Sunday, September 16, 2018

the inhabitants of America... would have, by now, been attracted to the Kingdom of God...

"O ye friends and maid-servants of the Merciful! Praise be to God, ye are the fish of one ocean, the birds of one rose-garden, the trees of one orchard and the flowers of one paradise. Then why this difference? Why this lack of harmony? Wherefore this condition?
Verily, verily, I say unto you, were it not for this difference amongst you, the inhabitants of America in all those regions would have, by now, been attracted to the Kingdom of God, and would have constituted themselves your helpers and assisters. Is it meet that you sacrifice this most glorious Bounty for worthless imaginations?"

(Star of the West, May 1911, Vol. 2, #4, p.7)

majority of the human race would have embraced the Cause of God if....

'We have already stated in a previous volume[1] that in some of His Tablets Bahá'u'lláh has clearly indicated that if the believers had carried out His teachings faithfully, lived their lives in accordance with the divine standards and achieved absolute detachment from earthly things, they would have moved the peoples of the world and the majority of the human race would have embraced the Cause of God.'

(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 4, p. 83)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Allahu Abha should be found upon the lips everytime

The Greatest Name should be found upon the lips in the first awakening moment of early dawn. It should be fed upon by consistent use in daily invocation, in trouble, under opposition, and should be the last word breathed when the head rests upon the pillow at night. It is the name of comfort, protection, happiness, illumination, love and unity.

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Wisdom of the Master, p. 58)

The Greatest Name is Alláh-u-Abhá.

— Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 369

Abdul Baha ridiculing and making fun of the son of one of the covenant breakers for sucking a goat's penis

“This egotistical man had two dimwitted and unintelligent sons: Husayn and Hasan. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá used to relate to this effect, “When speaking with Me, Siyyid Mihdí would greatly extol and praise Hasan’s astuteness, saying that the lad was most intelligent. There was a herd of goats at Bahjí. [While playing,] each of the Bahá’í kids was holding the udder of one of the goats, imbibing their milk. However, he [Hasan] was holding a male goat, imbibing it, and saying, ‘This is salty.’” When telling this story He would laugh heartily.”

(Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 72)

Friday, September 7, 2018

He stressed that Baha'is of Christian background should accept these principles concerning Islam

While walking with us in the gardens of the Shrine during our second meeting with him, Shoghi Effendi spoke of Muhammad, Whose station was lofty and great, as the recipient of a Divine Revelation. He returned to this theme on a later occasion, saying that the believers should be aware, and believe, that Islam is the origin of the Baha'i Faith, that the Qur'an is the Word of God and that the Imams were infallible. Their station was very sacred and exalted, particularly that of Imam Husayn (the third Imam, titled the King of Martyrs). As to the traditions of Islam, those which are quoted in the Writings are authentic. He stressed that Baha'is of Christian background should accept these principles concerning Islam, just as those of Jewish or Zoroastrian background should accept Christ as the Word of God and His utterances in the New Testament as authentic.

- Hand of the Cause, Ali-Akbar Furutan (‘The Story of My Heart')

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Baha'u'llah and Muhammad “associated” with each other in Baha's dream!

Here is Baha’u’llah’s personal account of that particular dream, in this provisional translation by Necati Alkan:

One day I saw in a dream that I associated with His Holiness, the Apostle (Muḥammad), may the souls of all else but Him be sacrificed for His sake. Words were revealed and utterances were made manifest from that Dawning-Place of God’s Book. Thereupon He (Muḥammad) said:

“Previously I had said: ‘Paradise is beneath the shades of swords (al-jannatu taḥta ẓilāli al-suyūf).’ However, if I were manifest in these days, I would say: ‘Paradise is beneath the shade of the tree of friendliness and compassion’ (al-jannatu taḥta ẓilāli sidrati al-ulfati wa al-raḥma)’.”

Upon hearing this blessed and exalted Word, I (Baha’u’llah) declared: “May the souls of all men be a sacrifice unto Thy loving-kindness, tender mercy and bounty!” Subsequently, the Ocean of utterance (Baha’u’llah) spoke that which the Pen was unable to reveal and the ink not capable to make manifest. When I woke up from my sleep I have found Myself filled with gladness for a time, in such wise that it was beyond description. – Baha’u’llah, Lawḥ-i Ṭabīb, provisional translation by Necati Alkan.

In this dream narration, Baha’u’llah tells us that he and Muhammad “associated” with each other.

Huququ’llah will contribute to the spiritualization of humanity

The Institution of Huququ’llah will, during the course of this Dispensation, contribute to the spiritualization of humanity through the promotion of a new attitude to the acquisition and use of material resources. It will provide the material resources necessary for great collective enterprises designed to improve all aspects of life and will be a powerful element in the growth of a world civilization.

