What in the world is going on...!

February 2018
Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing 'catastrophic' 
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There is nothing so heart-breaking and terrible 
as an outburst of human savagery! ... 
When soldiers of the world draw their swords to kill, soldiers of God clasp each other’s hands! 
So may all the savagery of man disappear 
by the Mercy of God, working through the pure 
in heart and the sincere of soul. 
Do not think the peace of the world an ideal 
impossible to attain! 
Nothing is impossible to the 
Divine Benevolence of God. 
If you desire with all your heart, friendship with 
every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and 
positive, will spread; it will become the desire 
of others, growing stronger and stronger, 
until it reaches the minds of all men.
Abdu’l-Baha
Paris Talks

February 2018
Students, Staff, Heroes: Here Are the Victims of
the Florida High School Mass Shooting
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I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.... 
I charge you all that each one of you concentrate 
all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. 
When a thought of war comes, oppose it 
by a stronger thought of peace. 
A thought of hatred must be destroyed 
by a more powerful thought of love. 
Thoughts of war bring destruction to all harmony, 
well-being, restfulness and content.
Abdu’l-Baha
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August 2017
Americans were polled about the violence in Charlottesville, and the answers are ugly
Read more... QUARTZ

O
Children of Men! Know ye not
why We created you all from the same dust?
That no one should exalt himself over the other.
Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul,
to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth
and dwell in the same land,
that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions,
the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment
may be made manifest.
 Bahá’u’lláh
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 June 2017
Muslims hand out 3000 roses at London Bridge in show of solidarity after terror attack
Read more... The Telegraph

The day is coming when all the religions of the world will unite, for in principle they are one already.
There is no need for division, seeing that
it is only the outward forms
that separate them.
Among the sons of men some souls are suffering through ignorance, let us hasten to teach them;
others are like children needing care and education until they are grown, and some are sick—to these we must carry Divine healing.
'Abdu'l-Bahá

Paris Talks

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May 2017
The bombing in Manchester has brought national trauma. We must not lash out
Read more ... The Guardian

Know thou, verily, the Sun of Truth hath shone forth 
with the lights of peace upon all regions. 
Strife and conflict will surely be removed from all the nations of the earth. Carnage shall be taken away; fighting, violence and reviling will be changed into universal reconciliation and the hosts of tranquility will pitch their tents in the midst of the world. 
Then the awning of the mercy of thy Lord will be 
hoisted and those souls who are free from the filth of prejudice, contradictions and presumption and are 
filled with a love that imparts affinity, intimacy, affection, meekness and humbleness 
will be sheltered under it.
 'Abdu'l-Bahá
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May 2017
Almost 10,000 Yazidis ‘killed or kidnapped in Isis genocide but true scale of horror may never be known’
Read more... INDEPENDENT

Religion should be the Cause of 
Love and Affection 
"Religion should unite all hearts and cause wars and disputes to vanish from the face of the earth, give birth to spirituality, and bring life and light to each heart. 
If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division, it were better to be without it, and to withdraw from such a religion would be a truly religious act. 
For it is clear that the purpose of a remedy is to cure; 
but if the remedy should only aggravate the complaint 
it had better be left alone. 
Any religion which is not a cause of love and unity 
is no religion. 
All the holy prophets were as doctors to the soul; they gave prescriptions for the healing of mankind; thus any remedy that causes disease does not come from 
the great and supreme Physician."
'Abdu'l-Bahá
Paris Talks

March 2017
Child refugees attempting suicide amid increasing desperation among thousands of trapped migrants in Greece
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O Thou kind Lord!  Thou hast created all humanity
from the same stock.  Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household.  In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are
sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle ....
O Thou kind Lord!  Unite all.  Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home.  May they all live together in perfect harmony.
O God!  Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind. O God!  Establish the Most Great Peace. Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together.
O Thou kind Father, God!  Gladden our hearts
through the fragrance of Thy love.  Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance.  Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.
Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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February 2017

Baha’i Scholar Arrested in Tehran

Read more... Iran Press Watch

Praised be Thou, O Lord my God!  
This is Thy servant who hath quaffed from the 
hands of Thy grace the wine of Thy tender mercy, 
and tasted of the savor of Thy love in Thy days.  
I beseech Thee, by the embodiments of Thy names 
whom no grief can hinder from rejoicing in Thy love 
or from gazing on Thy face, and whom all the hosts 
of the heedless are powerless to cause to turn aside 
from the path of Thy pleasure, to supply him with 
the good things Thou dost possess, and to raise him up 
to such heights that he will regard the world 
even as a shadow that vanisheth swifter than 
the twinkling of an eye.
Keep him safe also, O my God, by the power of Thine immeasurable majesty, from all that Thou abhorrest.
Thou art, verily, his Lord and the Lord of all worlds.

