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My New Wife, My New Country, My New Life

Baha'i Teachings.org - 3 hours 50 min ago

Immigrants to America like me learn to love their new country – and I not only did that, I brought a new love to my country. In addition to my...

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The Influence of the Bab’s Teachings on Baha’i Belief

Baha'i Teachings.org - 5 hours 23 min ago

The Bab’s original ideas and laws have had a profound influence on Baha’i thought and life which continues to this very day. Some of these ideas and laws have been...

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Do We Worship Entrepreneurs and Western Education Too Much?

Baha'i Teachings.org - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 10:00am

In the global West, we often associate innovation with successful entrepreneurs and traditional Western education – but do these associations really drive civilization’s progress? As a college student seeking to...

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Our Spiritual Imperative to Stop Period Poverty

Baha'i Teachings.org - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 8:00am

The Baha’i teachings call on us all to work to bring about justice in every country of the world, and to acknowledge the dignity and equality of every person: When perfect...

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Celebration – An Album for the Twin Bicentenary Celebrations of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab

Baha'i Blog - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 7:28pm

A spirit of loving collaboration really shines through the music on Celebration, an album in honor of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, Founders of the Baha’i Faith. Its 16 original tracks beautifully marry multicultural rhythms and sounds with extracts from the Baha’i Writings. The album was put together by a group of friends in Quebec, Canada, and I was able to ask Pierre Tremblay how it all came together. Here’s what he shared with me: 

Baha’i Blog: Can you tell us a little about yourself and the people involved in putting the album together? The people who contributed to the album are Baha’is with a few friends of the Faith who are inspired to put beautiful, culturally diverse music to sacred text. Most of them do not have a platform and several had never previously recorded anything. These artists are friends who we felt deserved to be heard. They all jumped at the opportunity to participate in this tribute to the Twin Bicentennials. I am a semi-retired musician and small-time producer. I have been a Baha’i and a professional musician for close to 50 years. The musician involved included: Somiya Amoroso-Colatosti, Alexandre Evans, Keyvan Peymani, Samia Nakhostine, Jessica Leblanc, Gustaff Besungu, Afaf Sahnoun, Rachel Tremblay and her children Tuesday Rain Leduc and Tao Stone Leduc, Mira-Clair Lepage, Janie Cardinal-Fernandes, Bruno A.R., Allison Wood, Ben Michel, Rachel Luce, Zoutenn Pathé, Jonathan Bouquet, Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, Lien Tremblay, Ophélie Welldon, Sahba Badie, Verna Lindstrom, Albert Beghuis and myself. Baha’i Blog: What inspired you to put this album together?

The contributors inspired me. I felt that the mixture of styles and cultures would make a beautiful bouquet, a loving offering to Baha’u’llah and the Bab.

Baha’i Blog: What was the process like of making this album? The contributors would travel to our home, one hour north of Montreal, to record their piece, in the course of about one year. We then added additional instruments and vocals when required and as opportunity permitted. Then the mixing and mastering went on for a few months. Each song presented its own “production” challenge as the styles and types of instrumentation were mostly very different from one another. We then did the artwork, printed the inserts, burnt and printed the CDs and set the album up for free download on Bandcamp. All of the materials were paid by the Laval Local Spiritual Assembly and Louise Profeit-Leblanc. Baha’i Blog: What’s something that you learned while putting it together? It is always a learning process for me to support artists’ work, especially youth – something I greatly enjoy. I learn to hear their artistic voice and their uniqueness and I strive to join them in growing and supporting it. This was a lovely collaboration. Baha’i Blog: Where can we find the album? We printed a couple of hundred that we give away mostly at Bicentennial celebrations where we are invited to perform. Otherwise it can be downloaded for free at: https://burnthillfunk.bandcamp.com/album/celebration We had a CD launch here in the Laurentians, a free concert involving most of the contributors. Approximately 100 people attended, including many friends of the Faith and others. We will repeat the performance in Laval on November 2nd and a few other performances are in the works. Baha’i Blog: Thank you so much, Pierre! We appreciate you sharing this with us and wish you all the best with your future performances!

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How to Respond to Internet Flaming—Spiritually

Baha'i Teachings.org - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 10:45am

How can we cultivate a spirit of consultation and true friendship online? Those vital spiritual attributes, so conducive to human progress, often get lost on the web.  Just think of...

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How to Bring the Sacred Home

Baha'i Teachings.org - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 9:45am

Each of us brings a variety of things home in the course of our lifetime, both to the house in which we dwell and the home within our heart.  We...

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Why Do Prophets Appear in Such Corrupt Cultures?

Baha'i Teachings.org - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 10:00am

Jesus Christ was famously born in Bethlehem; however, he was raised in Nazareth, a township with a negative reputation, according to the Gospel of St. John: Can any good thing...

