Bahá'i community in Fingal gather to celebrate
Inspired by the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh, members of the Fingal Bahá'i community together with millions of people around the world celebrated the 200th anniversary of His birth, recently.
Bahá'u'lláh was born in 1817 in the city of Tehran, Persia. He suffered imprisonment, torture and exile for His beliefs and teachings at the hands of the Persian Shah and Sultan of Turkey before finally being incarcerated for life in the Ottoman penal colony of Acre, now in modern day Israel.
Alison Maloney, a young member of the Fingal Baha'i community living in Swords said 'Bahá'u'lláh taught that God is one, that God is the source of the world's great religions and that mankind is one. He proclaimed 'the earth is one country and mankind are its citizens' and promoted the elimination of racial, religious and social prejudice by declaring 'ye are the leaves of one branch and the fruits of one tree'.'
Sarah Wilson, a representative of the Swords community said 'His writings proclaim that man is essentially spiritual by nature; that men and women are equal in the sight of God; that education is a right to be enjoyed by all children; promotes economic principles for the elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty; calls for the adoption by governments of an auxiliary international language as a practical measure for the establishment of international peace by promoting understanding and dialogue between peoples of the world.'