Commemoration at Mowbray’s Baha’i Centre

At the commemoration, from left, are Malie Ntshangase, Jazmin Romero with her son, Farzám Abbás Aghdasi, Nadine Iqani and Charniell Sickle.

The Baha’i Centre in Mowbray commemorated the centenary of the death of Abdu’l-Bahá, who was the son of the founder of their religion.

In a small ceremony last Saturday, Baha’i Centre members and friends celebrated the life of Abdu’l-Baha in prayer, song, poetry, and stories, including presentations by children as young as 4.

Abdu’l-Bahá died on November 27, 1921 and was the son of Baha’u’llah who founded the Baha’i Faith. When Baha’u’llah died in 1892, he appointed his eldest son, Abdu’l-Bahá, to lead the faith.

Representative of the Southern Sector for the Baha’i Community, Charmaine January, says Abdu’l-Bahá’s whole life was devoted to service, helping the poor and needy and spreading knowledge of the oneness of humanity.

Ms January says the Baha’i Faith consists of three central beliefs: the oneness of God, the oneness of religion and the oneness of humanity.

Ms January says the Baha’i communities all over the world follow the Badi calendar of 19 months, each with 19 days. “The communities meet once every 19 days for fellowship and to consult on administrative and other matters that affect the community.”

Members of the Baha’i Centre in Mowbray commemorated the centenary of the death of Abdu’l-Baha, who was the son of the founder of the faith.
Siblings Danesh Samadi, 4, Darya, 9, and Laleh, from Rondebosch, role play a story of Abdul-Baha.
Dominic Sylvester, from Kleinvlei, sings a song of praise.