Moroccans celebrate the birth of “Bahá’u’lláh” ... beliefs, population and aspirations
Bahá’í believers celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh (born in the Iranian capital of Tehran in 1817), one of the nobility of the Persians. The most significant components of this faith are three types of unity, The unity of the Creator, the unity of religions in their origin, source, and goals, and the unity of the human race.
How many Bahá’ís are in Morocco? Has their number increased recently? What about the problems they face?
As for the number of followers, Mohammad Mansouri, a member of the Bahá’ís’ liaison office in Morocco, said: “We do not have accurate statistics for the time being, and this is due to a number of reasons, most importantly there are those who recently have accepted Bahá’u’lláh whom we do not know, and there are a number of Moroccans who have known Bahá’í Faith abroad or via the Internet and have not yet communicated with the Moroccan Bahá’í Community.”
“On the other hand, we do not attach great importance to the numbers of believers in the Bahá’í Faith. It is our sincere concern that people recognize the message of Bahá’u’lláh and share with us the learning process that is taking place in every corner of the world to implement the teachings he has advocated for more than 150 years. Because we believe that it is the way to achieve the unity of humankind and the universal peace that we all desire.”
As for the additions made by this religion in their own lives, Mansouri states: “Throughout history, the perfect and enlightened converts, who carried the light of guidance to the world, have left an inheritance of the holy words behind them. And in the scope of its words, the moral judgments and imperatives of liberating the human spirit from the domination of human instincts which are not worthy of its place are discovered.”
He added: “There are also elucidations that reveal the divine power of the role of the human in the course of history through his warped journey from the stage of the tribe to the nation and towards the forms of higher than the coalition and unity. It is evident that the different religions in the world reflect one basic fact, and linked to each other by a Common origin and a common goal as well.”
“The teachings of Bahá’u’lláh testify to the nobility of the human spirit and its origin, and the society it envisions is worthy of this nobility and based on principles that guard and promote it,” said the representative from the Bahá’í Liaison Office in Morocco.
Regarding the most important principles they believe in, the same speaker explains that “equality between women and men unambiguously affirms them, and recognizes the reconciliation and harmony among the seemingly opposing forces of our time such as science and religion, unity and diversity, freedom and order, individual rights and social responsibilities. His gifts are justice, which is reflected in institutions that care about the progress and development of all the peoples of the world.”
“There is no doubt that this period is distinguished concerning rights and freedoms, as well as regarding economic growth and human development, and therefore the problems that Moroccan Bahá’ís may face are the same for all citizens.”
He added, “When we talk about justice as an existential necessity, equality of rights and duties among all citizens, and coexistence of spirit among all segments of society and its components. We are an integral part of this path and this positive development, and we are also required to contribute all our resources and our potential to wage the wheel of growth and openness ahead.”
Like all Moroccans, the Bahá’ís desire the public interest. Mansouri says that “the interest of the part cannot be achieved in isolation from the interest of the whole.” Therefore, all societies, including Moroccan society, need a global vision and universal values that draw inspiration from our ideas and perceptions, such as education on social responsibility locally and globally and education on coexistence and unity in diversity.”
“We raise the call that Bahá’u’lláh, who was born 200 years ago, is, in fact, one of the liturgical journeys, and his teachings were destined to be an excellent guide in a period where all humankind promised that they would live side by side in unity and peace.”