As Irish Bahá’ís and their friends bend their energies to planning an array of events marking the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of their Founder Bahá’u’lláh, their National Spiritual Assembly has supported their efforts by publishing a simple booklet detailing the life of the prophet founder of their Faith.
Entitled simply, Bahá’u’lláh, the pocket sized booklet was written, designed and printed in Ireland. As well as the story of Bahá’u’lláh’s life it includes a small selection of prayers and sacred Writings as well as listing some of the principles by which Bahá’ís strive to live their lives.
“This little booklet gives some insight into the astonishing life of One Who suffered greatly at the hands of the authorities because He promoted teachings which today are accepted throughout the world,” said Assembly Chair Brendan McNamara. Expressing the hope that the booklet would be widely shared with those wishing to know more about Bahá’u’lláh, Mr. MacNamara added that as this Bicentenaries year progresses increasing attention will be paid to this significant anniversary, due to the efforts of the Bahá’ís themselves.
“Many events are planned around the country,” said Mr. McNamara, “from a dedicated public garden space in Tralee to a new dramatic production in Limerick, as well as humanitarian, social and cultural events in several other places.”
However he added that the biggest element of this year of celebrations are the activities that Bahá’ís are doing in their own localities, collaborating with parents and community groups in bringing meetings for prayer and classes for the spiritual education of children to many localities.
The highlight of this year’s activities will be the prayerful but joyful celebration of the actual birthday of Bahá’u’lláh next October when hundreds of Bahá’ís and their friends will gather in venues across the country.