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"Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"

~Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá’í World News Service
The Bahá’í World News Service reports on current Bahá’í activity around the world.

Youth Conferences

Message from The Universal House of Justice, the international governing council of the Baha’i’s,addressed to the 114 Youth Conferences throughout the World, dated 1 July 2013.

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The Baha'i House of Worship of India

The Baha'i House of Worship in New Delhi, which is considered as India’s symbol of communal harmony by the Government of India, was dedicated to the people of India and all humanity in December 1986.

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National News of the Baha'is of India

Seminar on the occasion of 200 Birth Anniversary of Baha'u'llah

 

Celebrating the Life and Vision of Bahá’u’lláh (1817-2017)

The year 2017 marks the 200th birth anniversary of Bahá’u’lláh the founder prophet of the Bahá’í Faith. Bahá’í communities across the globe are celebrating this momentous occasion with zeal and ardour. The Bahá’í Faith originated in mid-19th century, making it the newest independent religion in the world. The central teaching of the Faith is based on the oneness of God, unity of humanity and the essential harmony of all religions for peaceful co-existence.

Born 12th November 1817 in Tehran, Bahá’u’lláh showed forth extraordinary qualities that indicated He was destined for a life of greatness. From an early age, Bahá’u’lláh chose to walk a path of service to humanity, instead of one of comfort and ease, and became known as a champion of the cause of justice. Bahá’u’lláh’s father, a distinguished minister in the court of the king, had a dream about his son swimming in a limitless ocean; his body shining with a multitude of fish gathered around him each holding onto one strand of His hair. Yet, unrestrained He moved above the waters as the fish followed. His father would later come to know that this dream symbolized the multitude of challenges that his son would face in His Mission of ushering in humanity’s spiritual revival. Bahá’u’lláh would single-handedly achieve sovereignty over all opposing forces, despite the turmoil which His message would arouse among the people of the world.

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Seminar on "Treasuring Diversity: The Role of Religion in Building an Inclusive Society "

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Festival of Ridvan celebrated around the world

New Delhi, 7 May 2017 (Source: Baha'i World News Service) — For 12 days at the end of April and beginning of May, Baha’i communities around the world celebrated their most holy festival: Ridvan.

This annual festival marks the anniversary of the days Baha’u’llah spent along the River Tigris in Baghdad.

In 1863, Baha’u’llah stayed in a garden on the banks of the Tigris River for 12 days, during which His many admirers in the city came to bid Him farewell. Baha’u’llah announced to the friends gathered with Him during those days that He was God’s Messenger for a new age, foretold in the world’s scriptures. He called the garden they were gathered in “Ridvan,” meaning “paradise.”

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Naw-Ruz receptions promote harmony

BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE, 6 April 2017, (BWNS) — In August 1868, Baha’u’llah and his companions arrived by sea to the prison-city of Akka under an Ottoman edict of perpetual banishment. His exile resulted in the Holy Land becoming home to the spiritual and administrative heart of the Baha’i world. Those serving at the Baha’i World Centre have since those earliest days tried to exemplify, through their life and work, a consciousness of the oneness of humanity.

The annual celebration of Naw-Ruz, the Baha’i New Year, has been an occasion when the Baha’i World Centre has brought together in fellowship a diverse range of people from society. In addition to a commemoration at the World Centre itself, a set of receptions are held in Akka and Jerusalem around the same time.

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