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Pasadena Baha’is prepare for the Fast

istock_000006546852xsmall1Monday, March 2, the Bahá’ís of Pasadena, California will join five million Bahá’ís worldwide in their annual period of fasting. For nineteen days each year, March second through March twentieth, Bahá’ís abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. Before dawn, families awaken to pray together and have their morning meal. The obligation of fasting begins at age fifteen and continues until the age of seventy. 

 Like Lent in Christianity and Ramadan in Islam, the Bahá’í Fast is essentially a period of meditation and prayer when the individual reflects on his or her own spiritual life. It symbolizes the importance of detachment and self-restraint and is used as spiritual preparation for the Bahá’í new year which begins March twenty-first:  http://info.bahai.org/article-1-4-7-2.html

The Bahá’í Faith, the second most widely spread religion in the world after Christianity, has more than five million members world wide of whom 142,000 reside in the United States:  www.bahai.org

Sunrise/Sunset times for March

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Ayyam-i-Ha video


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Happy Ayyam-i-Ha!

Social Time

Social Time

The Pasadena Baha’i Community held their annual Ayyam-i-Ha celebration at the Western Justice Center on Saturday, February 28th from 6-9pm.

What’s Ayyam-i-Ha?  It’s the Days Outside of Time in the Baha’i calendar (Feb 26-Mar 1).  Traditionally a time of celebration, service, charity, and gift giving:  http://tinyurl.com/bhowht

Tonight’s celebration included a potluck dinner and gifts:  you had to bring a gift for $5 or less to give to someone else there. 

Performing tonight was Eric Harper.  Nura Creitz helped out on “Falling Slowly,” song from the movie “Once.”

Nura and Eric

Nura and Eric

Thanks for your kind thoughts and prayers!

Flowers and Candles

In response the situation of the seven falsely imprisoned Baha’is in Iran (read: http://iran.bahai.us), we held a devotional gathering to say prayers for their well-being on Thursday, February 19th at the Western Justice Center.  4o were in attendance.  Program was:

It was a deeply spiritual atmosphere.  I wish you could have been there!

Good people of Pasadena: the Baha’is need your help!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We’re writing you because seven of our dearly loved Baha’i brothers and sisters in Iran are in grave danger this week, and possibly face execution in a matter of days.   They have been held in prison for over a year with no access to their lawyer, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi. 

The US State Department, the UK Foreign Office Minister, Amnesty International and others have roundly condemned the imprisonment and trial of the Baha’is:  http://iran.bahai.us

On February 13th, 2009, a bill was introduced in Congress, H. Res. 175, “Condemning the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Bahá’í minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.”

Why should you care?

The Baha’i Faith is a peaceful religion that seeks to promote the unity of mankind.  Our principles are in alignment with American values:  http://www.bahai.org.    

We may be small in number (about 6MM worldwide), but we are spread out across almost every country in the world and are trying to be of service to humanity.  Baha’is have been  in Pasadena since the early 20th century.

A Familiar Pattern of Religious Persecution

We shun violence and believe that all the world’s major religions are from God.  For that, we suffer.  The Baha’is face repression in Iran and other parts of the world, ominously mirroring an insiduous pattern of behavior not seen since the years leading up to World War II. 

We need your help

You were probably unaware our situation until now, but we need advocates beyond the Baha’i Community: 

  • Please let your friends, neighbors, and coworkers know about our situation
  • Please urge our Congressman Adam Schiff to co-sponsor  H. Res. 175, “Condemning the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Bahá’í minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights”  626-304-2727 http://schiff.house.gov/HoR/CA29/Contact+Information/Contact+Form.htm
  • Please urge our Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to consider introducing in the Senate a resolution similar to H. Res. 175  https://boxer.senate.gov/contact/email/policy.cfm    http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUS.EmailMe
  • If you’d like to join us in prayer for the seven imprisoned Baha’is ithis Thursday, February 19th @ 7:30pm, please join us.  We’re working on getting the Western Justice Center (55 S. Grand Ave., at the intersection of Green Street and Grand Ave.).  Location confirmePlease stay tuned to this blog for updates.   Location confirmed:  7:30pm Thursday, February 19th, Western Justice Center 55 S. Grand Ave. at the intersection of Green Street and Grand Ave.

This isn’t exactly the way we wished to kick off our blog, but being the optimists we are, maybe this will give us a chance to become closer.

Your friends and neighbors,

The Baha’is of Pasadena, California

The Pasadena Baha’i Community is here

Welcome to our blog.   We were planning on launching it later, but breaking news in the Middle East forced us to open up early!