In honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’i Blog is excited to share 'Personal Reflections on the Baha'i Faith', a project that captures portraits of people from around the world, coupled with an excerpt from an interview with them about how the Baha’i Faith has touched their lives.
We hope you find these portraits as eye opening and inspiring as we do!
A lot of thought and consultation has gone into the development of this project, and as a result, we have intentionally chosen not to use the names and locations of the people photographed so that the focus remains on the their faces and what they have said, rather than allowing any connotations to arise because of their names or the countries they represent. It can also be difficult to determine where a person is from and which country to label each photograph. Consider, for example, a person who grew up in Australia, was photographed in Canada, and who has a Filipino mother and an Iranian father. By omitting names and nations, countries or territories, we hope that emphasis is placed on the people depicted and how the Revelation of Baha'u'llah has touched their lives. Our hope is that by sharing these pictures and excerpts, we will answer the call from the Universal House of Justice to communicate “a sense of what it means for humanity that these two Luminaries [the Bab and Baha'u'llah] rose successively above the horizon of the world." (from a letter dated 18 May 2016 to all National Spiritual Assemblies)
What is the Baha'i Faith?
The Baha’i Faith is a world religion whose purpose is to unite all the races and peoples of the world. Members of the Baha’i Faith are called "Baha’is", which means “followers of Baha’u’llah”, and the teachings of the Baha'i Faith inspire individuals and communities around the world, whether Baha'i or not, to work together to improve their own lives and contribute to the advancement of civilization. The Baha'i Teachings address themes such as the oneness of God and religion, the oneness of humanity and freedom from prejudice, the inherent nobility of the human being, the progressive revelation of religious truth, the development of spiritual qualities, the integration of worship and service, the fundamental equality of the sexes, the harmony between science and religion, the centrality of justice to all human endeavours, the importance of education, and the dynamics of the relationships that are to bind together individuals, communities, and institutions as humanity advances towards its collective maturity.
Francisco Gonzales Perez
Flavio Azm Rassekh
Billy Francis Ruhweza