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TAGS: Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum; Americas; First Nations; Indigenous people; Introductory; Inuit; Native Americans
LOCATIONS: Canada; United States (documents)
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An overview of the Bahá'í Faith, written to the native Inuit and First Nations peoples of North America.

Message to the Indian and Eskimo Bahá'ís of the Western Hemisphere

by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum

National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada, 1969

1. About

The writer of this letter, 'Amatu'l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum has served the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh with great distinction for many years. She was born of a distinguished Canadian Bahá'í family and raised in Montreal. In 1937 she had the great honour of being chosen as his wife by Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith. In more recent years, Rúhíyyih Khánum has served with the rank of a Hand of the Cause, and in the course of her world-wide travels has visited various tribes of Indian people throughout the Western Hemisphere. In Canada, one tribe, the Blackfoot, conferred upon her the name of "Blessed Mother".

In the letter printed here, Rúhíyyih Khánum speaks of the assurance given in the Bahá'í Writings that the future of the Indian Eskimo people is very great. She explains that the Indian and Eskimo believers can themselves best help to fulfill these promises by taking the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh to their own people.

It is with a great sense of happiness and privilege that Canada's National Spiritual Assembly is able to reproduce for wider distribution this inspiring letter which Rúhíyyih Khanum has written to those whom she regards as her "especially loved Brothers and Sisters".

    — National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada

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