Northern Virginia Bahá'í Center

The Northern Virginia Bahá'í Center, at the corner of Route 7 and Cardinal Glen Circle in Sterling, Va., opened its doors on September 22, 2007.

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Rising to the occasion in a global crisis | BWNS

Rising to the occasion in a global crisis
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news.bahai.org Baha’i communities across the world respond quickly and constructively to the challenging circumstances caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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5 Ways to Find Peace of Mind During the COVID-19 Outbreak

5 Ways to Find Peace of Mind During the COVID-19 Outbreak
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bahaiteachings.org A new epidemic, which has now become a pandemic, has upset the world’s equilibrium — how are you reacting? Do you feel anxious and threatened, or calm? On March 11,...

Naw-Rúz 177 | Bahá’í Reference Library

THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
Naw-Rúz 177

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bahai.org Naw-Rúz Message 177

[03/07/20]   "Fasting is the cause of the elevation of one's spiritual station." - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Ayyam-i-Ha is a multiple-day Baha’i festival that is joyously celebrated in countries and territories all over the world. It typically falls around the end of February and beginning of March (with the recent worldwide implementation of the Baha’i or Badi calendar the exact dates of Ayyam-i-Ha shift and move within the Gregorian calendar).

What is Ayyami-i-Ha?
Ayyam-i-Ha, or the Intercalary Days, is a period dedicated to socializing, being hospitable, giving generously to the poor and needy, and preparing for the upcoming month of fasting. Depending on the year, Ayyam-i-Ha will vary in its duration and it is composed of the excess of days that fall outside of the 19 months of 19 days.

What does “Ayyam-i-Ha” mean?
Ayyam-i-Ha means “Days of Ha”. There are many interpretations to what this means — one being that the letter “ha” is a symbol for the divine essence of God.2 In his book called Time and the Baha’i Era, Gerald Keil also explains that “the abjad value of the letter ha is 5, which is also the abjad value of the word bab. The days of Ha immediately precede the month of ‘Ala, which is the month associated with the Bab; taken together, these constitute an allusion to the fact that the Bab paved the way for his successor, with whom the succeeding month is associated; Baha, the first month of the following year”.

Ayyam-i-Ha has been translated into English as “Intercalary Days” which literally means that they are days inserted into the calendar. Unlike the majority of Baha’i holy days that either celebrate joyous historical events or commemorate sorrowful dates of significance, Ayyam-i-Ha is a festival of the attributes of generosity, love, compassion, of praising God and friendship. It stands in contrast to the Fast, a time of abstinence and inner contemplation and transformation.

How is Ayyam-i-Ha celebrated?
Baha’u’llah has reduced rituals and ceremonies to a minimum in the Baha’i Faith and so everyone celebrates Ayyam-i-Ha differently. Many communities and families share meals together and some exchange gifts. Ayyam-i-Ha celebrations can be elaborate and complex or they can be humble and simple. The beauty of these days is that little is required to make good cheer when you are in the company of friends and surrounded by an atmosphere of love.

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Ayyam-i-Ha Song - Elika Mahony

Ayyam-i-Ha is one of the most festive times of the year for Baha’is as we celebrate four days of gift-giving, charity, and visiting friends, as well as being a time of preparation for the Baha’i Fast.
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elikamahony.com Ayyam-i-Ha is one of the most festive times of year for Baha’is as we celebrate four days of gift-giving, charity, and visiting friends, as well as being a time of preparation for the Baha’i Fast. A few years ago, I ..Continue Reading

We very much hope to see you at the Northern Virginia Bahai Center Ayyam-i-ha Party! It will be great time socialization, music, potluck dinner, deserts and lots of joy!

[02/10/20]   “There are four qualities which I love to see manifested in people: first, enthusiasm and courage; second, a face wreathed in smiles and a radiant countenance; third, that they see all things with their own eyes and not through the eyes of others; fourth, the ability to carry a task, once begun, through to the end.” - ‘Abdu’l-Baha cited in Hand of the Cause of God Mr. Furitan. Stories of Baha’u’llah

[02/08/20]   "Be not the slave of your moods, but their master. But if you are so angry, so depressed and so sore that your spirit cannot find deliverance and peace even in prayer, then quickly go and give some pleasure to someone lowly or sorrowful, or to a guilty or innocent sufferer! Sacrifice yourself, your talent, your time, your rest to another, to one who has to bear a heavier load than you -- and your unhappy mood will dissolve into a blessed, contented submission to God." - Abdu'l-Baha, Star of the West

Join us for a Chili Cook-Off at the Northern Virginia Baha'i Center on Saturday, February 1 from 5:30 - 9 pm. Kindly share with your friends.

