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BAHÁ’U’LLÁH’S COMMANDMENT TO PROCLAIM HIS MISSION AND SPREAD HIS TEACHINGS  

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Welcome to Lesson 4 Grade 4.

This lesson tells of Baha’u’llah’s imprisonment in the Síyáh-Chál, described in the historical episode, and represents one of the most intense periods of His suffering. When we learn of Baha’u’llah’s sorrows and adversities we will see that no matter how much the enemies of Baha’u’llah tried to eradicate Him, Baha’u’llah always emerged triumphant.

—out of the gloom of the Black Pit, rose the Sun of Truth.

In the last lesson, we discussed the importance of the Conference of Badasht:

On that occasion, the followers of the Báb decided it was time to set aside outdated beliefs and follow His teachings. But those who ruled the country, especially the religious leaders, were afraid of losing their power over the people. If the masses accepted God’s new teachings, how would they control their thoughts?

Something had to be done! And thus began the systematic persecution of the followers of the Báb.

Do you remember how the Báb and so many of His disciples suffered after the Conference of Badasht?

What happened finally?

He willingly gave up His life so that He could purify hearts and make them ready to receive Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation.”

Do you remember the events surrounding the martyrdom of the Báb?

Now, in this lesson, we will learn what occurred in the years immediately after The Báb’s martyrdom. The persecution and massacre of His followers eventually became so fierce that no Bábí was safe. Even Bahá’u’lláh, Who was loved and respected by everyone, was caught up in the storm of violence. What you will hear will bring sadness to your hearts.

Do you know what a ‘dungeon’ is?

Bahá’u’lláh was taken to a dark and gloomy dungeon called the Síyáh-Chál, which means the ‘black pit’, where He was put under chains. But we have seen that, despite suffering and opposition, the Manifestations of God succeed in bringing light into the world. You will be filled with joy, then, when you hear how, while imprisoned in the Black Pit, Bahá’u’lláh received the first stirrings of God’s Revelation in His soul. What is more, today you will start to memorize a passage in which Bahá’u’lláh tells us Himself what occurred at that historic moment— how He heard words all around Him assuring Him that He would be made victorious and that God would raise up people who would aid Him in victory.

Of course, in the many stories we heard earlier about people around the world who celebrated the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, we saw the fulfillment of these words. Communities across the globe, including our own, are teeming with men and women who are trying to live according to His teachings, and we are glad to be counted among them. As the number of those illumined by His teachings increases, this world will gradually change: suffering will give way to prosperity; ignorance will retreat before knowledge; oppression will surrender to justice. All the darkness of despair and hopelessness we see around us today will be chased away by the light of His teachings, just as out of the darkness and gloom of the Black Pit, the Síyáh-Chál rose the Sun of Truth.

  • What is the purpose of Baha’u’llah’s Mission?
  • Who do His teachings need to reach?
  • What is the duty of every one of His followers?
  • What are we doing when we give others the news of Baha’u’llah’s coming?
  • What are we doing when we share with others the Word of God brought to us by Baha’u’llah?
  • What happens to our words in the act of teaching?
  • What is needed in addition to words, if we are to become effective teachers?
  • What does Baha’u’llah assure us we will receive when we are teaching His Cause?
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One night, in a dream, these exalted words were heard on every side: ‘Verily, We shall render Thee victorious by Thyself and by Thy Pen. Grieve Thou not for that which hath befallen Thee, neither be Thou afraid, for Thou art in safety. Erelong will God raise up the treasures of the earth—men who will aid Thee through Thyself and through Thy Name, wherewith God hath revived the hearts of such as have recognized Him

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The historical episode in this lesson revolves around Bahá’u’lláh’s imprisonment in the Síyáh-Chál. This episode in Bahá’u’lláh’s life is divide into 3 stories:

  1. The pitiful attempt on the life of the king and Bahá’u’lláh’s arrival at the Síyáh-Chál,
  2. The conditions of that dreadful place and the consequences of His arrest for His dear family,
  3. The stirring anthem of the Bábís and the birth of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation.

Story 1

The summer of 1852 brought intense suffering to the followers of the Báb. The Báb Himself had been martyred two years before, and many of His most outstanding disciples had already given their lives for their Faith. A small group of Bábís were so saddened by the martyrdom of their beloved Báb that they decided to take revenge. Although Bahá’u’lláh told them to let go of their foolish ideas, they would not listen to Him and plotted against the life of the new king who now sat on the throne, Náṣiri’d-Dín Shah. Their pitiful attempt failed, but it aroused such anger in the king that he ordered yet another massacre of the followers of the Báb. The cruel acts that were committed during those months against the Bábís are so shocking that to describe them would bring too much sadness to your hearts. You will read about them later in your lives and will wonder how any government could have promoted such savagery among its people. For now what you need to know is that this wave of persecutions brought great suffering to Bahá’u’lláh Who, as you saw in our earlier classes, had enjoyed relative freedom until then because of His position in society. An order was issued for His immediate arrest. On the day the king gave the order, Bahá’u’lláh was staying in a village some kilometers away from the city of Ṭihrán. The news that He was soon to be imprisoned did not disturb Him in the slightest, and He faced His arrest with His usual dignity. The prison chosen for Him was called the Síyáh-Chál—“the Black Pit”. The Síyáh-Chál was originally a reservoir of water for a public bath in Ṭihrán and was, at the time, used as an underground dungeon in which criminals of the worst type were held.

On His way to the Síyáh-Chál, Bahá’u’lláh was forced to walk barefooted and bareheaded under the burning rays of the midsummer sun. The crowd that stood along the road treated Him with extreme rudeness. Yet His face reflected His inner calm and His heart was filled with love even for those who wished Him harm. As He was nearing the Síyáh-Chál, an old woman came out of the crowd with a stone in her hand. She had been so convinced that Bahá’u’lláh was a wrongdoer that she was totally unaware of the nobility and love shown forth by this extraordinary Prisoner. Her whole body shook with rage as she stepped forward and raised her hand to hurl the stone at Him. “Give me a chance to fling my stone in His face!” she pleaded as she approached Bahá’u’lláh. “Suffer not this woman to be disappointed,” were Bahá’u’lláh’s words to the guards as He saw her hastening behind Him. “Deny her not what she regards as a meritorious act in the sight of God.” Even in the midst of intense suffering, Bahá’u’lláh was not concerned with Himself. So great was His love for every human being that He would accept such abuse in order to bring happiness to the heart of a misguided but sincere old woman.

Story 2

Bahá’u’lláh finally reached the Síyáh-Chál. There He was imprisoned with several of the Báb’s followers. Their feet were placed in stocks, and around their necks were fastened extremely heavy chains. The air they breathed had the foulest of smells, and the floor on which they sat was covered with filth. No ray of light entered that dark dungeon or warmed its icy coldness. Yet the followers of the Báb were illumined by His teachings and their hearts were aflame with the fire of God’s love. They gladly accepted their sufferings and hoped to be among those who, each day, were taken out of the prison to be martyred.

Meanwhile, the house of Bahá’u’lláh was pillaged, and His lands and goods were taken away by the authorities. His dear family was left with almost nothing—no furniture, no belongings, no food—and most of their relatives and friends abandoned them out of fear. Only a few remained faithful to them, and one of Bahá’u’lláh’s loyal relatives helped his beloved wife Ásíyih Khánum and three children find a small house near the Síyáh-Chál where they were safe. The eldest was, of course, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Who was only eight or nine years old. Sometimes He would leave the house to run errands for His mother or go to the market. He would try to make His way quietly, knowing that there was great agitation in the city and that it was a dangerous time for any Bábí to be seen. 

Now, His mother had managed to save a few small precious things that they were able to sell. With the money, they could pay the jailors at the Síyáh-Chál to take a bit of food and drink to His beloved Father from time to time. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá longed to see His Father and one day He was allowed to enter the Síyáh-Chál. Still a young boy, He was carried on the shoulders of a servant. They went through a small, narrow doorway and then down two steps, beyond which ‘Abdu’l-Bahá could see nothing it was so pitch black. They were about halfway down the stairway when all of a sudden ‘Abdu’l-Bahá heard the blessed voice of His Father: “Do not bring him in here.” And so He was carried back up the stairs. ‘Abdu’l- Bahá waited outside the prison to catch sight of Bahá’u’lláh when He and His companions were brought up for a bit of air. How it pained ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to see the heavy chains that they had put around His Father’s blessed neck.

Story 3

So it was that day after day, night after night, Bahá’u’lláh and His companions sat in the darkness of the Síyáh-Chál. They were placed in two rows, each facing the other. Bahá’u’lláh had taught them certain verses which every night they would chant until the early hours of the morning. You probably remember the verses from the story you heard in our classes in the second grade. “God is sufficient unto me; He verily is the All-Sufficing!” one row would sing, while the other would reply, “In Him let the trusting trust.” With such courage and joy did they chant that their voices would reach the palace of the king. “What means this sound?” the king once asked with agitation. “It is the anthem the Bábís are intoning in their prison,” was the answer. The king kept silent and said no more.

For four months Bahá’u’lláh was held a prisoner in the Síyáh-Chál. The conditions of the prison did not improve, but He endured His sufferings with peace and calm. For, while His body was in chains, His spirit was free soaring in the heavens of nearness to God. Indeed, it was in these conditions of intense physical suffering that Bahá’u’lláh began to receive God’s Revelation, a Revelation that would continue to fill His soul for nearly forty more years. Bahá’u’lláh Himself has described those days:

“During the days I lay in the prison of Ṭihrán, though the galling weight of the chains and the stench-filled air allowed Me but little sleep, still in those infrequent moments of slumber I felt as if something flowed from the crown of My head over My breast, even as a mighty torrent that precipitateth itself upon the earth from the summit of a lofty mountain. Every limb of My body would, as a result, be set afire. At such moments My tongue recited what no man could bear to hear.”

One night, in a dream Bahá’u’lláh heard these glorious words:

“Verily, We shall render Thee victorious by Thyself and by Thy Pen. Grieve Thou not for that which hath befallen Thee, neither be Thou afraid, for Thou art in safety. Erelong will God raise up the treasures of the earth—men who will aid Thee through Thyself and through Thy Name, wherewith God hath revived the hearts of such as have recognized Him.”

