Sunday, December 6, 2009

December 6th in Baha'i History

1934 - The Tarbiyat Baha’I Schools in Tihran are closed by the government due to their failure to open on a Bahai Holy Day.

1939 - O Subduer of Winds', An Invocation for Moments of Danger
"Regarding the invocation 'Ya Musakin el Ariah'; it literally means 'O Subduer of Winds'. The believers are not required to recite it, but may do so in moments of personal danger."
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, December 6, 1939) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 463)

1939- Cosmic Religion
"Regarding the question you have asked in connection with a passage in Dr. Einstein's 'Cosmic Religion'; according to the Bahá'í conception there is and can be no incompatibility between the idea of causal law and that of an Omnipotent and Omniscient God, Who, if He deems it fit, may at times interfere with the normal sequence of events in the world, and thus retard or altogether stop the operation of certain laws, whether in the physical universe, or in any other worlds of nature and man.
"The other statement reported to have been made by Dr. Einstein to the effect that the ethical behavior of man 'requires no support from religion' is incompatible with the Bahá'í viewpoint which emphatically stresses the fact that no sound ethics can exist and become effective unless based on revealed religion. To dissociate ethics from religion is to render the former not only void of any firm foundation but without the necessary driving power."
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, December 6, 1939) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 505)

1981 – Regarding door to door distribution of literature
"The quotation which you ask for is as follows: 'He feels that to distribute Bahá'í pamphlets from door-to-door ... is undignified and might create a bad impression of the Faith. No doubt, it is the eagerness and devotion of the friends that led them to make this proposal, but he does not think that the best interests of the Cause are served by such a method ...'"
(A letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to the National Spiritual Assembly of Iceland, December 6, 1981) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 591)

UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 568)

2000- UN General Assembly expresses concern over treatment of Baha'is in Iran – BWNS

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