If you are interested in bringing some chili, salad, cornbread or cookies, please let us know :)

Dear friends.

The 28th annual (Martin Luther King, Jr.) MLK march is around the corner on Monday January 20th and, as you may already know, the Baha'i community is a founding member of this very important local event and is directly involved in preparing the program.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND & PARTICIPATE

As in the years past, we rely on your participation for this wonderful teaching moment to carry the Baha'i banner and placards among many of our fellow neighbors.

Dream . . . Believe . . . Act!

Please join us at Loudoun County Courthouse @ 10:00 AM

March line up starts at 10:15 AM with prayer and instructions on the March to Douglas Community Center. Afternoon Program will take place at Douglas Community Center.

9:00 AM – Douglas Community Center Program

Love to Unity Youth Panel & Dialogue

10:00 AM

Morning Program (for attendees who do not wish to march)

11:00 – 11:40 AM

Refreshments at the Cafeteria

12:00 PM

Guest Speaker Dr. Jason Nichols

Many talented & Diverse Performances

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World has gone from being egocentric to ethnocentric, says Prof Rodney Clarken

People use religion for their own good; a weapon to defend them from personal clashes and problems. This is demeaning the core of any religion.
“When it becomes a matter of ego, it shuts the doors for understanding the truth. Greed for power, money and seniority has developed a mindset where truth lacks and justice and unity fades. This selfishness creates disunity and leads to war and conflict”
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in.news.yahoo.com Indore: People use religion for their own good; a weapon to defend them from personal clashes and problems. This is demeaning the core of any religion. This was stated by Prof Rodney Clarken, Professor Emeritus from Northern Michigan University in the US and ex-director of education, Northern Michig...

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Behind the Bahá'í faith, one of the fastest growing new religions

Bahá'í faith among fastest-growing religion...
In our World of Worship series, we're exploring different ways people practice faith and religion around the globe. In this installment, we're looking at one of the fastest-growing religions in the world, the Bahá'í faith. There are now more than 100,000 Bahá'í communities worldwide. Dana Jacobson takes you on a journey to the "Mother Temple of the West."
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In our World of Worship series, we're exploring different ways people practice faith and religion around the globe. In this installment, we're looking at one of the fastest growing religions in the world, the Bahá'í faith. There are now more than 100,000 Bahá'í communities worldwide. Dana Jacobs...

Dear friends, we just learned that something unexpected came up and this workshop, originally scheduled for this Saturday, had to be postponed to a later date.

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Why Baha'is Don't Participate in Politics

Why Baha’is Don’t Participate in Politics

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bahaiteachings.org We’re in the political season, when campaigns and campaigners become heated, and when Baha’is inevitably hear this question: Why don’t Baha’is get involved in politics? Baha’is vote, get involved in...

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Creating Spiritual Safety Zones for Our Children and Youth

Creating Spiritual Safety Zones for Our Children and Youth
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bahaiteachings.org Few would disagree that the world our children live in today represents one of unprecedented opportunities – as well as the very real dangers left to them by preceding generations. ...

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What is the Baha'i Faith? An Introduction by Rainn Wilson

What is the Baha’i Faith? An Introduction by Rainn Wilson
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bahaiteachings.org Hi, my name is Rainn Wilson and here’s an animated introduction to the Baha'i Faith that I put together with the help of some friends.

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“The hand of the community crafted the outcome”: Baha’i House of Worship receives prestigious international prize | BWNS

“The hand of the community crafted the outcome”: Baha’i House of Worship receives prestigious international prize
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news.bahai.org The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada International Prize recognizes the House of Worship in Santiago as an exceptional creation.

Join us for a wonderful talk, by Mrs. Marrisa Rossoukh this upcoming Sunday November 10th, at Northern Virginia Bahai Center

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Baha’i Temple by Hariri Pontarini Wins 2019 RAIC International Prize

The Baha’i Temple of South America in Santiago, Chile, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects of Toronto was selected as the winner of the 2019 RAIC International Prize, by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

https://www.archdaily.com/927382/bahai-temple-by-hariri-pontarini-wins-2019-raic-international-prize

archdaily.com The Baha’i Temple of South America in Santiago, Chile, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects was selected as the winner of the 2019 RAIC International Prize.

