Once `Abdu’l-Bahá had been very, very sad, and you know, in His days, there were many of the old believers who were watching Him. The moment He became sad, they tried to make Him happy, to tell stories, or to do something to make Him happy. But He was so sad, almost shrunk in Himself, sitting down at a meeting, suddenly He burst out and said, “I don’t know where the people have learned the art of backbiting.” It seemed that He had been very sad about it. Somebody had said something. One of the old believers got up and bowed to the Master, and said, “Beloved Master, from God Himself.” The Master said, “How?” He said, “Adam ate one apple only in his life. God mentioned it in the Old Testament, in the New Testament, in the Qur’án, in all the Tablets.” How beautiful the entire sadness was taken from `Abdu’l-Bahá!

This story was told by Abu’l-Qasim Faizi in one of his talks (from Conqueror of Hearts:
Excerpts from Letters, Talks, and Writings of Hand of the Cause of God Abu’l-Qásim Faizí)

At the time when Bahá’u’lláh was in `Akká, an Egyptian merchant by the name of `Abdu’l-Karím wrote a letter and asked for permission to attain the holy presence. Sometime later the reply came as follows: “When you have paid all your debts, you can come.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Dear subscribers and readers,

Perhaps you have noticed a few changes on this blog. Over the years, I have had as objective to gather historical events and stories related to the Holy Places in Haifa and Akka. Although all Holy Places are not covered, the list is coming along quite nicely. These blog posts are now gathered under the new page called “Bahai Pilgrimage“.

Another type of posts is related to Holy Days. These posts have been gathered under a new page called “Holy Days“. In this page, you can find all posts that could be helpful in celebrating or commemorating the Holy Days.

A final new page has also been added called “Stories“. This year, most of the posts will be stories from the amazing history of our Faith. All such posts will be gathered there.

I hope you all have enjoyed reading posts on this blog as I have enjoyed posting them.

Happy Naw Ruz.

One day `Abdu’l-Bahá went with the Qá’im Maqám to Tiberius. At dinner time a Jewish man approached and watched them eating. `Abdu’l-Bahá said: “I invited him to eat with us but he refused. I realised he was a Jew. I called him over and asked him which foods were Kosher (clean). ‘Is it Kosher for you to eat?’ He said yes. I asked: ‘Is bread Kosher?’ He said yes. I said: ‘Are sugar and lemon juice Kosher?’ He said yes. I said: ‘Is an egg Kosher?’ He said: ‘Yes, but if I boil it myself.'”

Read the rest of this entry »

A new letter from the Universal House of Justice dated 1st of March 2017 to the Bahais of the world regarding economic life.

 

THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

1 March 2017

To the Bahá’ís of the World

Dearly loved Friends,

In an increasingly interconnected world, more light is being cast on the social conditions of every people, giving greater visibility to their circumstances. While there are developments that give hope, there is much that should weigh heavy on the conscience of the human race. Inequity, discrimination, and exploitation blight the life of humanity, seemingly immune to the treatments applied by political schemes of every hue. The economic impact of these afflictions has resulted in the prolonged suffering of so many, as well as in deep-seated, structural defects in society. No one whose heart has been attracted to the teachings of the Blessed Beauty can remain unmoved by these consequences. “The world is in great turmoil,” Bahá’u’lláh observes in the Lawḥ-i-Dunyá, “and the minds of its people are in a state of utter confusion. We entreat the Almighty that He may graciously illuminate them with the glory of His Justice, and enable them to discover that which will be profitable unto them at all times and under all conditions.” As the Bahá’í community strives to contribute at the level of thought and action to the betterment of the world, the adverse conditions experienced by many populations will more and more demand its attention.

Read the rest of this entry »

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 311 other followers

%d bloggers like this: