Saturday, May 18, 2019

...offered up, by his own hand, his life.

Consider his honor Siyyid Ismá’íl—upon him be the peace of God, and His loving-kindness—how, before daybreak he was wont to dust, with his own turban, the doorstep of My house, and in the end, whilst standing on the banks of the river, with his eyes fixed on that same house, offered up, by his own hand, his life.

-Baha'u'llah

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/ESW/esw-4.html

One day, they brought the news of the death of Siyyid Ismá‘íl of Zavárih. Bahá’u’lláh said: ‘No one has killed him. Behind many myriad veils of light, we showed him a glimmer of our glory; he could not endure it and so he sacrificed himself.’ Some of us then went to the bank of the river and found the body of Siyyid Ismá‘íl lying there. He had cut his own throat with a razor which was still held in his hand. We removed the body and buried it.

(Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, Vol 2, p. 112)

God reveals Himself in the person of His Manifestation

Every time God the True One—exalted be His glory—revealed Himself in the person of His Manifestation, He came unto men with the standard of “He doeth what He willeth, and ordaineth what He pleaseth.” None hath the right to ask why or wherefore, and he that doth so, hath indeed turned aside from God, the Lord of Lords.

-Baha'u'llah

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/ESW/esw-4.html

By My life! This is the truth, and all else naught but error.

By My life! This is the truth, and all else naught but error.

-Baha'u'llah

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/ESW/esw-4.html

Man’s actions are acceptable after his having recognized Baha'u'llah

Man’s actions are acceptable after his having recognized (the Manifestation). He that turneth aside from the True One is indeed the most veiled amongst His creatures.

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/ESW/esw-4.html

Friday, May 17, 2019

The first Baha'i temple in Ashkabad was expropriated by the government and converted into an art gallery in 1938.

The structural design of the first Bahai temple in Ashkhabad was prepared by Ostād ʿAlī-Akbar Bannāʾ and work, which was started in 1902 and supervised by Ḥājī Mīrzā Moḥammad-Taqī, the Wakīl-al-Dawla, was completed in 1919. The temple, which served the community for two decades was expropriated by the government and converted into an art gallery in 1938. Ten years later, violent earthquakes seriously damaged the building and the heavy rains of the following years weakened the structure to the point that the Soviet authorities decided to demolish the remaining edifice and convert the site into a public park.

http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/bahaism-ix

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Baha'u'llah is the Lord of Lords

O Pope! Rend the veils asunder. He Who is the Lord of Lords is come overshadowed with clouds, and the decree hath been fulfilled by God, the Almighty, the Unrestrained.

-Baha'u'llah (The Summons of the Lord of Hosts)

Friday, May 10, 2019

Baha'u'llah's commandments for his creatures!

He describes His commandments as “the lamps of My loving providence among My servants, and the keys of My mercy for My creatures.”5 He avers:

“The Tongue of My power hath, from the heaven of My omnipotent glory, addressed to My creation these words:‘Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty.’ Happy is the lover that hath inhaled the divine fragrance of his Best-Beloved from these words, laden with the perfume of a grace which no tongue can describe.​”6

https://www.bahai.org/beliefs/life-spirit/character-conduct/divine-law 

Monday, May 6, 2019

I am sure the Master told him about His departure from this world and that because of it he threw himself into the sea.

That morning [after the cold] Mirza Abul Hassan Afnan dismissed his servant and said he was going away. He wrote a supplication to the Beloved. Then the Afnan went to the seashore, about two hours walk, and threw himself into the sea. Some fisherman nearby took him out and notified the authorities. Abdul-Baha sent his automobile. I went with the Afnans and Dr. Lotfullah and helped to bring his body home. The next day when we carried the body from his house, the Beloved approached and assisted in carrying the casket to the carriage. I am sure the Master told him about His departure from this world and that because of it he threw himself into the sea.

Mirza Abu'l Hasan Afnán (a noble gentleman from the family of the Báb, for many years living near Abdu'l-Baha), realizing the approach of the most great calamity - the Master's ascension - could not wait to see it, and therefore he drowned himself here, in the sea.

http://bahai-library.com/pdf/m/merrick_abdulbaha_ascension_1921.pdf

Sunday, May 5, 2019

King of England's special love for Abdul Baha

Abdul-Baha had a supreme station in the estimation of the kings of the earth. General Allenby, at the time of his occupation of Haifa on September 23, 1918, received a special order from the King of England to call and inquire about the health of Abdul-Baha. The king also knighted Abdul-Baha, giving him his highest medal and the title of "Sir." But Abdul-Baha accepted it only for the sake of pleasing the king, and not because he cared for anything of that kind.

http://starofthewest.info/viewer.erb?vol=12&page=260

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

There are now close to 17,000 clusters (2003) worldwide, out of which 500 clusters have crossed 3rd milestone (in 2019)

"Reports received at the World Centre indicate that there are now close to 17,000 clusters worldwide, excluding those countries where, for one reason or another, the operation of the Faith is restricted."

