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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

Message of the International governing council of the Baha'is to the Baha'is of Iran

The Universal House of Justice has addressed the following message dated 23 June 2009 to the Baha’is of Iran in light of recent events in that country.

23 June 2009

To the Bahá’ís of Iran

Dearly loved Friends,

With hearts grieved by events unfolding in Iran, we address this letter to you, the steadfast followers of Bahá’u’lláh in that land. To the concern for your safety that has long weighed on us is now added mounting fear for the safety of millions of Iranian men and women, so many of them at the pinnacle of their youth, their vast potentialities yearning to be realized. How rapidly have veils been rent asunder!

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41 regional Baha'i conferences are scheduled to take place over the next four months in cities around the globe, out of which three took place recently in India

Series of three Regional Baha’i Conferences held in November 2008 in the Indian Subcontinent

New Delhi, India

Kolkata, India

Bangalore, India

These unprecedented series of gatherings comes at the midway point of a five-year effort by Bahá’ís to decentralize many of their activities and organize study circles, devotional meetings, and classes for children and young people at the neighborhood level.

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A Day of Prayer and Action for Children, 20th November 2008

We live in a problem-oriented world that expends a great deal of its energies and resources attempting to identify and then remedy specific problems. The nations of the world are constantly developing complex programmes to address the problems of war, disease, poverty, injustice, prejudice, ignorance, pollution and violence. Violence seems to be increasing at all levels of society, and threatens the integrity of the individual, the family, and the society as a whole. 

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Indian Baha’is Celebrated the Declaration of the Bab on 23rd May

Baha’is worldwide celebrate 23rd May as the Day of Declaration of the Bab.  On this day in 1844, the Bab declared that He was the Promised One of all Holy Books in the beautiful city of Shiraz in southern Iran. He said that he was the Gate to new and fresh Revelation from God. Baha'is of different cities in India gathered in large numbers to celebrate the occasion.

The declaration and claim of the Bab attracted thousands of sincere people from many diverse religious backgrounds, but also the wrath of the fanatic clergy that launched a murderous wave of persecution that killed thousands of innocent souls. That Bab was Himself imprisoned and eventually shot by orders of the corrupt government, by a firing squad of 750 soldiers in 1850. The remains of the Bab are enshrined on Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel, in a monumental edifice surrounded by beautiful gardens, visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and tourists today.

The celebrations were muted this year because of the on-going persecution of Baha’is in Iran, where no organized community activity is permitted, where the seven members of the  Bahá'í  leadership have served more than one year of imprisonment without any formal charges and without access to their legal counsel, the Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi. They are imprisoned on trumped up charges of “espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities, propaganda against the Islamic Republic, and spreading corruption on earth. The last charge carries the death sentence under Iranian penal code. This is against all standards of International Human Rights.  and has received international outcry and condemnation by the governments, parliamentarians, leaders of thought, human rights groups, media and civil society organizations.

During these celebrations in different cities of India prayers were offered for the safety and early release of the imprisoned Baha’is of Iran.

 

Six Baha'is arrested in Iran

New Delhi - 16 January – The Bahá’ís of India are deeply concerned to hear of the arrest of at least six Bahá’ís in Iran on 14th January, including a woman who worked at human rights organizations connected with Nobel prize winner Shirin Ebadi.

According to reports received from Iran, the six were arrested after government security agents raided the homes of at least 11 Bahá’ís. During the raids, they also confiscated Bahá’í books and other items, such as computers and photographs.

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