Christmas is for Baha'is too

Sep 2010
2,106
United Kingdom
#21
Coming to think of it, there is a difference. The Muslim ceremonies are divinely-ordained. The Christian ones, on the contrary, are man-made. No wonder, then, that I've never seen mention of Bahá'u'lláh attending a Christian ceremony.

gnat
Perhaps not Baha'u'llah Himself but I do recall reading of Abdu'l-Baha taking part in various Protestant Christian ceremonies. He also celebrated Christmas one year in a Salvation Army hospice, with the poor and downtrodden.

In that same visit, he was mistaken by a group of children as being Santa Claus!

Later, on Christmas day, He visited Lord Lamington. In the evening He went to a Salvation Army hostel, where some five hundred of society’s wrecks were gathered. He spoke to them, and donated twenty guineas to the hostel to provide them with a good meal and another night, as His guests. He also inspected the sleeping accommodation of the hostel, and a children’s home as well. When He reached Cadogan Gardens that night, it was apparent that the sight of the condition of the unfortunate had distressed Him. A good many of His talks, in His drawing-room during the Christmas week, were concerned with the Birth and the Advent of Christ and the significance of baptism. One day He walked for an hour or so in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Afterwards He went to a Christmas party for the impoverished. Wherever He came across children He showed them such kindness and consideration that some of them thought He was Father Christmas, and sang a song in His praise. At His London home, that day, He related an incident of days long past in ‘Akká:

‘I encountered a number of the poor who were very hungry, and they came to me a-begging. I pointed out a grocer’s shop to them that was well-provisioned, and told them to help themselves and eat all they could; I would be responsible. As soon as they heard me say that, those hungry ill-starred people made a rush and looted the shop. The shopkeeper was screaming that he was being robbed, but no one took any notice of him. They were eating even the uncooked rice, and took provisions away with them.’ Later, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá compensated the grocer.

(H.M. Balyuzi, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá - The Centre of the Covenant, p. 351)​
 
Jul 2011
150
USA
#22
Jesus and Bahaullah , though separate manifestations, have identical natures. Therefore when Jesus is celebrated at Christmas so is Baha'u'llah
Adian, I often thought it would be nice to have an official Bahai hoilday that is about celebrating and acknowledging all Manifestations, known and unknown. It would also perhaps help make new adherients as it would recognize the Manifestation that they've known and loved.
 
Jul 2011
1,747
n ireland
#23
Adian, I often thought it would be nice to have an official Bahai hoilday that is about celebrating and acknowledging all Manifestations, known and unknown. It would also perhaps help make new adherients as it would recognize the Manifestation that they've known and loved.
A wonderful idea Michael, it would be a comfort for Christians and Muslims and others to know that we too venerate their loved one:yes:
 

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