Inter-faith event marks birthdays of Baha’i founder, central figure

Baha’i Local Spiritual Assembly of Seremban treasurer Maya Karupiah (right) explaining the exhibits to representatives of different faiths during the gathering. With them is Mohajir (second from left).

THE BAHA’I community in Seremban commemorated two important anniversaries with an inter-faith gathering at its centre.

The event was held to mark the birthdays of the faith’s founder Baha’u’llah, and the Bab who is revered as the forerunner of the Baha’i revelation.

The celebrations were even more special for the community as this year is also the bicentenary of the Bab’s birth.

Besides community members and their families, guests from other faiths were also present.

They included representatives from the Church of the Visitation Seremban as well as NGOs such as the Negri Sembilan Taoist Association, Negri Sembilan Buddhist Association and local chapters of Malaysia Hindu Sangam and Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia.

The event began with the recitation of devotional hymns by community members, followed by the presentation of a short video entitled “Dawn of the Light” about the founding of the Baha’i faith.

Visitors were then given a tour of a mini exhibition that detailed the faith’s history and evolution.

In his address, Baha’i Local Spiritual Assembly of Seremban 2019 chairman Mohajir Satanam said the faith, which began in Persia, promotes unity and peace.

“The fundamental purpose of the Baha’i faith as set out by Baha’u’llah is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, as well as foster the spirit of love and fellowship among men.

“The cause of Baha’u’llah is universal, embodying the highest ideals of all humanity, ” he said.

Mohajir also expressed his gratitude to representatives from the various faiths and said it was important for members of different religious bodies to work together for the benefit of society.

“Worship should be followed by selfless service.

“Our social responsibility includes addressing the social and moral problems in our society, and each of us gathered here can contribute to the betterment of our community, ” he said.

His sentiments were appreciated by those present, including Negri Sembilan Taoist Association representative Ong Hoo Chuan who found the event enlightening.

“Despite our different beliefs, we can all work together for the betterment of the community.

“Events like this foster better understanding and respect for our country’s different faiths, ” he said.

Founded in 1963, the Seremban Baha’i chapter is the oldest in Malaysia.

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