August, 2009

Special Event Focuses on Human Rights in Iran

the-seven-friends-currently-arrested1On Saturday, September 12th the Arlington Bahá’í community will join with others in the DC metropolitan area for an evening dedicated to supporting religious freedom and human rights in Iran. The event will take place at 7:00pm at the Lisner Auditorium of George Washington University. In May 2008, the entire national leadership of the Bahá’í Faith in Iran was arrested and imprisoned in Tehran under false charges. Although the charges against these individuals are baseless, the charges carry the punishment of death. While dedicated to supporting all human rights and religious freedom in Iran, the event will focus on the plight of these Iranian Bahá’í leaders.

Confirmed guests include Ms. Shohreh Aghdashloo (Actress from House of Sand & Fog and The Stoning of Soraya M. ), Dr. Azar Nafisi (Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran) and Dr. Dwight Bashir (Associate Director for Policy at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom). The evening will be filled with multimedia and art presentations, as well as comments from local Washington DC Metro Area Bahá’ís who have been personally affected by the continued persecution in Iran.

The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information about the event on September 12th please contact us. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information about the situation of the Bahá’ís in Iran please visit

Meet Local Baha’is at the Arlington County Fair!

Arlington County in Virginia has had a Baha’i community since the early 1950’s and for over the past 25 years members of that community have actively participated in the annual Arlington County Fair. Come meet representatives of out community at the Baha’i booth at the Arlington County Fair and let us share our love and desire to serve the Arlington community:

“In every dispensation, there hath been the commandment of fellowship and love, but it was a commandment limited to the community of those in mutual agreement, not to the dissident foe. In this wondrous age, however, praised be God, the commandments of God are not delimited, not restricted to any one group of people, rather have all the friends been commanded to show forth fellowship and love, consideration and generosity and loving-kindness to every community on earth.” (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 20)

The Arlington County, Virginia, Fair runs August 20 – 23. The location is 3501 South Second Street in Arlington. Click here for more information.

See you there!