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In His Will, Baha’u’llah instructed all to turn to His eldest Son, Abdu’l-Baha, not only as the authorized interpreter of the Baha’i Writings but also as the perfect exemplar of the Baha’i Faith’s spirit and teachings. Every year Baha’is celebrate Abdu’l-Baha as the Centre of Baha’u’llah Covenant.
Audio Reading: Letter from the Universal House of Justice Following the Centenary of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha
Baha’i Blog is happy to share an audio reading of the Universal House of Justice has released a letter addressed to the Baha’is of the world dated 1 December 2021, reflecting on the centenary commemoration of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha in the Holy Land.
Special thanks to Lorraine Manifold for reading this message for Baha’i Blog.
For ease of reference, we have also included the letter below:
THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE 1 December 2021 To the Baha’is of the World
Dearly loved Friends,
As we reflect on the events which a few days ago marked the centenary of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha in the Holy Land, we feel impelled to express to you our sense of wonderment at the exalted character of what transpired. We offer praise and gratitude to the Blessed Beauty that, despite current circumstances in the world and the many restrictions on travel, nearly six hundred representatives of the vast majority of National Spiritual Assemblies and Regional Baha’i Councils were able to be present at the Baha’i World Centre for this historic occasion. The days of this remarkable gathering were spent in profound contemplation on the life and example of the beloved Master, on Abdu’l-Baha as the Centre of the Covenant, on His Will and Testament and the unfoldment of the Administrative Order over the last century, and on the extraordinary distance the Baha’i world has travelled through the implementation of His Divine Plan. A spirit of consecration permeated the air as those present prayed in the vicinity of His resting place on the anniversary of the holy night of His Ascension. The love of Abdu’l-Baha drew the souls to the Mountain of the Lord, and they return to their homes carrying the love of the Universal House of Justice to the institutions they represent and to all the friends of God.
We are confident that the spiritual forces generated by this gathering will be diffused throughout your communities and will inspire the friends as they prepare themselves for the upcoming series of worldwide conferences, which will launch the Baha’i world into the next stage of the Divine Plan. To this end, we will offer our ardent prayers at the Sacred Threshold.
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.