Bahá'í

Local Bahai Community Holds Vigil to Pray for Prisoners, Raise Awareness Of Iran's 'Intolerance'

June 6, 2009

Author: Ron Cammel

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/06/local_bahai_community_holds_vi.html

Shawn Eshragh, of Cascade Township, has a personal interest in Iran's persecution of the Bahai community, but he believes everyone is affected.

His cousin, whom he described as "an extremely gentle, knowledgeable person," was executed in 1981 in Iran just...

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Airdrie’s Bahai Community Speaks Out

May 27, 2009

Author: Josh Skapin

Source: Airdrie Echo

http://www.airdrieecho.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1586260

With the recently passed anniversary of a painful occasion for the Bahai community and an unfolding development that may escalate matters, Airdrie residents belonging to the faith are speaking out.

According to multiple media reports, seven Baha’i leaders called “the group of friends,” presently jailed in Iran for reasons...

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Australia, Canada Call for Immediate Release Of Imprisoned Baha'is

May 27, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/717

The Australian Parliament has called on the government of Iran to release seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders “without delay.”

A motion from the House of Representatives expresses “serious concern” that the detained Baha’is have had no access to legal representation and have not been subject to due legal process.

It also...

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Ascension Of Baha'u'llah Commemorated

May 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/716

On 29 May 1892 – 117 years ago this week – Baha’u’llah passed away at His home outside Acre.

Baha’is around the world each year commemorate the date with special devotional programs, many turning in the direction of His burial site as they pray. To Baha’is it is the most sacred spot on earth.

The Shrine of Baha’u...

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Baha'i Rift: Baha'is Upset With Orthodox Baha'i Faith

May 18, 2009

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-bahai-18-may18,0,6239589.story

Every religion has been riven by struggles over authority and authenticity.

Buddhism began when a maverick Hindu prince inspired disciples to embrace asceticism. Judaism has sprouted branches from ultra-orthodox to ultra-liberal, even Jews for Jesus. Christianity went through numerous...

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UK Government Renews Call for Release Of Detained Bahá’ís

May 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá'í News UK

http://bahainews-uk.info/2009/05/14/uk-government-renews-call-for-release-of-detained-bahais/

The United Kingdom government has reiterated its concern for seven Bahá’í leaders imprisoned in Iran on the first anniversary of their detention.

Foreign Office Minister of State Bill Rammell MP renewed calls on behalf of the UK government for the seven...

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Iranian Baha'i Leaders May Face New Accusation On Anniversary Of Imprisonment

May 12, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/713

The seven Baha'i leaders currently imprisoned in Iran are facing the anniversary of their arrest this Thursday, along with new and extremely grave accusations, after spending a year in jail without formal charges or access to their lawyer, Shirin Ebadi.

"Despite their obvious innocence and the call by many for their immediate release, these seven men and women have...

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Australian National Assembly Marks 75th year; Like Iran's, It Was First Elected In 1934

May 8, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/712

A congratulatory message from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was read to Australian Baha’is as they celebrated the 75th anniversary of their National Spiritual Assembly at an event in Sydney. Participants remembered the Baha’is in Iran, who would be marking the same anniversary if not for the decades of persecution in that country.

Both Iran and Australia...

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Hawthorn Woods Woman Organizing Bahai Faith

April 27, 2009

Author: David Conard

Source: Lake Zurich Courier

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/lakezurich/news/1546375,lake-zurich-lalehzarippl-042709-s1.article

Elahe Lalehzari may be organizing a very small congregation, but she hopes it will grow. After all, her religion accepts people no matter which prophet they pray to.

Lalehzari is a Bahai, a faith with five million members worldwide, and the 11-year Hawthorn...

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A Spiritual Journey: Connecticut Christian Embraces Bahai

April 24, 2009

Author: Peggy Fletcher Stack

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_12209648

Jordan Dez loved worshipping at her big, white-steepled Connecticut church. She felt embraced by the liberal United Church of Christ congregation of her youth. It felt natural and right and fit in with her sense of God's love. She was baptized at 13 because, as she says, everyone around was a Christian.

That was her religious cocoon.

Yet, like...

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British Prime Minister Sends Ridvan Message to Baha'is

April 24, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/710

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has sent a message to UK Baha'is to mark Ridvan, the most important Baha'i festival. In it he expressed his "respect and admiration" for the British Baha'i community which, he said, "makes a contribution to British life out of all proportion to its size."

In the letter, which was addressed to the annual reception...

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Edmond Baha’is Celebrate Faith’s Holiest Period

April 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Edmond Sun

http://www.edmondsun.com/local/local_story_113232800.html

Edmond along with all Oklahoma City Metro Baha’i communities from April 21 to May 2 are celebrating Ridvan, considered the holiest period of the Baha’i calendar, which commemorates the Baha’i founder’s public declaration in 1863 of his mission as God’s messenger for today.

Baha’i communities across...

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Baha'is And Rights Groups Say Iranian President Must Address Discrimination At Home

April 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/708

The Baha’i International Community joined two human rights organizations in calling on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to address discrimination in his own country when he speaks this week at the conference known as Durban II.

The statement was issued as a joint news release by the Baha’i International Community, the Iranian League...

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Egypt Officially Changes Rules for ID Cards

April 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/707

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior this week published a decree that allows individuals to obtain government documents without identifying themselves as belonging to a particular religion.

The decree is the result of a recent Egyptian Supreme Administrative Court ruling – in a case involving Baha’is – that on government ID cards and...

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