How great is the Cause of God. How extraordinary are His power and might. The glorious Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh which is destined to change the fortunes of humankind had its beginning in a most desolate prison. The Sun of Truth rose from behind the clouds of the darkness of the Síyáh-Chál, stirring all of creation with its dawning light.

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  1. The term “síyáh-chál” means the “black pit”.
  2. The Síyáh-Chál was an underground prison in Ṭihrán.
  3. Bahá’u’lláh was taken to the Síyáh-Chál in the summer of 1852.
  4. Bahá’u’lláh was kept in the Síyáh-Chál for four months.
  5. While imprisoned in the Síyáh-Chál, Bahá’u’lláh received the first stirrings of God’s Revelation in His soul.
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Grade 4 Lesson 4 Games

Search for Bahá’u’lláh

This is a game of treasure hunt and needs to be prepared ahead of time. It can be with one object representing something of Bahá’u’lláh like a lamp or many items like his writings, his pen, the chain that bound him, etc. You can get creative and write out hints to the next object.

Follow the leader: searching for Bahá’u’lláh

Stop, go, hop, jump, skip, march, cartwheel, tiny steps, giant steps, forward, backward, straight, slowly, quickly, zig-zag, tiptoes, through hoops, along a line, stomping in (imaginary) puddles, running jump, star-jump, jump to the sky, gallop, jump like a rabbit, flap like a butterfly, walk like an elephant, jump like a kangaroo, melt like ice, pull in a waka, push something up hill, fly like superman.

Reenact the scene from today’s story

Reenact the scene from today’s story in which the Babis are imprisoned in the Siyah-Chal and the King hears their chanting in his palace.  You know, of course, that it would be irreverent and disrespectful for any of the children to assume the role of Bahá’u’lláh.

Here is a link from Brilliant Star Magazine: A play about the Black Pit

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Based on Bahá’u’lláh dream in the Síyáh-Chál:

“Verily, We shall render Thee victorious by Thyself and by Thy Pen. Grieve Thou not for that which hath befallen Thee, neither be Thou afraid, for Thou art in safety. Erelong will God raise up the treasures of the earth—men who will aid Thee through Thyself and through Thy Name, wherewith God hath revived the hearts of such as have recognized Him.”

Make an angel (maid of heaven) and attach the quote. There are many easy examples.

Video for butterfly clip angel: butterfly clip angel

Angel using handprint outline

Just angel wings

Make a diorama of the Siyah-Chal. Do not portray Bahá’u’lláh.

Here is a diorama that can be modified using the template in the video below.

This Video has a link to a template to download a set of stairs

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BAHÁ’U’LLÁH IS THE PROMISED ONE OF ALL AGES, WHO HAS COME TO ESTABLISH THE UNITY OF HUMANKIND

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Welcome to Lesson 3 Grade 4.

So great is the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, that, unlike any Revelation in the past, God sent another Manifestation to prepare humanity for the outpouring of His divine guidance.

In our last lesson, we spoke about the early years of Bahá’u’lláh’s life, and we were able to see how all the attributes through which we know God attributes such as love, justice, and mercy were apparent in Him from the youngest age. Those who knew Bahá’u’lláh as a child and a young person were convinced of His greatness. Of course, they could not have imagined then what future God had ordained for Him.

And, in the last lesson, you also memorized a most beautiful passage in which Bahá’u’lláh speaks of the source of His knowledge and wisdom. Everything that He revealed came directly from God; His knowledge was innate, not acquired the way we gain so much of our knowledge, day by day.

You know that, for thousands of years, humanity has awaited this great Revelation, the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh. So, when the time came, what did God do to prepare hearts to receive His Supreme Manifestation?

He sent to humanity another Manifestation, the beloved Báb. And what does the title ‘the Báb’ mean?

It means ‘THE GATE’.

In the very title that He chose for Himself, the Báb was telling the people of the world that He was the portal to an even greater Revelation. We could say that, with His Declaration, centuries and centuries of promise came to an end and the doors to a new Era, the Bahá’í Era, were opened.

The teachings of the Báb helped large numbers in Persia to recognize that it was time to leave the past behind and enter a new stage in the life of humanity. Again and again, the Báb spoke of Him Whom God would make manifest, and He urged His followers to cleanse their hearts of egotism, ambition, jealousy, and hatred and to be humble, pure, and prayerful so that they would be able to recognize Bahá’u’lláh when God made Him manifest.”

 The Báb knew, of course, that His Dispensation was to be a short one. His purpose was to prepare the way for the coming of the Promised One of All Ages, and His love for Bahá’u’lláh was so great that He accepted untold suffering in His path.

 Today, you will memorize the words of Bahá’u’lláh in which He pays tribute to the Báb and testifies to the truth of His Revelation. Some of the stories you heard in Grade 3 show how courageously and vigorously Bahá’u’lláh arose to champion the Cause of the Báb.

Do you remember what happened at that conference of Badasht?

 Why was it so important?

Until then the followers of the Báb had clung to many of their old beliefs. At the Conference of Badasht, they made a break with the past and began to follow the laws laid down by the Báb. It was Bahá’u’lláh Who had guided the conference and helped those heroic souls come to this decision and see that a new Day was dawning in the life of humanity.

  • Who is the Promised One of All Ages?
  • What has Baha’u’llah come to accomplish?
  • What should we have in our hearts for one another?
  • What is the result of the diversity of flowers in a garden?
  • What should be the result of the diversity of the human race?
  • If we remember the love that God has for each one of us, how will we deal with one another?
  • What does Baha’u’llah want His followers to show towards every race, nationality, and religion?

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We, verily, believe in Him Who, in the person of the Báb, hath been sent down by the Will of the one true God, the King of Kings, the All-Praised

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This historical episode describes events leading up to Bahá’u’lláh’s imprisonment in the Síyáh-Chál. It consists of essentially three stories, all of which were included in the Grade 3 lessons: Mullá Ḥusayn’s visit to Ṭihrán, Bahá’u’lláh’s journey to His ancestral home in Tákur, and the Conference of Badasht.

Bahá’u’lláh was twenty-seven years old when, on 23 May 1844, the Báb declared His Mission to Mullá Ḥusayn in the city of Shíráz. You remember that, some three months later, after the Báb had appointed His chosen disciples, the eighteen Letters of the Living, He sent Mullá Ḥusayn on a special mission. He gave Mullá Ḥusayn a scroll of His Writings and instructed him to go to Ṭihrán. He told him to beseech God, that he would be enabled to recognize the splendor of the secret hidden in that city. You know that Mullá Ḥusayn’s search led him to a school for religious studies in Ṭihrán. There he took a room and met a student from the district of Núr who eagerly received the good news of the Báb’s Declaration. It was through this student that Mullá Ḥusayn learned about Mírzá Buzurg’s illustrious Son, Who was renowned for His virtuous life, His high attainments, His loving- kindness, and generosity. “

What is His occupation?” Mullá Ḥusayn asked the student.

“He cheers the disconsolate and feeds the hungry,” the student replied.

“What of His rank and position?” inquired Mullá Ḥusayn. “He has none apart from befriending the poor and the stranger,” the student answered.

“What is His name?” Mullá Ḥusayn asked at last. “Ḥusayn-‘Alí,” was the reply.

Of course, this illustrious Son was none other than Bahá’u’lláh, and Mullá Ḥusayn realized that his search had ended. You remember that he then gave the student the scroll of the Báb’s Writings, wrapped in a piece of cloth, and asked him to deliver it to Bahá’u’lláh the next day. Here is the story of how Bahá’u’lláh received that scroll.

The student took the scroll and departed, at daybreak, to carry out Mullá Ḥusayn’s request. As he neared the house of Bahá’u’lláh, he saw standing at the gate one of His brothers, Mírzá Músá, whose title is Áqáy-i-Kalím. The student explained to him the reason for his visit, and Áqáy-i-Kalím led the young man into the presence of Bahá’u’lláh. He asked them both to be seated. Unfolding the scroll, He began to read aloud some of its passages. He had read but a page when He turned to Áqáy-i-Kalím and proclaimed the Divine origin of the words of the Báb and testified to the truth of His Revelation. He spoke no more. As the young man was preparing to leave, Bahá’u’lláh requested him to take to Mullá Ḥusayn, as a gift from Him, a loaf of sugar and a package of tea and to convey to him His appreciation and love.

Filled with happiness, the young man left and hurried back to Mullá Ḥusayn. He delivered to him the gift and message from Bahá’u’lláh. No words can describe the joy with which Mullá Ḥusayn received them. With a bowed head, he accepted the gift and fervently kissed it. The young man was greatly puzzled. Why did Mullá Ḥusayn behave in this way? Why should he show such happiness upon receiving so small a gift from Bahá’u’lláh? What could be the cause of such devotion?

A few days later, Mullá Ḥusayn left Ṭihrán. As he said goodbye to the young student, he told him to say nothing about his meeting with Bahá’u’lláh to anyone and to pray that God would protect Him. Mullá Ḥusayn spoke of the great trials and difficulties that would eventually come to the followers of the Báb, and he urged the student to raise the call of a New Day and to proclaim the Báb’s Message. Mullá Ḥusayn then set out for a nearby province. As for this young student, you should know that he became a most devoted follower of the Báb and joined Mullá Ḥusayn some four years later at the fort of Shaykh Ṭabarsí. When he and his fellow Bábís were captured by a deceitful and dishonest enemy, he was offered freedom if he would deny the truth of the Báb’s Revelation; the young student refused and was put to death in a most cruel manner.

Now, after Bahá’u’lláh received the scroll of the Báb’s Writings and accepted His Message, He immediately arose to promote it. The first journey He undertook to teach the new Faith was to His ancestral home in Tákur in the district of Núr. The people of Tákur greeted Bahá’u’lláh with much enthusiasm. At first, they were eager to learn about the court of the king in Ṭihrán, but Bahá’u’lláh had little interest in discussing such things. Instead, He began to proclaim the Message of the Báb. His arguments were so logical and His speech so eloquent that soon many became convinced of the greatness of this new Cause.

