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by nharandi
Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: newbie baha'i questions
Replies: 9
Views: 18054

Re: newbie baha'i questions

Good to hear from you, Joshua :) The hotline probably wouldn't be able to directly help you in that way. Instead, they can offer contact information to Baha'i(s) in the area, who you can then contact and I am sure will investigate for you and/or offer even more contact info. (I must admit, though, I...
by nharandi
Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: newbie baha'i questions
Replies: 9
Views: 18054

Re: newbie baha'i questions

Hi Joshua and welcome! I'd like to just jump in and offer my suggestion to read or peruse "Baha'u'llah and a New Era" by J.E. Esslemont. It's a very good introduction to the Faith: its history, teachings, and more. You can read the whole book or any chapter/section of it here: http://refer...
by nharandi
Tue May 12, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Jews and bahai faith?
Replies: 19
Views: 27355

Re: Jews and bahai faith?

Jews are fully accepted by Baha'is as people and converts. What you are reading in that link, however, is a long held policy of not aggressively teaching in Israel itself. While that is where the Baha'i Holy Land is, Baha'is have a sort of mutual understanding to not engage in aggressive teaching in...
by nharandi
Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:53 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'ullah made prophecies that have come true?
Replies: 11
Views: 18478

Re: Baha'ullah made prophecies that have come true?

Here are some more detailed examples, taken from "Baha'u'llah and a New Era," which is a really good introductory book to the Faith. Napoleon III In the year 1869 Baha'u'llah wrote to Napoleon III, rebuking him for his lust of war and for the contempt with which he had treated a former let...
by nharandi
Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:46 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A return of christ question
Replies: 5
Views: 11658

Re: A return of christ question

I Understand that Bahais say baha'ullah is the return of christ. I totally get that. I see bahais quote from the gospel and elaborate on how the return of Christ doesnt mean his literal return but of the advent of baha'ullah. I can see its possible to do this with the bible. But as far as the Islam...
by nharandi
Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why a Messenger after Muhammad?
Replies: 18
Views: 32765

Re: WHy a Messenger after Muhammad?

Spiritual Seeker, I've been reading your various questions about the Faith, and have been wanting to jump in but have been so busy. I do want to say, though, that your endeavors are truly praiseworthy. Don't let anybody rush you. Independent investigation of truth, as a Baha'i tenet and general prin...
by nharandi
Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer in bahai faith?
Replies: 17
Views: 35353

Re: Prayer in bahai faith?

I don't think I've ever read anything like that, either. I'd like to see it.

Anyway, rakat is one unit of Islamic prayer (which is called Salat/Salah). Each of the five prayers said throughout the day in Islam have a specifically assigned number of rakats.
by nharandi
Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:41 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Does the Obligatory Prayer have to be said out loud?
Replies: 3
Views: 9255

Re: Does the Obligatory Prayer have to be said out loud?

some things: http://www.bahai-library.org/file.php?file=compilation_importance_obligatory_prayer#2XXII "XXII. With regard to the Obligatory Prayer, this should be said individually, but it is not dependent on a private spot." -Abdu'l-Baha Ian, that is good advice. However, it would only be...
by nharandi
Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:21 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Husband & wife's soul combining...
Replies: 5
Views: 15585

Re: Husband & wife's soul combining...

Read something that may be of interest to you. It doesn't exactly state that once married, a husband and wife's soul unite, but it expresses the possibility and its implications in the next world: "Replying to another questioner, he said that when two people, husband and wife for instance, have...
by nharandi
Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'i update --- need some guidance!
Replies: 9
Views: 14675

Re: Baha'i update-need some guidance!

Hi Brittany, welcome back, you're story sounds wonderful! you're not rambling at all! don't feel overwhelmed with everything coming at you, you have a ton of time to take things slowly and to really take in the beauty of the Faith and all it has to offer. Ruhi book 1 is an excellent way to do this. ...
by nharandi
Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Responses to Baha'u'llah from kings
Replies: 2
Views: 7104

Responses to Baha'u'llah from kings

Does anyone know of responses to Baha'u'llah's letters/tablets from the various kings and rulers in 'The Summons of the Lord of Hosts'?
by nharandi
Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:19 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: What does this refer to?
Replies: 2
Views: 7173

hope this helps!

http://www.bahai-library.org/resources/tablets-notes/lawh-maqsud/notes.html To: The Universal House of Justice From: Research Department Date: 1 May 2001 Lawh-i-Maqsúd1 The Research Department has studied the questions about the Lawh-i-Maqsúd raised by Mr. ... in his email message of 7 February 2001...
by nharandi
Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Reason and Faith
Replies: 7
Views: 10936

