- Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
The Baha’i Blog team is excited to announce that starting tomorrow, we’ll be launching another 200 portraits and personal reflections from people around the world as a part of our “Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” initiative, and this time it’s in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab.
Baha’i Blog’s “Personal Reflections” initiative started last year to honor the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, and approximately every 24 hours, we shared one of 200 photographs taken of Baha’is and their friends, each coupled with an extract taken from an interview about what the Baha’i Faith means to them personally, and how it has touched their lives.
The photographs were taken around the world by volunteers, and we intentionally chose not to use the names and locations of those being photographed so that the focus remained on the person’s face and what they said, rather than allowing any connotations to arise of where they may be from and who they are because of their name.
To date, the “Personal Reflections” initiative has been extremely well received, and it has been our hope that by sharing these pictures and quotations, 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 rose successively above the horizon of the world” and we hope that such “initiatives, coupled with widespread celebrations that are both uplifting and reverent, are also sure to spark the curiosity and wonder of many who may as yet be unfamiliar with the names of the Bab and Baha’u’llah.”
We will be publishing one new portrait with its corresponding interview quote on the “Personal Reflections” social media channels on a regular basis, all leading up to and around the time of the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab in October 2019.
Be sure to follow Baha’i Blog’s Personal Reflections by following these social media pages:
The website dedicated to this project is: personalreflections.bahaiblog.net
If you would like to participate in this project, please contact us at [email protected]
Below are a few examples from the Personal Reflections Instagram page:
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