Baha’is of Ireland Bicentenary Video 2 of 19: The Search for the Promised One

In anticipation of this October’s 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab, Prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith, the Baha’is of Ireland are releasing 19 short videos. In this video, the second in the series, we learn about a hot afternoon in May, 1844 when a young man named Mulla Husayn arrived in Shiraz with his two companions, searching for the Promised One. Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 37: Physics and Mysticism with Steven Phelps [VIDEO]

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.

This is a special episode we filmed on July 7, 2019 in front of a live audience at Foundation Hall at the Baha’i House of Worship in Chicago. We called the event “Physics and Mysticism”, and it was a conversation I had with physicist, data scientist, philosopher and translator, Dr. Steven Phelps, who’s also been on the podcast before. We covered a wide range of topics and there were also some great questions from the audience at the end, which I’ve also included. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did! Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 37: Physics and Mysticism with Steven Phelps

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.

This is a special episode we filmed on July 7, 2019 in front of a live audience at Foundation Hall at the Baha’i House of Worship in Chicago. We called the event “Physics and Mysticism”, and it was a conversation I had with physicist, data scientist, philosopher and translator, Dr. Steven Phelps, who’s also been on the podcast before. We covered a wide range of topics and there were also some great questions from the audience at the end, which I’ve also included. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did! Continue reading

9 Images from the Official Bicentenary Instagram Page

We are so excited about the official Instagram page dedicated to celebrations of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab: the Instagram username for this page is @twinbirthdays. This account, which is an offshoot of the Bahai.org family of official websites, first went live in 2017 and featured select materials you might have seen on the website for the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah: www.bicentenary.bahai.org.

This Instagram page will be updated with images and videos in the coming weeks and months as Baha’i communities around the world begin celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab, the Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i Faith. Perusing images now might help inspire and encourage other artistic endeavours around the world. To give you a glimpse, here are nine images from the @twinbirthdays page but be sure to follow it on Instagram in order to see and watch content as it is posted! Continue reading

We Love Seeing You Wearing Baha’i Blog Apparel! (Part 3)

The Baha’i Blog team is excited to share our third collection of photos of people wearing our t-shirts, and sadly this will be the last of these collections, as the Baha’i Blog Shop is scheduled to close in less than a week, on 10 July, 2019.

You can learn more about why we’re closing down the Baha’i Blog Shop from this article ‘Baha’i Blog Shop Closing – Last Chance to Get Your Baha’i-Inspired T-Shirts!‘, and we’d really like to express A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has supported us over the years by buying something from our shop, and for all those who have helped us with the shirts and the shop, and all that goes into making an initiative like this happen!

We love it when we see pictures of people wearing our t-shirts pop up on social media pages, and it’s always great hearing about the impact the shirts are having, so we decided to showcase some of the images shared with us in this third collection called “We Love Seeing You Wearing Baha’i Blog Apparel! (Part 3)”. You can see part one and part two of these collections using these links below:

1. We Love Seeing You Wearing Baha’i Blog Apparel! (Part 1)
2. We Love Seeing You Wearing Baha’i Blog Apparel! (Part 2)

Before we begin the collection, I’d like to give one last reminder that buying our shirts helps Baha’i Blog continue to create all the Baha’i-inspired content we’ve been working on over the last eight years, plus they really do make great gifts for you and your family and friends! All of our shirts are limited editions and are printed by hand, and all orders include FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING, so head on over to the Baha’i Blog Shop to get your last shirts before they’re gone!!

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Foreigner – Hussein Ahdieh’s New Book about His Journey from Iran to New York

My dear friend and prolific writer and scholar Hussein Ahdieh has just released a memoir of his experiences as a Baha’i in Iran and an immigrant to the United States. You may recognize his name from the books Awakening: A History of the Babi and Baha’i Faiths in Nayriz or The Calling: Tahirih of Persia and Her American Contemporaries. Both books were co-written with Hillary Chapman, and now the dynamic duo have teamed up again for their latest book based on Hussein Ahdieh’s life, called Foreigner. It’s funny, it’s tender, and it sheds a powerful light on what it feels like to be an immigrant.

Hussein agreed to tell us about his book and what inspired him to write it:

Baha’i Blog: Hi Hussein, can you tell us a little bit about your new book ‘Foreigner’, and what it’s all about?

‘Foreigner’ tells my story as an Iranian Baha’i immigrant to the United States in a series of moving and humorous episodes set against the backdrop of a changing Iran, the plight of the Baha’is there, and the tumult of the 60’s and 70’s in the United States. It’s a vivid re-telling of a foreigner’s experience — as a Baha’i in a Shi’a Muslim country, as an immigrant in a foreign land, as a poor person in New York City, as a Middle Easterner in the West – it’s full of my experiences with challenges and personalities from all walks of life.

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Libero: A Baha’i-Inspired Album by NAIM

About a year ago, I had the pleasure of talking on the phone to a Baha’i singer-songwriter from Italy named Naim Abid. We hit it off straight away, and we spoke for hours about a wide range of topics ranging from love and loss, to music and the Baha’i Faith.

Over the years, Naim has developed an eclectic vocal style ranging from ska to swing, soul to pop, and from blues to revival, and his wide range of musical talents came to life in a sold-out series of shows called “Crooner Nights”, where he paid tribute to the greats of American and Italian music, by combining the hits and their stories in a mix of theatre and music, with themed costumes, curious tales, vintage image projections and iconic improvisation.

Naim played a crucial role in helping us record some Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions in Italy, and you can see him here in this upbeat Studio Session called “So Powerful (Tanto Potente)”.

As I’ve gotten to know him over the course of the year, it’s become very clear that along with the Baha’i Faith, music and performance are at his core and run through his veins. It’s no surprise then that Naim has combined his passion for the Baha’i Faith and his passion for music into the production of a Baha’i-inspired album called Libero, and I connected with Naim again to find out more about it: Continue reading

Visiting Abdu’l-Baha: A New Two Volume Series by Earl Redman

Earl Redman is a master storytelling and his books captivate my imagination. He’s the author of Abdu’l-Baha in Their Midst, Shoghi Effendi Through the Pilgrim’s Eye (Volumes I and II), and The Knights of Baha’u’llah. George Ronald recently released a new book, called Visiting Abdu’l-Baha, that makes up the first volume in a two volume series. The books feature stories illustrating how Abdu’l-Baha taught the principles of the Baha’i Faith to others and how He embodied those principles in His interactions. I was eager to catch up with Earl and here’s our conversation:

Baha’i Blog: It’s wonderful to hear from you again, Earl! What have you been up to since we last interviewed you?

Since 2014, my wife Sharon and I have been traveling extensively from Tasmania, through the Pacific, the US, Canada and Alaska, to Iceland, Europe, Tunisia and Israel sharing stories from the two volumes of Visiting Abdu’l-Baha, mostly in small communities who do not get many visitors. And it has been amazing to see the reactions of both Baha’is and their friends to these stories.

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