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To the faithful followers of Bahá’u’lláh in the sacred land of Iran

We extend to you our heartfelt greetings on the joyous occasion of Naw-Rúz and the arrival of spring. Most assuredly, you have partaken abundantly of the spiritual bounties of the blessed days of the Fast and are now celebrating the new year with your families, friends, and neighbours. Yours is the honour of living in a country about which the beloved Guardian stated: Read the rest of this entry »

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Not long ago, I participated in a Naw-Rúz celebration with many friends of the faith attending. Needless to say, that required an introductory talk to both the Faith and Naw-Rúz. The talk takes about 10 minutes and is based on the presentation of the Faith introduced in Ruhi book 6. It also briefly introduces Naw Rúz. Might this introduction be of use for other friends around the world?

Introducing Naw-Rúz

This is a special day for Bahá’ís. Let us begin with a brief introduction to the Bahá’í Faith is and why we celebrate this day which we call Naw-Rúz.

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On the 21st of March in 1909, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá placed the Holy Remains of the Blessed Báb in their final resting place. Perhaps a few moments of reflection is in order. One hundred years later from that day, on the centenary of that event (21st of March 2009), the Universal House of Justice wrote to the Bahá’ís of the World:

This Naw-Rúz marks the centenary of one of the outstanding events in the Apostolic Age of the Bahá’í Dispensation, the interment by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá of the sacred remains of the Báb in their permanent resting place on God’s holy mountain. In the words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: “The most joyful tidings is this, that the holy, the luminous body of the Báb … after having for sixty years been transferred from place to place, by reason of the ascendancy of the enemy, and from fear of the malevolent, and having known neither rest nor tranquillity has, through the mercy of the Abhá Beauty, been ceremoniously deposited, on the day of Naw-Rúz, within the sacred casket, in the exalted Shrine on Mt. Carmel.”

In commemoration of that triumph of the Cause, the members of the Universal House of Justice, accompanied by the members of the International Teaching Centre, have today offered prayers of thanksgiving in the Shrine of the Báb on behalf of the worldwide Bahá’í community, expressing gratitude for the unfailing divine protection vouchsafed to the Cause of God. In their solemn contemplation, their hearts were stirred as they recalled the indelible image of the Master left to posterity when, on this day a hundred years ago, having with His own hands laid that peerless Trust in its final place of repose, He rested His head upon the edge of the blessed casket of the Báb, and “sobbing aloud, wept with such a weeping that all those who were present wept with Him”. They remembered, too, the manifold obstacles with which He had been confronted in constructing this sacred edifice and His unbounded relief at having accomplished one of the principal objectives of His Ministry. [21 March 2009 Letter from the Universal House of Justice]

 

In a few days, we celebrate Naw-Rúz which is more than the beginning of the Bahai year. It  is one of the Holy Days and will be celebrated befittingly in literally all corners of our planet. If you are looking for quotes, for personal or preparing Naw-Rúz program, about this Holy Day, you can find them  here (compilation on Naw-Rúz).

The Universal House of Justice has issued Naw-Rúz greetings to the friends of Iran. Below you will find excerpts describing the essence of this Holy Day from these letters. It is beautifully expressed and refreshing to read to remind ourselves about this Holy Day. Perhaps you will find them suitable for your Naw-Rúz celebration.

Happy Naw-Rúz

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From 21st of March, we enter a new year with a “new” calendar. The Universal House of Justice specified some clarifications of the “new” calendar in their letter. The provisions might not be clear or one might have some questions as to what a “Váḥid” is. If so, here is a brief explanation of the main issues of the letter together with some short explanations of some of the elements of the Bahai Calendar. This brief introduction can be used for personal deepening, community deepening or just as additional information when reading the letter of the Universal House of Justice. The brief introduction to the Badi Calendar and clarifications regarding its implementation can be downloaded here “The Badi Calendar“. In addition, you can download a power point presentation called “A Brief Introduction to the Badi Calendar” that could be used for deepening, summary or for presentations at various gatherings.
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