As it happens, one of Bahá’u’lláh’s own uncles became jealous of the love and respect that the people were showing to Him. This uncle’s name was ‘Azíz, and he arose to oppose Bahá’u’lláh and challenge the truth of the Báb’s Revelation. But, of course, he had no success. So ‘Azíz went to a clergyman in the region, with vast knowledge of the Faith of Islám, in order to receive his assistance. He hoped to convince him that Bahá’u’lláh was a threat to Islám and that there was need for immediate action. The clergyman, afraid of confronting Bahá’u’lláh, ignored the pleas of ‘Azíz. But the Message that Bahá’u’lláh had brought to the region was rapidly spreading, and the students of this clergyman began to wonder, too, about this new Cause. Should not the clergyman visit Bahá’u’lláh and find out more about the Message He was proclaiming? At last he decided to send two of his most trusted students to visit Bahá’u’lláh. He would accept whatever these two decided. Well, perhaps you remember that these two students, upon hearing the words of Bahá’u’lláh, immediately accepted the Cause of the Báb, and they never returned to their teacher. News of their acceptance of the new Faith traveled fast, and people from different parts of the province of Mázindarán journeyed to Núr in order to enter the presence of Bahá’u’lláh. Alas, the clergyman refused to listen to the words of Bahá’u’lláh and failed to recognize the Báb. But, through the power of His utterance, Bahá’u’lláh won the hearts of great numbers, and hundreds were brought under the banner of the Faith. So it was that Mázindarán, and the district of Núr in particular, became to the first in all of Persia to embrace the Divine Message.

Of course, you know that gradually the Message of the Báb spread to all parts of Persia, and the entire country was thrown into a state of commotion. Thousands began to follow His teachings, and this angered the leaders of Persia who feared they would lose their power over the people. The Báb was exiled to a remote part of Persia with the hope that His Cause would be forgotten. Persecutions against His followers were on the rise. Among those who were affected was the great poetess Ṭáhirih, one of the Letters of the Living. For a woman to be so outspoken was very dangerous, and the government tried to silence her by spreading lies about her. As a result, not even the members of her own family would associate with her. She was kept in a house in a town some distance from Ṭihrán, and her movements were watched. So one day Bahá’u’lláh sent a trusted companion to rescue her and bring her to Ṭihrán. He instructed this companion to have his wife accompany him. She should go to the house where Ṭáhirih was kept and pass to her a letter from Bahá’u’lláh. This was done and, at the appointed hour, Ṭáhirih left the house with the woman. They made their way to the gate of the town, where Bahá’u’lláh had arranged for three horses to be waiting for them. Taking a route not followed by many, they reached Ṭihrán on horseback in the early morning hours before anyone could notice them enter the city. Ṭáhirih was brought to the home of Bahá’u’lláh, where she remained safe and was able to meet with other trusted followers of the Báb.

Not long after, Bahá’u’lláh sent Ṭáhirih with a number of believers towards Badasht. He Himself later joined them there. You know, of course, that Badasht is where the momentous conference took place at which the followers of the Báb announced their independence from Islám. It is where Ṭáhirih, the essence of purity and chastity, appeared one day before the men gathered without a veil covering her face, which, according to the beliefs of the time, all women had to wear in public. Some of the Bábís present felt that she had brought shame to herself and the new Faith. Quddús was visibly angry. But Ṭáhirih, unshaken and aglow with joy, addressed her companions with eloquence. She called on them to break with the past—with its religious dogmas, its traditions and ceremonies. It was Bahá’u’lláh who eased the tension that arose between Quddús and Ṭáhirih. It was He Who, during those momentous days, gave them both the titles by which we now know them. The title Ṭáhirih means “the Pure One”, and Quddús means “Holy”. He Himself was, from that  time forward, to be known by the name of Bahá. Later the Báb would reveal a special Tablet for each one of those who had attended the Conference of Badasht, addressing them by the names they had received on that occasion.

After the conference, the believers departed together for Mázindarán. However, when they stopped along the way to rest near a village, they were attacked by the ignorant inhabitants. They were forced to flee and scattered in different directions. Bahá’u’lláh continued on to Núr in Mázindarán. Soon, news of the Conference of Badasht reached Ṭihrán, and the king and his ministers became aware of the events that had taken place and the role played by Bahá’u’lláh at the conference. Now the king ordered His arrest. Accordingly, an order was sent to one of the officials of Mázindarán, instructing him to take Bahá’u’lláh as a prisoner and bring Him to the capital Ṭihrán. As it happened, the order arrived one day before that very official was to give a reception for Bahá’u’lláh, to Whom he was devotedly attached. He was greatly distressed and chose not to tell anyone. The next day news reached Mázindarán that the king, Muḥammad Sháh, had died; the arrest order was no longer valid.

For any of the figures, we heard about, write down the information you would like to remember. You can use the template below:

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Facts

  1. Bahá’u’lláh was twenty-seven years old when, on 23 May 1844, the Báb declared His Mission.
  2. Mullá Ḥusayn was the bearer of the Message of the Báb sent to Bahá’u’lláh in Ṭihrán.
  3. Upon receiving the scroll of the Báb’s Writings, Bahá’u’lláh testified to the truth of His Revelation.
  4. The province of Mázindarán, and the district of Núr in particular, became the first in all of Persia to embrace the Message of the Báb.
  5. The independence of the Faith of the Báb from Islám was declared at the Conference of Badasht.
  6. The Conference of Badasht took place in the summer of 1848, while the Báb Himself was imprisoned in a remote part of Persia.
  7. Bahá’u’lláh steered the course of events at the Conference of Badasht.​​​​​​​
  8. At the Conference of Badasht, Ṭáhirih was given her title by Bahá’u’lláh, which means “the Pure One”, and Quddús was given his, which means “Holy”.​​​​​​​
  9. It was after the Conference of Badasht that Bahá’u’lláh came to be known by His title.

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PERFORM THE STORY OF MULLA HUSAYN AND HIS QUEST

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Mulla Husayn

MULLA MUHAMMAD

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NARRATOR: The story of Mulla Husayn as he tries to find a trace of His Beloved in Tihran is fascinating! The hand of providence brought him into close contact with a certain Mulla Muhammad who became immensely attracted to Mulla Husayn and the Message of the Báb. The story, recorded in the words of this Mulla Muhammad is in The Dawn-Breakers, The conversation was as follows:

MULLA HUSAYN: What is your name, and which city is your home?

MULLA MUHAMMAD: My name ‘is Mulla Muhammad, and my surname is Mu’allim. My home is Nur, in the province of Mazindaran.

MULLA HUSAYN: Tell me, is there today among the family of the late Mirza Buzurg-i-Nuri, who was so renowned for his character, his charm, and artistic and intellectual attainments, anyone who has proved himself capable of maintaining the high traditions of that illustrious house?

MULLA MUHAMMAD: Yea, among his sons, now living, one has distinguished Himself by the very traits which characterized His father. By His virtuous life, His high attainments, His loving-kindness, and liberality, He has proved Himself a noble descendent of a noble father.

MULLA HUSAYN: What is His occupation?

MULLA MUHAMMAD: He cheers the disconsolate and feeds the hungry,

MULLA HUSAYN: What of His rank and position?

MULLA MUHAMMAD: He has none, apart from befriending the poor and the stranger.

MULLA HUSAYN: What is His name?

MULLA MUHAMMAD: Husayn-‘Ali.

MULLA HUSAYN: In which of the scripts of His father does He excel?

MULLA MUHAMMAD: His favorite script is shikastih nasta’liq.’ [an artistic style of handwriting]

MULLA HUSAYN: How does He spend His time?

MULLA MUHAMMAD: He roams the woods and delights in the beauties of the countryside.

MULLA HUSAYN: What is His age?

MULLA MUHAMMAD: Eight and twenty.

NARRATOR: The eagerness with which Mulla Husayn asked his questions, and the sense of delight with which he welcomed every particular answer given to him, greatly surprised Mulla Muhammad. Turning to Mulla Muhammad, with his face beaming with satisfaction and joy, he once more enquired:

MULLA HUSAYN: I presume you often meet Him?

MULLA MUHAMMAD: I frequently visit His home.

MULLA HUSAYN: Will you, deliver into His hands a trust from me?

MULLA MUHAMMAD: Most assuredly,

NARRATOR: ( figures can act this out as the narrator speaks) Mulla Husayn then gave Mulla Muhammad a scroll wrapped in a piece of cloth, and requested that he hand it to Husayn-‘Ali, Baha’u’ llah the next day at the hour of dawn. ‘

MULLA HUSAYN: Should He deign to answer me,will you be kind enough to acquaint me with His reply?

MULLA MUHAMMAD takes the scroll from Mulla Husayn 

NARRATOR: At the break of day, Mulla Muhammad set out to deliver the scroll. As he approached the house of Bahá’u’lláh, he recognised Bahá’u’lláh’s brother Mirza Musa, who was standing at the gate, he communicated the object of the visit and he went into the house, then reappeared bearing a message of welcome. Mulla Muhammad was ushered into His presence, and presented the scroll to Mirza Musa, who laid it before Bahá’u’lláh. Unfolding the scroll, He glanced at its contents and began to read aloud certain of its passages. He had read a page of the scroll when turning to His brother, He said: ‘Musa, what have you to say? Verily I say, whoso believes in the Qur’án and recognizes its Divine origin, and yet hesitates, though it be for a moment, to admit that these soul-stirring words are endowed with the same regenerating power, has most assuredly erred in his judgment and has strayed far from the path of justice.’ He spoke no more. Dismissing Mulla Muhammad from His presence, He charged Mulla Muhammad to take to Mulla Husayn, as a gift from Him, a loaf of Russian sugar and a package of tea, and to convey to him the expression of His appreciation and love.

Mulla Muhammad: Here is the gift and a message from Bahá’u’lláh.

MULLA HUSAYN: (With joy and exultation receives the gifts with a bowed head from Mulla Muhammad and fervently kissed it. Then take Mulla Muhammad and kissed his eyes, and say) My dearly beloved friend! I pray that even as you have rejoiced my heart, God may grant you eternal felicity and fill your heart with imperishable gladness.

NARRATOR: Mulla Muhammad was amazed at the behaviour of Mulla Husayn. What could be, the nature of the bond that unites these two souls he thought? What could have kindled so fervid a fellowship in their hearts? Why should Mulla Husayn, in whose sight the pomp and circumstance of royalty were the merest trifle, have evinced such gladness at the sight of so inconsiderable a gift from the hands of Bahá’u’lláh? Mulla Muhammad was puzzled by this thought and could not unravel its mystery. A few days later, Mulla Husayn left for Khurasan.

