Baha’is of India

Today in India thousands of people are engaged in a systematic study of the words of God, in an environment that is at once serious and uplifting. As they strive … Read More

Second member of Yaran released

BIC NEW YORK — Fariba Kamalabadi, a member of the former leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran, recently concluded her unjust, ten-year prison sentence. She is the second individual … Read More

Second member of Yaran released

BIC NEW YORK — Fariba Kamalabadi, a member of the former leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran, recently concluded her unjust, ten-year prison sentence. She is the second individual … Read More

Bicentenary celebration at BIC Addis Ababa

BIC ADDIS ABABA — Bahá’í World News Service /As communities throughout the world celebrated the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah this month, the Baha’i International Community’s Office in Addis … Read More

Attacks in Yemen and Iran coincide with bicentenary period

BIC NEW YORK — Yemeni security forces raided a Baha’i gathering in Sana’a yesterday, opening fire on the small group of people assembled to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth … Read More

Bicentenary website shifts to focus on 72 hours of celebration

BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — The setting of the sun over the Pacific islands of Kiribati a short while ago marked the start of the global commemoration of the bicentenary of … Read More

Baha’i communities receive more public messages

LONDON — In connection with the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, some Baha’i communities have reached out to local and regional officials and, in certain instances, national leaders to … Read More

A global mosaic takes shape

BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — From the island nations dotting the Pacific to the vast lands of the Americas, preparations in tens of thousands of localities for the 200th anniversary of … Read More

Australian leaders honor bicentenary

CANBERRA, Australia — —Bahá’í World News Service /The Baha’i community of Australia has received messages of greeting from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and a number of other national and local … Read More

Hearing “the Divinity in the music”: Dizzy Gillespie remembered at 100

NEW YORK —Bahá’í World News Service / Dizzy Gillespie is remembered not only for his genius as a trumpeter who broke new ground in jazz but also for his long-standing … Read More

Messages of appreciation from leaders continue

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The Baha’is of Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have received statements of encouragement and appreciation from leaders in their countries honoring the two hundred year … Read More

Historic Battle of Haifa commemorated in New Delhi

BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — NEW DELHI — On 23 September 1918, during the final year of World War I, Indian soldiers played a decisive role in the Battle of Haifa. … Read More

A new international website for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah

BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — A new international website for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah was launched today. The website will unfold in stages over the course of … Read More

Baha’i Media Bank: Reflecting world-embracing vision

BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — As the historic 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah next month approaches, the Baha’i Media Bank has undergone a major update. For nearly 11 years, … Read More

icentenary inspires gift of trees

SANTIAGO, Chile — Bahá’í World News Service – — The Baha’i community of Chile recently donated 2,000 trees to the city of Santiago. This gift came from the Native Flora Project, … Read More

Leaders mark bicentenary in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD — Bahá’í World News Service – All over the world, Baha’i communities are preparing for the 200 year anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s birth, which will be celebrated on 21 and … Read More

Decade of unjust imprisonment ends for Mahvash Sabet

BIC NEW YORK — After enduring ten years of unjust imprisonment and harsh treatment, Mahvash Sabet’s sentence has come to an end. She is one of the seven members of … Read More

As bicentenary nears, celebrations multiply

 Bahá’í World News Service -BRUCK AN DER LEITHA, Austria — In country after country, preparations for the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah are accelerating and giving rise to a … Read More

New edition of The Baha’is published this month

BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — A new edition of The Baha’is publication, with entirely new content and vibrant imagery and design, is scheduled to be released on 14 September 2017. The … Read More

India’s Prime Minister and new President pay tribute to Baha’u’llah

 Bahá’í World News Service -NEW DELHI — Following the tribute of India’s President in April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and newly-elected President Ram Nath Kovind have released messages for the … Read More

Inauguration conference concludes

 Bahá’í World News Service – BATTAMBANG, Cambodia — The historic dedication conference for the local Baha’i House of Worship in Battambang concluded today just before dusk. Highlights and interviews from … Read More

