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by brettz9
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Segregation of the sexes
Replies: 1
Views: 12964

Re: Segregation of the sexes

"Question: Do the Bahá'í women go without veils in the East? "Answer: It is not possible for them to do so universally yet, but the conditions are not nearly so restrictive as they were. The Bahá'í men and women meet together. This is the beginning of woman's emancipation from the thralld...
by brettz9
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Exercise
Replies: 3
Views: 3381

Re: Exercise

by brettz9
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Can Someone Answer My Question?
Replies: 10
Views: 7020

Re: Can Someone Answer My Question?

A friend wishes to mention the following relevant reference: Mir-Kasimov, Orkhan (editor); Ghaemmaghami, Omid (2014). "To the Abode of the Hidden One: The Green Isle in Shi'i, Early Shaykhi, and Babi-Baha'i Sacred Topography". Unity in Diversity: Mysticism, Messianism and the Construction ...
by brettz9
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Fighting for Justice
Replies: 42
Views: 23933

Re: Fighting for Justice

Recently came across this significant quote: "This nation so signally blest, occupying so eminent and responsible a position in a continent so wonderfully endowed, was the first among the nations of the West to be warmed and illuminated by the rays of the Revelation of Baha'u'llah, soon after t...
by brettz9
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: About 12th Imam
Replies: 17
Views: 11121

Re: About 12th Imam

Others here may be better qualified to refer to the prophecies (iranpour has provided some). Per the translations just posted, Baha'is do not take the occultation literally but do believe the Bab can be seen as the promised 12th Imam. Baha'u'llah affirms this in Gems of Divine Mysteries: "All t...
by brettz9
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: About 12th Imam
Replies: 17
Views: 11121

Re: About 12th Imam

Adib Ma'sumian has graciously translated 3 references in the Baha'i Writings regarding the 12th Imam, the first two by Baha'u'llah, and the third by 'Abdu'l-Baha: * https://adibmasumian.com/translations/truthfulness-of-jafar/ * https://adibmasumian.com/translations/existence-of-qaim/ * https://adibm...
by brettz9
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Please define "self and passion"
Replies: 4
Views: 1213

Re: Please define "self and passion"

As far as "passion", here is a quote which mentions love but also passion in saying that caution against them is meant to the degree they not keep us from God: "We must never take one sentence in the Teachings and isolate it from the rest: it does not mean we must not love, but we mus...
by brettz9
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Please define "self and passion"
Replies: 4
Views: 1213

Re: Please define "self and passion"

Hello, An important question... "Regarding the questions you asked: Self has really two meanings, or is used in two senses, in the Bahá'í writings: one is self, the identity of the individual created by God. This is the self mentioned in such passages as 'he hath known God who hath known himsel...
by brettz9
Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: About 12th Imam
Replies: 17
Views: 11121

Re: About 12th Imam

Hello and welcome Shabbir,

Please see the post immediately before yours for some non-authoritative translations of texts which are published on the authoritative website describing the Baha'i attitude toward the 12th Imam. The rest of this thread may also be of interest.

Best wishes,
Brett
by brettz9
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Bahá'í Writings
Topic: Moving Qibla ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1119

Re: Moving Qibla ?

This quote, also by Baha'u'llah and in the Kitab-i-Aqdas may be of interest since it indicates not only do other prayers not have this requirement, but Baha'u'llah restates the principle of the Qu'ran that "Whichever way ye turn, there is the face of God": "QUESTION: The believers hav...
by brettz9
Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Bahá'í Writings
Topic: Book of Certitude - Noah
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: Book of Certitude - Noah

Glad to hear it, J. B. If you are referring to the latter quote, btw, did you see my other post before it?
by brettz9
Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Bahá'í Writings
Topic: Book of Certitude - Noah
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: Book of Certitude - Noah

'Abdu'l-Baha also spoke to the symbolic and non-literal meaning of years and time in other part of the Bible: "As to the record in the Bible concerning Adam's entering paradise, His eating from the tree and His expulsion through the temptation of Satan: These are all symbols beneath which there...
by brettz9
Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Bahá'í Writings
Topic: Book of Certitude - Noah
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: Book of Certitude - Noah

While the Baha'i Writings indicate that while we cannot say for certain that the age of Noah refers to the years of His dispensation, they do confirm that the years are not as we count them/symbolical: "The years of Noah are not years as we count them, and as our teachings do not state that thi...
by brettz9
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Bahá'í Writings
Topic: Moving Qibla ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1119

Re: Moving Qibla ?

