LONDON, 17 November 2015 – UK Members of Parliament and the House of Lords joined a diverse range of civil society and inter-faith representatives to celebrate the Bahá’í Twin Holy Days, commemorating the births of the twin Founders of the Bahá’í Faith, The Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.
Louise Ellman MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Friends of the Bahá’ís Group, welcomed all those gathered and highlighted that the “special” celebration of the Twin Holy Days, which was celebrated in over 200 communities around the world, coincided with the launch of the Badí calendar.
The launch of a new Bahá’í calendar represents a new chapter in the development of the Bahá’í Faith. Each month in the Bahá’í calendar is named after an attribute or quality of God. These attributes include, among others, Beauty, Splendour, Honour, and also a month of Questions. Mindful of the power of questions posed in a loving spirit of enquiry, Bahá’ís around the world are striving to explore with like minded others, how to align one’s inner life with these attributes, in order to contribute towards the betterment of neighbourhoods and communities.
In a message addressed to all those gathered at the celebration, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon acknowledged the efforts of Bahá’ís in working to strengthen and reinforce bonds of unity within communities, stating that, “The Baha’i community’s contribution to building stronger and cohesive nations are reflective of the words of Baha’u’llah when he said ‘the earth is but one country and mankind its citizens…These are sentiments which resonate with people of all faiths and none, and underline the shared values of humanity”.
Referring to the various conflicts and distressing events occurring around the world, Annabel Djalili, speaking on behalf of the Bahá’í community, acknowledged the many disintegrating forces that are challenging our society today, whilst at the same time asked how we can empower ourselves and other to be forces of integration, contributing to the advancement of civilisation. Mrs Djalili invited the gathering to reflect upon the role religion can play in unlocking the potential in people to become positive agents of change at the heart of society.
The programme for this momentous occasion closed with music composed to the words of Bahá’u’lláh, “So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth”, reminding all those gathered of the powerful force of unity.
An integral part of the evening consisted of the uplifting conversations held between all those gathered, and the enriching explorations of pertinent themes relating to contributing towards social cohesion and the betterment of our society.