Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"Congratulations, you are a Baha'i"

The events narrated by this friend from Oakland, CA (A) can’t help but bring a smile to one’s face. This is wonderful example of direct teaching—simply telling people about Bahá’u’lláh and His Faith, and then asking them if they believe in Him. And then his response says it all: “Congratulations, you are a Bahá’í.”

I was riding the elevator with my neighbor who lives with her husband in the same apartment building. We shared greetings and she asked about my music and how she could purchase copies of the CD my wife and I had made. We arranged for everyone to meet in a couple of days. . . .

The very next day her husband saw my wife in the lobby of our building and asked if I was at home, so they came to our place together. He mentioned he wanted to buy some CDs and began to talk to me about something he read from the Bahá’í prayer book I had given him a couple of years ago.

I smiled at him and offered him a seat and asked him if I could share a presentation with him on the Bahá’í Faith (Anna’s presentation), he said yes! So, I read and invited him to read and we moved through until page 8 and I asked him with a pleasant face if he believed that Bahá’u’lláh is the Promised One for all Ages and the Báb is a Prophet and he said yes. With a large smile I said congratulations you are a Bahá’í and if you could sign this registration card for administration purposes and so the Bahá’ís can get in contact with you.

He said yes! and took his pen out quickly and signed. Then as closing he read more of Anna’s presentation. My wife and I embraced him warmly.

This friend has previously been to our home for devotions and studied Ruhi Books 1 and 2. I invited him to join us for Feast the next day and meet with the other Bahá’ís, that they would love to pray and have fellowship with him. He agreed. We went to Feast together. He told the Bahá’ís that they had made him feel welcome.


A few days later another friend embraced the Bahá’í Faith after hearing a talk at the Oakland Bahá’í Center by Mr. Nader Saiedi on his book, “Gate of the Heart”. During the socializing after Mr. Saiedi’s talk, two believers from another cluster asked my wife if some one could talk further with this person, because he also lived in Oakland. So I spoke with him. He said he was moved and had the same feelings for Jesus Christ as he did for Bahá’u’lláh. I asked him if he believed Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb were Prophets for this Day and he said yes.

I said congratulations, you are a Bahá’í. I introduced him to the other Bahá’ís and we celebrated together.

I phoned him the next day and he asked “How can I serve this Faith and help other people who are searching just as I was?” We will start Ruhi 1 with him in a few days. He is so happy.

Bahá’u’lláh is the Greatest!!!

Creative moments,


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