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Seven Day Global Campaign
A global campaign marking the seventh anniversary of the arrest of seven Iranian Baha’i leaders.
May 14 - 20, 2015

Vahid TizfahmDay Seven article honoring
Vahid Tizfahm here.


Behrouz TavakkoliDay Six article honoring
Behrouz Tavakkoli here.


Saeid RezaieDay Five article honoring
Saeid Rezaie  here.


Afif NaeimiDay Four article honoring
Afif Naeimi  here.


Mr. Jamaloddin KhanjaniDay Three article honoring
Jamaloddin Khanjani  here.

Fariba KamalabadiDay Two article honoring
Fariba Kamalabadi here.


Mahvash SabetDay One article honoring
Mahvash Sabet here.


Campaign Announcement here.
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Gentle Yoga and Devotions
Monday May 4 &11
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Fireside
Saturday May 2nd, 7:30 PM
This months presenter is Ingrid Hauck.
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“Kitab-i-Aqdas” study group
Wednesday 20 & 27,
12:00 noon until 2 PM
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“Refresh and Gladden”
Every Tuseday 11:00 AM
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Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday May 14, 7:30 PM
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Song Circle
Saturday May 9, 7:30 PM
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"Quest of the Light Knights”
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Saturday May 30, 7:30 PM
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The Bahá'ís of Ottawa come from a variety of backgrounds, brought together by a common belief in the oneness of humanity and the unity of religion. We work alongside others to become a force of positive change, applying insights from the Bahá'í teachings to bring about a more just, peaceful and unified community.


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March 17, 2015

Ottawa Bahá'í Community honors lives of Seven Bahá'í leaders

Today at several locations accross the city during the Feast of Grandeur (‘Aẓamat) the Bahá'í Community of Ottawa celebrated and prayed for the lives of the Seven Bahá'í leaders imprisoned in Iran for the crime of being a Bahá'í and the thousands of Bahá'ís in Iran that face persecution every day with more than a hundred believers currently being unjustly imprisoned.

The Ottawa Community shares its prayers and support for the Seven Bahá'í friends imprisoned in Iran.

We join people from all over the world who are peacefully appealing to the government of Iran to discontinue these acts of oppression and abuse of human rights.

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Community News Current
May 10, 2015

Ottawa Bahá’ís gather to celebrate Ridván Festival, elect Local Spiritual Assembly

On Monday April 20, 2015, Bahá’ís in Ottawa gathered to elect the nine members of the Local Spiritual Assembly, the governing council that will manage affairs for the Ottawa Bahá’í community for the coming year. The annual elections are held on the first day of the 12-day Festival of Ridván which commemorates Bahá’u’lláh’s proclamation, in 1863, of a new divine revelation.

As the Bahá’í Faith has no clergy, the Local Spiritual Assembly guides and administers the affairs of the community. In this way, governance in Bahá’í communities springs from the grassroots. All adult Bahá’ís vote by secret ballot without nominations or campaigning, and all are eligible to serve as Assembly members. Removing partisanship from the electoral process increases the likelihood that those elected are not bound by narrow interests, but rather seek the well-being of the entire human race.

On Tuesday April 21st Ottawa Bahá'ís gathered to celebrate the beginning of Ridván. Hundreds of local Bahá'ís and their guests enjoyed a memorable program that included prayers in English, French, Mandarin, and Arabic, selections from the Bahá'í sacred writings followed by musical presentations on the significance of the Festival of Ridván.

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Community News Current
March 25, 2015

Capacity crowd attends launch of “To Light a Candle”
Award-Winning Documentary shines a light on Persecution of Iranian Bahá’ís

Maziar BahariJournalist and film-maker Maziar Bahari is known to many Canadians as the subject of the recent Jon Stewart film Rosewater, which dramatized his imprisonment and torture in Evin prison after Iran’s “Green Revolution” of 2009. While in prison, Bahari met many Bahá’ís, and their story inspired his new film, To Light a Candle,

The February 27th premiere coincided with a global campaign #EducationIsNotACrime, which was championed by Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including South Africa’s Desmond Tutu and Iran’s Shirin Ebadi, and popular figures such as Rainn Wilson and Mark Ruffalo. In Canada, the film was screened in over 90 communities across the country, including the Ottawa debut at the University of Ottawa’s Alumni Auditorium. Bahari’s film has been publicized widely, including a Globe and Mail op-ed and an radio interview by CBC’s Michael Enright.

World Religion Day 2015The film traces the persecution of the Bahá’í Faith from its origins in 19th century Persia to the upheaval following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. At that time, Bahá’í leaders were tortured and executed for “heresy” or other trumped-up charges, the community’s holy places were destroyed and its cemeteries pillaged. Since that time, the Iranian regime has denied Bahá’ís access to university, solely because of their religion.

Using previously unseen footage, Bahari explains how the Bahá’í community responded by creating an underground university. Bahá’í professors, who had all been fired from their Iranian university positions, established the Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education (BIHE), based initially on informal distance-learning and later using the internet, to offer education to Bahá’í students across Iran who were otherwise denied a secondary education. Tahereh, one of their professors interviewed in the film, explained how important education was to the Bahá’ís because of the persecutions. The authorities could take away our property, wealth and jobs, she said, but “they can’t confiscate education!” Continue...




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