Qualities of being a Baha'i according to Abdul-Baha:

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  1. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

    Dec 1, 2003
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    In Paris back in 1911 or thereabouts Abdul-Baha posed an interesting definition of what a Baha'i should be and after reading it this evening thought I would share it here:

    Oh, friends of God! If ye will trust in the Word of God and be strong; if ye will follow the precepts of Bahá'u'lláh to tend the sick, raise the fallen, care for the poor and needy, give shelter to the destitute, protect the oppressed, comfort the sorrowful and love the world of humanity with all your hearts, then I say unto you that ere long this meeting-place will see a wonderful harvest.

    Day by day each member will advance and become more and more spiritual. But ye must have a firm foundation and your aims and ambitions must be clearly understood by each member. They shall be as follows:

    1. To show compassion and goodwill to all mankind.

    2. To render service to humanity.

    3. To endeavour to guide and enlighten those in darkness.

    4. To be kind to everyone, and show forth affection to every living soul.

    5. To be humble in your attitude towards God, to be constant in prayer to Him, so as to grow daily nearer to God.

    6. To be so faithful and sincere in all your actions that every member may be known as embodying the qualities of honesty, love, faith, kindness, generosity, and courage. To be detached from all that is not God, attracted by the Heavenly Breath -- a divine soul; so that the world may know that a Bahá'í is a perfect being.

    (Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 73)

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