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“Plantera i ditt hjärtas trädgård (Garden of thy Heart)” by Nora, Sasha & Ann-Sofie [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 Stockholm, Sweden with Nora Emadén, Sasha Semenova and Ann-Sofie Wensbo who sing “Plantera i ditt hjärtas trädgård (Garden of thy Heart)” in Swedish, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

ABC Radio Interview about Baha’i on Death Row in Yemen

A member of the Baha’i community in Yemen, Mr. Hamed Bin Haydara, is on death row in war-torn Yemen. Fran Kelly of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) interviews the spokeswoman for the Baha’i International Community, Dr. Natalie Mobini, about Hamed Bin Haydara, who has family in Australia, and who is being held by the rebel-controlled Houthi government in northern Yemen. The Houthis have accused him of espionage and attempting to convert Muslims. Continue reading

Who Were the Letters of the Living?

The Letters of the Living is the title given by the Bab to His first 18 followers. The Bab was a merchant from Shiraz, Persia. His name was Siyyid Ali-Muhammad Shirazi, but He is known to the world as the Bab, which means “the Gate” in Arabic, and Baha’is believe that He was the symbolic gate between past ages of prophecy and a new age of fulfilment for humanity. When the Bab was 25, He proclaimed to be both a new Prophet, and the herald to “Him Whom God Shall Make Manifest”, Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

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

Filming the Opening of the Baha’i Temple in Colombia: An Interview with Laura and Kyle

The film team for the dedication of the Baha'i House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia. From left to right are Kyle Schmalenberg, Nabil Sami Silva, Laura Friedmann, Raul Cavalcanti Spinassé, and Naim Sadeghian.

Like all Baha’i Blog team members, Laura Friedmann and Kyle Schmalenberg wear many hats and serve their communities in a variety of capacities. Owing to their wealth of media experience, they were invited, along with a few others, to document the opening of the House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia. You may remember this short film about the preparations that were made, this video of the opening ceremony, or this aerial footage of the gorgeous Temple.

Kyle and Laura shared some of their experiences and impressions about working on this project and we thought you’d be as uplifted by the conversation as we were!  Continue reading

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