Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Commemoration of the passing of Baha’u’llah,

In the early hours of May 29, Baha’is and friends will gather to commemorate the passing of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, 121 years ago.
 The unity of the peoples of the world is central to Baha’u’llah’s teachings. The concept that we are one human family is relevant to understanding current society and its interdependence. Reinforcing this idea of the unity of humanity, Baha’u’llah’s teachings include the equality of women and men, the limitation of the extremes of wealth and poverty, and the common purpose and Divine Source of all world religions.
 As with all previous Messengers of God, Baha’u’llah was subjected to persecution by the ruling authorities and clergy. Nevertheless, the number of Baha’u’llah’s followers grew quickly. Exiled from His Persian homeland to Iraq, to Constantinople (Istanbul), to Adrianople (Edirne), and finally to the distant prison-city of Akka — then part of the Ottoman Empire and now in Israel, the attempts of the authorities to limit Baha’u’llah’s influence actually caused His message to spread...

Canadian Baha'i News Service.