Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World – Collection 11

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, the two Prophet-founders of the Baha’i Faith. 

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, along with a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives. 

You can stay updated by following the “Personal Reflections” social media pages FacebookInstagram or Twitter. You can also visit the website dedicated to this project:

In 2017 we shared 200 portraits and reflections in honor of the Birth of Baha’u’llah and in 2019 we decided to share another 200 to celebrate the bicentenary of the Bab’s Birth. Our hope is that by sharing these pictures and excerpts, we will answer the call from the Universal House of Justice to communicate “a sense of what it means for humanity that these two Luminaries [the Bab and Baha’u’llah] rose successively above the horizon of the world.”

Here is the 11th collection of images displayed here via the Instagram page, and it’s the first set of 20 in honor of the Birth of the Bab.

We hope you find this project as inspirational as we do!


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“When I think of the Revelation of the Bab, I think of love and I think of hope. Mainly because those are just some of most powerful forces that exist in this world. Some of my favourite quotes from the Faith is: ‘O Son of Spirit! Love me that I may love thee, if thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee!’ Another is: ‘If thou loves me turn away from thyself, if thou seekest My pleasure, regard not thine own.’ The Faith and the Bab always reminds me to have love in my heart and to have that hope. If I love Him, He is going to love me back and if I love the world, it’ll be a better place.” #bahai #bahaifaith #bahaipeople #bahaiphotos #bahaiphotographer

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“The Baha’i Faith has significantly altered every aspect of my life from how I conduct my personal affairs to the course of my career. Perhaps the most tangible of these is the way I have been able to integrate aspects of the Writings into my doctoral work on emergency preparedness in North India and how the guidance from the Central Figures is playing a huge role in the revision of my thesis into a forthcoming book. The principles on economics have been especially important as they allowed me to connect what could have been secular work to a profound spiritual belief and to the Bahai Faith in particular. As I continue to study the Writings ever more deeply, I find that what I used to consider theoretical is actually extremely practical.” #bahai #bahaifaith #bahaipeople #bahaiphotos #bahaiphotographer

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About the Author

Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

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