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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, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven , Part Eight , Part Nine , Conclusion




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 Craig Angus on display this month in the Fireside Gallery downstairs.


First Friday Fireside
“Dawn of the Light” Movie
November 1st, 7:30 PM

Meditation and Therapy
Louis Soucy
Saturday November 2nd, at 7:30 PM


Yoga and Devotions
November 4th, 11th and 18th, 6:45 PM

Choir
Sunday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, at 7:00 PM

Study Group
“Selections from the Writings of the Bab"
November 6, 13 and 20, 11:00 AM

Zumba Devotional
Thursday November 7th, at 7:00 PM

Book Blub
“Warlight” by B. Demick
November 19, 2019
7:00 PM










CONCLUSION

October 27, 2019

THE INTERVIEW OF SHAME

The Báb’s arrival at the mountain fortress of Chihríq in April 1848 set in motion the very same conditions that had occurred at Máh-Kú. The custodian of Chihríq, Yahyá Khán, soon fell under the spell of the Báb’s love and divine power and the region’s Kurds turned to Him in utter devotion, hoping for a glimpse of Him to bless their day.



In July 1848, on the orders of Muhammad Sháh’s foolish prime minister, Hájí Mírzá Áqásí, the Báb was sent to Tabríz for an examination by chosen group of ‘ulamá, high-level clerics, attended by the Valí-‘Ahd, who was the crown prince and future Sháh, Násiri’d-Dín Mírzá. On His way to Tabríz, a stop was made in the town of Urúmíyyih where the prince, Malik Qásim Mírzá, treated him with courtesy. However, wanting to test the Báb, on a certain Friday he sent his groom to bring out his wildest horse for his guest to ride. Worried that this horse would harm the Báb given that it had already overthrown the bravest and most skilled of men, he secretly warned Him of the prince’s intention. “Do as you have been bidden, and commit us to the care of the Almighty,” was His reply. more...



PART NINE

October 27, 2019

THE GREAT DIVIDE

The spark that set the city of Zanján aflame with persecution and great suffering was a small one: a simple quarrel between a Bábí youth and a Muslim youth. The Bábí youth was imprisoned by the governor, the Madju’d Dawlih – a maternal uncle of the new Sháh who was looking for ways to win the good graces of the sovereign. All efforts to have the boy released proved futile until Hujjat, a native of Zanján, stepped in to secure his release.



Hujjat was an early convert to the Bábí Faith. Originally a fiery cleric named Mullá Muhammad-‘Alí from Zanján, he had unorthodox ideas and often lamented how far the Shí’i religion had fallen. When the Báb’s star began to rise over the horizon of Persia, he sent his disciple Mullá Iskandar to Shíraz to conduct a minute and independent inquiry. When Mullá Iskandar – who had been deeply touched by the Báb – returned while Hujjat was entertaining a number of leading divines and announced that “whatever should be the verdict of his master, the same would he deem it his obligation to be,” Mullá Muhammad-‘Alí exploded in fury. “What! But for the presence of this distinguished company, I would have chastised you severely. How dare you consider matters of belief to be dependent upon the approbation or rejection of others!” When he then read the first line of the Qayyumu’l-Asma’, he fell to the ground and acknowledged that those words came from God and pledged his allegiance to the Báb, exhorting the gathering to follow suit, stating that “Whoso denies Him, him will I regard as the repudiator of God Himself.” more...



October 19, 2019

WELCOMING A POET HOME

By Heather Cardin



As a former writer with the Ottawa Creative Writers’ Group recently returned from a decade in Saskatchewan, I attended the book launch of their poetry chapbook, When Verses Fell, on September 28 at the Ottawa Bahá’í Centre. Several poets offered readings from When Verses Fell, along with a few specials for the occasion. Family members and friends, some more versed in poetics than others, seemed delighted with the smorgasbord of verses on offer. Audience members were also given an opportunity for feedback: comments were insightful and appreciative.

Peter Brady offered his always-original Haikus to start the evening, after an eloquent introduction by emcee Jack McLean. As each poet spoke, and read, there was a feeling in the room which I attribute to the effect of the arts on the soul: we were listening, deeply and heartfully, to the word “paintings” coming alive. Linda O’Neil shared the poem from which the chapbook’s title came, an imagined reverie about being in the presence of the Báb as He revealed the Divine. 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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