Three years ago, Neda Najibi started a series on her Facebook page titled ‘Did You Know?’ portraying stories about Bahá’í Heroes and Heroines. She did this because she noticed there wasn’t a single online location systematically attempting to capture the heroism, struggles, victories, sacrifices, and the dedication of past and present Bahá’ís.
The death of Neda’s father (Nassir Najibi 1925-2013) gave her the impetus to launch Bahá’í Chronicles, to honour the many heroes and heroines, past and present, of the Bahá’í Faith.
She undertook the project to honour the memory of her father and feels he has been her guiding light for the past two years of putting this site together.
The team that have created the site are: Neda Nassir Najibi, Co-Founder and Editor; Vanda Marie Khadem, Co-Founder. Bahá’í Chronicles intentionally does not make mention of the creators’ collegiate years, career environment or achievements but rather seeks to share the collective Bahá’í goals which resulted in this website.
What follows is a short promo video and then a discussion of the project.
June: Neda can you tell us why you decided to create the Bahá’í chronicles web site?
Neda: The website was a culmination of a few things: Firstly for the past 3 years I’ve been posting ‘Did You Know about the Bahá’í faith?’ on my Facebook page and realized there wasn’t one site that had all the stories. Secondly my father died in 2013. He’d always encourage me to promote the Faith, and still is my guiding light, my hero, so this site is in honor of him.
June: What have been the most inspiring aspects of putting together Bahá’í Chronicles?
Neda: It’s been a true journey where each word, each story becomes relived and it’s a great feeling of nourishing memories and sharing such history with the world.
The website is a journey of discovery and inspiration empowering us to realize our rich global legacy through stories of Bahá’í from around the world.
We’re hoping for more contributors. Currently we have Sue Chehrenegar, Ceylan Isgor-Locke, Tara Jabbari, yourself, Joy Goldblatt, Brent Poirer. Also Jonah Winters, Don Calkins, Mary Firdawsi, Candace Hill and Richard Doering have been amazing contributors, doing lots of research and providing material for the site.
June: What have been some of the challenges? For instance how easy has it been to find video and audio?
Neda: This is a continuous project where as soon as videos and audios are found they will be placed on the site.
June: So if anyone out there has more footage they should send it to you?
Neda: Yes if they have the rights to do so we would love to include them.
June: Will the site be an ongoing project?
Neda: Absolutely ! The few hundred stories that will be on the site hopefully will grow as more people are aware of its existence. We would welcome more contributors and stories from all around the world.
June: Thanks so much for your time and I wish you all the best for the launch this week and for the future of the site.
Anyone wishing to contribute a story of a Bahá’í Hero or Heroine, to Bahá’í Chronicles should contact Neda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bottom Row L-R: Mary Maxwell (aka Ruhiyyih Khanum), Mr. Zikrullah Khadem, Robert Turner, Shoghi Effendi, Patricia Locke, Abdul’-Baha in Paris.