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Baha'i World News

The Baha'i World News Service reports on activities of the worldwide Baha'i community and on events that affect the Baha'i Faith or its followers. Read All

Temple construction reaches new milestone

February 23, 2017 AGUA AZUL, Colombia — Plans for the construction of the local Baha'i House of Worship in Agua Azul, a village in Norte del Cauca, Colombia, have recently reached an important milestone. Construction officially began in January, after building contracts were formalized with a local firm in the region. Following the groundbreaking ceremony in May... Read More

Baha'is of Iran website launches

February 15, 2017 Following the wave of national Baha'i websites that have launched in recent years, the site of the Baha'i community of Iran went online earlier today. The website, which can be accessed at, covers a range of topics and presents the history, activities, and aspirations of the Baha'i... Read More

Seeing capacity for meaningful contribution in all populations

February 12, 2017 It is vital for aid agencies to see the populations they work with as protagonists of their own advancement. This message formed part of the opening address of a representative of the Baha'i International Community at a recent conference on social development at the United Nations. "Relationships of mutual support and assistance will increasingly be seen as our greatest source of strength,"... Read More

Champion of women’s emancipation celebrated

February 3, 2017 The story of Tahirih, a Bahá’í heroine born of Azeri roots, has long been a symbol of inspiration in the country of Azerbaijan. She was one of the pre-eminent champions of the equality of women and men in the nineteenth century. On 25 January, Azerbaijan’s National Museum of History held a celebration of women’s education in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries where Tahirih’s... Read More

Fred Schechter, 1927-2017

January 29, 2017 Fred Schechter, former Counsellor member of the International Teaching Centre, passed away on 27 January 2017 in California, U.S.A. He was 89 years old. The Universal House of Justice sent the following message to all National Spiritual Assemblies on 29 January.

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We feel great sorrow as we mourn the passing of humble, loving, steadfast... Read More

New publication of Baha'u'llah's Writings released

January 18, 2017 A new volume of Baha'i sacred texts, Days of Remembrance: Selections from the Writings of Baha'u'llah for Baha'i Holy Days, is being released today, making available to the world a selection of newly translated Writings of Baha'u'llah. Days of Remembrance offers forty-five selections revealed specifically for, or relating to, the nine holy days annually commemorated by the... Read More

Suspicious killing of Baha'i in Iran

January 11, 2017 The Baha'i International Community has learned about the killing of a Baha'i in Iran, under suspicious circumstances. A report received on 9 January indicated that Ahmad Fanaian was found dead, having sustained severe burns to his body. Mr. Fanaian was an elderly and respected man from Semnan Province. This killing comes at a time of ongoing, systematic oppression of Baha’is in Semnan... Read More

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Documenting the Persecution of the Baha'i Community in Iran

Amnesty International’s Annual Report on Iran

Source: IRAN 2016/2017 The authorities heavily suppressed the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and religious belief, arresting and imprisoning peaceful critics and others after grossly unfair trials before Revolutionary Courts. Torture and&hellip Read More

Towards a History of Iran’s Baha’i Community During the Reign of Mohammad Reza Shah, 1941-1979

Irannamag By Mina Yazdani Moving away from simplistic and monolithic narratives, this paper investigates the multi-layered, multi-faceted history of the Baha’i community of Iran during the reign of the last Pahlavi monarch. It argues that the&hellip Read More

Baha’is of Iran website launches

Source: Baha’i World News Service Following the wave of national Baha’i websites that have launched in recent years, the site of the Baha’i community of Iran went online earlier today. The website, which can be&hellip Read More

Sepena Shadabi Expelled from University in his 6th Semester

Source: BahaiNews1 Translation by Iran Press Watch According to BahaiNews, Sepena Shadabi, a Baha’i resident of Kermanshah, was expelled from Kermanshah Islamic Azad University. According to informed sources, this student, who had taken 104 credits and&hellip Read More


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Melissa Charepoo’s Children’s Books for Ayyam-i-Ha, the Fast & Naw-Ruz

February 22, 2017

When Melissa Charepoo couldn’t find resources to explain Ayyam-i-Ha, the Fast and Naw-Ruz to her children, she went out and made them herself! I admire her gumption and devotion tremendously! She wrote and illustrated two books: Celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha Around the World and Observing the Fast and Celebrating Naw-Ruz Around the World. I am excited about [...] Read More

Ellen “Mother” Beecher: A Sheaf of Light

February 19, 2017

In 1844 Siyyid Ali Muhammad, known to the world as the Bab, spent a quiet evening in His home, with Mulla Husayn. That evening, outwardly unnoticed, signified the birth of a new dispensation, era, and cycle in humanity’s history. Four years earlier, in the United States, a woman was born who was destined to become [...] Read More

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