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The 29th of December 2015 letter from The Universal House of Justice has been studied (and will be studied more) and it might be time for some questions. If you wish to “test” your knowledge of the letter’s contents or perhaps end a deepening session with some questions, you might find this 29DEC2015 Letter Questions helpful.
The participants can be divided in two or more groups, and then each group chooses a question. If they answer the question correctly, they get the points. Once a question has been chosen, it will change colour but remember, after each question, just click next and the answer comes. Then just use the triangle in the lower left corner of the slide to get back to the main page with all the categories. There are 20 questions in total.
The questions are in PowerPoint format so you will need powerpoint or power point viewer to see the slides. You can download the powerpoint viewer for free (just google it).
The questions are, as you can see from the screen print below, categorised in words (meaning of difficult words), quotes (missing words), numbers (asking for numbers stated in the letter) and who (which institution is entrusted with certain tasks).
Not long ago, I finished the first unit of book 8. We had a little quiz as social activity to both rehearse what we had studied and to have some fun. So if you are doing or have done the first unit of book 8, you can conclude it with some fun.
The participants can be divided in two or more groups, and then each group chooses a question. If they answer the question correctly, they get the points. The tutor can perhaps keep track of the score and finally the members of the winning group could get a little symbolic prize.
Here is a screen shot of the main page of the categories and degrees of difficulty. You can download the power point presentation here (Book 8 Unit 1 Questions). Once a question has been chosen, it will change colour but remember, after each question, just click next and the answer comes. Then just use the bing triangle in the lower left corner of the slide to get back to the main page with all the categories.
“My God, my Fire and my Light! The days which Thou hast named the Ayyám-i-Há in Thy Book have begun, O Thou Who art the King of names”
Do you want to take a Quiz on Ayyám-i-Há before you continue reading? If so, click on QUIZ on Ayyám-i-Há.
Ayyám-i-Há and the Bahá’í Calendar
The Bahá’í Calendar (called the Badi Calendar) was introduced by the Bab in the Persian Bayan (1). The Badi Calendar has 19 months, each of which has 19 days. This makes a total of 361 days leaving 4 days over (during leap years, it is 5 days). With this structure, there are 4 or 5 days left over (intercalary days). Thus the Bab based this new calendar on the solar year, which was in stark contrast to the Islamic Calendar in use at His time, which is lunar based. This is one of the ways the Bab marked an important break between His Revelation and Islam.
However, the Bab did not specify when these days should be placed. It was Bahá’u’lláh, Who later in the Kitab-i-Aqdas, confirmed and adopted the Badi Calendar and specified that the time of the intercalary days (days of excess).
Let the days in excess of the months be placed before the month of fasting. (Kitab-i-Aqdas nr. 16)
As the month of fasting is the month of Ala, which begins on the 2nd of March, the Ayyám-i-Há begins on the 26th of February and ends on 1st of March.