Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World – Collection 13

“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 13th collection of images displayed here via our Instagram page, and it’s the third 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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“I was born and raised a Christian and there’s a part in the Bible that says Jesus will return again like a thief in the night, and I’m like, ‘Hmmm… What if He already came back, and the world missed it, the rest of the world?’ Because Baha’is believe He already came back, and He brought this new book and He brought this whole Revelation, and He brought all these people together of all different nationalities, all these different faiths, all these different cultures. I’m like, ‘Wait a minute! That’s what Jesus talked about! Man!’ Because no thief that you know says, ‘Hey! I’m going to rob you next week!'” #Bahai #BahaiFaith #BicentenaryBirthoftheBab #Bahaiphoto #Bahaiphotographer #Bahaiphotograph

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“Recently I moved to a new country to pursue my Masters in Architecture. The first two months of my program were very challenging. The excitement of entering something new had faded and the reality of the next three years seemed daunting. It was then that I connected with some friends who are learning to strengthen and maintain the Junior Youth Program in their neighborhood. We started to meet young people who desire to see their community grow spiritually and materially. Their vision is strong and unshakeable. This vision revitalized my own, strengthening the purpose of my education. It has led to many conversations with colleagues and professors about the role of a community in the design of a city and how a community can be inspired to transform itself. I am eager to continue learning about how the principle of universal participation can be applied to my field, by learning alongside the youth in our neighborhood.” #Bahai #BahaiFaith #JYSEP#BicentenaryBirthoftheBab #Bahaiphoto #Bahaiphotographer

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“One example of a law from the Bab is His emphasis on beauty and refinement. Some of the laws are so interesting when you think about them, because He knew that they didn’t have to be applied [because after Baha’u’llah declared His Station, He abrogated the Bab’s laws]. So for example: building a door that a tall person doesn’t have to bend under. I mean with laws like that, you go: Wow! When you think about it more deeply, there’s the principle behind it, and the deep spirit behind it. […] There’s so much layers and layers and layers of symbolism and changing conventions, and turning things on its head, and metaphors, and numerology, and also 5 million words of Revelation. It just will change the planet, it is changing the planet.”#Bahai #BahaiFaith #BicentenaryBirthoftheBab #Bahaipeople #Bahaiphoto #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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