Northern Virginia Bahá'í Center

The Northern Virginia Bahá'í Center, at the corner of Route 7 and Cardinal Glen Circle in Sterling, Va., opened its doors on September 22, 2007.

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The NOVA Bahá’í Center Task Force is thrilled to continue offering our Sunday Morning Programs on Zoom every Sunday at 10:30 AM during the course of the current pandemic.

This Sunday’s program:

Date: Sunday, July 19, 2020
Time: 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Speaker: Ms. Nooshin Agahi
Title: The Struggle for Justice

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Every Sunday 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada):

The program begins with short devotional readings at 10:30 am, followed by a talk and a Q&A session, ending at 12pm.

Sunday Morning Program at NOVA Bahá’í Center is open to all. It strives to familiarize participants with the principles and teachings of the Bahá’í Faith that are centered on the oneness of humanity under one God and promote spiritual approaches to solving the social issues of the day. All are welcome.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who may be interested.

Please visit the calendar on Novabc.org
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With warm regards,
Northern Virginia Bahá’í Center

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The NOVA Bahá’í Center is thrilled to continue offering our Sunday Morning Programs on Zoom every Sunday at 10:30 AM during the course of the current pandemic.
This Sunday’s program:

Speaker: Mr. Masud Olufani https://www.masud-olufani.com/
Talk Title: The Stony and Glorious Path Towards Oneness

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The program begins with short devotional readings at 10:30 am, followed by a talk and a Q&A session, ending at 12pm. Sunday Morning Program at NOVA Bahá’í Center is open to all. It strives to familiarize participants with the principles and teachings of the Bahá’í Faith that are centered on the oneness of humanity under one God and promote spiritual approaches to solving the social issues of the day. All are welcome.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who may be interested.

[07/09/20]   The Martyrdom of the Bab, a holy day which commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Báb, the herald of the Baha’i Faith, on July 9,1850, in Tabriz, Persia (now Iran). This special program of prayers, presentation and music honors the sacrifice made by the Bab in 1850 in carrying out His mission as a Messenger of God to prepare the people for the coming of Baha’u’llah, the Promised One of all religions.

NOVA Bahá’í Center Sunday Morning Services on Zoom

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2020, 10:30am-12:00pm

Title: Transcendence: Where Art and Faith Converge

Speaker: Mr. Rainn Wilson

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These Sunday Services occur every Sunday at the same time. The program begins with short devotional readings at 10:30 AM, followed by the talk and a Q&A session, ending at 12 PM. These sessions will be recorded on Zoom and possibly redistributed in the future.

Sunday Morning Program at NOVA Bahá’í Center is open to all. It strives to familiarize participants with the principles and teachings of the Bahá’í Faith that are centered on the oneness of humanity under one God and promote spiritual approaches to solving the social issues of the day. All are welcome.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who may be interested.

With warm regards,

Northern Virginia Bahá’í Center Sunday Morning Program Team

NOVA Bahá’í Center Sunday Morning Services on Zoom

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020, 10:30 am

Title: A Brief Overview of the Spiritual Heritage of this Half of the Planet

Speaker: Mr. Kevin Locke. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Nader Saeidi canceled and we are happy to announce that this week's speaker will be Kevin Locke.

Kevin Locke is a world-famous visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist, and educator. Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe. While his instructions were received from his immediate family and community, from extended family in every part of the world, Kevin has learned many lessons in global citizenship and how we each can draw from our individual heritages to create a vibrant, evolving global civilization embracing and celebrating our collective heritage.

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The program begins with short devotional readings at 10:30 AM, followed by the talk and a Q&A session, ending at 12 PM. These sessions will be recorded on Zoom and possibly redistributed in the future.

Sunday Morning Services at NOVA Bahá’í Center is open to all. It strives to familiarize participants with the principles and teachings of the Bahá’í Faith that are centered on the oneness of humanity under one God and promote spiritual approaches to solving the social issues of the day. All are welcome.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who may be interested.

With warm regards,

Northern Virginia Bahá’í Center Sunday Morning Program Team

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[05/23/20]   Every May, Baha’is celebrate a holy day commemorating the anniversary of the night in 1844 that marks the beginning of the Baha’i Faith. On that night, Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad, who became known as the Bab (“the Gate” in Arabic), declared that the time for new revelation from God had arrived. He signaled a new era for humanity.

The Declaration of the Báb is when the Báb, the herald of the Bahá’í Faith, announced in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), that He was the Herald of a new Messenger of God and declared his mission. On that occasion He spoke these words to a man named Mulla Husayn, the first person to recognize that mission: “Verily I say, I am the Báb, the Gate of God…. This night, this very hour will, in the days to come, be celebrated as one of the greatest and most significant of all festivals.” The Báb was the Forerunner to Bahá’u’lláh (paralleling John the Baptist as the forerunner of Jesus), the prophet founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

[05/01/20]   12th Day of Ridván Celebration from the Northern Virginia Bahai Center 2020

Ridvan, or Paradise, is the name given by Baha'u'llah to the Najibiyyih Garden on the outskirts of Baghdad, across the Tigris River from the house of Baha'u'llah. In April of 1863, Baha'u'llah spent twelve days in the Najibiyyih garden with his family and close companions before his exile from Baghdad to Constantinople.

These twelve days are most significant as it commemorates Baha'u'llah's Declaration of his mission. Baha'u'llah has referred to these days as the Days "whereon the breezes of forgiveness were wafted over the entire creation", "a day on which the splendors of the divine names and attributes were shed upon the whole creation, and all things were purified".

