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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




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.




Canada Day Celebration
Monday July 1st, 10:00 AM until Noon

Study Group
Wednesday July 3, 17 and 24th 11:00 AM

First Friday Fireside
“The Spirit of the Age” with Shidan Cummings
Friday July 5th, 7:30 PM

Monthly Devotional
Sunday July 7th, at 10:00 AM

Martyrdom of the Báb
Wednesday July 10th, Noon










PART FIVE

July 10, 2019

THE TEARS OF TRUTH

“Azim, what do you think of the Siyyid-i-Báb? What kind of man is He? Did your interview with Him bear any ripe fruit?”



“You will see when you meet Him yourself,” answered Mullá Shaykh ’Alí, known as ‘Azim, who was now a disciple of the Báb. “But as your friend, I would advise you to exercise the utmost consideration in His presence so that you will not in the end regret any discourtesy towards Him.” Siyyid-Yahyá-i-Dárábí, Persia’s foremost religious scholar, barely heard his friend’s admonition, for he was already turning in his mind all the questions he would ask and the standards by which he would judge the truth of the Báb’s revelation and claims.

After spending some months in Búshihr with the Báb after his return from pilgrimage, Quddús was entrusted with the mission to deliver a letter to the Báb’s uncle in Shíraz. In the short time Quddús was there, he succeeded in inflaming the soul of the Báb’s uncle to the new revelation. He also delivered a tablet titled The Seven Qualifications, which detailed the requirements of being a Bábí, to a man named Mullá Sadiq-i-Khurasaní, who was so thrilled by the Báb’s message that while reciting the Shahada – the Muslim profession of faith – in the mosque, he added the sentence regarding the station of the Báb. This caused such an uproar that both he and Quddús were arrested by the governor of the province of Fars and tortured. more...



June 27, 2019

CELEBRATING RIDVÁN

More than 500 Bahá'ís and their friends came together in Ottawa on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 1st Day of Ridván on 21 April 2019. The Ridván Festival, which occurs over a 12-day period starting in late April and ending in early May, marks the anniversary of the time Bahá'u'lláh spent in a garden on the banks of the River Tigris in Baghdad prior to His exile to Constantinople (present day Istanbul). During this 12-day period, many of His admirers in the city of Baghdad came to bid Him farewell. It was also during this period that Bahá'u'lláh announced to some of the friends who came to visit that He was a Messenger of God, bringing a new message for humanity – a message of peace, hope and prosperity for human civilization.



Bahá'u'lláh called Ridván the "King of Festivals" and today Bahá'ís celebrate this festival as the most joyous of all Bahá'í Holy Days. In cities, towns, villages and neighbourhoods around the world, from Kinshasa to Manila, Santiago to Sydney and from Los Angeles to Paris, Bahá'ís celebrate these special days with gatherings open to all, including family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. The Ridván period is also when Bahá'í communities around the world elect their Local Spiritual Assemblies and National Spiritual Assemblies – nine-member councils that are responsible for guiding and coordinating the affairs of the Bahá'í communities in their jurisdiction. more...



PART FOUR

June 14, 2019

THE PILGRIMAGE OF LIGHT

As his fellow Shaykhís gathered round to hear him speak near the entrance to the mosque, they noticed that although Mullá Husayn looked the same, he was somehow different. When he spoke, a new fire burned in his eyes. They still had not discovered the Promised One, but they sensed that Mullá Husayn knew, though he refused to say. However, he did recommend that they all fast and pray to God and that in time, the answer would come.



Gradually, as predicted by the Báb, almost all those who became the Letters of the Living were led by prayers and dreams to the house of the Báb, including Mullá Husayn’s nephew and brother. The Báb then told Mullá Husayn that one Letter of the Living remained to present himself and that he would arrive the next evening.

The following evening, as the Báb and Mullá Husayn were returning to His home, they were met by a young man in a state of agitation whose clothes were travel-stained with dust. He approached Mullá Husayn, hugged him and asked him if he had reached his goal, all the while staring at the Báb. Surprised, Mullá Husayn asked him to calm down and that he would soon let him know, but the young man never removed his gaze from the Báb. 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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