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Baha’ís to celebrate holy days

All welcome: the Baha'ís of Bermuda are holding a film showing (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

A film screening and discussion will be held tomorrow by the Bermudian Baha’í community to mark the faith’s twin holy days.

Commemorations are to be held around the world at sunset on October 25 and 26 in recognition of the birthdays of the Báb and Baháʼu'lláh, respectively, a spokeswoman said.

She explained: “The Báb is recognised as the prophet-herald of the Baha’í faith, who revolutionised religious thinking of the time, 19th-century Persia — modern-day Iran.

“His ministry ushered in a new era in humanity’s spiritual development. His teachings established an independent religion and prepared the world for the coming of a new manifestation of God, Baháʼu'lláh.”

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’ís of Bermuda invited residents to see Dawn of the Light on October 25 at the Baha’í National Centre on Brunswick Street.

Refreshments and socialising will take place from 6pm before the 45-minute film starts at 7pm.

The spokeswoman said: “This film was specially commissioned by the Baha’í World Centre in 2019 for the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of the Báb, the forerunner of Baháʼu'lláh, founder of the Baha’í faith.

“The Báb’s life and role in spiritual history is akin to that of John the Baptist, announcing the advent of Christ.

“The Báb’s name means “the Gate” in Arabic, reflecting his lofty station as the herald of a new cycle of enlightenment in human history.

“His nine-year ministry promoted the universality of God and radically uplifted the station of women.”

She added: “Before his untimely death at age 30, the Báb proclaimed that ‘one greater than himself’ would arrive to fulfil the prophecies of all the great religions and usher in a new age. This would be Baháʼu'lláh.

“The new age promised for humanity is unfolding, painfully and chaotically, before our eyes.

“Baha’u’llah’s vision of a world characterised by justice, peace, unity and love, God’s Kingdom on Earth, is not in view.

“Yet, Baha’ís recognise that this vision is for all wellwishers of humanity to turn into reality.

“All are invited to learn more about the vision of Baháʼu'lláh and to consider what work must be done to move closer to its fulfilment in Bermuda.”

The spokeswoman said: “Throughout Bermuda with its 11 Baha’í jurisdictions, families and friends will gather in their respective communities to mark the twin holy birthdays, starting October 26 to 27, two days during which work and school are suspended.”

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Published October 24, 2022 at 3:25 pm (Updated October 24, 2022 at 8:39 pm)

Baha’ís to celebrate holy days

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