Since Baha'u'llah had revealed as much at least as early as the Kitab-i-Aqdas (which had been published in Baha'u'llah's liftetime around 1873 significantly before His passing in 1892), I would assume the Baha'is had already been turning toward His direction for their obligatory prayer. "O peop...
by brettz9
Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: About 12th Imam
Replies: 17
Views: 11121

Re: About 12th Imam

Adib Ma'sumian has graciously translated 3 references in the Baha'i Writings regarding the 12th Imam, the first two by Baha'u'llah, and the third by 'Abdu'l-Baha: * https://adibmasumian.com/translations/truthfulness-of-jafar/ * https://adibmasumian.com/translations/existence-of-qaim/ * https://adibm...
by brettz9
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: greatest name
Replies: 3
Views: 2265

Re: greatest name

Greetings all.. Regarding the proper phrasing for the 95 daily recital: "When using the Greatest Name the words 'Allah-u-Abha' should be used and not 'Ya Baha'u'l-Abha'." (From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, October 10, 1936, in Lights of Guidance, ...
by brettz9
Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Function of LSA Officers
Replies: 3
Views: 2307

Re: Function of LSA Officers

Most of the quotes I had given were from Shoghi Effendi or the House and related to the role of officers directly or indirectly. As far as the by-laws quote, while Canada surely has its own by-laws, the U.S. ones were used as a pattern for all of the others, and the Guardian had advised they stick p...
by brettz9
Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:58 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Function of LSA Officers
Replies: 3
Views: 2307

Re: Function of LSA Officers

Hi Jennifer, As far as an authoritative document or compilation about the functioning of an LSA with reference to officers, if you are in the U.S., the compilation Developing Distinctive Baha'i Communities is maybe the closest thing, and the latest version can be found online within the U.S. Baha'i ...
by brettz9
Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:14 am
Forum: Bahá'í Writings
Topic: The last sections in the Dawnbreakers.
Replies: 2
Views: 6031

Re: The last sections in the Dawnbreakers.

I believe there are other quotations though which might temper an extreme view of this idea of becoming a believer based on some action. I recall other quotations speaking about the fact that we might unnecessarily put barriers in front of people toward accepting the Faith by our actions, etc. I wou...
by brettz9
Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Non-Baha'i issues
Topic: Depression: No Respecter of Faith
Replies: 3
Views: 8571

Re: Depression: No Respecter of Faith

Hi Jennifer, While suicide is indeed "strongly condemned" in the Baha'i Writings (see https://bahai9.com/wiki/Suicide for this and other quotes), the attitude toward one who has taken their life (or to those who suffer depression) should, as you suggest, be one of great compassion and unde...
by brettz9
Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Bahá'í Writings
Topic: Looking for spacific quote by Abdu'l-Baha RE Backbiting
Replies: 3
Views: 3536

Re: Looking for spacific quote by Abdu'l-Baha RE Backbiting

Glad to hear it, Jennifer :)
by brettz9
Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Bahá'í Writings
Topic: Looking for spacific quote by Abdu'l-Baha RE Backbiting
Replies: 3
Views: 3536

Re: Looking for spacific quote by Abdu'l-Baha RE Backbiting

Hi Jennifer, See the 2nd paragraph of this quote: "...If any soul speak ill of an absent one, the only result will clearly be this: he will dampen the zeal of the friends and tend to make them indifferent. For backbiting is divisive, it is the leading cause among the friends of a disposition to...
by brettz9
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Simulation hypothesis/quantum physics and the Faith
Replies: 5
Views: 3349

Re: Simulation hypothesis/quantum physics and the Faith

Chapter 79 of Some Answered Questions, "The Reality of the World of Being" provides a counter-point to the comparison of this world as a comparative dream. There are a few quotes at https://bahai9.com/wiki/Age_of_universe , but from Promulgation of Universal Peace (and Chapter 41 of Some A...
by brettz9
Thu May 26, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: Non-Baha'i issues
Topic: #MillionsMissing
Replies: 0
Views: 9789

#MillionsMissing

Hello friends, I would kindly request friends here consider speaking up or putting in a word on social media for the voices of those of us with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) who lack the energy to do much to promote awareness of our own neglected condition. I recommend ...
by brettz9
Fri May 06, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Joy Stevenson
Replies: 5
Views: 10312

Re: Joy Stevenson

I looked at that myself, but many of these seem to be republishing of the BWNS statement on her passing... But maybe there is more there...
by brettz9
Fri May 06, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Joy Stevenson
Replies: 5
Views: 10312

Re: Joy Stevenson

Does the Australian NSA have a phone number you could try to explain the urgency? The only additional info I could find (besides just a letter announcing her appointment) was this tidbit about her and children's camps: http://bahai-library.com/hassall_yerrinbool_1938-1988

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