Bahá’u’lláh

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December 2016
World Leaders Mourn In Solidarity With Berlin After Deadly Truck Attack
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The Purpose of the one true God, exalted be His glory, 
in revealing Himself unto men is to lay bare 
those gems that lie hidden within the mine of 
their true and inmost selves. 
That the diverse communions of the earth, and the manifold systems of religious belief, should never be allowed to foster the feelings of animosity among 
men, is, in this Day, of the essence of the 
Faith of God and His Religion. 
These principles and laws, these firmly-established and mighty systems, have proceeded from one Source, and are the rays of one Light. That they differ one from another is to be attributed to the varying requirements of the ages in which they were promulgated.

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October 2016
Syria conflict: Heavy air strikes resume on Aleppo
Read more... BBC NEWS

O my God!  O my God!  Thou seest these children 
who are the twigs of the tree of life, 
the birds of the meads of salvation, 
the pearls of the ocean of Thy grace, 
the roses of the garden of Thy guidance.
O God, our Lord!  We sing Thy praise, 
bear witness to Thy sanctity and implore fervently the
heaven of Thy mercy to make us lights of guidance, 
stars shining above the horizons of eternal glory amongst mankind, and to teach us 
a knowledge which proceedeth from Thee…
‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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September 2016
Mark Zuckerberg pledges $3bn to
'rid the world of all disease'
Read more... The Telegraph

O thou who art attracted to the fragrant breathings of God!… This question requireth the most careful investigation. The Báb hath said that the people of Bahá must develop the science of medicine to such a high degree that they will heal illnesses by means of foods. The basic reason for this is that if, in some component substance of the human body, an imbalance should occur, altering its correct, relative proportion to the whole, this fact will inevitably result in the onset of disease…. It is the function of a skilled physician to determine which constituent of his patient’s body hath suffered diminution, which hath been augmented. Once he hath discovered this, he must prescribe a food containing the diminished element, to re-establish the body’s essential equilibrium.
The patient, once his constitution is
again in balance, will be rid of his disease.

Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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September 2016
Colin Powell leaked emails: 
Israel has '200 nukes all pointed at Iran', ...

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...
That all nations should become one in faith
and all men as brothers;
that the bonds of affection and unity between
the sons of men should be strengthened;
that diversity of religion should cease,
and
differences of race be annulled—
what harm is there in this?…
Yet so it shall be;

these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars
shall pass away,
and the “Most Great Peace” shall come….
These strifes and this bloodshed and discord must
cease, and all men be as one kindred and one family….
Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country;
let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind….

Extracts from the utterances of Baha'u'llah
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August 2016
The old textile factory in Brnenec
Czech factory once home to 1,200 Jews saved by Oskar Schindler to be turned into a Holocaust museum
Read more... The Telegraph

Be fair to yourselves and to others, 
that the evidences of justice may be revealed, 
through your deeds, 
among Our faithful servants. 
Beware lest ye encroach upon the 
substance of your neighbor. 
Prove yourselves worthy of his trust 
and confidence in you, 
and withhold not from the poor the gifts which 
the grace of God hath bestowed upon you. 
He, verily, shall recompense the charitable, 
and doubly repay them 
for what they have bestowed.

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh


June 2016
People Using Brexit As 'Sham For Their Hatred'
 
O people of God! 
Do not busy yourselves in your own concerns; 
let your thoughts be fixed upon that 
which will rehabilitate the fortunes of mankind 
and sanctify the hearts and souls of men. 
This can best be achieved through pure and 
holy deeds, through a virtuous life and 
a goodly behaviour. 
Valiant acts will ensure the triumph of this Cause, 
and a saintly character will reinforce its power.

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

June 2016
The horrific actions of Omar Mateen in Orlando, Florida, and Larossi Aballa outside Paris are the result of a 20-year evolution of Islamic militancy towards a decentralised, anarchic but tragically effective type of violence.
Islamist terror has evolved toward lone actors –  

and it's brutally effective

 
And the honor and distinction of the individual 
consist in this, that he among all the world’s multitudes should become a source of social good. 
Is any larger bounty conceivable than this, that an individual, looking within himself, should find that by the confirming grace of God he has become the cause of peace and well-being, of happiness and advantage to his fellow men? No, by the one true God, there is no greater bliss, no more complete delight.... 
How excellent, how honorable is man if he arises to fulfil his responsibilities; how wretched and contemptible, 
if he shuts his eyes to the welfare of society and wastes his precious life in pursuing his own selfish interests 
and personal advantages.