Re: Reason and Faith

edit: i was tired when i first read this,

is it accurate to say that Baha'u'llah is saying reason and rationality should bring one to acknowledge God as the source of ultimate and perfect wisdom/reality, and then, you accept everything that comes from it
by nharandi
Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Reason and Faith
Replies: 7
Views: 10936

Reason and Faith

The nature of reason and faith within the Bahai Faith is very important in my opinion. Baha'u'llah answers the question of whether we understand and reason with the things we obey completely or accept them without any rational proof, in the following passage. I was wondering what you guys think Baha...
by nharandi
Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:21 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Discovering Baha'i --- Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 29033

Re: Discovering Baha'i --- Questions

Thanks for the insight Brett. Also, I completely agree with Brett's suggestions for reading. "Baha'u'llah and the New Era" by J.E. Esslemont is a great introduction book and you can either buy it from online or even read it for free here: http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/je/BNE/ I would als...
by nharandi
Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:21 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Discovering Baha'i --- Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 29033

Re: Discovering Baha'i --- Questions

Wow...thanks to all of you for the responses. The more I learn about the Baha'i faith, the more I believe its the one God has led me to. Thank you to Loren for the information about Tahirih. She is..wow amazing. And thanks nharandi for explaining everything so much clearer to me. Also, thanks to ev...
by nharandi
Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Discovering Baha'i --- Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 29033

Re: Discovering Baha'i --- Questions

I know some of the holidays, but I'm not sure how they are celebrated. I know about the fast and I don't have a problem with that. I don't quite understand Ayyam-i-Ha and to tell you the truth, the calendar completely baffles me. :-D If you could explain the holdiays in better depth than what I've ...
by nharandi
Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:02 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Discovering Baha'i --- Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 29033

Re: Discovering Baha'i -Questions

Hello everyone. I'm brand new here. I discovered Baha'i recently and accidently. I recently got back in touch with God and I have been trying to find a way to worship him. Basically, I need a religion for stability. Welcome! These are some good questions -- it's great that you are investigating and...
by nharandi
Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:24 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why was congregational prayer abolished?
Replies: 10
Views: 22926

Re: Why was congregational prayer abolished?

Muslim prayer is led by an Imam. In my opinion, congregational prayer is prohibited (except for the Prayer for the Dead) because 1) the Baha'i Faith does not have clergy and 2) ritual is minimized as much as possible. Prayer is most importantly, a private matter. Bahá'u'lláh has reduced all ritual a...
by nharandi
Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:56 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Last Prophet?
Replies: 51
Views: 72679

Re: Last Prophet?

From what I understand and correct me if I am wrong, the Day of Judgement meant the coming of the Bab who was the Mahdi (Twelth Imam). In Islam, if the Mahdi will reign until the Day of Judgement then how can the Day of Judgement herald the Mahdi? [/i] I believe the Day of Judgment would be associa...
by nharandi
Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Who Claimed to be the Mahdi?
Replies: 15
Views: 24120

Re: Who Claimed to be the Mahdi?

Abu Talib wrote:But anyway, how can every manifestation be the same when two or more of them can exist at one time?


I just talked a little bit about this in the "Last Prophet" thread :)

Sean H. is right however
by nharandi
Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Last Prophet?
Replies: 51
Views: 72679

Re: Last Prophet?

Well, from reading the post of Baha'u'llah's writings about the "first" and the "last" I conclude that he spends many words to basically explain the Christian tradition in the Book of Revelation where Christ (as) says "I am the Alpha and the Omega". From the posts so f...
by nharandi
Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Last Prophet?
Replies: 51
Views: 72679

Re: Last Prophet?

As brettz has mentioned, the Kitab-i-Iqan directly addresses this question in great detail. Here are some excerpts that might help: From these statements therefore it hath been made evident and manifest that should a Soul in the “End that knoweth no end” be made manifest, and arise to proclaim and u...
by nharandi
Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:48 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Abdu'l-Baha: Tablet to August Forel
Replies: 10
Views: 15132

Re: Abdu'l-Baha: Tablet to August Forel

peifertl: much appreciated, thank you :)
by nharandi
Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Abdu'l-Baha: Tablet to August Forel
Replies: 10
Views: 15132

Re: Abdu'l-Baha: Tablet to August Forel

Thanks so much for all your replies!

Brettz: its not available on Ocean I'm afraid.

Hmm.. I may have to buy this. The commentaries sound interesting and I think Forel's letter would provide some context to the Tablet. Anyone who have this able to give some insight?

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