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BABISM iii. Babism in Neyriz for Encyclopædia Iranica

BABISM iii. Babism in Neyriz for Encyclopædia Iranica

Neyriz (Niriz) is a town in Fars south of Iran, located about 220 km southeast of Shiraz on the eastern side of Baḵtagān Lake. In the medieval period, the nesba “Neyrizi” is attested by Abu’l-ʿAbbās Fażl b. Ḥātem Neyrizi ...In 1850, Sayyed Yaḥyā Dārābi, who had been renamed Waḥid by the Bāb, arrived in the city. He was a cleric who had met the Bāb in Shiraz and converted to Babism after three personal encounters with him.  As Waḥīd approached Neyriz, many of the residents came to greet him (F ...more
On Tahirih, The First Persian Feminist

On Tahirih, The First Persian Feminist

Tahirih has been inspiring writers, human rights activists and artists for generations. Now a new book about the Persian poet and champion of women’s rights examines her life and her links with suffragettes in the West, and pays tribute to her legacy.  Robert Harris reviews The Calling: Tahirih of Persia and her American Contemporaries by Hussein Ahdieh and Hillary Chapman To read the full text click here ...more
Iran’s Cradle-to-Grave Persecution-Iran Press Watch

Iran’s Cradle-to-Grave Persecution-Iran Press Watch

Originally published: op-ed Newsday, August 8, 2014 1:23 PM By HUSSEIN AHDIEH I lost a dear aunt many years ago. Today, her burial site is at risk of being callously destroyed — bulldozed together with more than 900 graves. Although I knew of attacks on Baha’i cemeteries in Iran, at least 43 since 2005, I was stunned to learn that in April, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards in Iran began excavating the Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz where five of my relatives are buried, including my aunt. To read the full text click here ...more
From Nayriz to New York: Hussein Ahdieh and the Story of Harlem Prep-Iran Press Watch

From Nayriz to New York: Hussein Ahdieh and the Story of Harlem Prep-Iran Press Watch

In 1961, a young immigrant by the name of Hussein Ahdieh arrived in New York Harbor aboard the RMS Queen Mary, an ocean liner carrying over 1,000 other passengers. He arrived in America after having left the small impoverished town of Nayriz in the south of Iran. He left his home country because his family was persecuted for being members of the Baha’i Faith, a religion that emphasizes the importance of education, the harmony between science and religion, and the equality of men and women. To read the full text click here ...more
Sacrificial Education: For the Good of Others

Sacrificial Education: For the Good of Others

Have you ever worked in an environment that made you want to sacrifice everything to do your absolute best? That feeling, according to the Baha’i writings, “emanates from the breaths of the Holy Spirit:”

Another unity is the spiritual unity which emanates from the breaths of the Holy Spirit. This is greater than the unity of mankind. Human unity or solidarity may be likened to the body whereas unity from the breaths of the Holy Spirit is the spirit animating the body. This is a perfect unity. It creates such a condition in mankind that each one will make sacrifices for the other and the utmost desire will be to forfeit life and all that pertains to it in behalf of another’s good. – Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, p. 67.

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The First 40 Years of the Bahá’í Faith in New York

The First 40 Years of the Bahá’í Faith in New York

Highlights of the First 40 Years of the Bahá’í Faith in New York, City of the Covenant, 1892-1932

The information compiled in this document was made available to Hussein Ahdieh by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of New York City while working on the booklet honoring the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s trip to New York City. Other sources include materials from The Star of the West, Robert Stockman’s books, Mahmud and Juliet Thompson diaries.

Compiled by Hussein Ahdieh

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The Treasures That Education Can Reveal

The Treasures That Education Can Reveal

In 1967, the Harlem Preparatory School opened in an old armory with forty-nine students—over 200 had applied—and by the end of the year the enrollment topped seventy students. The efforts of that first year bore fruit when all 70 of Harlem Prep’s students were accepted to colleges: the State University of New York, Fordham University, Berkeley, New York University, Wesleyan University, Vassar College, Utica College, and Park College.To read the full text click here ...more
The Untold, Spiritual History of Harlem Prep

The Untold, Spiritual History of Harlem Prep

The education of each child is obligatory. If there are no parents, the community must look after the child. It is suggested that the childless educate a child.It is incumbent on every one to engage in some occupation, such as arts, trades, and the like. We have made this–your occupation–identical with the worship of God, the true one. – Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 26.To read the full text click here

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Tahirih Becomes a Heroic Figure in Books and Plays

Tahirih Becomes a Heroic Figure in Books and Plays

As Tahirih’s powerful story spread, many authors began to depict her as a heroic figure in scholarly treatises, books and plays. Edward Granville Browne—one of the most important scholars to first bridge the distance between the Western and Persian worlds, and the only Westerner who met Baha’u’llah—wrote glowingly about Tahirih. To read the full text click here   ...more
Tahirih’s Magical Influence Over the Masses

Tahirih’s Magical Influence Over the Masses

Tahirih, with her learning, her poetry and her devotion to the Babi Faith—the precursor of the Baha’i Faith—had a tremendous influence in life as well as in death. The story of her conversion from Islam to the Babi Faith inspired many:
One night when it was getting along toward dawn [Tahirih] laid her head on her pillow, lost all awareness of this earthly life, and dreamed a dream; in her vision a youth, a Siyyid [a descendent of Muhammad], wearing a black cloak and a green turban, appeared to her in the heavens; he was standing in the air, reciting verses and praying with his hands upraised. At once, she memorized one of those verses, and wrote it down in her notebook when she awoke. After the Báb had declared His mission, and His first book, “The Best of Stories,” [The Ahsanu’l-Qisas, the Bab’s commentary on the Surih of Joseph] was circulated, Tahirih was reading a section of the text one day, and she came upon that same verse, which she had noted down from the dream. Instantly offering thanks, she fell to her knees and bowed her forehead to the ground, convinced that the Bab’s message wa ...more

Interviews

Andisheh TV

Novin TV interview with Dr.Hussein and Tahereh Ahdieh on the book Awakening

نگاه - قسمت بیست و یکم در برنامه این هفته نگاه با دکتر حسین و طاهره عهدیه آشنا می‌شویم که در مورد کتاب صبح بیداری تألیف دکتر حسین عهدیه توضیح میدهند . در بخش موسیقی‌ برنامه ادامه سری کلیپ‌های تصویری با نام "خدمت به نوع بشر" را برای شما پخش خواهیم کرد. نام کلیپ این هفته از سری یاد شده " کمک به بهسازی اجتماع" می باشد

Dr.Ahdieh’s interview with GPB producer Nwandi Lawson

Awakening Interview with Hussein Ahdieh and Nwandi Lawson, GPB Producer

 

 

Abdu’l-Bahá in New York interview

Dr. Ahdieh is interviewed by Nwardi Lawson, award-winning journalist, Georgia Public Broadcasting Producer, and Bahá'í Auxiliary Board Member. The subject of the interview is 'Abdu'l-Bahá in New York.

Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Dizzy Gillespie’s Birth Day

Abdul-Baha’s sense of humor

Tahirih, the great persian poetess .December 11, 2017

Harlem prep interview

Tahirih story, interview with Hussein Ahdieh and Roya Shanks /short version

Length 14:30
Music: "Dance of Martyrdom" by Farzad Listen ad-free with YouTube Red