The Secret of Divine Civilization


June 2016
Flags in Smith Square

The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

O ye children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men. 
Suffer it not to become a source of dissension and discord, of hate and enmity. This is the straight Path, the fixed and immovable foundation. Whatsoever is raised on this foundation, the changes and chances of the world can never impair its strength, nor will the revolution of countless centuries undermine its structure.

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh



May 2016Student at damaged school in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria 30 March 2016

Unicef: 

75m children in desperate need of education support

 

Man is the supreme Talisman. 
Lack of a proper education hath, however, 
deprived him of that which 
he doth inherently possess... 
The Great Being saith: Regard man as 
a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. 
Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, 
and enable mankind to benefit therefrom...

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh


April 2016

Boko Haram crisis: 

'Huge rise' in child suicide bombers

 

O Lord!  Thou art the Remover of every anguish
and the Dispeller of every affliction.  
Thou art He Who banisheth every sorrow 
and setteth free every slave, 
the Redeemer of every soul.  
O Lord!  Grant deliverance through Thy mercy, 
and reckon me among such servants of Thine 
as have gained salvation.

The Báb

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March 2016

Brussels attacks: 

Belgium mourns amid hunt for suspect

 O YE children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men.
Suffer it not to become a source of dissension
and discord, of hate and enmity.
This is the straight Path,
the fixed and immovable foundation.
Whatsoever is raised on this foundation,
the changes and chances of the world can never
impair its strength, nor will the revolution of
countless centuries undermine its structure.

Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh



March 2016

Ivory Coast: 

16 dead in Grand Bassam beach resort attack


"Religion should be the Cause of Love and Affection. Religion should unite all hearts and cause wars and disputes to vanish from the face of the earth,
give birth to spirituality,
and bring life and light to each heart.
If religion becomes a cause of dislike,
hatred and division, it were better to be without it,
and to withdraw from such a religion
would be a truly religious act... 
Any religion which is not a cause of love and unity
is no religion."
‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Paris Talks


February 2016 

Syria conflict: 

Two hospitals hit in new air strikes

Read more... BBC News
"Gird up the loins of your endeavor, O people of Bahá, that haply the tumult of religious dissension 
and strife that agitateth the peoples of the earth 
may be stilled, that every trace of it 
may be completely obliterated. 
For the love of God, and them that serve Him, arise 
to aid this most sublime and momentous Revelation. 
Religious fanaticism and hatred are 
a world-devouring fire, whose violence 
none can quench. 
The Hand of Divine power can, alone, deliver
mankind from this desolating affliction."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh


 January 2016

Call to admit refugee children 'considered' by government

Read more... BBC News

Thou kind Lord!  
These lovely children are the handiwork of 
the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of 
Thy greatness.  O God!  Protect these children, 
graciously assist them to be educated 
and enable them to render service to the world of humanity.  O God!  These children are pearls, 
cause them to be nurtured within the shell of 
Thy loving-kindness. 
Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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 January 2016

Iraq conflict: 

Civilians suffering 'staggering' violence - UN

Read more ... BBC News
 
“Religion, is the greatest of all means for the establishment of order in the world and for 
the peaceful contentment of all that dwell therein. 
The weakening of the pillars of religion hath strengthened the hands of the ignorant and 
made them bold and arrogant. 
Verily I say, whatsoever hath lowered 
the lofty station of religion hath increased the waywardness of the wicked, 
and the result cannot be but anarchy.”

The World Order of Baha'u'llah


December 2015The Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica

COP21: Climate deal 'final draft' reached in Paris

Read more... BBC News
 

"Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to
 promote the best interests of
 the peoples and kindreds of the earth.
It is not for him to pride himself who loveth 
his own country, but rather for him 
who loveth the whole world. 
The earth is but one country, 
and mankind its citizens."


Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh



December 2015
Attendees reflect on the tragedy of Wednesday

San Bernardino shooting: 

Policeman speaks of carnage at scene



"... I charge you all that each one of you concentrate 
all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. 
When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be 
destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. 
Thoughts of war bring destruction to all harmony, 
well-being, restfulness and content..."
‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Paris Talks
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November 2015
Flowers left outside Le Carillon bar in Paris. 17 Nov 2015

Paris attacks: 

Grief, anger and defiance on city streets

Read more...  www.bbc.co.uk
 

O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught

 but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of 

affection and desire loosen not thy hold. 

Treasure the companionship of the righteous 

and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly.


Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh


October 2015
Migrant crisis: 
Merkel upbeat on integration despite tensions  

Read more... www.bbc.co.uk

 


"The Bahai International Community encourages the OSCE to start a process of exploring how religion, its principles, its concepts and its insights, contribute to resolving conflict, to facilitating greater social harmony and to creating stable and peaceful societies."

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