Mulla Husayn: ( as he is saying goodbye) Breathe not to anyone what you have heard and witnessed. Let this be a secret hidden within your breast. Divulge not His name, for they who envy His position will arise to harm Him. In your moments of meditation, pray that the Almighty may protect Him, that, through Him, He may exalt the downtrodden, enrich the poor, and redeem the fallen. The secret of things is concealed from our eyes. Ours is the duty to raise the call of the New Day and to proclaim this Divine Message unto all people. Many a soul will, in this city, shed his blood in this path. That blood will water the Tree of God, will cause it to flourish, and to overshadow all mankind.
 

BOTH GO IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

The End

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…So one day Bahá’u’lláh sent a trusted companion to rescue her and bring her to Ṭihrán. He instructed this companion to have his wife accompany him. She should go to the house where Ṭáhirih was kept and pass to her a letter from Bahá’u’lláh. This was done and, at the appointed hour, Ṭáhirih left the house with the woman. They made their way to the gate of the town, where Bahá’u’lláh had arranged for three horses to be waiting for them. Taking a route not followed by many, they reached Ṭihrán on horseback in the early morning hours before anyone could notice them enter the city. Ṭáhirih was brought to the home of Bahá’u’lláh, where she remained safe and was able to meet with other trusted followers of the Báb.

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Humanity Is Being Awakened By The Call Of Bahá’u’lláh And The Influence Of His Teachings Is Creating A New World

Ruhi Book 3 GRADE 4 LESSON 2

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Introducing The Principal Theme

Welcome to Lesson 2 for Grade 4.

The Manifestation of God is a very special Being, exalted above our comprehension. In the last lesson, (lesson 1) we spoke about all the wonderful activities that took place around the world to celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh over two hundred years ago.

We saw how, in every country, people are rejoicing in the knowledge that God has not left humanity alone, without direction and guidance, but has made His Will and Purpose known to us through His Supreme Manifestation. Bahá’u’lláh has given humanity all the teachings and principles we need to build a beautiful, peaceful, and united world. With each passing day, more and more people are inspired by Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the future, and they want to know what they can do to help bring this vision into the world.

What was your favorite celebration we read about last class?

Do you remember what the participants in the village in India did?

 With this class, we are going to start learning about the life of Bahá’u’lláh. Today, I will tell you a few stories about the early years of His life. Some of them you have probably heard before. As you listen to these stories, think about the attributes of God, like His loving-kindness, His wisdom, His forgiveness, and mercy.

How do we know about these attributes? We learn about them through His Manifestation, do we not? And then we try to reflect these qualities in our lives— we try to be just, as He is just; we try to be kind, as He is kind, we try to be forgiving, as He forgives. Today we will see that, even in His childhood, Bahá’u’lláh possessed all these heavenly qualities. So remarkable was He that those around Him were convinced He had been brought into the world for a special purpose. They could not know, of course, what this mighty purpose was!

What we should always remember is that, though Bahá’u’lláh was born into this world and lived at a specific time in history, He was a very special Being, filled with the Spirit of God. Later in this class, you will begin to memorize a beautiful quotation in which Bahá’u’lláh tells us that He was made manifest, not at His own choice, but by the Will of God. All the attributes and teachings revealed through Him came directly from God. His knowledge was innate, not acquired through schooling, as, indeed, we will see in the stories of His life.

Does anyone remember from Grade 3 what it means that God’s knowledge holds all things? Day by day, you and I acquire more and more knowledge, and we hope to know more today than we did yesterday and to learn more tomorrow. We learn at school; we learn from our parents; we learn from the books we read and from the things we do. But Bahá’u’lláh did not need to acquire knowledge, as do you and I. He did not go to school like other children. Nor did He involve Himself as He grew in the many debates about the truth that was common, especially among the clergy of His time. All knowledge was with Him. He knew exactly what humanity needs, and we will create a new world, as we put His teachings into practice.

There will be 3 prayers to memorize for lessons 1 to 4. All will be listed, but it is recommended to choose one at a time and learn over the next 4 lessons.

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Prayer 1

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Prayer 2

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Prayer 3

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This Wronged One hath frequented no school, neither hath He attended the controversies of the learned. By My life! Not of Mine own volition have I revealed Myself, but God, of His own choosing, hath manifested Me

Bahá’u’lláh

Meaning Of Words

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Be Hopeful

Unite The Hearts Of Thy Servants

I Found Baha’u’llah

Hallelujah Bahá’u’lláh

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Historical Episodes

The historical episode in this lesson focuses on the early period of Bahá’u’lláh’s life, prior to His acceptance of the Báb’s message. There are several stories that you can read in this lesson,  this first one is about Baha’u’llahs Fathers dream

The stories we read will give us some insight into all the heavenly qualities that were present in Bahá’u’lláh from childhood.

We already know that Bahá’u’lláh had innate knowledge. Listen carefully to the story and see what heavenly qualities you can find.

STORY ONE

Bahá’u’lláh Fathers Dream

Bahá’u’lláh was born on 12 November 1817, in Ṭihrán, the capital of Persia. You already know that He was given the name Mírzá Ḥusayn-‘Alí at birth and that Bahá’u’lláh is His title, meaning the Glory of God. His father, Mírzá Buzurg, was a distinguished nobleman who held a high-ranking position in the court of the Persian king. His mother’s name was Khadíjih Khánum. In addition to a house in the capital city, the family had property in the district of Núr. Núr is situated in the province of Mázindarán, in the northern part of the country. You will hear the name “Mázindarán” often, as so many events related to the history of the Faith took place there.

From an early age, Bahá’u’lláh showed signs of greatness. One night, while He was still a small child, His father, Mírzá Buzurg, had a very special dream about Him. In the dream, he saw Bahá’u’lláh swimming in a vast ocean. The light radiating from His body illuminated the waters. His long black hair floated in all directions, and a multitude of fish followed Him, each holding on to the end of one hair. He moved freely and unhindered. Impressed by the dream, Bahá’u’lláh’s father called a man known for his insight and asked him to explain its meaning. The man told Mírzá Buzurg that the ocean was like the world and that, alone and single-handedly, his Son would achieve victory over it. And, as with the many fish that gathered around Him in the dream, the people of the world would be thrown into great tumult and would cling to Bahá’u’lláh for safety and would follow Him. But Bahá’u’lláh would be protected by the Almighty, the man assured Mírzá Buzurg, and nothing would harm Him. This dream made His father even more passionately devoted to his Son. It convinced him of the high destiny that awaited Bahá’u’lláh, and he took every measure possible to ensure His welfare and to surround Him with his loving protection.

STORY TWO

The Puppet Show

As Bahá’u’lláh grew, His extraordinary knowledge and wisdom became more and more apparent. He did not attend school and only received some instruction at home. Young boys with high-ranking fathers like Mírzá Buzurg generally had tutors who instructed them in, for example, good manners, horseback riding, and calligraphy, a beautiful form of handwriting, but they did not teach much else. Yet Bahá’u’lláh displayed a wisdom and knowledge that went well beyond His age, and all those who knew Him were astonished by His maturity.

In a Tablet, Bahá’u’lláh Himself relates a story from His childhood. He explains in the Tablet that He was attending the wedding celebration of one of His older brothers. As was the custom in Ṭihrán at that time, a great feast was held for seven days and nights. On the last day, a puppet show about a famous king was performed. A tent was set up in the courtyard as a stage for the performance. All the guests gathered in front of the tent, while Bahá’u’lláh sat in an upper room overlooking the courtyard, from where He watched the puppet show.

A few small figures, He tells us, appeared on the stage, announcing the arrival of the king. “His Majesty is coming!” they called out. Several more figures then appeared. Some were sweeping, and others were sprinkling water in preparation for the king’s arrival. Soon after, the town crier entered the scene and told the people to assemble for an audience with the king. Several more figures then came onto the stage and took their proper places. Finally, the king made his grand entrance. Wearing a crown on his head, he walked slowly and majestically and seated himself on a throne. Shots were fired, trumpets blasted, and the tent was filled with smoke. When the smoke cleared, the king, still seated on his throne, was seen surrounded by ministers, princes and state officials, all standing in his presence. The king gave some orders, which were immediately carried out. Then he received news of a rebellion, and he sent his troops off to fight. Bahá’u’lláh watched the entire scene with great interest. At last the show ended and the curtain was drawn.

Some twenty minutes later, Bahá’u’lláh saw a man come out from behind the tent. He was the man in charge of the show and was carrying a box under his arm. “What is this box?” Bahá’u’lláh asked him. The man replied to Bahá’u’lláh that everything He had just seen in the show was now contained in the box—all the elaborate decorations and devices: the king and his throne, the princes and the ministers, their pomp and glory, their might and power. This statement made a great impression on Bahá’u’lláh, and He declared that, from that day forward, all the trappings of this material world—with its vanities and conflicts, its titles and honors—were nothing more than a show for Him. Like the play and pastimes of children, they would pass away and matter not.

STORY THREE

The Unjust Tax Collector

By the time Bahá’u’lláh was a youth, He was renowned for His keen mind, His excellent character, His generosity and compassion. He was capable of solving the most difficult problems and of answering the most complicated and profound questions. And He displayed unmatched courage in standing up for what was right. You may remember from your studies last year the story of the tax collector. At that time in Persia, taxes were not regulated by law according to each person’s earnings. Corrupt officials, princes and, sometimes, even the king took advantage of people and forced them to pay more than what was fair. Now, one such tax collector, who did not walk in the ways of honesty and justice, came to see Bahá’u’lláh’s father and demanded that he pay a certain amount. The first time this happened, His father paid the official without any protest. But then the tax collector came back a second time, asking for more money, and a third time, asking for still more.

Bahá’u’lláh carefully observed the situation and decided to do something about the unfair behavior of the tax collector. Although he was still a youth, He rode His horse for two days until He arrived at the capital city, Ṭihrán. There, he went to see the highest officials in the court and presented His father’s case. His presentation was so convincing, His words and arguments so eloquent, that an order was issued to dismiss the unjust tax collector.

