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...
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.
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...
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
BAHÁ’Í COMMUNITY CELEBRATES THE BICENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF THE BÁB
The year 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Báb, who
was the forerunner and herald to the Bahá’í Faith. In the weeks
preceding the anniversary Bahá'ís and their friends across Ottawa
marked this special Bicentenary with a rich tapestry of celebrations
involving over 80 events and 1,800 participants. The events ranged from
small, intimate groups in homes to public events of 150 or more
individuals. Artistic endeavours formed a strong part of many events
including concerts, skits, songs and the creation of a quilt. The new
bicentenary film, Dawn of the Light, which explores
the search for truth and meaning, was shown at several events.
In one such event, a group of friends living in the Donald street area
of Vanier, decided to visit all the families of their children and
junior youth participants. Over the month of October, they carried out
visits to all the families involved in the educational programs in
order to share with them the joy of the news and worldwide celebration
of the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb. more...
Maxwell and the Maxwells of Montreal – Course recently given by Jack
Who was May Maxwell and why is she regarded as “the spiritual mother”
of the Bahá’í community of Canada? Jack McLean’s recent course explored
the fascinating life of this selfless individual and the contributions
she and her family made over five decades of service to the development
of the Bahá’í Faith. Approximately 25 friends attended the course,
which was held on Thursday nights at the Bahá’í Centre from September 5
to October 17, 2019.
In addition to the life of May Maxwell, the course covered the
contributions of May’s husband, William Sutherland Maxwell, an
outstanding Canadian architect who designed the Shrine of the Báb* on
Mount Carmel in Israel, and their daughter Mary, who grew up to become
Rúhíyyih Khánum, wife of the Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, who was the
grandson of Abdu’l-Bahá and great-grandson of the founder of the Baha’í
Faith, Bahá’u’lláh. She was his constant companion and tireless
These were wonderful opportunities to learn more about the Twin
Messengers of God for this Day, the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh, and the
wonderful message of love, peace and change they brought to the world.
It also created multiple spaces where friends and family joined in
prayer for the spiritual growth of their children as well as gratitude
for all the bounties received from God. Everyone was also invited to a
neighborhood celebration on the Bicentenary. more...
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. more...