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33 Baha’i Blog YouTube Videos Relating to Abdu’l-Baha

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha and the Universal House of Justice has said that it will be a time for “profound reflection on the life of Abdu’l-Baha and the strength of the Covenant of which He was the Centre.”

We’ve shared a diversity of content relating to Abdu’l-Baha on Baha’i Blog’s Youtube channel over the years, ranging from podcast interviews and talks, to animations and short films. While not every resource dedicated to Abdu’l-Baha on our YouTube channel is a video per se (some are only audio), we’ve nevertheless compiled them into this list. We hope you find these resources useful and inspiring as we prepare to commemorate the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s passing.

So here are 33 videos you’ll find on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube channel relating to Abdu’l-Baha: Continue reading

80 Abdu’l-Baha Posts Featured on Baha’i Blog

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha, the eldest son of Baha’u’llah who led the Baha’i community after Baha’u’llah’s passing. Abdu’l-Baha is often referred to by Baha’is as “the Master”, but He preferred the title “Abdu’l-Baha”, which is Arabic for “Servant of Baha”, and He is considered the perfect example of how to live according to the Baha’i Teachings.

We’ve shared a diversity of content relating to Abdu’l-Baha on Baha’i Blog over the years, and we thought since this year is, as the Universal House of Justice puts it, a year of “profound reflection on the life of Abdu’l-Baha and the strength of the Covenant of which He was the Centre”, it would be useful to list some of the various Baha’i Blog posts relating to Abdu’l-Baha in order to help us feel inspired, and deepen our appreciation and knowledge of Him. Let’s begin: Continue reading

ABDU’L-BAHA – Servant of Glory: A New Baha’i Blog Video

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha, we wanted to let you know about our special video made in His honor called ABDU’L-BAHA – Servant of Glory.

We typically interview artists and creators about their work and ask them what inspired them, what challenges they faced, and what words of encouragement they might offer others. I realized it would be really wonderful to pull back the veils and tell you a little bit about what goes into some of our own projects so in this interview I asked Naysan Naraqi, who produced ABDU’L-BAHA – Servant of Glory, to tell us more about the film. Continue reading

My Study Aids for Reading the Works of Shoghi Effendi

The written works of Shoghi Effendi make up an important part of Baha’i literature as I believe they provide vital insights into the history and development of Baha’i communities, contextual information and interpretation of the Writings, and inspired insights about how one can participate in Baha’i community efforts. In this article I would like to provide a look at some resources that can assist us in beginning to read, relate to, and learn from Shoghi Effendi’s works. It should also be noted that I am considering the works Shoghi Effendi himself authored, and not his masterful translation work. Continue reading

Baha’i Faith Modern Perspectives – A YouTube Channel by the Parhami Family

When the pandemic struck, the Parhami family jumped into action. They saw a need for firesides or talks on topics related to the teachings of the Baha’i Faith that anyone could attend on Zoom. Armin, Paymaneh, Paria, Bayan, and Bita Parhami began organizing public talks and then created the Baha’i Faith Modern Perspectives YouTube channel so that these talks would be further accessible. Their systematic persistence and dedication to this project is truly admirable, so I was curious to find out more about the initiative and reached out to the Parhami family to find out more. They decided to answer as a family, and here’s what they shared with us: Continue reading

The Extraordinary Life of Abdu’l-Baha: A New Online Initiative

Nestled within a greater initiative called The Utterance Project, Violetta Zein has produced an informative, visually-rich online project titled “The Extraordinary Life of Abdu’l-Baha” in honor of the centenary of His Passing. It’s an interactive and illustrated nine-part chronology of the Life of Abdu’l-Baha and you may find it useful and inspiring, particularly in this special year as we strive to reflect profoundly on His Life.

I am so grateful to Violetta for sharing with us all about this initiative. Here’s what she shared with the Baha’i Blog team: Continue reading

The Utterance Project: A Personal Initiative That Shares Readings of Baha’i Writings in Their Original Languages

Translating anything from one language to another is a complex and intricate exercise. For example, in her Baha’i Blog article “Why Do the English Translations of the Baha’i Writings Use Elevated Language?” Layli explores some aspects of how the Baha’i Writings are translated into English.

Violetta Zein and Adib Masumian are personally interested in the sounds and musicality of the Baha’i Writings in their original languages of Arabic and Persian so they have created an online project that allows non-Arabic and non-Persian speakers to experience this first-hand.

We know that the transformative power of the Baha’i Writings can be felt no matter what language they are accessed in and that the teachings of the Baha’i Faith are for everyone on this whole linguistically diverse planet. Violetta and Adib’s project offers us a unique and thoughtful way of encountering the Baha’i Writings that delights the ear, as well as the heart.

Violetta and Adib were keen to share more about the Utterance Project. Here’s what they told the Baha’i Blog team: Continue reading

Light & Mercy – A New Compilation on Mental Health and Tests & Difficulties

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Australia has just released a new publication called Light & Mercy.

Light & Mercy is a compilation of extracts about mental health and tests and difficulties from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha, and letters of Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice.

In its 25 November 2020 message to the Baha’is of the world, the Universal House of Justice wrote that:

…the friends everywhere have sought with characteristic creativity and determination to minister to the needs of an ailing world.

The physical and mental impact of the continuing pandemic is evident around us, and the members of the Baha’i community are not immune. The National Assembly of the Baha’is of Australia wrote that it hopes this publication will be of assistance and support to the friends both individually and collectively, and trusts it will be a source of wisdom and comfort for Baha’is and those whom we come into contact with. Continue reading