On 28th November 2014, a group of Bahá’ís from all over London gathered to welcome a visit from the Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to the National Bahá’í Centre in London, to mark the commemoration of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
As part of the visit, prayers and music were shared, as well as stories of how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s life exemplified the Bahá’í teachings of love for humanity and service, and how He built ties of friendship with people from all walks of life.
The anniversary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing provided an opportunity for those gathered to reflect on the development of their own spiritual qualities and how they could be directed towards service.
In addressing those present, Lord Ahmad spoke about how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s words on the need for love to conquer hate were in harmony with his own beliefs. He expressed the view that our faiths could be seen as different paths leading us towards the same goal, which we walk together in mutual respect.
He then enjoyed a tour of the building and the opportunity to meet with a diverse representation of the Bahá’í community and discuss with them their efforts to build ties of friendship and community in their neighbourhoods.
During his visit Lord Ahmad impressed upon the Bahá’í community the need for the universal principles and values it upholds to be shared more widely with society.