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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 by applying insights from the Bahá'í teachings to bring about a more just, peaceful and unified community.

The Bahá'í world is eagerly anticipating the second historic bicentenary in Bahá'í history. October 2019 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, the forerunner and herald of the Bahá'í Faith.  Read more...

Follow our special series on the "Life of the Báb". We will be publishing a new instalment of our "Cameo Series"
every nineteen days culminating with Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth the Báb October 28th, 2019.
 Introduction, Part One, Part Two, Part Three

In addition to personal prayer and meditation, Bahá'í communities hold regular devotional gatherings for collective worship. These gatherings unite people in prayer and awaken their spiritual susceptibilities. more...

Study circles bring groups of people together to deepen their understanding of the Bahá'í teachings through systematic study. This involves structured group discussion of passages from the Bahá'í writings that encourage reflection on one’s moral purpose and capacities for service. more...

Bahá'í children’s classes are offered to all children between 6 and 10 years old for their spiritual education and moral development. The aim of these classes is to inspire in each child a love for our diverse human family and to cultivate a praiseworthy character. They are guided by the Bahá'í belief that children are noble beings with great potential to develop into upright and active participants in their community. more...

Junior youth – or those between 11 and 14 years – are at a crucial stage in their lives when they are defining their identity and values. Junior youth groups offered by the Bahá'í community address the needs of these young people by helping them to develop a strong moral identity and to empower them to contribute to the well-being of their communities. more...

  The art of Fiona Armstrong on display this month in the Fireside Gallery downstairs.

12th Day of Ridvan
Thursday May 2nd,
Bookstore Closed

First Friday Fireside
“Teachings of the Báb”
May 3rd, 7:30 PM
with Jack Mclean

Storytelling Evening
Stories of the Báb and His Followers
Saturday May 4th, 7:30 PM

Monthly Devotional
Sunday May 5th, at 10:30 AM

“Art for the Soul”
Devotions and Creative Arts for Families

Saturday May 11th at 9:30 AM

Spiritual Book Club
“The Winter Vault”
Tuesday May 21st, 1:00 PM

Study Group
“God Passes By"
Wednesdays in May 11:00 AM

Yoga and Devotions
Monday May 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th 7:30 PM

Celebration of Declaration of the Báb
Thursday May 23rd, 8:30 PM

Declaration of the Báb
Friday May 24th, Bookstore closed

Storytelling Evening
“Bahá’u’lláh in Iraq”
Saturday May 25th, 7:30 PM

Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh
May 29th, Bookstore closed

May 24, 2019

Rúmí and the Bahá’í Faith

Mark Keedwell is a man on a mission. As he himself states, he is determined to fill in the blanks in progressive revelation and has put his considerable knowledge of world religions and philosophy towards educating people about the interconnectedness of all the major faiths with an emphasis on the connection between Islám and the Bahá'í Faith.

Progressive revelation is a core tenet in the Bahá'í Faith that states that a series of divine Messengers (such as Abraham, Zoroaster, Krishna, Christ and Muhammad) will continue to appear throughout human history with teachings that are tailored to suit the needs of the time. The purpose is not only to help humanity build an ever-advancing civilization, but to help it recognize its essential spiritual reality and the source from which it comes. more...


May 17, 2019


Sadness and inactivity had settled among the disciples of Siyyid Kázim following their leader’s death three weeks before. Everyone seemed lost and grieving. This is how Mullá Husayn, a fellow disciple, found them when he returned to the Shaykhí school in Karbilá in Iraq after visiting his home in Bushru’i, Persia. He tried to cheer them up and reminded them of the need to fulfill their mission as Shaykhís: to find the Promised One. He scolded them and told them it was their duty to arise and follow their departed leader’s wishes..

“Do you remember”, said Mullá Husayn, what our master told us before his death? “Yes,” replied a student. “Scatter far and wide, detach yourselves from all earthly things, humbly and prayerfully beseech your Lord to sustain and guide you. Never relax in your determination to seek and find Him who is your true Guide and Master, who will graciously aid you and enable you to recognize Him. Be firm until the day when He will choose you as the companions and the heroic supporters of the Promised One.”

Despite this, they all declared that they accepted their own failure and his greatness. Therefore, if he were to declare himself to be the Promised One, they would all follow him. “God forbid!” cried Mullá Husayn, horrified. “Far be it from His glory that I, who am but dust, should be compared to Him who is the Lord of Lords! Had you truly listened to our master’s teachings, you would surely not have spoken such terrible words.” One by one, however, the students all gave excuses as to why they should remain in Karbilá. Realizing their despondence, Mullá Husayn turned away and, along with his brother and nephew, left to fulfill the important mission that Siyyid Kázim had entrusted to his students. more...

May 2, 2019


We all yearn to live in a happy place surrounded by caring neighbors, children playing together in safety and joy, trusting the people we cross on our paths and feeling that we are part of a vibrant neighborhood. The Bahá’í community has been working on creating such beautiful neighborhoods for some years now, which is a challenge as it involves the participation of so many.

In an apartment building on Donald Street that is home to over a thousand people, a rhythm of activities is bringing light and cheer to the neighborhood. When Dan and Lua, the only Bahá’ís in the building, moved there with their baby Faizi some two years ago, they too yearned for a great neighborhood for their child to grow up in. more...

Bahá'ís of Ottawa Celebrate 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah. Inspired by the life and teachings of Baha’u’llah, millions of people worldwide celebrated the 200th anniversary of His birth on the 21st and 22nd of October 2017. Visit Bicentenary website here.

There is a story unfolding. It is a story of humanity’s progress through history, propelled by the teachings of Messengers of God Who have guided humanity through its stages of development, and now to the dawn of its maturity. Watch or download the film here

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211 McArthur Ave. K1L 6P6
TEL: 613-742-8250

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