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Bahá’u’lláh’s first letter to Napoleon III: the Responsibility of Government for Welfare of the People

napoleon III - apartments

We have seen that while Baha’u’llah was in Adrianople he wrote to the rulers of society, individually and collectively. From this period comes Bahá’u’lláh’s first letter to Napoleon III – Emperor of the French – who at the time was at the height of his power and influence. Bahá’u’lláh’s letter announces his mission as do…

The Miracle of Baghdad

miracle of baghdad

If we look in the Gospels or in the Quran we find ample evidence of the opposition of the religious hierarchies of the day to Jesus and Muhammad respectively. Again it was so in Bahá’u’lláh’s day. As we have seen before it is a tragic pattern of history that when the truth of a new…

Bahá’u’lláh on Human Rights

Abdu’l Baha would, in his talks in 1911 and 1912 introducing Bahá’u’lláh’s teaching, identify a list of principles drawn from the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. The list was not always exactly the same – and Abdu’l Baha would often introduce them with words such as “and among the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh”. We have already explored some…

The Purpose of Justice

Like prophets before him Bahá’u’lláh counselled kings and rulers of society to observe justice. Referring to the suffering inflicted on himself and his followers by the rulers of his time he writes: Twenty years have passed, O kings, during which We have, each day, tasted the agony of a fresh tribulation. … They that rose…

Justice and Fairness To All of Creation

all of creation

Most of the articles so far in this series, have been focussed implicitly or explicitly on human concerns and human relationships. However Bahá’u’lláh’s writings also draw attention to the relationship human beings have with the natural world of which we are a part. For example, Bahá’u’lláh draws attention to the obligations that human beings have to animals. … show…

The Sultan’s Puppet Show

puppet show at the court

  Shortly after Bahá’u’lláh was condemned to exile and imprisonment in the prison-city of Akka he wrote to the Grand Vizier responsible for his banishment. The letter (the Tablet to the Chief), condemns the injustice of the Grand Vizier’s order and warns of his impending demise. Part of the letter is devoted to a brief story…

Looking Good – The Ornaments

man dressed up - looking good baha'u'llah's ornaments

Dressing up – and decoration of various kinds – is a universal human practice. Clothing isn’t just functional — it serves complex social functions – used to communicate mood, occasion, status, function and gender. It is sometimes religiously mandated – marking the boundaries of “appropriate” or “modest” clothing. Sometimes such constraints have been the vehicle…

Bahá’u’lláh on Good Government

good government - detail from new york court house

We live in a time of increasing distrust between citizens and institutions of government. Ordinary people seek solutions for what they experience as failures of government – yet institutions of governance struggle to genuinely connect with affected populations. What light does Bahá’u’lláh’s thought cast on what constitutes good government? Bahá’u’lláh lived under absolute monarchies. His own experience…