Reflections and Statements

On this page, you will find reflections and statements from the Office of Public Affairs, as well as from individuals from the Bahá’í community who are sharing their own thoughts and reflections on various subjects, topics, and areas of interest.

Below you will find both OPA Reflections and Individual Reflections together, though if you want to just look at OPA Reflections or Individual Reflections, click on the drop-down menu above.

Bahá’ís mark holiest period of the year and elect their governing councils, in lockdown

For the several million members of the Bahá’í Faith around the world, the holiest period in the Faith’s calendar has just been observed, despite the lockdown conditions imposed because of the Coronavirus. The Riḍván [Paradise] festival lasts 12 days and began on 20 April. It is an annual occasion for great celebration, hope and renewal, commemorating the period when Bahá’u’lláh – the Faith’s Prophet-Founder – publicly announced in Baghdad in 1863 – that He was the latest in a series of Divinely-inspired Educators, including Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Moses, the Buddha and Krishna. For Bahá’ís these Educators, known as ‘Manifestations of God’, progressively reveal God’s will for humanity through

"Sincerity is the foundation-stone of faith. That is, a religious individual must disregard his personal desires and seek in whatever way he can wholeheartedly to serve the public interest"

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

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