The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'í of Trinidad & Tobago have kindly provided the following background information on the Baha'i stamp issued by Trinidad and Tobago.


The Bahá'í Postage stamp issued
In Trinidad & Tobago

In 1991, the government of Trinidad and Tobago decided to issue stamps honouring the Inter-Religious Organization (IRO) in this country.  The IRO was established in 1970 and has been the most respected and powerful non-governmental organisation in Trinidad and Tobago.  Its aim and objectives revolve around the unity of religions in the country under the motto of “the Fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of man.”  There are basically four major religions in Trinidad and Tobago namely, the Christianity, Hinduism Islam and the Bahá'í Faith. There is also a local Baptists religion which is considered unique even though it is a Christian sect.  The Postal services consulted with the IRO president at that time (who was a Bahá'í) and decided to issue 5 stamps one for each of the above religions.  The design of these stamps were submitted by all the relevant religions.  The design of the Bahá'í stamp was done by a Bahá'í and was approved by the National Spiritual Assembly. The issuing agency decided to add the words “Baha’u’llah, the Glory of God” on it.  This enhanced the beauty of the stamp and became very relevant for the year and the date which the stamp was issued.  There was a plan to have these stamps issued in time for Christmas. However, God’s plan was different and there was a delay in the publication of the stamps.  After further consultation the IRO President suggested a new date, a day right after Easter weekend, April 21, 1992, which happened to be the first day of the Holy Year.  God works in mysterious ways!

Approved by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'í of Trinidad & Tobago

Contributed by Dr. Hamid Farabi on April 16, 2003

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