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.
Abdu’l-Baha was the eldest son of Baha’u’llah who referred to Him as “the Mystery of God” and “a shelter for all mankind”, however Abdu’l-Baha preferred to be called “Abdu’l-Baha” which means “the Servant of Baha” in reference to His servitude to Baha’u’llah. When Abdu’l-Baha passed away on 28 November 1921, He was eulogized as One who led humanity to the “Way of Truth,” as a “pillar of peace” and the embodiment of “glory and greatness.”
A new website dedicated to the commemoration of the centenary of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha has recently been launched by the Office of External Affairs of the Baha’is of Australia. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’is in Australia and around the world are commemorating this historic occasion in various ways, and this new website aims to showcase how Australian Baha’is and their friends are marking this period.
Friends from across Australia are encouraged to submit expressions of how they are commemorating this time which the Universal House of Justice states has a “special potency.” Whether you’re engaged in service or community projects and initiatives, or are commemorating and paying tribute to Abdu’l-Baha through various forms of artistic expression such as photography, paintings, music, poetry, and story-telling, the Office of External Affairs would love to hear from you!
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.