Baha'u'llah acclaimed Ridvan as the "Most Great Festival", the "King of Festivals" and the "Festival of God". This garden became known among Baha'is as the Garden of Ridvan.

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Rising to the occasion in a global crisis
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news.bahai.org Baha’i communities across the world respond quickly and constructively to the challenging circumstances caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Naw-Rúz 177 | Bahá’í Reference Library

THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
Naw-Rúz 177

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[03/07/20]   "Fasting is the cause of the elevation of one's spiritual station." - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Ayyam-i-Ha is a multiple-day Baha’i festival that is joyously celebrated in countries and territories all over the world. It typically falls around the end of February and beginning of March (with the recent worldwide implementation of the Baha’i or Badi calendar the exact dates of Ayyam-i-Ha shift and move within the Gregorian calendar).

What is Ayyami-i-Ha?
Ayyam-i-Ha, or the Intercalary Days, is a period dedicated to socializing, being hospitable, giving generously to the poor and needy, and preparing for the upcoming month of fasting. Depending on the year, Ayyam-i-Ha will vary in its duration and it is composed of the excess of days that fall outside of the 19 months of 19 days.

What does “Ayyam-i-Ha” mean?
Ayyam-i-Ha means “Days of Ha”. There are many interpretations to what this means — one being that the letter “ha” is a symbol for the divine essence of God.2 In his book called Time and the Baha’i Era, Gerald Keil also explains that “the abjad value of the letter ha is 5, which is also the abjad value of the word bab. The days of Ha immediately precede the month of ‘Ala, which is the month associated with the Bab; taken together, these constitute an allusion to the fact that the Bab paved the way for his successor, with whom the succeeding month is associated; Baha, the first month of the following year”.

Ayyam-i-Ha has been translated into English as “Intercalary Days” which literally means that they are days inserted into the calendar. Unlike the majority of Baha’i holy days that either celebrate joyous historical events or commemorate sorrowful dates of significance, Ayyam-i-Ha is a festival of the attributes of generosity, love, compassion, of praising God and friendship. It stands in contrast to the Fast, a time of abstinence and inner contemplation and transformation.

How is Ayyam-i-Ha celebrated?
Baha’u’llah has reduced rituals and ceremonies to a minimum in the Baha’i Faith and so everyone celebrates Ayyam-i-Ha differently. Many communities and families share meals together and some exchange gifts. Ayyam-i-Ha celebrations can be elaborate and complex or they can be humble and simple. The beauty of these days is that little is required to make good cheer when you are in the company of friends and surrounded by an atmosphere of love.

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Ayyam-i-Ha Song - Elika Mahony

Ayyam-i-Ha is one of the most festive times of the year for Baha’is as we celebrate four days of gift-giving, charity, and visiting friends, as well as being a time of preparation for the Baha’i Fast.
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elikamahony.com Ayyam-i-Ha is one of the most festive times of year for Baha’is as we celebrate four days of gift-giving, charity, and visiting friends, as well as being a time of preparation for the Baha’i Fast. A few years ago, I ..Continue Reading

We very much hope to see you at the Northern Virginia Bahai Center Ayyam-i-ha Party! It will be great time socialization, music, potluck dinner, deserts and lots of joy!

[02/10/20]   “There are four qualities which I love to see manifested in people: first, enthusiasm and courage; second, a face wreathed in smiles and a radiant countenance; third, that they see all things with their own eyes and not through the eyes of others; fourth, the ability to carry a task, once begun, through to the end.” - ‘Abdu’l-Baha cited in Hand of the Cause of God Mr. Furitan. Stories of Baha’u’llah

[02/08/20]   "Be not the slave of your moods, but their master. But if you are so angry, so depressed and so sore that your spirit cannot find deliverance and peace even in prayer, then quickly go and give some pleasure to someone lowly or sorrowful, or to a guilty or innocent sufferer! Sacrifice yourself, your talent, your time, your rest to another, to one who has to bear a heavier load than you -- and your unhappy mood will dissolve into a blessed, contented submission to God." - Abdu'l-Baha, Star of the West

Join us for a Chili Cook-Off at the Northern Virginia Baha'i Center on Saturday, February 1 from 5:30 - 9 pm. Kindly share with your friends.

If you are interested in bringing some chili, salad, cornbread or cookies, please let us know :)

Dear friends.

The 28th annual (Martin Luther King, Jr.) MLK march is around the corner on Monday January 20th and, as you may already know, the Baha'i community is a founding member of this very important local event and is directly involved in preparing the program.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND & PARTICIPATE

As in the years past, we rely on your participation for this wonderful teaching moment to carry the Baha'i banner and placards among many of our fellow neighbors.

Dream . . . Believe . . . Act!

Please join us at Loudoun County Courthouse @ 10:00 AM

March line up starts at 10:15 AM with prayer and instructions on the March to Douglas Community Center. Afternoon Program will take place at Douglas Community Center.

9:00 AM – Douglas Community Center Program

Love to Unity Youth Panel & Dialogue

10:00 AM

Morning Program (for attendees who do not wish to march)

11:00 – 11:40 AM

Refreshments at the Cafeteria

12:00 PM

Guest Speaker Dr. Jason Nichols

Many talented & Diverse Performances

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Dear friends, we just learned that something unexpected came up and this workshop, originally scheduled for this Saturday, had to be postponed to a later date.

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bahaiteachings.org We’re in the political season, when campaigns and campaigners become heated, and when Baha’is inevitably hear this question: Why don’t Baha’is get involved in politics? Baha’is vote, get involved in...

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