Monthly Archives: January 2012

Prayer for the dead. From the Bahá’í Writings.

Death is a natural part of life. When a loved one passes onto the next world, we are reminded of how this fleeting world means nothing and how all our material possessions and worries are vain and irrelevant. Constantly remembering them in our daily prayers, undertaking charity work on their behalf and giving to the Bahá’í fund (for Bahá’ís only) on their name are just some things we can do while still on this Earth to help the souls of those that have departed progress in all the worlds of God.

This is a beautiful prayer from the Bahá’í Writings written by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá for the dead:

O my God! O Thou forgiver of sins, bestower of gifts, dispeller of afflictions! Verily, I beseech Thee to forgive the sins of such as have abandoned the physical garment and have ascended to the spiritual world.

O my Lord! Purify them from trespasses, dispel their sorrows, and change their darkness into light. Cause them to enter the garden of happiness, cleanse them with the most pure water, and grant them to behold Thy splendours on the loftiest mount.

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How to use some online apps within our Baha’i community?

It is common practice today to have E-mail, use apps on the computer or our phones, chat online and use social networks. How though, can we make better use of these tools within our Baha’i and wider communities?

Some of us have already asked ourselves this question. I have recently come across this post (click here) that talks specifically about Google apps but I am sure there are more out there. Our community, whether Baha’i or not is like our extended family and there are lots of ways through which we can keep in touch, share each others’ thoughts and activities.

Just imagine! You can create and share documents in which people can be added as contributors and that way everyone edits and drafts the document at once; you can have a public calendar where people can add the core activities happening in their neighbourhoods, and I am sure you can and will think of many other ways to use the Internet and your smartphones to the advancement of society. No need to think of something big; just a small effort can make a difference.


From a Tablet written by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá regarding where to wear the Baha’i Ring.

“…the ring of the Greatest Name is very beautiful. The ring should be worn on the small finger of the right hand.”

I came across this enlightening quote while searching for Writings regarding Bahá’í jewellery. This seems to be the only quote that specifically talks about the finger on which to wear a Baha’i ring.

If another is found, please do let us know. Thanks!


Wonderful and inspirational quote. Meditate friends.

Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.

     ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Work is worship and mendicity and sloth are not permitted. Baha’i Writings.

I was thinking today about the possibility of just sitting back, relaxing and doing nothing and this is what came to mind! I had read about this and continue to read year after year and I thought I would share some insights of what I get from the Writings of the Bahá’í Faith.

Firstly, Bahá’u’lláh (Messenger of God, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith) continually stressed the importace of education for all. Back then, men and women were not considered equal and if preference was to be given to only one child in the home, it would be the male. He came and said that if it had to come down to making a decision between male or female, it should be the females since they are the first educators of the world! Furthermore, in His incredible generosity, God has allowed many different ways to worship Him, work being one of them. Here is a relevant quote by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that includes these two points:

The education of each child is compulsory…. In addition to this wide-spread education each child must be taught a profession, art, or trade, so that every member of the community will be enabled to earn his own livelihood. Work done in the spirit of service is the highest form of worship….

In addition, Shoghi Effendi explained that “Bahá’u’lláh further states that mendicity should not only be discouraged but entirely wiped out from the face of society. It is the duty of those who are in charge of the organization of society to give every individual the opportunity of acquiring the necessary talent in some kind of profession, and also the means of utilizing such a talent, both for its own sake and for the sake of earning the means of his livelihood. Every individual, no matter how handicapped and limited he may be, is under the obligation of engaging in some work or profession, for work, especially when performed in the spirit of service, is according to Bahá’u’lláh, a form of worship. It has not only a utilitarian purpose, but has a value in itself, because it draws us nearer to God, and enables to better grasp His purpose for us in this world.”

This is my understanding: if we think about work done in “the spirit of service”, we cannot limit ourselves to think only about professions such as medicine and education. For example, an artisan is worshipping God as she makes a vase in the same way a surgeon is worshipping God as he performs surgery on a patient so long as those acts are done to the fullest of their capacity and with the intention of bringing forth the attributes of God such as beauty and might. We must use our work and our talents -whatever they may be- to serve humanity. To sit around and beg in this day and age is not acceptable.

It is enjoined upon every one of you to engage in some form of occupation, such as crafts, trades and the like. We have graciously exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship unto God, the True One. Ponder ye in your hearts the grace and the blessings of God and render thanks unto Him at eventide and at dawn. Waste not your time in idleness and sloth. Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others.

From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh.