Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Be Happy and full of joy

This morning, our son came very upset saying in a loud voice; "I have a bad day today". We calmed him down then asked him what went wrong and why he has a bad day? It turned out that he had a bad dream then hit himself against the door and finally stepped on his toy and could not walk! After some discussion with him, we explained that there is no such thing as bad day. He was not paying attention when hit the door and did not remove the toys from the way as promised. When we wake up we need to say to ourselves; God is with us all the time. I am happy, I will love evreybody, I will share happiness with evryone.

The french philosopher Voltaire wrote:
Who shares not the spirit of his age, Knows it in all its unhappiness.

According to Abdu'l Baha; Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness. But when sadness visits us we become weak, our strength leaves us, our comprehension is dim and our intelligence veiled... We should always be Happy and full of joy

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Family life is an opportunity for Learning

Family meetings provide learning opportunities for both parents and children. Family consultation encourage parents to be open to the thoughts and opinion of their children and motivate children to express their opinion in family decisions. It is a strategy that strengthen the unity of the family and bring happiness and harmony. Good family relations, in turn, are productive of good citizens who are able to apply the lessons of family relations to relations with relatives, co-workers, and neighbors, in school, at work, and other community affairs.

Shoghi Effendi discusses the role of authority in the Faith, which can include parental authority;is not dictatorial authority but humble fellowship, not arbitrary power, but the spirit of frank and loving consultation”(Baha’i Consultation). We should keep in mind that Parents need to maintain their authority on issues that are important and ensure that even when they practice consultation as a family that it is on topics which are truly all right to be decided either way." Kathy Flood.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

ID crises in Egypt

"Deprived of all rights as an organized religious community since 1960, Egyptian Bahá'ís are facing an immediate crisis over government efforts to deny them all-important identification cards. The ID cards are required by law and are essential for access to employment, education, and medical and financial services, as well as freedom of movement and security of property.

One legal case concerning ID cards for Bahá'ís is working their way through Egypt’s administrative court system. for example, concerns a twin brother and sister who have been denied birth certificates, necessary for enrollment in school, because their parents refuse to falsely identify them as Muslims. Lawyers working on their behalf have asked the courts for a ruling that would allow them merely to leave the religious affiliation field blank, or to adopt some similar measure."

the 14-year-old twins Imad and Nancy Rauf Hindi, "who are unable to obtain the new computer-generated birth certificates … unless they convert to either Islam or Christianity," Their father had obtained birth certificates for the two children when they were born in 1993 recognizing their Baha’i religious affiliation; he is currently unable to get the new computerized birth certificates. These certificates are now obligatory for enrollment in public schools and universities.

As parents, imagine your children without birth certificate, not immunized, not enrolled in school, not educated, can not go to hospital in case of emergency, basically have no civil rights, what would you do?

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Signs of Maturity

"All created things have their degree or stage of maturity. The period of maturity in the life of a tree is the time of its fruit-bearing. The maturity of a plant is the time of its blossoming and flower. The animal attains a stage of full growth and completeness, and in the human kingdom man reaches his maturity when the lights of intelligence have their greatest power and development."(Abdu'l-Baha)

Are we living in the century of maturity?? What are the signs of maturity for a family?

Is it Freedom, Human Rights or others?