Monday, April 5, 2010

April 4th in Baha'i History

1923 - Birth of Rahmatu'lláh Muhájir, Hand of the Cause of God and Knight of Bahá’u’lláh

1973 - Baha'i view of Strikes

As to Participation in strikes

"As to participation in strikes, when one of the believers who was employed in a factory as supervisor to labourers and who felt that a strike was likely at the factory asked the Guardian what the Bahá'í attitude should be if a strike were called, the Guardian's secretary in a letter dated June 30th 1937 wrote on his behalf:

"With regard to your question concerning the Bahá'í attitude towards labour problems; these cannot assuredly be solved, 'Abdu'l-Bahá tells us, through the sheer force of physical violence. Non-cooperation too, even though not accompanied by acts of violence, is ineffective. The conflict between labour and capital can best be solved through the peaceful and constructive methods of cooperation and of consultation.

"The Bahá'ís, therefore, are advised to avoid, as much as they can, getting mixed in labour strikes and trouble, and particularly to desist from all acts of physical violence which indeed run counter to the very spirit of the Cause. The Faith of Bahá'u'lláh stands for peace, harmony, and cooperation between the individuals and nations of the world."

(From letter on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to the National Spiritual Assembly of Luxembourg, April 4, 1973)  4

(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 426)

2006 - Egyptian administrative court recognizes the independence of the Bahá’í Faith

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