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Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Martyrdom of the Báb, the forerunner of the Baha’i Faith, took place on July 9, 1850 at noon. An event with no parallel in history save the crucifixion of Jesus, it is commemorated as a solemn Holy Day by Bahá’ís around the world.

Martyrdom of the BabThe holy day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Bab, the herald of the Baha’i Faith, by a firing squad on July 9, 1850, in Tabriz, Persia. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work, for Baha’is, is suspended. There are no prescribed activities for this solemn day, but usually Baha’is will gather to read from the writings and say prayers at noon (the time of the execution).

Arlington Baha’is will commemorate the Martyrdom of the Báb on at 1 pm on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, at the the Woman’s Club of Arlington (700 S Buchanan St, Arlington, VA 22204) with a devotional program and light refreshments.

All are invited to the commemoration. In order to ensure a solemn atmosphere for the devotional program, please arrive by 12:45 pm.

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Arlington Baha’is celebrate the Declaration of the Bab

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

A group of Arlington Baha’is, joined by a Chilean guest, gathered in the evening of May 22, 2014 to commemorate the Declaration of the Babmarking 170 full years since the beginning of the Baha’i Faith!

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While sharing light refreshments, the friends viewed a video presentation about the house of the youthful Messenger of God whose title the Bab means the Gate to the knowledge of God.

The gathering continued with spiritually-uplifting conversations about the momentous event which took place 170 years ago in the city of Shiraz, Iran, and concluded with songs and the reading of the potent Tablet of Visitation at 10:31 pm — two hours and 11 minutes after sunset — the moment when the Bab informed His first disciple of His mission.

“I am,” thrice exclaimed the Báb, “I am, I am, the promised One! I am the One whose name you have for a thousand years invoked, at whose mention you have risen, whose advent you have longed to witness, and the hour of whose Revelation you have prayed God to hasten. Verily I say, it is incumbent upon the peoples of both the East and the West to obey My word and to pledge allegiance to My person.”

Ridvan Festival

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Baha’ís in Arlington begin celebrating their holiest religious festival at sunset on Sunday, April 20, 2014. It is also the time during which the community will elect a new Local Spiritual Assembly, the governing body for the Arlington Baha’í community.

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Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel.

The Festival of Ridvan is a twelve-day period commemorating Baha’u’llah’s announcement of His claim to prophethood and his departure from Baghdad in 1863, observed from sunset 20 April to sunset, 2 May. The first, ninth and twelfth days of Ridvan are major Bahá’í holy days on which work should be suspended.* Baha’i elections are normally held during Ridvan. The name derives from the Najibiyyih Garden in Baghdad where Baha’u’llah stayed during this period and to which He gave the name Ridvan (Paradise).

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Garden of Ridván outside of Akka, Israel.

Arlington Baha’is to observe two significant Holy Days

| November 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

How would you feel if you knew that the Creator has made a promise to never leave humanity alone and send Divine Educators to guide us, Baha’u’llah being the most current one? And what if He provided means to guarantee the unity of His followers — an eternal Covenant.

The Day of the Covenant is the day when Bahá’ís celebrate the appointment of `Abdu’l-Bahá as the Centre of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant.

Abdu’l-Baha, the Center of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah

Abdu’l-Baha, the Center of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah

To honor this unique Baha’i Holy Day, this Monday evening, Nov 25, a Baha’i family in Arlington will host a fireside discussion on the Covenant of Baha’u’llah. Please join us for what promises to be an informative and engaging evening.

Two days later, on Wednesday evening, Nov 27, another community member will host a commemoration of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha with a diverse program including devotions and the Arlington premiere of a historic documentary about the journey of the Son of Baha’u’llah to North America.

Please contact us if interested in joining us for either of these inspiring events.