February, 2012


The Event: A three-course dinner, complete with friends to break the second day of the 19-Day Fast.
Date: Saturday, March 3rd
Time: 6:03 p.m., at sunset (Please arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. to prepare for breaking the Fast together.)
Where: DC Baha’i Center – 5713 16th St NW Washington, DC 20011
Price: $20 per Baha’i attendee or donations. All proceeds will be sent to the National Baha’i Fund.
What to bring: A smile, friends, and an appetite (shouldn’t be too hard with the Fast)
Whats on the menu? Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, and dessert.

Please RSVP to the Baha’is of Arlington, Virginia (Subject: Spaghetti fundraiser RSVP) in order that we may best gauge our food preparations without a lot of waste.

We look forward to welcoming you!


Part of being a world citizen is the ability to educate yourself and apply that acquired knowledge toward the betterment of the human condition. If our basic needs for liberty and the pursuit of education are systematically hindered, we become stagnant and debase ourselves for selfish gain.

This video tells the story of Soheilia Afnani and her father Nusratullah Subhani, a local Baha’i leader who was
executed March 5th, 1985. The day before he was killed, Mr. Subhani wrote to his wife and
daughter, “I only wish that all of you become inspired and successful in the pathway of truth and
truthfulness. May my life be sacrificed to you all.”

So now, ask yourself: “What can I do?”

1) Contact your government representative(s) and strongly encourage them to condemn any and all institutions who actively suppress the human right to an education.
2) Become a part of an initiative focused on the education of all people.

Need help with the first two items in this list? Contact the Baha’is of Arlington, Virginia.

Ayyam-i-Ha: A Time of Giving and Hospitality

Baha’is celebrate the festival of Ayyam-i-Ha each year from sunset on Feb. 25 to sunset of March 1 as a preparation for the Fast, which begins March 2 and ends March 20. During Ayyam-i-Ha, members of the Faith perform acts of charity, give gifts to friends and family, and attend social gatherings.

Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, has said of Ayyam-i-Ha: “It behoveth the people of Baha, throughout these days, to provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His Name.”

Want to share in this joyous occasion of love, laughter, and happiness later this month ? Contact the Baha’is of Arlington here.

The Eye Doc is Helping More than just Patients

Taking to heart the call by the Universal House of Justice to engage in community-building activities around the world, Zitta Rezvani is a Baha’i here in Arlington who has somehow managed to squeeze volunteer work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington into her busy schedule.

In her own words….
“I’ve been doing this for the past 5 years. I was one of the founders of the Next Generation Leaders, which is a liaison between the big board and the boys and girls club clubhouses.

We’ve regularly organized numerous programs for youth and children in the DC area, along with volunteering our personal time to projects like the renovation we performed at the Orr Elementary School Branch in Washington, DC on October 22, 2011. This involved the painting of exterior playground space; repairing, pruning, and patching of playground fields and fencing; replacement of interior and exterior lights and bulbs; replacement of ceiling tile in various locations; painting of select interior spaces; and building of shelving and storage units. I love what I do. It feels like we’re really making a difference in these kids lives. Also, we’re always looking for more people, too!”

Want to get involved? Contact Zitta.