Here we have gathered some short bios of two of the Bahá’ís of Birmingham. They say a little about their relationships with the Bahá’í Faith in their lives. First, we meet…
Here I am with my husband Masoud and our sons, Max and Mike. We are members of the Birmingham Bahá’í community. Our family is very much inspired by the writings of Bahá’u’lláh. These stress the importance of service to mankind, and our whole family is engaged in serving our local community. We do this through offering:
- Devotional meetings – acts of collective worship in diverse settings, uniting people in prayer, awakening spiritual susceptibilities, and shaping a pattern of life distinguished for its devotional character.
- Children’s classes – tending to the needs of local children, helping them develop their spiritual faculties and lay the foundations of a noble and upright character.
- Junior youth groups – organising and animating them to help young people navigate through a crucial stage of their lives by developing a strong moral identity in their adolescent years.
- Study circles – systematic study of the Creative Word of God in small groups, to build capacity for service to the community.
You can find out more about these activities here.
This is a photo of my family and I on our pilgrimage to visiting the Bahá’í Holy Places.
I live with my family in Sutton Coldfield. I was born into a Bahá’í family and have always regarded myself as a Bahá’í. At age 23 I started studying and investigating about this Faith and fell in love with its teachings. Then I realised that more than anything else in the world, I wanted to live as a Bahá’í.
At every stage of my life I have turned to the writings of the Bahá’í Faith and have drawn strength, courage and peace from these words of wisdom. For example in my role as a mother I often turn to the teachings for guidance on education and parenting:
‘The education and training of children is among the most meritorious acts of humankind and draweth down the grace and favour of the All-Merciful, for education is the indispensable foundation of all human excellence and alloweth man to work his way to the heights of abiding glory.’
‘O ye loving mothers, know ye that in God’s sight, the best of all ways to worship Him is to educate the children and train them in all the perfections of humankind; and no nobler deed than this can be imagined.’
– Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Similarly in my working life I find that meditating on the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith inspires me to see work as a gift of service to God and humanity. I am very grateful to have found this Faith.
‘In the Bahá’í Cause arts, sciences and all crafts are counted as worship. The man who makes a piece of notepaper to the best of his ability, conscientiously, concentrating all his forces on perfecting it, is giving praise to God. Briefly, all effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity. This is worship: to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people. Service is prayer. A physician ministering to the sick, gently, tenderly, free from prejudice and believing in the solidarity of the human race, is giving praise.’
– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, quoted in J. E. Esslemont, Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era