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Entrance to the Shrine of Baha'u'llah.
Entrance to the Shrine of Baha'u'llah.

Saturday, May 28th marks the anniversary of the Ascension of Baha’u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith. Baha’u'llah passed away after a brief illness in 1892 outside of Akka, Israel.

Baha’u'llah—the “Glory of God”—is the Promised One foretold by all of the Divine Messengers of the past. Baha’u'llah delivered a new Revelation from God to humanity. Thousands of verses, letters and books flowed from His pen. In His Writings, He outlined a framework for the development of a global civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life. For this, He endured 40 years of imprisonment, torture and exile.

The Ascension of Baha’u’llah is one of nine holy days during the year on which Baha'is suspend work, if possible. The Holy Day starts at sunset on Friday, the 27th, and ends at sunset on Saturday, May 28th. As a result, the offices and studios of Radio Baha’i are closed for this period. The station will continue to air music and programs throughout the Holy Day.

Please join your local Baha’i community for their commemoration of the Ascension of Baha’u’llah, or you can join us on air for our observance of this Holy Day at 4:00 AM Saturday morning, which coincides with the actual time of His passing. For more information about Baha’u’llah, or the Baha’i Faith click on any of the links, or scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the links there.


May 23rd, Baha'is around the world are celebrating the Declaration of the Bab. This Holy Day commemorates the day in 1844 when the Bab announced that He was a new divine Messenger, sent to herald a new age for humanity and to prepare the way for the coming of Baha'u'llah, the Glory of God.

The Declaration of the Bab, which starts after sunset on May 22nd and goes until sunset on, May 23rd, is one of nine holy days during the year on which Baha'is should suspend work, if possible. As a result, the Radio Baha'i offices or studios will be closed. The station will continue to air music and programs during this period.

Click here for more information on the Baha'i Faith..


P1060907Wednesday, April 20th, is the First Day of the Ridvan Festival. This annual Baha’i festival commemorates the 12 days in 1863, from April 20th to May 1st, when Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, resided in a garden called Ridvan, in Baghdad, Iraq. While He was in the Garden of Ridvan, Baha’u’llah publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age, the promised one of all religions. The first, ninth and twelfth days of the Ridvan Festival are celebrated as holy days when work or school is suspended for Baha’is, if at all possible.

Since Wednesday is a Baha’i Holy Day, the staff of the station will not be working. So you won’t hear the program hosts doing their regular programs. If you want to know the name of a song that day, go to our website,, and click on Playing Now, or you might be able to just look at your radio, if it displays song and artist information. Our streaming player also gives song title, artist and album information.
We will air a special First Day of Ridvan program at 18:00 PM on Tuesday the 19th, and again at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, the 20th. Please join us for a joyous celebration in songs, prayers and readings.

Call the local Baha'i community near you, or check their website or Facebook page, for information about a Ridvan celebration nearest to you. Usually, communities observe this Holy Day at 4:00 PM.

So, when you meet a Bahá'í on Wednesday, wish him or her a Happy Ridvan! Or, post Happy Ridvan greetings on the Facebook Wall of your Bahá'í friends.


The dawn of a new day.
The dawn of a new day.

Sunday, March 20th is Naw Rúz, the Baha’i New Year’s Day. The Baha’i New Year is on the same day as the spring equinox, March 20th, the first day of spring. For Baha'is, Naw Ruz marks the end of the annual 19-Day Fast and is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended, if possible. As a result, there will be no one working in the Radio Baha’i studios on Sunday.

We will air a special Naw Rúz program at 7:30PM Saturday, 12Midnight, and 10:00 AM on Sunday the 20th. Please join us for a joyous celebration in songs, prayers and readings.

To satisfy your curiosity, here is a link to several online posts about Naw-Ruz:

And here are some links about the Badi Calendar, the official name of the Baha'i Calendar):

When you meet one of your Baha’i friends on Sunday, wish him or her a Happy Naw Rúz! Or, post Happy Naw Rúz greetings on the Facebook Wall of your Baha’i friends, or Tweet them.

Happy Naw Ruz!


New and some old songs added to heavy rotation this week. Please tell us what you like in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter.

R&B and Contemporary Gospel
Choice of Colors, by Gladys Knight, from the album Just for You
You Are My Friend, by Patti LaBelle, from the album Beautiful Ballads: Patti LaBelle
Look Up, by Daley, from the album Days & Nights
Celebrate Life, by James Murphy, from the album So Crazy No Boundaries
Imagine, by Crystal Nicole, from the album Masterpiece
I'm Just Sayin', by Dawkins & Dawkins, from the album From Now On
Grateful, by Coko, from the album Grateful
Happy Feelin's, by Maze & Frankie Beverly, from the album The Greatest Hits: Lifelines, Vol. 1
A Second Chance, by Sounds of Blackness, from the album Unity
Waiting in the Wings, by Anointed, from the album Under the Influence
Family, by Carmichael Musiclover, from the album Pot of Gold
I Am Somebody, by Glenn Jones, from the album The Best of Glenn Jones
Mother Earth, by Karen Bernod, from the album #PlantingSeeds
Walk It Out, by Virtue, from the album Fearless

Traditional Gospel
Stand Still, by Deitrick Haddon ftg. Donnie McClurkin, from the album Stand Still
Awesome God, by Evereadys, from the album Just for My Friends
All That I Need, by CeCe Winans, from the album Purified
Lord Prepare Me To Be A Sanctuary, by West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir, from the album No Limit
Seasons, by Elaine Norwood, from the album Double Blessing
Manifest, by Victory Choral Ensemble, from the album A New Chapter - Volume 1
God Is Everything, by Jermaine Fulmore and Anointed Brothers, from the album Stepping Out With Jesus
Down Through the Years, by Joe Agee, from the album Gospel Truth CD 21

Amplified, by Lin Rountree, from the album Soulfunky
Ocean Breeze, by Rob Mullins, from the album Dance for the New World
Glow, by Sam Stryke, from the album Brunch
Valdez off Crenshaw, by Terrace Martin, from the album Velvet Portraits
Touched by the light, by The James Colah Project, from the album Touched By The Light