Spirit and aspirations of a people: Reflections of Temple’s architect

 Bahá’í World News Service – BATTAMBANG, Cambodia — Every day since Sochet Vitou Tang embarked on the journey to design the Baha’i House of Worship in Battambang just over two … Read More

New Pilgrim Reception Centre opens in Haifa

 BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — A new Pilgrim Reception Centre has opened this month, ready to receive a growing number of pilgrims and visitors at the spiritual and administrative center of … Read More

Sacred symbol raised in Cambodia Temple

BATTAMBANG, Cambodia -Bahá’í World News— Yesterday, the sacred Baha’i symbol representing the connection between God, His Manifestations, and mankind was raised within the local Baha’i House of Worship in Battambang, … Read More

Singapore’s Prime Minister honors bicentenary anniversary

      SINGAPORE , (BWNS) – As the two hundred year anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s birth approaches, leaders around the world from the international to local level are honoring the … Read More

the Cambridge City Council passed a resolution honoring the Bicentenary of the birth of the Founder of the Baha’i Faith

    ABN Bahá’í News   – the Cambridge City Council passed a resolution honoring the Bicentenary of the birth of the Founder of the Baha’i Faith WHEREAS: October 21-22, 2017 … Read More

Pioneering actor, now 100, reflects on life, faith, and change

    KENILWORTH, United Kingdom, (BWNS) – When the 22-year old Earl Cameron arrived in England from Bermuda in 1939, most of the people of Caribbean origin whom he met … Read More

Preparations for Temple inauguration accelerate

  BATTAMBANG, Cambodia, (BWNS) — In just three weeks, the people of Battambang will celebrate the dedication of their local Baha’i House of Worship. New video footage captures recent progress … Read More

Amazing video from Bahai praying that was seen by 14 thousand athletes from more than 130 countries

ABN Bahá’í News  The above was the Bahai involvement in the praying ceremony for about fourteen thousand audiences including athletes from more than 130 countries in the 2017 World Universities … Read More

Aung San Suu Kyi gathers Myanmar religious leaders

 Bahá’í World News Service  -YANGON, Myanmar — Every year for decades, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has held a memorial service in honor of nine politicians, … Read More

Religious discrimination explicit in Iran’s penal code

 Bahá’í World News Service  -BIC NEW YORK — A court in Yazd has recently sentenced a man convicted of the public murder of a Baha’i to just 11 years in … Read More

A peaceful, persistent response to injustice

   BWNS – BIC GENEVA — Thirty years ago, the Baha’i community of Iran embarked on a remarkable endeavor. Denied access to formal education by the country’s authorities after their … Read More

Europe’s future entwined with world, says BIC

Bahá’í World News Service –  BRUSSELS — “The future of Europe is intrinsically linked to the future of the global community,” stated the Baha’i International Community (BIC) Brussels Office in … Read More

Bahá’u’lláh and His Covenant

ABN Bahá’í News   These holy Manifestations have been as the coming of springtime in the world…For each spring is the time of a new creation…”— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá The Bahá’í Faith began … Read More

The Báb – Herald of the Bahá’í Faith

ABN Bahá’í News                 The Life of the Báb On a spring evening in 1844, a conversation took place between two young men that heralded a new era for the human … Read More

Forced migration calls for faith in action

MADRID, Spain, (BWNS) — In a stirring display of solidarity and good will, some 300 representatives of religious communities and civil society organizations gathered for a conference in Madrid on … Read More

Abdu’l-Baha, in Baha’i Writings on Music

ABN Bahá’í News   — Music is regarded as a praiseworthy science at the Threshold of the Almighty, so that thou mayest chant verses at gatherings and congregations in a most … Read More

African leaders tackle environmental goals

LIBREVILLE, Gabon ABN Bahá’í News   — When addressing issues of climate change, we need to adopt a holistic perspective, said the Baha’i International Community at a recent meeting on the … Read More

Three More Baha’i Youth Sentenced to Prison in Isfahan

ABN Bahá’í News The webpage of Human Rights in Iran, citing BahaiNews, reports that three Baha’i citizens, Zarrin Aghaie, Vahid Karami and Kayvan Neekaein, were tried by judge Ravaanmehr on … Read More

