Bahá'í News (Canadian & International)

Baha'is Commemorate "the Martyrdom of the Bab"

Canadian Bahá'í News Service -

Toronto, 9 July 2018, (CBNS)

Baha’is in hundreds of cities, towns, and villages across the country will gather tomorrow to commemorate the martyrdom of “the Báb”, the Prophet-Herald of their Faith.

Ashraf Rushdy, a Baha’i from Toronto, said that the Bab had a specific role in the development of the Baha’i Faith. “His mission was to gather people and to help them prepare themselves to recognize Baha’u’llah.”

The Bab, whose given name was Siyyid-Ali Muhammad, was born in 1819 in the city of Shiraz, Iran.

Embassy of Chile celebrates the Baha’i Temple of South America

Canadian Bahá'í News Service -

Ottawa, 12 June 2018, (CBNS)

“It is not every day you have the chance to launch a book that takes us through a creative journey, the refining of a concept, how it turns it into a design and then into a building in the foothills of Santiago.” With those words, Ambassador Alejandro Marisio welcomed guests of the Embassy of Chile to his official residence in Ottawa, to celebrate the publication of a new book about the Baha’i Temple of South America. 

Baha’is Gather for Annual National Convention

Canadian Bahá'í News Service -

Toronto, May 29 2018

From May 24-27, Baha’is from across Canada gathered at the Toronto Baha’i Centre for the annual Baha’i National Convention. The primary purpose of the Convention is to elect the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada, a nine-person consultative body that serves as the governing council for the Baha’is of Canada. The 171 delegates to the Convention are annually elected by voters in every Baha’i community, and all adult members of the Baha’i community are eligible for election to the National Assembly.

Iran Accountability Week led by all-party group for sixth year running

Canadian Bahá'í News Service -

OTTAWA and TORONTO, 18 MAY 2018, (CBNS)

For the past six years, the first week of May has been marked by members of all federal political parties as “Iran Accountability Week”. The initiative was started by former Attorney General Irwin Cotler, a member of the Liberal Party, to hold Iran to account for incitement to genocide, among other threats presented to international peace and security. It has been supported by the other parties, and marked by annual hearings on human rights in Iran by the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs sub-committee on international human rights.

Young adults gather to discuss a national youth policy for Canada

Canadian Bahá'í News Service -

TORONTO, 4 MAY 2018, (CBNS)

On April 28th, a small group of youth came together at the Toronto Baha’i Centre to participate in a consultative process launched by the federal government to design a national youth policy. The process, open to every part of the country, encourages youth to engage their peers to generate ideas that can inform the efforts of the federal government.

Ridvan: A 12-day festival of joy

Canadian Bahá'í News Service -

TORNOTO, 2 MAY 2018, (CBNS)

The Baha’i Festival of Ridvan, celebrated this year from April 21-May 2, is a special time for Baha’is that marks the beginning of the religion in 1863. 

Ridvan is a word from the Arabic language meaning ‘paradise’, a name that Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith, gave to a beautiful garden located on the banks of the Tigris river. It was in this garden that he publicly announced his mission as a Manifestation of God, and the commemoration of Baha’u’llah’s time in the garden of Ridvan is a time of great significance and celebration for Baha’is across Canada.

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