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This is Faith

July 29, 2022, in Videos > Quotations, by

In this meditative video we hear the well-known poem by Ruhiyyih Khanum titled “This is Faith”. The full text of the poem is written below. 

THIS  IS FAITH

To walk where there is no path
To breathe where there is no air
To see where there is no light –
This is Faith.

To cry out in the silence,
The silence of the night,
And hearing no echo believe
And believe again and again –
This is Faith.

To hold pebbles and see jewels
To raise sticks and see forests
To smile with weeping eyes –
This is Faith.

To say: “God, I believe” when others deny,
“I hear” when there is no answer,
“I see” though naught is seen –
This is Faith.

And the fierce love in the heart,
The savage love that cries
Hidden Thou art yet there!
Veil Thy face and mute Thy tongue
Yet I see and hear Thee, Love,
Beat me down to the bare earth,
Yet I rise and love Thee, Love!
This is Faith.

You can read about the poetry of Ruhiyyih Khanum in this Baha’i Blog article: The Poems of Ruhiyyih Khanum After the Passing of Shoghi Effendi

And you can read about Ruhiyyih Khanum and her life here: Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum

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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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