- 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 launch a new initiative called “Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World”, in honour of the bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Prophet-founder 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 planet. Accompanying their photographs are a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives.
As this year celebrates 200 years since the Birth of Baha’u’llah, we’ve decided to capture at least 200 of these portraits and reflections, and are sharing them on social media and on a website dedicated to the project. We hope you find this project as inspirational as we do!
We will be publishing one portrait per day, so be sure to stay updated by following our social media pages:
The website dedicated to this project is: personalreflections.bahaiblog.net
We have intentionally chosen not to use the names and locations of those being photographed so that the focus remains on the person’s face and what they have said, rather than allowing any connotations to arise of where they may be from and who they are because of their name.
Our hope is 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.” 1
- Universal House of Justice, letter dated 18 May 2016 to all National Spiritual Assemblies
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