STORY FOUR

The Greedy Prime Minister

Though Bahá’u’lláh possessed such extraordinary powers and capacity, He never sought a position or prominence as a young man. When His father passed away, He was asked to follow in his footsteps and assume his position in the court of the king. But Bahá’u’lláh refused. He chose instead to devote His energies to the care of the poor and the defense of the weak. At the age of eighteen, Bahá’u’lláh married Ásíyih Khánum, and their home became a shelter for all. To everyone, they showed gracious hospitality, and they had many guests to whom they offered meals in their warm and loving home.

Of course, as a member of a noble family, Bahá’u’lláh was also in constant contact with the highest officials of the land and saw their arrogance, treachery, and greed. To disagree with them could be very dangerous. Yet He was always able to avoid the treachery of the men who exercised such earthly power. The Prime Minister of the king was one such man. Like all those who knew Bahá’u’lláh, the Prime Minister greatly admired Him. He would often visit Bahá’u’lláh in His home and address Him with respect. But, at the same time, he was jealous of Bahá’u’lláh and, when the occasion arose, could not control his greed. This is what happened.

One day the Prime Minister passed through an estate that was owned by Bahá’u’lláh. The Prime Minister was charmed by the beauty of the property. He decided he wanted to own it, and Bahá’u’lláh was instructed to sell the property to him immediately. In those days, when the Prime Minister wanted something for himself, no one dared to say “no” because he was so powerful. “Had this property been exclusively my own, I would willingly have complied with your desire,” Bahá’u’lláh told the Prime Minister. Many villagers lived on the property, and Bahá’u’lláh explained that a number of other people, rich and poor, young and old, shared ownership with Him and that the Prime Minister should also seek 

their approval. Since this would be difficult, the Prime Minister now tried to obtain the property through illegal means. Learning of his plans, Bahá’u’lláh managed again to prevent the Prime Minister from seizing the land. He was furious and referred the matter to the king.

To the Prime Minister’s surprise, the king told him to forget the matter, and this made him even angrier. He summoned Bahá’u’lláh to his presence and tried to discredit His good name. He accused Bahá’u’lláh of plotting against him. And what was the evidence he gave for this plot? All he could say was that Bahá’u’lláh welcomed too many guests to His home, and this had to be a sign that He was making some plan against him. Not even he, the Prime Minister, received as many guests as did Bahá’u’lláh. “Gracious God!” Bahá’u’lláh responded. “Is the man who, out of the abundance of his heart, shares his bread with his fellow-men, to be accused of harboring criminal intentions?” The Prime Minister made no reply. He had no argument and everyone could see that Bahá’u’lláh was innocent. Those who knew about this matter marveled at how miraculously He had emerged safely from such a dangerous situation. Surely it was Divine protection, they thought, that ensured His safety time after time. And we know, of course, that nothing could happen to Bahá’u’lláh if it was not ordained by God Himself.

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Facts

  1. Bahá’u’lláh was born some two hundred years ago, on 12 November 1817, in Ṭihrán, the capital of Persia.
  2. Bahá’u’lláh’s given name was Mírzá Ḥusayn-‘Alí.
  3. The name of Bahá’u’lláh’s father was Mírzá Buzurg, and His mother was named Khadíjih Khánum.
  4. Bahá’u’lláh’s ancestors came from the district of Núr in the province of Mázindarán.
  5. From an early age, Bahá’u’lláh showed signs of greatness.
  6. Bahá’u’lláh did not attend school and only received some instruction at home.
  7. As a young man, Bahá’u’lláh chose to devote His energies to the care of the poor and the defense of the weak.
  8. At the age of eighteen, Bahá’u’lláh married Ásíyih Khánum 
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Dream Of The Fish

Perform a short skit on the dream that Baha’u’llah’s father had. Remember that we never portray the Manifestations of God.

Here is a link to make a paper fish.

Balancing the Hula Hoop – ACTING IN UNITY

The object of this game sounds straightforward: Teams of four or five work together to lower a hula hoop from about nose height to the floor, using only the very tips of their fingers. As your students will come to learn, however, it’s much more difficult than it looks

Dayspring magazine issue 98 is all about UNITY

A Play from Dayspring Magazine

The Tree of Life (play and songs) pages 14-16 

The Tree Of Life

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How Generous Are You?

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Drawing Together – from Dayspring Magazine #101

Making group pictures You can make these pictures with 2 or more people.

  1. Each child has a large piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. In the middle of the table are colored pens and pencils that everyone can reach.
  3. Each child draws the outline of a house on their paper.
  4. Everyone passes their paper to the child on their left.
  5. On the new piece of paper, everyone draws windows in the house.
  6. The papers are passed on.
  7. Everyone draws a door.
  8. The papers are passed on.

This game goes on with more things being added: a chimney, a tree, flowers, a bird, a cat, a dog, a cow, a boy, or a girl. Every time something is added the paper is passed on. When the game ends you will have some very funny pictures that everyone has helped to make.

Dayspring Magazine: coloring pages and puzzles

The Tree Of Life

Dayspring magazine has many activities to help us practice working together

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BASED ON THE STORY OF THE FISH

Make a fish craft. We used this craft to make larger fish headpieces for the Bicentenary celebration in Burlington Ontario

Based on the story of the puppet show

Think of a story you would like to tell. Try to use one that has a virtue. Now make some puppets and perform at the feast, the grade 1 class or a special Holy day. There are many types of puppets to make and a quick GOOGLE search gives lots of options. Also, try searching puppet show craft template and Puppet show crafts

BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

CALLIGRAPHY

Baha’u’llah had beautiful handwriting.  (Calligraphy). A lot of tablets written by Baha’u’llah were very fancy!

Use the Brilliant Star Magazine to practice your calligraphy.

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Lesson 2 Grade 4 Set 1 Ruhi Book 3

He is, and hath from everlasting been, one and alone, without peer or equal, eternal in the past, eternal in the future, detached from all things, ever-abiding, unchangeable, and self-subsisting.

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
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Reward Of Them That Endure With Patience.

Lesson 23 Grade 1

Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

Patience

  • What is Patience?
  • How are we Patient?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Patience?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Patience? 

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Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

In the next 2 lessons, we will memorize the prayer “O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child…”

“O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child, exalt me by admitting me to the kingdom. I am earthly, make me heavenly; I am of the world below, let me belong to the realm above; gloomy, suffer me to become radiant; material, make me spiritual, and grant that I may manifest Thine infinite bounties.

“Thou art the Powerful, the All-Loving.”

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Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

A faithful soul never forgets all the bounties that God has bestowed on it; it never ceases to love God. It is out of our faithfulness to Him that we always try our very best to follow His teachings and obey His laws, even when it becomes difficult. So it is that we work hard to serve others and to do worthy deeds, with no other thought than to attain His good pleasure. For the faithful soul, there is no greater joy than striving to please God. Let us memorize this quotation of Bahá’u’lláh:

He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience.

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

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Meaning Of Words

Reward

  1. Mrs. Anderson was very pleased with the excellent science projects that the students in her class prepared. As a reward, she took them to visit a nearby aquarium.
  2. Alena spent time every day learning how to play the guitar. When she played a sweet song for her younger brother, the joy on his face was all the reward she needed for her efforts.

Endure

  1. Lixin and her family moved to a faraway place. For the first few months, they had many difficulties. But, with the help of their kind neighbors, they were able to endure these difficulties and are now very happy in their new home.
  2. Hugh became ill. He was in a great deal of pain but did not complain. He endured his suffering with patience.

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Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience
Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience
Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

Story About Patience

Li Xin was very fond of peaches. They were one of his most favorite foods. Every day, he would bring a peach with him to school and eat it during his lunch break. He enjoyed every bite, but he always threw away the pit, with the seed inside.

One day, Li Xin’s class was learning about seeds. This gave Li Xin an idea. He would plant a seed from his peach and help it grow into a tree! At lunchtime, he saved the pit from his peach and wrapped it in a piece of paper. When school ended, he raced home and asked his father to help him find a place to start growing his tree. His father reminded him that he would have to wait for the pit to dry before he could get the seed out. Still, Li Xin wanted to plant the pit right away. “Li Xin,” said his father, “if you don’t have the patience to dry the pit, how will you have the patience to wait for the seed to sprout?” So Li Xin set the pit out to dry.

A few days later, Li Xin was finally able to crack the pit and pull out the seed. His mother showed him a corner of the yard where the tree could grow big and tall. Li Xin dug a small hole and dropped in the seed, then covered it with a mound of moist earth. He grinned with excitement. His tree was finally on its way!

Every day, Li Xin would visit the mound, hoping to see some sign that the seed had sprouted. But no sprout appeared for weeks, and Li Xin grew disheartened. Seeing Li Xin’s concern, his mother asked him what was wrong. “My seed is not growing,” Li Xin said. “I wonder if I will ever have a tree.” “Well,” said his mother, “this seed has a lot of growing to do. In that way, it is very much like you. When you were born, you were just a tiny little thing and all you did was eat and sleep. And now look at you! You are a young boy, walking, talking, and thinking for yourself! This tree may take many years to grow, but, if you care for it well, then someday you will be able to sit in its shade and enjoy its fruit.” Thinking of this, Li Xin grew hopeful again. He knew from his class that a seed had to go through many changes before it could even become a sprout.

Then, one spring day, Li Xin went out to visit the mound, as he always did, and to his great excitement, he saw a tiny green sprout poking up through the earth! His tree was growing! He ran to his neighbor, who was a farmer, and told her the exciting news. She gave him advice on how to care for the tree while it was so young and vulnerable, and he listened to her every word, eager to nurture it as best he could. “Soon I will have many peaches to give you as thanks for your good advice,” said Li Xin. But the neighbor just smiled. “Li Xin, do you remember how you had to be patient while you waited for the pit to dry?” Li Xin nodded. “And do you remember how you needed even more patience while you waited for your seed to sprout?” Li Xin remembered this, too. “Well,” said the neighbor, “it will take even longer before your sapling becomes a tree and sometime after that before it gives fruit. It could be years before the tree is ready to produce any peaches for you to enjoy.”

