Seven Day Global Campaign
A global campaign marking the seventh anniversary of the arrest of seven Iranian
May 14 - 20, 2015
Day Seven article honoring
Vahid Tizfahm here.
Day Six article honoring
Behrouz Tavakkoli here.
Day Five article honoring
Day Four article honoring
Day Three article honoring
Day Two article honoring
Day One article honoring
Campaign Announcement here.
will be No art display this month in the Fireside Gallery downstairs
due to renovations.
Bahá'í Holy Days
are eleven holy days on
the Bahá'í calendar more..
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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.
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.
Bahá’ís gather to celebrate Ridván Festival, elect Local Spiritual
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
commemorates Bahá’u’lláh’s proclamation, in
1863, of a new divine
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.
crowd attends launch of “To Light a Candle”
Documentary shines a light on Persecution of Iranian Bahá’ís
Journalist 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
championed by Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including South Africa’s
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
and an radio interview by CBC’s Michael Enright.
The 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
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...