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Invisible Heroes: Seven Imprisoned Bahá’is

Invisible Heroes: Seven Imprisoned Bahá’is

Note from the editor: This is a repost of an article contributor Bahram Nadimi wrote on the five year anniversary of the arrest of the Yaran—the seven person guiding council of the Bahá’ís of Iran. This is now the seventh anniversary of their arrest.  They are still imprisoned with no expectation of release.  oOo I love science fiction. A few friends and I recently finished watching the highly acclaimed Babylon 5 science fiction TV series. I have been thinking about one…

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Thoughts of War and Peace—an Anniversary Observed

Thoughts of War and Peace—an Anniversary Observed

Tides of change are sweeping the earth, and we all feel helpless to withstand its powerful force. Every day there is fresh and depressing news of terrorism, famine, war, deep economic disorders and the like. Shoghi Effendi, the head of the Baha’i faith from 1921-1957 has stated:  “A tempest, unprecedented in its violence, unpredictable in its course, catastrophic in its immediate effects, unimaginably glorious in its ultimate consequences, is at present sweeping the face of the earth. Its driving power…

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Argo Revisited: Embracing Adversity

Argo Revisited: Embracing Adversity

I have been thinking much about a recent movie: Argo.  This award-winning movie, which won best picture in last year’s Oscars, is about a US government agent who creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who had sought refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador to Iran during the uncertain and perilous times of the 1979 Iranian Islamic Revolution. I have mixed feelings about this movie, and don’t wish to give…

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The Garifuna, a Voice in a Chorus

The Garifuna, a Voice in a Chorus

I love Startrek TNG (the next generation) and have seen all the episodes at least once.  I have been thinking about one of the episodes lately, called “first contact”, a story of an undercover first contact mission, where Riker is captured by the xenophobic aliens, who believe he is a scout for an invasion.  One line at the end of the episode was profound and  has stayed with me.  Here the head of state of the previously unknown humanoid race…

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December 21, 2012: End of the World or the End of the Beginning

December 21, 2012: End of the World or the End of the Beginning

  The end of the Mayan calendar has now come and gone, and to the relief of many, we did not have the much anticipated apocalypse on Earth on December 21.  So what happened?  Were the Mayans mistaken? Or did we misinterpret the significance of this date? The last time the world was supposed to end was on October 21, 2011 when an American radio host came up with a date for the apocalypse through a series of calculations that…

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Islamic Science and the Renaissance: Paving the Way for Modern Astronomy and Physics

Islamic Science and the Renaissance: Paving the Way for Modern Astronomy and Physics

I have previously written several blogs on Islamic science and how it not only fostered the right conditions, but provided a firm foundation for the emergence of the European renaissance. I decided to dig a little deeper, to see if there was clear, concrete evidence for Islamic science paving the way for the emergence of—in this case—modern astronomy and physics, during the renaissance. I took an astronomy class at a nearby community college to supplement my knowledge and to see…

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Thanksgiving in New York

Thanksgiving in New York

It was a thanksgiving to remember. It was about twenty years ago, November of 1992, that my mother and I visited new York, for the purpose of attending the second Baha’i World Congress, a congress to pay homage to the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Prophet and Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh. It was also an occasion of an unusual and wonderful family reunion. My grandmother, after 14 years of being denied a passport to leave Iran,…

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East meets West, Abdu’l-Bahá’s Travels to Europe and North America

East meets West, Abdu’l-Bahá’s Travels to Europe and North America

Potent spiritual forces were set in motion about hundred years ago as Abdu’l-Bahá, the leader of the then nascent Bahá’í Faith and son of its Prophet-Founder, Bahá’u’lláh, embarked on a series of journeys to the West. The unexpected growth and spread of the Faith throughout the Western world was the eventual result of these journeys. It was September 4th, 1911 when Abdu’l-Bahá (Arabic, meaning Servant of the Glory)i—known among Bahá’ís as simply the Master—set foot in the heart of the…

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On Being In Love with the Poor

On Being In Love with the Poor

For Baha’is, the period between March 2nd and March 20th  is a time of restraint and fasting. The preceding period between February 26th and March 1st is called Ayyam-i-ha or the Days Between. Literally, the days that fall between the last two months of the Bahá’í calendar. They are a time for hospitality, charity, gift giving and celebration prior to the Fast. Regarding fasting Bahá’u’lláh (the Prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith) stated: “All praise be unto God, Who hath…

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Lillian & Mona: Drama Within a Drama

Lillian & Mona: Drama Within a Drama

I never thought I’d write—let alone be teary-eyed about—someone I never met. It was during my recent trip to the Research Triangle Park (RTP) in North Carolina, where I got to visit my dear friends Mark and Azadeh Perry, whom I had not seen for a while. During this visit I got to hear about a young lady of the tender age of 18, Lillian Chason.  This is her story. A play about Mona A little bit of background: In…

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