And so Li Xin cared for the tree and tended to its needs as it grew from a sprout to a sapling and from a sapling to a tree. Little by little, it grew taller and broader, just as he did. And then one day, as Li Xin returned from school, he saw the tree’s first peaches beginning to emerge where only blossoms had been before. Once again, he felt the joy that filled his heart when the seed had first sprouted. And once again he knew that he would have to exercise patience. For it would be some time still before the peaches would be ready to eat.

Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

Find the Starter

Choose one child to go out of the group. While he or she is gone, the rest of the class picks another child to be “the starter”. All the children then follow the actions of the leader. For example, if he or she claps, everyone else does the same. If he or she starts waving goodbye, so do all the others. The one who was sent out must look carefully and try to discover who the leader is. At the same time, the others are careful not to look at the leader too closely or too much, which would make it easy for him or her to be identified by the one searching.

Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

Little Plants

Throughout the year Dollar store and stores like Walmart and Target have grow-your-own plant kits. Sometimes as low as $1.The kids can plant the seeds in class and take them home and practice the virtue of PATIENCE. Care for it and watch the plant grow.

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Happy Is The Faithful One Lesson 22 Grade 1

Lesson 22 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Faithfulness

Faithfulness

  • What is Faithfulness?
  • How are we Faithful?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Faithfulness?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Faithfulness? 

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Lesson 22 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Faithfulness

In the next 3 lessons, we will memorize the prayer “O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child…”

“O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child, exalt me by admitting me to the kingdom. I am earthly, make me heavenly; I am of the world below, let me belong to the realm above; gloomy, suffer me to become radiant; material, make me spiritual, and grant that I may manifest Thine infinite bounties.

“Thou art the Powerful, the All-Loving.”

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Lesson 22 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Faithfulness

A faithful soul never forgets all the bounties that God has bestowed on it; it never ceases to love God. It is out of our faithfulness to Him that we always try our very best to follow His teachings and obey His laws, even when it becomes difficult. So it is that we work hard to serve others and to do worthy deeds, with no other thought than to attain His good pleasure. For the faithful soul, there is no greater joy than striving to please God. Let us memorize this quotation of Bahá’u’lláh:

Happy is the faithful one who is attired with the vesture of high endeavor and hath arisen to serve this Cause.

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Meaning Of Words

Attired

  1. Mae has a good dress that she only wears on special occasions. She put on her dress for the community gathering. Mae was attired in her special dress.
  2. For the ceremony, the King put on his velvet robe. He was attired in his finest clothes.

Vesture

  1. In some places, judges must wear a white wig and a long black robe in a court of law. They must wear the full vesture of judges.
  2. Before leaving the palace, the prince puts on his sash and crown. He puts on his royal vesture.

Endeavor

  1. The students decided to plant trees around the school. The community supported their endeavor by providing seedlings and soil.
  2. Pierre and Arlene decided that they would climb to the top of the mountain. They knew that this would be a difficult endeavor, but they were determined to try.

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Lesson 22 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Faithfulness
Lesson 22 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Faithfulness

Lesson 22 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Faithfulness

Story About Faithfulness

When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was a young boy, His family, which was part of the nobility of Persia, had a servant by the name of Iṣfandíyár. He was very loyal to the family, and they trusted him a great deal. When the authorities, out of prejudice and ignorance, had ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s beloved Father, Bahá’u’lláh, arrested, all of the family’s possessions were taken away. They were left with nothing, and anyone close to Bahá’u’lláh was in danger. Still, Iṣfandíyár continued to look after the family. Knowing that many officers would be looking for Iṣfandíyár, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s mother urged him to leave the city. But Iṣfandíyár would not leave.

“I cannot go,” he said, explaining that he owed money to many shopkeepers for items he had purchased. “How can I go?” he asked. “They will say that the servant of Bahá’u’lláh has bought and consumed the goods and supplies of the storekeepers without paying for them. Unless I pay all these obligations, I cannot go. But if they take me, never mind. If they punish me, there is no harm in that. If they kill me, do not be grieved. But to go away is impossible. I must remain until I pay all I owe.”

For one month Iṣfandíyár went about in the streets and bazaars, selling small things he owed. When he had paid every last debt, he went to the family and said goodbye, for he knew he could stay with them no longer. A minister agreed to take him in and protect and shelter him during this dangerous time.

Many months later, Bahá’u’lláh was released from prison, and He and His family were exiled from Persia by the authorities. They went to Baghdád, a city in the neighboring country. Iṣfandíyár, ever faithful to Bahá’u’lláh, journeyed to Baghdád to ask whether he could once again serve in His household. Bahá’u’lláh said to him, “When you left us, there was a Persian minister who gave you a place to stay when no one else could give you protection. Because he gave you shelter and protected you, you must be faithful to him. If he is satisfied to have you go, then come to us; but if he does not want you to go, do not leave him.”

Of course, Iṣfandíyár was so upright, so trustworthy, and loyal, that the minister did not want him to go. “O Iṣfandíyár!” he exclaimed, “I am not willing that you should go, yet, if you wish to go, let it be according to your own will.” But Iṣfandíyár remembered Bahá’u’lláh’s words. He remained in the minister’s service until, sometime later, the minister passed away and Iṣfandíyár once again returned to the family he so loved, serving ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to the end of his days. 

Lesson 22 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Faithfulness

Who Is Knocking at My Door

Blindfold one of the children, who should be seated on a bench with his or her back to the rest of the class. Now point to another child. He or she should go up to the blindfolded child and knock on the bench. The child who is seated says, “Who is knocking at my door?” The other, trying to disguise his or her voice, responds, “It’s me!” The seated child tries to guess who is knocking. The blindfolded child has three guesses, and then another child is given a turn.

Lesson 22 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Faithfulness

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Enable Us To Be Radiant Lesson 21 Grade 1

Lesson 21 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Radiance

Radiance

  • What is Radiance?
  • How are we Radiant?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Radiance?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Radiance? 

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Lesson 21 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Radiance

The next 4 lessons we will memorize the prayer “O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child…”

“O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child, exalt me by admitting me to the kingdom. I am earthly, make me heavenly; I am of the world below, let me belong to the realm above; gloomy, suffer me to become radiant; material, make me spiritual, and grant that I may manifest Thine infinite bounties.

“Thou art the Powerful, the All-Loving.”

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O Thou Kind Lord!
Lesson 21 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Radiance

The light of the love of God never ceases to illumine our hearts. As this light grows brighter and brighter, our hearts become radiant with His love. The light of the knowledge of God—the knowledge of His greatness, of His glory—brightens our eyes. And, through our generous deeds and kind words, the light of love and knowledge shines forth. Those around us are touched by the radiance of our joy. To help us remember the importance of the quality of radiance, let us memorize the following quotation:

O Son of Being! Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me.

The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh
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Meaning Of Words

Radiance

  1. Sometimes, when we leave a dark room and go outside, we have to cover our eyes until they get used to the bright light. We have to shield our eyes from the radiance of the sun.
  2. Mrs. Santos loves everyone like her own family. She is always generous, kind and helpful towards others. The love in her heart is felt by all the people she meets, bringing them joy. Everyone is touched by her radiance.

Seek

  1. When a baby bird hatches, the mother will look for food to feed it. The mother bird will seek food for the new chick.
  2. The school invited all the students on a special outing. In order to attend, they needed their parents’ permission. All the students were asked to seek approval from their parents to go on the outing.

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Lesson 21 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Radiance

Radiance
Radiant Heart
Lesson 21 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Radiance

Story About Radiance

Dorothy Baker, about whom you will probably learn more one day, had the honor of meeting ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as a young girl. It was Dorothy’s grandmother who took her to meet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá during His travels in the West. Arriving at a house that she had never visited before, Dorothy entered a crowded room. Many people were talking quietly and reverently while waiting for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to speak. The Master smiled as Dorothy and her grandmother came in and motioned to the young girl to sit near Him. Eager, but with some trepidation, she made her way across the room. Without looking up from the floor, she carefully walked past all the other guests to reach the footstool near His feet.

As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá began to speak, Dorothy sat with her eyes cast down, staring at her black shoes. She did not have the courage to look at Him. But soon her fear was gone. She felt attracted to the warmth of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s loving presence. His radiance was magnetic. Without even realizing that she had moved, Dorothy found herself turned in His direction, with her elbows on her knees and her chin in her hands, gazing up at ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s luminous face.

Dorothy could never remember what ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke about that day. All she could remember was His kind face, His melodious voice, and the warmth of His presence. His loving eyes seemed to tell her of the spiritual worlds of God. In time, the love of God that had been ignited in her heart grew so strong that she decided to write to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. She begged Him that she might be allowed to serve Him and the Cause of His Father, Bahá’u’lláh. In His answer to Dorothy, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá praised her goal, assured her of God’s bounties, and expressed the hope that she would succeed in her desire. And, indeed, Dorothy dedicated her entire life to serving God and humanity.

Lesson 21 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Radiance

Two-Way Copy

Divide the children into pairs, each child facing his or her partner. Now ask one child in each pair to begin making simple physical movements, which the other child should try to mirror. After a few minutes, the partners can switch roles. You can also have them mirror facial expressions rather than movements. Next, have one child in each pair stand behind the other. As the one in the front moves, the one behind should shadow his or her movements.

Lesson 21 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Radiance

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Enkindled By The Love of God. Lesson 20 Grade 1

Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Enkindlement

  • What is Enkindlement?
  • How are we Enkindled?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Enkindlement?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Enkindlement? 

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Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

This is the last lesson for us to practice the prayer “Thy Name Is My Healing…”

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

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Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Every human being was created to know God and to love Him, and we all have the spark of His love in our hearts. It is important for us to feed the flame of the love of God by praying to Him daily and by serving others, that it may grow stronger and stronger. As this flame burns ever brighter in our hearts, its warmth will be felt by all who cross our path. And their hearts, too, will be set aglow. When we are so enkindled, we become like burning candles that cannot help but to give light and warmth to those around us. Let us memorize the following quotation:

Be ye enkindled, O people, with the heat of the love of God, that ye may enkindle the hearts of others.

From a Tablet of Bahá’u’lláh

Meaning Of Words

Enkindle

  1. The house was cold, so Axel’s father decided to start a fire. He put large logs in the stove and lit some small twigs below. The wood soon became enkindled, and the fire warmed the room.
  2. A scientist came to the school and explained to the students’ many interesting things about the workings of the universe. They began to ask her various questions after the talk. She had enkindled in the students a desire to know more about the world.

