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Letters: Pilgrimage notes

Bee Staff
Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Sunday, April 27, 2003

Thank you for mentioning the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa, Israel, in your wonderful article on pilgrimages ("Pilgrims of all faiths seek out spiritual sites," April 20). It means a lot for the many Bahá'ís in Sacramento to be mentioned, and having made this trip myself a few years ago, it brought back great memories.

I just wanted to offer one bit of assistance, in the spirit of help. First of all, Bahai is always spelled: Bahá'í. Most importantly, the spelling of Baha Allah is wrong: His name is spelled Bahá'u'lláh. One would never want to misspell Mohammed, Moses or Christ ... and the same goes for Bahá'u'lláh.

For those who are interested, there are some amazing pictures of Haifa at the Web site My non-Bahá'í Israeli friends consider this place very special as well. Bahá'u'lláh was buried outside of Haifa, and the gardens surrounding his place of rest are equally exquisite, and are the most holy place in the world for us. ... It is where we turn to pray each day.

- Daniel Orey
professor, mathematics and multicultural education
College of Education
California State University, Sacramento

Editor's note: The Anglicized spellings used in the April 20 article were taken from Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, which serves as the basic spelling reference for editors at The Bee.

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