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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’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.


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.


National News of the Baha'is of India

Iran’s Ebadi says seven Baha’is must be acquitted

Washington, 12 January (Washington TV)—In an exclusive telephone interview with WashingtonTV on Tuesday, Shirin Ebadi, one of the lawyers defending the seven detained Baha’i leaders in Iran, whose first trial hearing took place today in Tehran, said that if “justice” were to prevail, the only verdict that could be reached over this case was one of “acquittal”.

“If justice is to be carried out and an impartial judge should investigate the charges leveled against my clients, the only verdict that could be reached is that of acquittal,” said Ebadi, in comments translated from the Persian.

But she went on to express regret about the Judiciary’s behavior. “Unfortunately, for some time now, the Judiciary has distanced itself from justice.”

Ebadi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, also criticized the manner in which today’s hearing, which was the first session of the trial, was staged behind closed doors.

She said: “On the basis of the information given to me by the families of my clients, the first session of the trial began today and out of the four lawyers which the Centre for the Defense of Human Rights [established by Ebadi and other lawyers in Iran and currently closed by the authorities] had assigned to them – myself, Mr [Abdolfattah] Soltani, Mr [Hadi] Esma’ilzadeh and Ms [Mahnaz]Parakand – [the latter two], Mr Esma’ilzadeh and Ms Parakand took part in the hearing, but in spite of our request, it was announced that the hearing would be held behind closed doors and they even made the relatives leave the room.”

Ebadi explained that her clients have been convicted of “spying for America and Israel, acting against national security and [engaging in] propaganda against the [Islamic Republic’s] system”, adding: “I read the dossier and fortunately or unfortunately, found in it no cause or evidence to sustain the criminal charges upheld by the prosecutor.”

The Baha’i International Community has categorically denied the accusations and said that today’s trial in Tehran was marked by “numerous violations” of legal due process.

The defendants, Mr Behrouz Tavakkoli, Mr Saeed Rezai’i, Mrs Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr Vahid Tizfahm, Mr Jamaloddin Khanjani and Mr Afif Na’imi, were arrested in their homes in Tehran on 14 May 2008 and Mrs Mahvash Sabet was arrested on 5 March 2008 in northeastern city of Mashhad.

On the question of the postponement of the trial of the detainees, Ebadi said: “This case was set up wrongly from the start, that is, my clients should have been released immediately. This delay which has lasted up to now contravenes the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Asked about the reasons behind increasing pressure brought to bear in recent months against the Baha’is, including scurrilous accusations against them made by hard-line Iranian media, Ebadi linked these to the protests across Iran following the disputed presidential election.


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!


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.


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. 


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.

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