Extensive Distribution of Anti-Baha’i Pamphlets in Mazandaran Province

ABN Bahá’í News HRANA – In a concerted effort to spread false information and incite hatred and violence against members of the Baha’i Faith, the Headquarter of Coordination and Monitoring … Read More

Unveiling galvanizes island

ABN Bahá’í News TANNA, Vanuatu — Over a thousand people gathered Sunday, 18 June 2017, for the unveiling of the design for the local Baha’i House of Worship in Tanna … Read More

Design of Vanuatu Temple unveiled

TANNA, Vanuatu,ABN Bahá’í News— In a momentous development for the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, the design for the local Baha’i House of Worship was unveiled today. The design is … Read More

They Confessed to Killing a Baha’i, but Were Freed

ABN Bahá’í News    By ARASH AZIZI The confession came pure and simple from one of two brothers who, in September 2016, stabbed a man to death in the Iranian city … Read More

Video seeks to bring sacred words to masses

ABN Bahá’í News  –MELBOURNE— Released last Friday, a new music video features Australian popular singer and performer Nathaniel Willemse singing a prayer by Baha’u’llah. The song, titled “Power Over All … Read More

Navid Khanjani Deprived of Release Despite Completion of Five Year Prison Sentence

ABN Bahá’í News  –Navid Khanjani was due for release from Rajai Shahr prison on June 6, 2017, on completion of his five-year prison sentence. An informed source told the Campaign … Read More

Twin Brother and Sister Expelled from University Due to Their Belief in the Baha’i Faith

ABN Bahá’í News  – Shakib and Shima Mohammadalipour were expelled from Lorestan University School of Technology and Engineering, and Kashan University School of Architecture and Liberal Arts, due to their … Read More

Another Student Expelled From University in Iran For Baha’i Faith

ABN Bahá’í News  –Farzad Safaei was one semester away from a bachelor’s degree in industrial metallurgy at the Islamic Azad University in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, when he was expelled on … Read More

A Baha’i-Owned Business Shut Down and Confiscated in Karaj

ABN Bahá’í News  –The business of Farhad Samadani, a Baha’i resident of Karaj in Alborz province, was closed and sealed from use by ten officers from the Office of Governmental … Read More

Murals as symbols of solidarity, resilience

ABN Bahá’í News  –NEW YORK, Marthalicia Matarrita is a Latina artist from New York City. Although her life is a world away from Iran, Ms. Matarrita’s artwork connected her with … Read More

Shaheen Rezaie Writes to Her Husband on the Ninth Anniversary of His Imprisonment

ABN Bahá’í News  – Saeid Rezaie, one of the former members of the seven-management committee of the Baha’i community of Iran, currently incarcerated in Rejai-Shahr of Karaj, is commencing the … Read More

Bicentenaries highlight unity

ABN Bahá’í News CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, — As the Baha’i community prepares to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Harvard Divinity School is also commemorating its bicentenary. … Read More

Citizenship and Religion explored in Canada

.ABN Bahá’í News  — As the people of Canada prepare to celebrate 150 years since the confederation of their country, there has been a wide-ranging national conversation about the past, … Read More

‘Luminous, abstract beauty’: Artist’s impact revisited

.ABN Bahá’í News  — VENICE, Italy, 18 May 2017, (BWNS) — As thousands of art lovers from all around the world flock to Venice over the coming months for its … Read More

Tribal leaders stand in solidarity with Yemeni Baha’is

.ABN Bahá’í News  — SANA’A, Yemen — Hundreds of Yemenis—led by tribal leaders and human rights activists—gathered on Monday morning, 15 May 2017, to denounce the recent call for the … Read More

Video shows development of Colombia Temple

.ABN Bahá’í News  —AGUA AZUL, Colombia — In Norte del Cauca, a steady stream of developments continues to unfold as the community prepares for the completion of a local Baha’i … Read More

Global campaign launches for imprisoned Baha’i leaders

.ABN Bahá’í News  —NEW YORK — The Baha’i International Community is launching a global campaign calling for the immediate release of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders, unjustly imprisoned now for … Read More

