The Baha'i Faith in Baltimore Print

In 1912, after 40 years of imprisonment for sharing a Message of love, `Abdu'l-Bahá traveled throughout the United States to speak about the Baha'i Faith and the cause of universal peace. He was the son of Bahá'u'lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith.

During this time, he spoke to many large audiences across the country, including congregations in Baltimore. He gave a final address before leaving the United States that year, exerpts of which are below:

"Your eyes have been illumined, your ears are attentive, your hearts knowing. You must be free from prejudice and fanaticism, beholding no differences between the races and religions. You must look to God, for He is the real Shepherd, and all humanity are His sheep. He loves them and loves them equally. As this is true, should the sheep quarrel among themselves? They should manifest gratitude and thankfulness to God, and the best way to thank God is to love one another.

"Beware lest ye offend any heart, lest ye speak against anyone in his absence, lest ye estrange yourselves from the servants of God. You must consider all His servants as your own family and relations. Direct your whole effort toward the happiness of those who are despondent, bestow food upon the hungry, clothe the needy, and glorify the humble. Be a helper to every helpless one, and manifest kindness to your fellow creatures in order that ye may attain the good pleasure of God. This is conducive to the illumination of the world of humanity and eternal felicity for yourselves. I seek from God everlasting glory in your behalf; therefore, this is my prayer and exhortation."