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Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement
Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Kindling the Fire of God’s Love
Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Story About Enkindlement

Thomas Breakwell was a young man who held an important position in a cotton mill in the southern United States and spent his vacations in Europe. On his way to Europe in the summer of 1901, he met a woman on a steamship and began talking with her about spiritual subjects. When they arrived in Paris, the woman took him along to meet a friend of hers who lived in an apartment in the city and who, she knew, had similar interests. The young woman welcomed them, and the three talked for some time. Before leaving, Breakwell asked his hostess whether he might return to speak further. He was invited to come back the next morning.

When he arrived the next day, the young woman noticed that his eyes were shining brightly and his voice was full of emotion. She asked him to be seated. Breakwell looked at her intently for a moment and then described for her a strange experience. After he had left her home the day before, he had walked along an avenue, alone, in the warm and heavy evening air. Not a leaf stirred around him. Then, all of a sudden, a great wind came that seemed to bring with it the glad tidings of a new message from God!

The young woman urged him to be calm. You see, she knew of the message to which Breakwell referred. During the next three days, over the course of many hours, she told him everything she could about the Bahá’í Faith—its history and its teachings— and about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the perfect Exemplar of those teachings, Who was living in the prison city of ‘Akká in the Holy Land.

By the end of three days, Breakwell’s heart was so filled with joy and hope that he wanted nothing other than to travel to ‘Akká and visit ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. It happened that there was another young man who had already made plans to go to the Holy Land for this very purpose and who was most pleased to have Breakwell accompany him. So, a message was sent to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá requesting permission for him to come, and in a short time, they were on their way.

When the two men arrived at ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s home, they were taken into a room where several other men were gathered. Looking around, Breakwell became deeply troubled. There was no one in the room to whom his heart was drawn, and thinking that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá must be among those present, he feared that he had failed to recognize that Heavenly Being about Whom he had learned in Paris. He sat down in despair. At that moment, a door opened, and Breakwell looked up. He saw there a brilliant light, from which the figure of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá emerged. He immediately knew that his dearest wish had been fulfilled.

Breakwell spent two glorious days in the presence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, during which the fire that had been enkindled in his heart grew stronger and stronger. When Breakwell told ‘Abdu’l-Bahá about his job at the cotton mill, where children were used as workers, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá advised him to resign from his post, which he did without hesitation. At the end of his visit, he returned to Paris, his spirit ablaze. For the rest of his short life, he burned like a bright candle, sharing the light enkindled in his heart with everyone he met. Upon his passing, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá revealed a Tablet in his honor, which includes the following verse: “O Breakwell, O my dear one! Thou hast lit a flame within the lamp of the Company on high, thou hast set foot in the Abhá Paradise, thou hast found a shelter in the shadow of the Blessed Tree, thou hast attained His meeting in the haven of Heaven.”

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Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Help the Sick

Choose one child to pretend to be the “sick patient”. Now have two other children stand face to face, their hands clasped around one another’s forearms, in order to make a “chair”. Depending on the size and skill of the children, you could have them form a chair in another manner. In that case, have both children clasp their own right wrists with their left hands and the left wrists of one another with their right hands.

The other classmates should now help the “sick friend” into the chair. Select a tree or another spot as the “health center” and ask the two children forming the chair to carry the “sick” child there.

With a larger group, the children can be asked to form a “stretcher” instead of a chair by standing in two lines facing each other. They should bend their arms at the elbows, with each one grasping the forearms of the child across from him or her. The “sick” child should then lie on the stretcher to be carried to the “health center”. Remind the children that everyone will have to work together if they are to get the “patient” safely to the health center. “If we let the sick person fall,” you could say, “he or she will get hurt, and we will all feel sad. But if we arrive at the health center without any problems, we can feel happy and content because we will have helped our friend.”

Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

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How To Be A Trustworthy Person. Lesson 19 Grade 1

Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness

  • What is Trustworthiness?
  • How are we Trustworthy?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Trustworthiness?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Trustworthiness? 

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Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

We will continue to memorize the prayer “Thy Name Is My Healing…”

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

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Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

One of the greatest qualities in the sight of God is trustworthiness. A trustworthy person is truthful and honest and can be counted on to keep his or her word. We should not say one thing but do another. Our actions should always reflect our words. When we are trustworthy, others can be sure that we will do our best to fulfill our responsibilities and carry out our duties. In this way, people are able to work together in harmony, knowing that everyone will do his or her part. To help us remember the importance of trustworthiness, let us memorize the following quotation:

Trustworthiness is the greatest portal leading unto the tranquility and security of the people.

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas

Meaning Of Words

Trustworthiness

  1. Athos promised his mother that he would help her to prepare dinner. When his friends came to his house to invite him to play outside, Athos remembered the promise he had made to his mother and told his friends he would play with them another time. Athos showed the quality of trustworthiness.
  2. Sunita went to the store to pick up some things for her family, but she found she had not brought enough money to pay for everything they needed. She asked the store’s owner if she could bring the rest of the money the next day. The owner said this was fine because she knew Sunita was trustworthy and would pay for the items as promised.

Tranquility

  1. Whenever Emilio has to make an important decision, he tries to find a quiet place to think and meditate. He goes to a quiet garden nearby. In its tranquility, he is able to clear his mind and heart.
  2. Once the great storm had passed, everything became unusually quiet and still. Peace and tranquility followed the storm.

Security

  1. When a baby animal is frightened, it will often run back to its mother for safety. The mother provides security to her young ones.
  2. The hiker went off the trail and got lost in the woods. When he did not return, the guides from the village went out to look for him. He felt a sense of security when they found him, knowing that they would lead him back to safety.

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Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3
Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

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Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

Story About Trustworthiness

Years ago, in the early days of the Faith, there were only a small number of Bahá’ís, spread out over several countries. They faced many challenges and often wrote to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the Holy Land with news and questions. Their letters traveled over long distances before reaching Him, and He would answer each one with great love and care. His words of encouragement strengthened them and cheered their hearts. And so it was crucial that this stream of communication not be disrupted.

Now, there lived in the area at the time a Bahá’í by the name of Muḥammad-Taqí. He had come from Persia many years earlier as a young man and had established a small business. Gradually he became known for his unwavering reliability. So dependable was he that all the mail for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the Holy Land and the responses sent abroad passed through the home of Muḥammad-Taqí. Everyone knew that he could be trusted to make sure each piece of mail was delivered promptly and securely.

But, then, the enemies of the Faith rose up against ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. They became jealous of the love and respect people showed to Him. They hoped they could bring about His exile, or worse still, His execution. Spies were planted all around His house, and He was kept under constant watch. How pleased His enemies would have been if they could have stopped the flow of correspondence and broken the link between ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the devoted Bahá’ís in other countries; how much more if they could have stolen some document that could be used to mislead the authorities!

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, however, was not deterred. He could often be seen late into the night, writing by the light of His lamp; for He had ensured a secure means for the receipt and dispatch of mail. What do you think He did?

You see, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá knew His enemies recognized the important work Muḥammad- Taqí carried out. They would no doubt try to intercept the mail routed through him. So ‘Abdu’l-Bahá sent Muḥammad-Taqí to a nearby place in a neighboring country, where he was out of danger. Then others, whom His enemies did not suspect, carried in and out of the Holy Land all the mail to Muḥammad-Taqí. And, from this safe spot, he continued to faithfully receive and dispatch mail, never faltering in the trust ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had placed in him. So it was that, even in the most difficult times, communication with the Holy Land was never cut off and guidance continued to reach friends in the most remote places.

Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

A Guide

Divide your students into pairs and ask them to hold hands with their partners. Blindfold one child in each pair and have the other child lead him or her around, making sure he or she does not stumble along the way. For an added challenge, the blindfolded child can be guided around obstacles such as tree trunks, ditches, rocks, and tires. Once a bond of trust has been established between partners in this way, the blindfolded child can be guided using verbal instructions alone. In that case, the guide should follow close behind in order to catch the child should he or she stumble.

As an alternative to the above game, all the children can be blindfolded and form a train, led by you or one of the students.

TOWER OF TRUST

If your mom asks you to pick up your toys, can she count on you to do it?

Can she count on you to pick up those toys, even if she isn’t looking

come up with examples of how we can build trust in each other 

what happens if we lie about one of those things: It has taken a long time to build your mum’s trust in you. But it doesn’t take long at all to destroy the tower of trust. What if you tell your mum you picked up all your toys, and she finds them under the rug? Will that help her trust you?  Every untrue thing you say takes away a little of the trust people have in you. 

Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

Based On The Story

Importance of letters. Have you ever written a note or letter to anyone and got worried it might not arrive? As we read in the story, the Baha’is across the world were always worried about the security of the mail they sent to the Holy land.

  1. Write a letter and post it to a friend, Your Local Spiritual Assembly, The National Spiritual Assembly, or even the Universal House of Justice
  2. Write a note to a family member This link has a cute template.
  3. Play a BINGO style game as seen here
  4. Use strips of paper for children to write a note. Join them up in a loop….this is from the story “the link between ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the devoted friends”

MAILBOX CRAFT

Make a mailbox and post letters and cards to each other.

A mini postbox can be made from a small box like a matchbox. Printable mini letters can be downloaded here

Trustworthy Friend KitCreate a “trustworthy friend kit”: Make a friendship kit to remind children of what it takes to be a trustworthy friend. Ask the students to label an envelope or ziplock baggie “Friendship Kit” and decorate it. Have them place the things on this list below inside the envelope. Cut out the list and put it in the friendship kit, too. Ask the children to take their friendship kit home and tell their family what each thing in the kit stands for. 

  • Tape- – Stick up for your friend. 
  • Bandage- Never let a friend do anything to harm himself or herself. 
  • Button- “Button your lips” and keep a secret for a friend. 
  • Candy Heart- Have the courage to do the right thing. 
  • Word Card: Truth- Remember to always speak the truth. Be honest and sincere with your friend. 
  • Eraser- Everyone makes mistakes. Forgive a friend’s mistakes. 
  • Mint- A trustworthy friend is worth a mint. 
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Never lose Thy Trust In God. Be Thou Ever Hopeful! Lesson 18 Grade 1

Lesson 18 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Hopefulness

Hopefulness

  • What is Hopefulness?
  • How are we Hopeful?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Hopefulness?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Hopefulness? 

