I'm a 12-year-old girl who has grown up in a community of Bahá'ís. It is really astonishing to be a part of a religion that is not common around New York, or any place, actually.
Sometimes our holy day celebration might simply comprise a few friends or family members sitting around the coffee table reading some prayers and listening to beautiful recorded music, perhaps with a warm pie out of the oven to follow.
From the perspective of a statistician, how would you explain that someone who lived in Arabia in the sixth century still has such a profound influence over the lives of a billion of the world's people fourteen centuries later?
Papers? What are they? They have none. They live in the shadows of the Pyramids. They walk through the ancient bazaars filled with familiar aromas: fresh baked bread, herb-scented clothing, and spice-filled air.
Music is like a smile, a tear -- universal throughout all cultures. Like love, music is expressed differently but when received an appreciation and fondness forms. Music is how we express our humanity.
"She sat alone in the dark, she held her knees tightly to her chest in a manner of a baby in its mothers womb. She pulled her knees ever so tightly wi...
The past century has seen an unprecedented shift toward entirely new levels of organization at the global level, and this change seems only to be accelerating. Could we be crossing another major threshold in human evolution?
I'm a new fan of Uncle Kracker -- ever since my little cousin, Iman, stars in his latest video, "Blue Skies". I can't separate little Iman from his roots as his father, Faryab Lohrasbi, arrived in America in 1980, as a refugee, when he was just a couple years older than his son is now.
I have to let the loudness of God take me away to wherever I need to be. I'll still go to seven different churches and read through the piles of religious of books I've hoarded in my room, but they can't tell me anything compared to what God can tell me.
Since the inception of the Baha'i Faith in Iran in the middle of the 19th century, Baha'is had been subjected to continuous discrimination, and, at times, brutal persecution. Though I was familiar with this history, in early 1980 I considered it to be largely a thing of the past.
Iran is Exhibit #1 for the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalists gaining control of government. Iranian repression is increasing and the space available to regime opponents is diminishing.
On April 21, 1863, as He was about to be exiled from Baghdad to Constantinople, Baha'u'llah stayed for 12 days in a garden in Baghdad, and it was here that He let members of the Babi community gathered know that He was the promised one they were expecting.
Three-year-old Artin Rahimian stands in line to visit his mother in Iran's Evin prison. It's been two years since Faran Hessami and her husband, Kamran Rahimian, were arrested for their role as educators for the Baha'i faith community, Iran's largest religious minority.
Nowruz is the only holiday celebrated by all Persians, of every religious background, whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Baha'i or of no religion. For a sense of this, multiply the food, festivity, family and tradition of Thanksgiving times 1,000.
Sometimes the hours tick away quite slowly and you find yourself obsessively checking the clock, almost willing it to hit 6 p.m., when you can gorge on smoothies and quesadillas. "The Fast" in the Baha'i Faith is certainly misnamed. It should be called "The Slow" for the way time plods throughout the day.
What if we turned our gaze to see men and boys as potential champions of the rights of women -- allies in the building of a just, peaceful and tolerant society? We would have reclaimed a truth that a few individuals tried to steal away.