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Fath Matters: Baha'is of Solihull

MY name is Ian Holland. I am a Bahá’í from Solihull working for the United Nations.

MY name is Ian Holland. I am a Bahá’í from Solihull working for the United Nations. I am currently based in Tripoli supporting the Libyan people in their quest to establish a new society based on democratic foundations, the rule of law and human rights.

One perspective on the transformation sweeping through the world today that I have found to be particularly helpful in my work for the UN can be found in the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

Between 1867 and 1872, Bahá’u’lláh wrote letters to all the kings and rulers of the earth announcing His mission and putting forward practical principles for the establishment of world peace, justice and the unity of the human race.

Of particular interest to Britain, Bahá’u’lláh wrote to Queen Victoria directly. He congratulated the Queen for two significant advances. Firstly, for abolishing the slave trade, Bahá’u’lláh stated: “We have been informed that thou hast forbidden trading in slaves, both men and women. This, verily, is what God hath enjoined in this wondrous Revelation. God hath, truly, destined a reward for thee because of this.”

Secondly, for allowing democratic government to flourish: “We have also heard that thou hast entrusted the reins of counsel into the hands of the representatives of the people. Thou, indeed, hast done well, for thereby the foundations of the edifice of thine affairs will be strengthened, and the hearts of all that are beneath thy shadow, whether high or low, will be tranquillized.”

Bahá’u’lláh also outlined a vision for the future of the world that is gradually taking shape. Anyone curious as to the origin or direction of current global affairs would do well to visit the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and investigate for themselves their potency and effect in the world today. In my work at the UN I have found the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh to be indispensable.

Ian Holland

Bahá’í Community of Solihull

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