Community Actitivities

Celebrate with us the Twelfth Day of Ridván

The Baha’i Community warmly invites you to celebrate with us the The Twelfth Day of Ridván, concluding the annual Bahá’í festival commemorating the historic events during which Bahá’u’lláh declared Himself to be God’s Messenger to the age of humanity’s collective maturity, foretold in all the world’s scriptures.

The celebration will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the picnic shelter to the right of the Amphitheater at Lubber Run Park, 200 N Columbus St., Arlington, VA 22203.

A potluck picnic lunch starting at noon will precede a devotional program starting at 1:30 pm and featuring live music, story telling, activities for children and adults alike.

All are welcome!

"Ridván" means paradise, and is named for the Garden of Ridván outside Baghdad, where Bahá'u'lláh stayed for twelve days after the Ottoman Empire exiled him from the city and before commencing his journey to Constantinople.

“Ridván” means paradise, and is named for the Garden of Ridván outside Baghdad, where Bahá’u’lláh stayed for twelve days after the Ottoman Empire exiled him from the city and before commencing his journey to Constantinople.

“Verily, all created things were immersed in the sea of purification when, on that first day of Ridvan, We shed upon the whole of creation the splendours of Our most excellent Names and Our most exalted Attributes. This, verily, is a token of My loving providence, which hath encompassed all the worlds. Consort ye then with the followers of all religions, and proclaim ye the Cause of your Lord, the Most Compassionate; this is the very crown of deeds, if ye be of them who understand.”
(Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 47)

 

Using the arts in celebrating the Birth of Baha’u’llah

As Baha’is around the world prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, the Baha’is of Arlington County are getting ready for a celebration which will include a potluck dinner, live music, puppet theater, and a devotional program. The celebration will take place at 6 pm on Monday, November 11th, 2013  at the historic Carlin Hall at 5711 4th Street South, Arlington, VA 22204 and is open to all.

Arlington Baha'is use the arts to prepare for the celebration of the Birth of Baha'u'llah

Arlington Baha’is use the arts to prepare for the celebration of the Birth of Baha’u’llah

Using the arts in celebrating the Birth of Baha’u’llah

Baha’u’llah – a title that means The Glory of God – was born Mirza Husayn Ali in 1817 in Tehran, Persia.  His son, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, said:

“The Blessed Perfection, Bahá’u’lláh, belonged to the nobility of Persia.  From earliest childhood He was distinguished among His relatives and friends. They said, “This child has extraordinary power.” In wisdom, intelligence and as a source of new knowledge, He was advanced beyond His age and superior to His surroundings.  All who knew Him were astonished at His precocity.”
~‘Abdu’l-Baha, Promulgation of Universal Peace

In one His tablets addressing the rulers of the world, Baha’u’llah recounts a story from His childhood in which seeing a puppet show of a grand display of the might and power of the ruling elite made Him reflect on the insignificance of earthly power and might.

Baha’u’llah eschewed a life of privilege, instead dedicating all His efforts to guiding humanity towards the establishment of a spiritual civilization and universal peace. In this — the goal of the Baha’i Faith — the arts have an essential and fascinating role to play. Bahá’ís believe the arts are not at the periphery of our existence but rather are at the very heart of it.

May we all, through community building and the use of the arts celebrate this Holy Day in exaltation!

“Arts, crafts and sciences uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation.”
~ Bahá’u’lláh

Artful Expressions of Faith from Bahai.us on Vimeo.

Baha’is Mourn the Loss the House of Bahá’u’lláh in Baghdad

Baha’is around the world learned today that the house in Baghdad occupied by Bahá’u’lláh the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, during his exile and imprisonment there in the mid-nineteenth century, has been destroyed. No further details are immediately available.

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Archive photo of the House of Bahá’u’lláh in Baghdad.

Old image of the house of Bahá'u'lláh in Baghdad.

Old image of the house of Bahá’u’lláh in Baghdad.

 
After being exiled from Persia (Iran), Bahá’u’lláh and His family lived in Baghdad from 1853 to 1863 until He was furthered exiled to Constantinople, modern-day Istanbul. In His book of laws, He designated His house in Baghdad as a site for pilgrimage for all Bahá’ís, along with the House of the Báb in Shiraz, Iran, which was destroyed in the early years of the Islamic Revolution.

The Bahá’ís of Arlington are deeply distressed to learn that a property of extraordinary religious significance has been destroyed.

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Baghdad in the era when Bahá’u’lláh lived there.

Arlington Prayer Meeting for the wrongfully imprisoned Iranian Baha’is

“O Lord!  These souls have tasted bitter agony in this earthly life and have, as a sign of their love for the shining beauty of Thy countenance and in their eagerness to attain Thy celestial kingdom, tolerated every gross indignity that the people of tyranny have inflicted upon them.”
~ Baha’u’llah

To mark the five year anniversary of the wrongful imprisonment of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders, the Baha’i International Community is launching a campaign to call for their immediate release – and to draw attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran.

Five Years Too Many

“On 14 May, the seven innocent Baha’i leaders will have been behind bars for five full years, unjustly imprisoned solely because of their religious beliefs,” said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.

“We are asking people of good will around the world to raise their voices in an effort to win their freedom and the freedom of other innocent prisoners of conscience in Iran,” she said.

The campaign will run from 5 May through 15 May, under the title “Five Years Too Many.” Around the world, Baha’i communities and other groups are planning public events that focus on the plight of the seven, who face 15 more years in prison, and whose 20-year sentences are the longest of any current prisoners of conscience in Iran.

On Sunday, May 12th, 2013, the Arlington Baha’i community will host an interfaith prayer meeting in support of the 7 wrongly imprisoned Baha’i leaders in the cradle of the Baha’i Faith. The Prayer Station is open to anyone to wishes to raise their voice for the voiceless and pray for the speedy delivery of the Yaran. Please contact the host if you would like to participate and need directions.