addition to personal prayer
and meditation, Bahá'í communities hold regular devotional gatherings
for collective worship. These gatherings unite people in prayer and
awaken their spiritual susceptibilities. more...
circles bring groups of people together to deepen their understanding
of the Bahá'í teachings through systematic study. This involves
structured group discussion of passages from the Bahá'í writings that
encourage reflection on one’s moral purpose and capacities for service.
children’s classes are offered to all children between 6 and 10 years
old for their spiritual education and moral development. The aim of
these classes is to inspire in each child a love for our diverse human
family and to cultivate a praiseworthy character. They are guided by
the Bahá'í belief that children are noble beings with great potential
to develop into upright and active participants in their community. more...
youth – or those between 11 and 14 years – are at a crucial stage in
their lives when they are defining their identity and values. Junior
youth groups offered by the Bahá'í community address the needs of these
young people by helping them to develop a strong moral identity and to
empower them to contribute to the well-being of their communities. more...
The art of Fiona Armstrong on display this month in the Fireside
and the Bahá’í Faith
Mark Keedwell is a man on a mission. As he himself states, he is
determined to fill in the blanks in progressive revelation and has put
his considerable knowledge of world religions and philosophy towards
educating people about the interconnectedness of all the major faiths
with an emphasis on the connection between Islám and the Bahá'í Faith.
Progressive revelation is a core tenet in the Bahá'í Faith that states
that a series of divine Messengers (such as Abraham, Zoroaster,
Krishna, Christ and Muhammad) will continue to appear throughout human
history with teachings that are tailored to suit the needs of the time.
The purpose is not only to help humanity build an ever-advancing
civilization, but to help it recognize its essential spiritual reality
and the source from which it comes. more...
HATH GOD WROUGHT?
Sadness and inactivity had settled among the disciples of Siyyid Kázim
following their leader’s death three weeks before. Everyone seemed lost
and grieving. This is how Mullá Husayn, a fellow disciple, found them
when he returned to the Shaykhí school in Karbilá in Iraq after
visiting his home in Bushru’i, Persia. He tried to cheer them up and
reminded them of the need to fulfill their mission as Shaykhís: to find
the Promised One. He scolded them and told them it was their duty to
arise and follow their departed leader’s wishes..
“Do you remember”, said Mullá Husayn, what our master told us before
his death? “Yes,” replied a student. “Scatter far and wide, detach
yourselves from all earthly things, humbly and prayerfully beseech your
Lord to sustain and guide you. Never relax in your determination to
seek and find Him who is your true Guide and Master, who will
graciously aid you and enable you to recognize Him. Be firm until the
day when He will choose you as the companions and the heroic supporters
of the Promised One.”
Despite this, they all declared that they accepted their own failure
and his greatness. Therefore, if he were to declare himself to be the
Promised One, they would all follow him. “God forbid!” cried Mullá
Husayn, horrified. “Far be it from His glory that I, who am but dust,
should be compared to Him who is the Lord of Lords! Had you truly
listened to our master’s teachings, you would surely not have spoken
such terrible words.” One by one, however, the students all gave
excuses as to why they should remain in Karbilá. Realizing their
despondence, Mullá Husayn turned away and, along with his brother and
nephew, left to fulfill the important mission that Siyyid Kázim had
entrusted to his students. more...
ON DONALD STREET
We all yearn to live in a happy place surrounded by caring neighbors,
children playing together in safety and joy, trusting the people we
cross on our paths and feeling that we are part of a vibrant
neighborhood. The Bahá’í community has been working on creating such
beautiful neighborhoods for some years now, which is a challenge as it
involves the participation of so many.
In an apartment building on Donald Street that is home to over a
thousand people, a rhythm of activities is bringing light and cheer to
the neighborhood. When Dan and Lua, the only Bahá’ís in the building,
moved there with their baby Faizi some two years ago, they too yearned
for a great neighborhood for their child to grow up in. more...