26 December ― 15 Masá’il   Leave a comment

MORNING:

IMG_9547Say: Take heed lest your devotions withhold you from Him Who is the object of all devotion, or your worship debar you from Him Who is the object of all worship. Rend asunder the veils of your idle fancies! This is your Lord, the Almighty, the All-Knowing, Who hath come to quicken the world and unite all who dwell on earth. Turn unto the Dayspring of Revelation, O people, and tarry not, be it for less than the twinkling of an eye. Read ye the Evangel and yet refuse to acknowledge the All-Glorious Lord? This indeed beseemeth you not, O concourse of learned men!

—His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh

The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 57

 

 EVENING:

IMG_0466Verily, it is enjoined upon you to offer a feast,

once in every month, though only water be served; for

God hath purposed to bind hearts together, albeit

through both earthly and heavenly means.

—His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh

The Kitáb-i-Aqdás, p. 40

FROM LETTERS WRITTEN ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE:

IMG_0456¶ 82 Verily, it is enjoined upon you to offer a feast, once

in every month # 57

This injunction has become the basis for the holding of

monthly Bahá’í festivities and as such constitutes the

ordination of the Nineteen Day Feast. In the Arabic Bayán

the Báb called upon His followers to gather together once

every nineteen days to show hospitality and fellowship.

Bahá’u’lláh here confirms this and notes the unifying role of

such occasions.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi after Him have

gradually unfolded the institutional significance of this

injunction. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá emphasized the importance of the

spiritual and devotional character of these gatherings.

IMG_9847Shoghi Effendi, besides further elaborating the devotional

and social aspects of the Feast, has developed the

administrative element of such gatherings and, in systematically

instituting the Feast, has provided for a period of

consultation on the affairs of the Bahá’í community,

including the sharing of news and messages.

In answer to a question as to whether this injunction is

obligatory, Bahá’u’lláh stated it was not (Q and A 48). Shoghi

Effendi in a letter written on his behalf further comments:

Attendance at Nineteen Day Feasts is not obligatory

but very important, and every believer should consider it

a duty and privilege to be present on such occasions.

The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 202

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