|A Tribute to Amatu’l-Bahá Rúḥíyyih Khánum,
Posted: 11 May 2015 11:38 AM PDT
“On January 19th in the year 2000, a lady passed away from this world. She was unique, and with her passing a chapter ended, a page of history turned. And when Amatu’l-Bahá Rúḥíyyih Khánum’s earthly remains were buried a few days later, the Universal House of Justice laid her to rest in a place that is also unique.”
So begins Violette Nakhjavani’s A Tribute to Amatu’l-Bahá Rúḥíyyih Khánum,written in three parts, a multi-faceted story of Rúḥíyyih Khánum’s extraordinary life complete with images. This eBook is made available with the kind permission of the copyright holder, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada.
A new official website of the Baha’i Faith has been launched providing general information about the Universal House of Justice – the international governing body of the Baha’i community – and making available selected statements and letters that have been written by it or prepared under its supervision.
The Universal House of Justice is unique in religious history. Never before has a Manifestation of God explicitly ordained the establishment of an institution with the mandate to maintain the integrity and flexibility of His religion, safeguard the unity and guide the activities of His followers and exert a beneficial influence on the life of society.
The Universal House of Justice is elected every five years by representatives of over 170 national Baha’i communities. The most recent election took place in April 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of when it was established.
The official website for the Universal House of Justice can be viewed at The Universal House of Justice.
We were grieved to learn of the passing of dearly loved Lowell Johnson. His
nearly six decades of service as a stalwart promoter of the Cause throughout
southern Africa are remembered with deep appreciation. His dedication to the
Cause of God, devotion to the Covenant, love of Africa and its peoples,
enthusiasm for teaching, more than thirty years of membership on your
National Spiritual Assembly, and extensive efforts to document the history
of the early years of the Faith in the region, are enduring testament to a
life of consecrated service. Rest assured of our ardent supplications at the
Sacred Threshold for the progress of his noble soul throughout the heavenly
realms. Your National Assembly is advised to call for memorial gatherings in
his honour throughout South Africa.
The Universal House of Justice
In February 2013, the Universal House of Justice announced a series of youth conferences to be held around the world. Thousands of young people from villages and neighborhoods spanning every continent gathered to consult on the ways in which their generation can contribute to the spiritual and material well-being of their communities.
In the midmost heart of the Indian Ocean, 43 young men and women embarked on the first leg of a 3,000-kilometre journey that would take them from Seychelles to Madagascar. During their transit in Mauritius they were joined by 79 of their peers from this country and Rodrigues. As parents and families escorted their youth to the airport, they were filled with a singular joy at seeing the path of service their youth had chosen for themselves. Nearly 600 beaming faces gathered from the islands of Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues, and Seychelles, at Espace Mahavokisoa, a hall surrounded by lush green rice fields in Antananarivo.