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Remover of Difficulties

"Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants and all abide by His bidding!" (Selections from the Writings of the Báb)
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Provided to YouTube by CDBaby Remover of Difficulties · Shadi Toloui-Wallace · Shidan Toloui-Wallace Radiant Heart ℗ 2019 Shadi Toloui-Wallace Released on: 2...

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“Dawn of the Light”: New bicentenary film explores search for truth and meaning | BWNS

“Dawn of the Light”: New bicentenary film explores search for truth and meaning
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news.bahai.org A feature film commissioned for the upcoming 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab was released today on bicentenary.bahai.org.

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Bicentenary 2019

Bahá’í Teachings in Action
https://bicentenary.bahai.org/the-bab/articles/bahai-teachings-action/

bicentenary.bahai.org On 29 and 30 October 2019, in countless settings and places throughout the world, people will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, Whose revitalizing message prepared the way for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

[10/26/19]   Dearest friends,

This evening, Saturday October 26th, the Loudoun County Baha'i community will be Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Bab along with our invited guests and Friends of the Faith from the wider community.

For those who are unable to join us in person, we're happy to announce that you can watch the entire program Live, online starting at 7:30 PM

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Bicentenary 2019

Religion Renewed
https://bicentenary.bahai.org/the-bab/articles/religion-renewed/

bicentenary.bahai.org On 29 and 30 October 2019, in countless settings and places throughout the world, people will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, Whose revitalizing message prepared the way for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

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The Bahá’í World Publication

The Mission of the Báb
Retrospective 1844-1994
BY DOUGLAS MARTIN
In this article, first published in the 1994–5 edition of The Bahá’í World, Douglas Martin considers the Revelation of the Báb in the context of its impact on the Western writers of the period and its subsequent influence.

https://bahaiworld.bahai.org/articles/mission-bab/

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[10/23/19]   "O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge and toward all Thy signs I set my heart. O Lord! Whether travelling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee.

Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever Thou hast ordained for me.

Thine is the absolute authority to command." - (Selections from the Writings of the Báb)

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The Bab’s Influence on Baha’i Devotions

The Bab’s Influence on Baha’i Devotions
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bahaiteachings.org 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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British Library marks bicentenary, exhibits works of the Bab and Baha’u’llah | BWNS

British Library marks bicentenary, exhibits works of the Bab and Baha’u’llah
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news.bahai.org The Library is marking the bicentenary with various initiatives alongside its launch of a new website and exhibition displaying examples of the Faith’s original texts.

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Music during bicentenary preparations in Bukavu

At a gathering held to consult on preparations for the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, participants express their joy through music and dance. The song’s lyrics are drawn from the words addressed by the Báb to the multitude that had gathered to witness His Martyrdom on 9 July 1850.

https://bicentenary.bahai.org/the-bab/cards/music-during-bicentenary-preparations-in-bukavu/

bicentenary.bahai.org At a gathering held to consult on preparations for the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, participants express their joy through music and dance. The song’s lyrics are drawn from the words addressed by the Báb to the multitude that had gathered to wi...

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Bicentenary 2019: 1/19 The Irish Physician who met the Báb

Dr. William Cormick, whose family came from Co. Kilkenny in Ireland, is the only Westerner known to have met the Báb. Here is the story of Dr. Cormick's meetings with the Báb.
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Dr. William Cormick, whose family came from Co. Kilkenny in Ireland, is the only Westener known to have met the Báb. Here is the the story of Dr. Cormick's m...

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Luke Slott - Remover of Difficulties

"Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants and all abide by His bidding!" (Selections from the Writings of the Báb)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCWYkghmPZI

Remover of Difficulties Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding! Sa...

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Bicentenary 2019

To mark the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb and to celebrate the Life, Mission and Heroism of the Báb and His followers, the Irish Bahá'í community has produced 19 short videos.

We hope you enjoy them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L8Qdkw4gf4

To mark the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb and to celebrate the Life, Mission and Heroism of the Báb and His followers, the Irish Bahá'í community has p...

The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of The Bab

"The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion. This hath been God’s method in the past, and shall continue to be in the future!" - The Bab

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