-The Universal House of Justice, 17 January 2003

https://www.bahai.org/r/532027753

Friday, April 12, 2019

The punishment for teaching the Baha’i Faith, membership and activity in this religious community is determined based on these articles of the IR law

The verdicts against Baha’is is issued based on articles 498, 499 and 500 of the Islamic Penal Code.

Article 498 of the code states: “Any person with any ideology who forms or leads a group, society or sub-group of more than two people, under any name or title, domestically or abroad, with the goal of disrupting national security, who is not considered a combatant, shall be sentenced to prison for two to ten years.”

According to article 499 of this law: “Any person holding a membership in one of the groups, societies or sub-groups mentioned in article 498 shall be sentenced to three months to five years in prison, unless it is proven that they were unaware of its goals.”

Article 500 also states: “Any person engaged in any way in propaganda activities against the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran, or in favor of anti-regime groups and organizations, shall be sentenced to three months to one year in prison.”

The punishment for teaching the Baha’i Faith, membership and activity in this religious community is determined based on these articles of the law.

http://iranpresswatch.org/post/20107/22-bahais-began-new-year-prison/

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Baha'i faith cannot solve current problems ecxcept...

The guidance that Baha'i institutions offer to mankind does not comprise a series of specific answers to current problems, but rather the illumination of an entirely new way of life. Without this way of life the problems are insoluble; with it they will either not arise or, if they arise, can be resolved.

https://bahai-library.com/uhj_messages_1986_2001

UHJ is under the “care and protec­tion” of Baha'u'llah and the “shelter and unerring guidance” of the Bab

The following statements of Baha'u'llah and Abdul Baha are considered to relate solely to the Universal House of Justice: (a) It is under the “care and protec­tion” of Baha'u'llah and the “shelter and unerring guidance” of the Bab (Will and Testament, p. 11) and is “the source of all good and freed from all error” (ibid., p. 14); (b) its membership is confined to men (Selections, p. 80); (c) it can legislate laws and ordinances to cover all areas that are not expressly laid down by Baha'u'llah and may also repeal laws enacted previously by the Universal House of Justice, but it cannot alter the laws laid down by Baha'u'llah (Kalamāt-e ferdowsīya, in Majmūʿa, p. 37, tr. Tablets, p. 68; see also Will and Testament, pp. 14, 19-20); (d) it administers all religious endowments (awqāf: al-Ketāb al-aqdas quoted in Gan­jīna-ye ḥodūd, p. 221); (e) it receives the religious tax of Ḥoqūq Allāh and has full authority over its expenditure (Ganjīna-ye ḥodūd, p. 107); (f) all matters of state (omūr-­e sīāsīya) should be referred to this body (Lawḥ-e bešārat in Majmūʿa, p. 14; tr. Tablets, p. 27); (g) it must promote the “lesser peace” (Lawḥ-e donyā in Majmūʿa, p. 50; tr. Tablets, p. 89); (h) whosoever disobeys or opposes the House of Justice has disobeyed and opposed God (Will and Testament, p. 11).

Contributed by Moojan Momen

http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/bayt-al-adl-house-of-justice-a-bahai-administrative-institution

Houses of justice are supposed to take care of the old, the weak, and the ill who have fallen into poverty

Among the general functions of the Houses of Justice, as enunciated by Baha'u'llah, are the following: to promulgate the cause of God; to educate the souls of men; to preserve the law; to make the land prosperous; to administer social affairs; to educate the children; to take care of the old, the weak, and the ill who have fallen into poverty (Ganjīna-ye ḥodūd, p. 214).

Contributed by Moojan Momen

http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/bayt-al-adl-house-of-justice-a-bahai-administrative-institution

The growth of Baha'i Faith has slowed down in the United States (Video)

0:20 - Question: "Do you think there has been a slowdown in the growth of the Faith in the West?...What can be done about it?"

Answer: "It has slowed down...It needs to be accelerated."

-Dallas, TX - Hooper Dunbar - 2017 (Youtube)
https://youtu.be/u-v7hKI29ok?t=20s

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