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How the Bab’s New Calendar Transforms Time

Baha'i Teachings.org - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 8:00am

Time orders life, or so it seems – at least most of the time. How often do we check the time, mark our calendars, plan our schedules? Pretty much all...

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Staying Truthful – Under All Conditions

Baha'i Teachings.org - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 10:00am

To be a good person, do you have to always be truthful? The Baha’i teachings suggest that no matter what those around us do, every individual has the responsibility to...

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Abraham: Monotheism’s Introducer in the West

Baha'i Teachings.org - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 9:07am

According to the Torah – the Old Testament of the Bible – Abraham lived in a society near Baghdad that worshiped many gods. His message brought monotheism, the belief in...

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Responding to Climate Change Skeptics, Spiritually

Baha'i Teachings.org - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:00am

A few weeks ago I wrote an essay about fires in the Amazon and their impact on climate change. A commenter said the essay “feeds climate alarmism, which fuels mass...

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The Resplendent Light of Peace

Baha'i Teachings.org - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 8:00am

More than ever before I find myself drawn to the prayer Abdu’l-Baha revealed in 1916 for the Baha’is of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the “Fire of...

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Mulla Husayn: A Book for Young Children by Alhan Rahimi

Baha'i Blog - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 6:48am
Alhan Rahimi is a lovely young mother who saw a need and filled it. She has recently written a book called Mulla Husayn: The Story of the Declaration of the Bab for Young Children. The colorful book includes soft illustrations and thoughtful text. I found myself sitting next to Alhan at this year’s ABS conference and it was wonderful to meet her. Here is what she shared about her book: Baha’i Blog: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Alhan Rahimi. I’m a Baha’i mother of two young girls (ages three and one). I also work as a medical Arabic interpreter and live in Ontario, Canada.

Baha’i Blog: What inspired you to write this book?

My children were my inspiration. I wanted my 3-year-old to have a better understanding of the Declaration of the Bab celebration. I actually want them both to have a good understanding of all the Baha’i Holy Days!

Baha’i Blog: Who is the book’s target audience?

I aimed for children under the age of five, but older children will benefit from it as well.

Baha’i Blog: What was the process like to put this book together?

Author Alhan Rahimi

Even though I heard this story myself countless times growing up, but it was necessary to go back to the sources and read it a few more times with a closer eye. It was interesting to try to find out what parts of the conversation between Mulla Husayn and the Bab would resonate to a young child. It definitely wasn’t easy as the topic itself is not for such a young age. Then came the writing of the story and, after that, selecting the illustrator. An editor had to go through it as well and finally the National Spiritual Assembly had to approve it.

Baha’i Blog: What’s something that you learned while writing this book?

I think some topics are difficult for young children no matter how much we try to simplify them. So, I look at this book as an introduction for young children to the Declaration of the Bab.

Baha’i Blog: Could you please tell us a little about the illustrations?
The illustrator is Alina Onipchenko. Thanks to technology, I found her online and all our communication was online. I explained to her what I exactly wanted for each illustration and provided her with images. Some images had to be edited once or twice for them to be what I had in mind and she did an amazing job! Baha’i Blog: Where can the book be found? It’s available on Amazon. I was also told that it’s available in the Wilmette House of Worship’s bookstore and some Baha’i schools in the U.S. Baha’i Blog: Are you planning to write more children’s books?

Yes! I’ve just released another book. It’s called The Moon Was There: Glimpses of the Bab’s Childhood for Young Children. And I hope to write more soon!

Baha’i Blog: Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Alhan! You can purchase ‘Mulla Husayn’ here on Amazon.

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We Are Not Only Baha’is

Baha'i Teachings.org - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:10am

Have you ever met a Baha’i? You may not think you’ve met any Baha’is yet, but chances are you already have – because millions of Baha’is now exist, all over...

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Does Your College Campus Keep You Isolated?

Baha'i Teachings.org - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 8:00am

You may have noticed a trend in the way college frames our role in the world – but does this approach really benefit you? College comprises a wonderful, exhausting, exciting...

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The Way to Welcome Immigrants and Strangers

Baha'i Teachings.org - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:31am

From the moment I arrived in the United States as an immigrant from Iran, I had the feeling of being foreign – I was inside the country but outside the...

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The Bab’s Influence on Baha’i Devotions

Baha'i Teachings.org - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 8:43am

Many important beliefs, practices and spiritual laws in the Baha’i Faith today, in fact, originated with the Bab, the forerunner and herald of Baha’u’llah. The uniqueness of the Baha’i Faith...

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How to Clean the Mirror of Your Heart

Baha'i Teachings.org - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 10:30am

Have you ever heard the word “dross?” Related to the word “gross,” it means refuse and rubbish – or the scum of impurities that floats to the top of molten...

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Speaking with Truthfulness and Humility Online

Baha'i Teachings.org - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 8:32am

Have you ever seen anything online that struck you as untrue? Unfortunately, we all have. The web and its social media platforms seem riddled with false claims. So how do...

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