(Universal House of Justice letter, January 2003)

Baha’i Chaplains

The National Assembly now wishes to select, train and authorise a further group of volunteers from England and Wales to act as Chaplains in the NHS. Over the next few years the responsibilities of Bahá’í Chaplains in the NHS may well build up from the present small scale voluntary posts to possibly full-time paid NHS posts, for which trainees with the necessary experience will be eligible to apply.

- UK Baha'i New Digest, Volume 7, Issue 3, Sept. 2010, Page 7

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Abdul Baha looks at Qaim-Maqam's picture every morning when He wakes-up.

You might like to know that there are several Tablets from ʻAbduʼl-Bahá in which he praises the Qáʼim-Maqám for his keen intellect and outstanding character. In one of them, He mentions that a portrait of the Qáʼim-Maqám hangs in His bedroom, and that He looks at it every morning when He wakes. In some of His Tablets, ʻAbduʼl-Bahá even quotes—both directly and indirectly—some brilliantly clever turns of phrase coined by the Qáʼim-Maqám.

All these instances have been meticulously compiled and excellently presented by Vahid Rafati in an article published on pp. 192–210 of the 18th issue of Safíniy-i-ʻIrfán—the Persian counterpart to "Lights of ʻIrfán"—entitled "Qáʼim-Maqám Faráhání dar Áthár-i-Baháʼí" (“Qáʼim-Maqám Faráhání in the Baháʼí Writings”). I have been working on a translation of this article for some time as part of a larger project. If there is interest, I would love to share it with you and the rest of the group when it is complete.

- Adib Masumian (Facebook)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

They that have forsaken their country in the path of God...

"They that have forsaken their country in the path of God and subsequently ascended unto His presence, such souls shall be blessed by the Concourse on High and their names recorded by the pen of Glory among such as have laid down their lives as martyrs in the path of God, the Help in peril, the Self - Subsistence."


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Holy Spirit Itself hath been generated through the agency of a single letter revealed by Baha'u'llah

In the Súratu’l-Haykal, one of the most challenging works of Bahá’u’lláh, the following verses, each of which testifies to the resistless power infused into the Revelation proclaimed by its Author, have been recorded: “Naught is seen in My temple but the Temple of God, and in My beauty but His Beauty, and in My being but His Being, and in My self but His Self, and in My movement but His Movement, and in My acquiescence but His Acquiescence, and in My pen but His Pen, the Mighty, the All-Praised. There hath not been in My soul but the Truth, and in Myself naught could be seen but God.” “The Holy Spirit Itself hath been generated through the agency of a single letter revealed by this Most Great Spirit, if ye be of them that comprehend.”

-Shoghi Effendi

I am God, I have created manifestations in the world of being...

Beware lest ye speak of duality in regard to My Self, for all the atoms of the earth proclaim that there is none other God but Him, the One, the Single, the Mighty, the Loving. From the beginning that hath no beginning I have proclaimed, from the realm of eternity, that I am God, none other God is there save Me, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting; and unto the end that hath no end I shall proclaim, amidst the kingdom of names, that I am God, none other God is there beside Me, the All-Glorious, the Best-Beloved. Say: Lordship is My Name, whereof I have created manifestations in the world of being, while We Ourself remain sanctified above them, would ye but ponder this truth.


Baha'is take help of Mohammad Reza Shah's dream to prove that he was a Shi'i ruler who persecuted Baha'is for their beliefs!

The Shah’s degree of belief in Shi’ism can also be seen clearly in this speech:

I was stricken with typhoid fever, and at the height of the illness, I dreamed of Imam Ali one night … He gave me a cup containing a liquid to drink, and I did that, and my health improved… In the summer, when we were going to visit the Shrine of Emamzadeh Davood, I fell off the horse. During the fall, I saw the image of Abbas ibn Ali, who took my hand and protected me… I also saw a picture of the 12th imam in the summer palace.

According to Abdul Baha, Tahirih recognized the Bab through a dream

“One night when it was getting along toward dawn she laid her head on her pillow, lost all awareness of this earthly life, and dreamed a dream; in her vision a youth, a Siyyid, 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 these verses, and wrote it down in her notebook when she awoke. After the Bab had declared his mission, and His first book, 'The Best of Stories,' 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 upon her knees and bowed her forehead to the ground, convinced that the Bab’s message was truth.”

‘Abdu’l-Baha, Memorials of the Faithful (Wilmette, Ill: Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1971) p. 193.

Why sleep?

If a man sleep, it should not be for pleasure, but to rest the body in order to do better, to speak better, to explain more beautifully, to serve the servants of God and to prove the truths. When he remains awake he should seek to be attentive, serve the Cause of God and sacrifice his own stations for those of God. When he attains to this station, the confirmations of the Holy Spirit will surely reach him, and man with this power can withstand all who inhabit the earth.


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