Festival of Ridvan celebrated around the world

.ABN Bahá’í News  — For 12 days at the end of April and beginning of May, Baha’i communities around the world celebrated their most holy festival: Ridvan. This annual festival … Read More

Closure of 18 Baha’i-Owned Businesses

.ABN Bahá’í News  According to BahaiNews, 18 Baha’i-owned businesses in Shaheen-Shahr, Isfahan Province, were closed and sealed on Monday, May 1, 2017 by officers of the provincial Office of Public … Read More

Peace-building requires new capacities, empowerment

.ABN Bahá’í News  BRUSSELS — Building and sustaining peace in societies that are undergoing violent conflict remains a formidable challenge before humanity. In recent years, a growing number of governments … Read More

Florida Congressional Reps Call for Getting Tougher With Iran

ABN Bahá’í News         By KEVIN DERBY This week, members of the Florida congressional delegation called for tougher actions against the Iranian regime. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the … Read More

Oneness and equality inspire enthroned chief

ABN Bahá’í News  NIKKI, Benin — In the West African country of Benin, a chief of the Fula people is focusing on the unity of the diverse populations of his … Read More

US-Iran Exchange Applicants Rejected at UC Berkeley – or Were They?

ABN Bahá’í News .Hundreds of UC Berkeley students took part in a social experiment – without knowing it – as part of an awareness-raising campaign for the denial of higher … Read More

Ominous wave of Yemen arrests raises alarm

ABN Bahá’í News .BIC NEW YORK — Orders for the arrest of at least 25 Baha’is have been issued by certain authorities in Sana’a who are harassing the Yemeni Baha’is … Read More

Distinguished composer casts light on prisoner’s poems

ABN Bahá’í News OSLO, Norway — At a recent major international music festival, one composition stood out in particular for its portrayal of faith and spiritual transformation under great oppression. … Read More

Yekta Fahandezh Transferred to Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz for Five-Year Sentence

ABN Bahá’í News  Yekta Fahandezh Saadi, a Baha’i resident of Shiraz, has been transferred to Adel Abad prison in Shiraz. According to the Human Rights in Iran website, Yekta Fahandezh … Read More

Rethinking religion in Germany

ABN Bahá’í News  BERLIN — With the accelerated movement of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa over the past several years, German society is encountering a changing cultural … Read More

UN recognizes role of religion in protecting human rights

ABN Bahá’í News   BEIRUT, Lebanon — Too often, religion is portrayed primarily as a divisive force in society. The abuse of power by segments of religious and political leadership, the … Read More

Naw-Ruz receptions promote harmony

ABN Bahá’í News   BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — In August 1868, Baha’u’llah and his companions arrived by sea to the prison-city of Akka under an Ottoman edict of perpetual banishment. His … Read More

Five Bahá’í Citizens Were Arrested in Isfahan

ABN Bahá’í News According to BahaiNews, five Baha’is named Ehsan Eshtiyagh, Enayat Naimi, Farzad Homayouni, Sohrab Naghipour and Soroush Pezeshki were arrested by the Isfahan province security forces. Per a … Read More

Construction progresses on Cambodia Temple

ABN Bahá’í News BATTAMBANG, Cambodia — Excitement is stirring in Battambang as anticipation builds for the completion of the first local Baha’i House of Worship. Scores upon scores of inhabitants … Read More

Baha’is Imprisoned in Iran for Religious Beliefs Singled Out for Cruel Treatment

ABN Bahá’í News A member of Iran’s persecuted Baha’i faith has expressed serious concerns about two imprisoned ailing family members who are being denied early release despite being legally eligible. … Read More

Catalyzing an education revolution: Brookings Institution highlights Baha’i-inspired program

ABN Bahá’í News  The SAT program bridges theory and practice by giving students the chance to learn mathematics and science in the context of agriculture and other practical endeavors. WASHINGTON … Read More

بالفيديو – تهنئة بعيد النيروز بكل لغات العالم Video -Naw Rúz Greetings from all around the World

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The Baha’i New Year – NAW-RÚZ

ABN Bahá’í News  The Naw-Ruz means new day in Persian and it is one of nine holy days on which Baha’is suspend work. They typically celebrate the holy day at … Read More