitely worth repeatedly exploring. Continue reading
The Baha’i International Community (BIC) has just released a new statement called A Governance Befitting: Humanity and the Path Toward a Just Global Order.
The statement was written for the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, and it highlights the need for systems of global cooperation to be strengthened if humanity is to address the serious challenges of our time.
You can read and download the statement in full here: A Governance Befitting: Humanity and the Path Toward a Just Global Order
A Baha’i World News Service (BWNS) article shared the following about the BIC’s statement:
Coming at a time when the global health crisis has prompted a deeper appreciation of humanity’s interdependence, this anniversary year has given rise to discussion about the role of international structures and reforms that can be made to the UN.
The statement is one of several contributions the BIC is making to these discussions.
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. Continue reading
The Universal House of Justice has just addressed the Baha’is of the world with the latest Ridvan message.
Each year during the Festival of Ridvan, the Universal House of Justice addresses a letter to the worldwide Baha’i community, known as the Ridvan message. These letters touch on many subjects, including the growth and vibrancy of the Baha’i community, its efforts to contribute to the life of society, and the progress of specific projects and plans. This messages follows closely the Naw-Ruz 177 letter from the Universal House of Justice and both address the current world health crisis and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading
The team at BahaiTeachings.org has just launched a new initiative called Light Up the World. This website, lightuptheworld.org, is a devotional space for everyone, regardless of their beliefs, to offer prayers and positive thoughts of peace and healing as the world continues to suffer from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Continue reading
The Universal House of Justice has just released a letter to the Baha’is of the world on the occasion of Naw-Ruz and the beginning of the Baha’i new year 177 BE.
The letter is included in full below. You can read it online, or download it, here from the Baha’i Reference Library.
You can also listen to an audio recording of the message here on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube channel: Naw-Ruz 177 Message from the Universal House of Justice
And you can listen to and download the audio recording from our Soundcloud page: Naw-Ruz 177 Message from the Universal House of Justice
A special edition Badi calendar (or Baha’i calendar) has been created for this year, 177 BE, in celebration of the centenary of the Baha’i Faith in Australia. Featuring historic photographs, this 22-page calendar includes Baha’i Holy Days and 19-Day Feasts from Naw-Ruz 2020 to March 2021.
The photos displayed are from the Australian national Baha’i archives and they highlight the growth of the Baha’i community, including key milestone events.
There are many photographs of Hands of the Cause of God Hyde and Clara Dunn, who traveled to Australia in 1920 to establish Baha’i communities. Continue reading