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Lesson 18 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Hopefulness

We will continue to memorize the prayer “Thy Name Is My Healing…”

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

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Lesson 18 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Hopefulness

God’s love is always with us. He will never leave us alone and promises to help us throughout our lives. Though we do not know what will happen from one day to the next, we trust in God and remember that His gifts and bounties are all around us. And so we are hopeful when we look to the future, confident that we will receive a share of His infinite blessings. With hearts full of hope, we constantly anticipate the outpouring of God’s bounties upon us. To help us remember the importance of hopefulness, let us memorize these words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:

Never lose thy trust in God. Be thou ever hopeful, for the bounties of God never cease to flow upon man.

Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Meaning Of Words

Trust

  1. Edward had a problem and went to Hung Wei for help. Edward knows that Hung Wei will do all he can to help him. Edward trusts Hung Wei.
  2. Nirmala wants to repair the roof of her house but cannot do it alone. Nirmala’s friends offer to come the next day to help her. She trusts they will come as promised and gets everything ready.

Hopeful

  1. Iosefina plants a seed in a sunny spot and waters it every day. She looks forward to seeing it grow. Iosefina is hopeful the seed will one day become a strong plant.
  2. Antonio’s good friend Mattias moved to another town. Antonio missed his friend, but he was hopeful that they would see each other again soon.

Bounties

  1. Every night when Lilian prays, she thinks about the many things she is fortunate to have. She thinks about her parents, her friends, her teachers, and even the bed in which she sleeps. Lilian is always thankful for the bounties she has been given.
  2. Reza has many friends and relatives who love him and help him grow. Reza is grateful for the bounty of their love and support.

Cease

  1. When Tahir turns off the tap, the water stops coming out; the water ceases to flow.
  2. Even on cloudy days, the rays of the sun warm the earth. The sun’s rays never cease to reach the earth.
Lesson 18 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Hopefulness
Be Hopeful
Lesson 18 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Hopefulness
Be Hopeful
Lesson 18 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Hopefulness

Story About Hopefulness

There was once a man with no home, who lived alone on the banks of the River Thames in London. He was very sad and had lost all hope for happiness in life. One day, he walked past a shop and a photograph in a newspaper caught his eye. It was the face of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. The man stood frozen, staring at the face. He had never seen ‘Abdu’l-Bahá before and did not know who He was, but he was certain that he must meet Him. The address of a house was given in the newspaper, so the man started walking, hoping to find Him there. It was a very long distance—nearly fifty kilometers—but he kept walking until he reached the house.

The man was tired and hungry when at last he arrived, and the lady of the house kindly invited him in, gave him some food, and let him rest for a while. As he rested, he told his story to the woman and then asked her whether ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was there. The woman assured him that He was.

“Will He see me?” he asked. “Even me?”

Just as the woman replied that she was certain ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would see him, the Master Himself appeared at the door. The man stood up, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá stretched out His arms to greet him. It was as though the man was an old friend whom ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had long been expecting. He welcomed him with love and compassion and asked him to sit down next to Him.

Then ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who always knew how to bring lost joy back to people’s hearts, began to speak to the man. He encouraged him to let go of his sadness, reminding him that he was rich in the Kingdom of God! As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá showered the man with compassion, His comforting words began to heal his heart and give him strength. Little by little his sadness drifted away. Before he departed, the man told ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that he would not let his poverty bring him sadness anymore; instead, he would find work in the fields and save his money so that he could buy a bit of land, on which he would grow violets to sell in the market. The man learned from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to put his trust in God and to have confidence that God would confirm and bless his efforts. His despair turned into hope.

Lesson 18 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Hopefulness

Rainmaker

First have the children stand in a circle around you, and then introduce the game by asking them to imagine they are in the desert longing for rain. Start rubbing the palms of your hands together and tell the children that, when you look at each one, they should begin to do the same. Once you have gone around the full circle and all the children are rubbing their palms, tell them to keep going until you look at each one with a new motion, which they should imitate. Snap your fingers as the next motion and then clap your hands as the next, followed by slapping your thighs and then stomping your feet. The sound made by all the children together should resemble the first few sprinkles of rain in the beginning and a great thunderstorm at the end.

Lesson 18 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Hopefulness

A Hope Collage

From MeaningfulMama:

  • There are a lot of negative things happening in the world and on the news
  • There is hope for the future because of the kids we are raising. 
  • Explain to the kids that they are the future. They are the future politicians, missionaries, parents, doctors, teachers, and leaders in our world. 
  • Parents are doing their best to raise them to love God, love people, and develop their virtues
  • We then made a hope collage out of children’s faces: look through magazines and cut out pictures of kids, glue down the images onto a piece of paper. After the collage was created, cut the paper into quarters – to cut into four letters – H-O-P-E.  You can glue these letters to another piece of paper or hang the individually as a reminder that kids are part of the hope of the future.

Link to other crafts

Make a crown of Hope nd add the quote or prayer to it

Make a felt heart hanger for hope

Color the drawing or draw your own.

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Find The Source Of Courage Now! Lesson 17 Grade 1

Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Courage

  • What is Courage?
  • How are we Courage?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Courage?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Courage? 

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Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

From lessons 17 to 24 we will be memorizing a new prayer and of course, each lesson will have a new quote.

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

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Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Memorize

To have courage means to stand for what is right even if we are the only ones who do so, to defend those who need our help even if it causes us discomfort, and to tell the truth even when we know it may lead to difficulties for us. It takes courage to face hardships in life with calm and grace. We draw courage from our love of God and our desire to please Him above all others. To help us remember that we should face every situation in life with courage, let us memorize the following quotation:

The source of courage and power is the promotion of the Word of God, and steadfastness in His Love.

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas

Meaning Of Words

Source

  1. Kyongmi lives in a village in a valley. The melting snow from the top of nearby mountains provides water to the village. The source of the village’s water is snow from the mountaintops.
  2. Mrs. Putters has three loving and well-behaved children. Her children are a source of joy and happiness to her.

Promotion

  1. Two of Shoa’s friends started an argument and became angry with each other. Shoa helped each to see the other’s point of view and make peace. Shoa always promotes peace and understanding among his friends.
  2. A nurse visits the classroom to teach the children about foods that are good for their health. The nurse promotes healthy eating.

Steadfastness

  1. Promilla knew that she wanted to be a doctor. She always studied hard in school, and after many years of difficult work, she achieved her goal. She was steadfast in her efforts to become a doctor.
  2. Zvondai went to a very remote village to help open a new school. Although he missed his family and faced many difficulties, he showed steadfastness and stayed in the village for many years, training teachers and working with children.

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Source of Courage
The Source of Courage
Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Story About Courage

‘Alí-‘Askar was a merchant in Persia. When he became a Bahá’í, he experienced much hardship at the hands of those who opposed the Faith. Within a short span of time, he had lost all he had. Even so, ‘Alí-‘Askar was not dispirited. Seeing that he would not be able to make a living in his homeland, he decided to move to Adrianople, a city in a neighboring country.

In Adrianople, though he still had little, he managed to acquire a small amount of merchandise. Before he was able to sell a single item, however, he was attacked by thieves who took everything he had in his possession, leaving him with nothing once again.

Not long after, the thieves were arrested, and the great fortune they had acquired from robbing many people was seized. One of the local authorities, dazzled by the riches, came up with an idea to keep the fortune for himself. He called ‘Alí-‘Askar to his office and explained.

“‘Alí-‘Askar,” he said, “these thieves are very rich. In my report to the government, I wrote that the amount robbed from you was great. Therefore you must attend the trial and testify that what I have written is true.” This way, the official thought, all of the money would be returned to ‘Alí-‘Askar, and the two would split it between themselves.

‘Alí-‘Askar knew that he could never go along with such a plan. “Your Honor, Khán,” he replied, “the goods stolen from me amounted to very little. How can I report something that is not true? When they question me, I will give the facts exactly as they are. I consider this my duty, and only this.”

The official tried again to convince ‘Alí-‘Askar. “We have a golden opportunity here,” the official said. “You and I can both profit by it. Don’t let such a once-in-a-lifetime chance slip through your fingers!”

But ‘Alí-‘Askar again refused, saying, “Khán, how would I answer to God? Let me be. I shall tell the truth and nothing but the truth.”

Now the official became angry. If ‘Alí-‘Askar did not go along with his scheme, all his planning would come to naught, and he would lose the great fortune now within his grasp. And so he began to threaten ‘Alí-‘Askar, hoping he could frighten him

into cooperating. “I will jail you,” he said. “I will have you banished; there is not a torment I will spare you.” Then he told ‘Alí-‘Askar that, if he did not agree, he would send him back to Persia.

‘Alí-‘Askar only smiled. “Jináb-i-Khán,” he said, “do with me as you please; I will not turn my back on what is right.”

Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Yes Or No

Begin the game by asking the children to form a wide circle, with you in the center. Now explain to the children that you are going to make several statements. Some of them will be correct; others will be incorrect. Tell them that, if the statement is correct, they should shout out “yes” and hop towards the center of the circle. If it is incorrect, they should shout out “no” and hop backward.

All the statements you make should be based on things the children can readily observe. Examples of “yes” statements are as follows: “The sun gives off light.” “Trees grow from seeds.” “Mountains are tall.” You could also make statements that describe what the children are wearing, like “Sera is wearing a blue shirt,” or what they see in the space around them, like “There are two benches over there.”

A few examples of “no” statements are: “Rain falls upward.” “Fish fly.” “Stones walk on feet.” Again, you could draw on your surroundings to make incorrect statements. Remember that you should have more correct statements than incorrect ones so that, by the end of the game, the children reach you at the center of the circle.

Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Superhero Mask

Download the template and decorate your mask

Hero Mask

Make a Badge of Courage

A badge is easy to make, cut some circles large and small out of paper, or felt, etc. Layer, add ribbon, and write COURAGE on it. Still not sure? Check out this blog here to make one.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Lots of free Courage crafts and activities. This one is the cup of courage.

Courage Token

This one is a cute ” COURAGE TOKEN” made from clay and stamped