My brother sent me this video this morning and I listened to it over and over and wept keeping the Baha’is of Iran who are suffering, especially the ones in prison, in my mind and heart.
Dua-ye Sahar (Morning prayer), is yet another beautiful evidence of the oneness of God’s Revelation. His loving expressions is reflected in many divine mirrors through the ages to address our needs for an ever advancing civilization.
When we listen, we behold nothing but His beauty and His love towards all creation with no exception. The result is tranquility and peace, it is a universal and cosmic coming together. This prayer for me is a beautiful manifestation of the loving expression of the oneness of God and His religions. If we could only set aside our petty selves and manifest a ray of this universal love, the world of humanity be the kingdom of God on earth. The Baha’is have a special appreciation for this prayer as one of the many proofs of Divine oneness and love for all.
Adib Taherzadeh explains in his book; The Revelation of Baha’u’llah p. 116 that: “There is a beautiful prayer in Shi’ah Islam usually said during the period of fasting in the month of Ramadan, which invokes God through His names. There are nineteen invocations through this prayer and each revolves around one of His names, the first being Baha (Glory). The Bab has taken these names in the same order and given them to the nineteen months of His calendar, each month having nineteen days. This Calendar is the basis of Badi’ Calendar which is in use in this Dispensation.
Baha’u’llah specified that this Calendar should begin in A.D. 1844 (which is the year of Declaration of the Bab), and He also determined the position of Intercalary days. Nabil-i- A’zam was asked by Baha’u’llah about A.D. 1871, to transcribe the text of Badi Calendar and instruct the believers in its details.”
I hope the influence of Divine love and beauty lift all of our hearts to the summit of love and unity. “So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole world” Baha’u’llah teaches.