Baha’i

The year 2017 is the Bicentennial of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

The Arlington Bahá’í community is happy to join with others around the world who are preparing to celebrate and honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, on October 22, 2017.

Entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, Akka, Israel

Bahá’ís recognize Bahá’u’lláh “…as the Judge, the Lawgiver and Redeemer of all mankind, as the Organizer of the entire planet, as the Unifier of the children of men, as the Inaugurator of the long-awaited millennium, as the Originator of a new ‘Universal Cycle,’ as the Establisher of the Most Great Peace, as the Fountain of the Most Great Justice, as the Proclaimer of the coming of age of the entire human race, as the Creator of a new World Order, and as the Inspirer and Founder of a world civilization.

“To Israel He was neither more nor less than the incarnation of the ‘Everlasting Father,’ the ‘Lord of Hosts’ come down ‘with ten thousands of saints’; to Christendom Christ returned ‘in the glory of the Father,’ to Shí’ah Islám the return of the Imám Husayn; to Sunní Islám the descent of the ‘Spirit of God’ (Jesus Christ); to the Zoroastrians the promised Sháh-Bahrám; to the Hindus the reincarnation of Krishna; to the Buddhists the fifth Buddha.”

We look forward to celebrating this joyous occasion with followers from all religions and with the people from all corners of the planet.

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Arlington Bahá’ís Celebrate “Twin Holy Days”

3-2008 Shrine BabThe Arlington, VA Bahá’í community will join with Bahá’ís around the world beginning during the evening of November 12, and on November 13 and 14, to observe two of the most significant and joyous occasions in the Bahá’í calendar: the Births of the Báb and of Bahá’u’lláh, the Manifestations of God Who were the Founders of the Bahá’í Faith.

This year, 2015, marks the first time there will be simultaneous global celebrations of these Holy Days.

Shastri Purushotma wrote an excellent article in the Huffington Post, explaining the global celebrations and the background of coordinated solar and lunar calendars.

Our community invites you to join us in Arlington or in Falls Church to celebrate these Holy Days.  Please contact us at lsaofarlingtonva@gmail.com and we would be happy to provide you with further information.

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Martyrdom of the Báb

This Bahá’í Holy Day, in particular, evokes feelings of awe, sadness, and wonder. The Arlington Bahá’ís observed the Martyrdom of the Báb – Friday, July 10, 2015 – at the Arlington Women’s Club. The highlight of the event was a dramatic representation created by actors and musicians from Canada of the execution of the Báb in the public square of Tabriz, Iran on this date 165 years ago.

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An interfaith prayer gathering for a departed Arlington neighbor

“God got a gift for Christmas and it was my Daddy…”

These were the words my 7 year old neighbor told his family and there was not a dry eye at the gathering to mourn the departure of his father.  This and many other stories of that family’s unshakable faith were shared with me when several ladies — grandmother, sisters, aunts — stop by to thank me for taking care of their little boy the night when his daddy’s soul winged its flight from this mortal world.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
~ Christianity, Holy Bible, John 14:1-3

Back to the Father

Psalm 56:13

As the ladies embraced me I started singing the song “Back to the Father” which Van Gilmer taught me:

“I’m going back to the father, thank Him for my journey, live in a mansion, Feast on milk and honey, shout troubles over, join the heavenly choir, rest from my labor, give God the glory, I’m going back to the father.”

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