Many governments in the world treat the Bahá'í Faith with respect and gratitude
On these days Bahá'í communities in different countries receive congratulations on the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh on part of heads of states and chief executives.
CANBERRA, Australia — The Baha’i community of Australia has received messages of greeting from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and a number of other national and local leaders for the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah.
“This is a time for great celebration of Baha’u’llah’s life and His teachings of unity, friendship, and goodwill,” wrote Prime Minister Turnbull. “Ideas of love and acceptance should be cherished and upheld by all Australians, as they are values upon which our nation has become a beacon of harmony and tolerance.”
Among the sentiments expressed by these numerous leaders in Australia is the appreciation of how the Baha’i community has been contributing to societal harmony.
“The Baha’i community is a vital part of the rich and diverse religious tapestry that makes Australia such a diverse and tolerant society,” wrote Governor General Peter Cosgrove in a message to the Baha’is.
In New Zealand, Prime Minister Bill English has addressed a message to the Baha'i community of his country. "Many in New Zealand and around the world will be celebrating this very special anniversary, and I hope you enjoy the festivities with your family and friends," he states in his letter.
"Peace and unity are the pivotal teachings of the Baha'i Faith, and the Baha'i community of Pakistan are a peace loving community," wrote Federal Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf in a letter dated 16 August 2017. "Their contribution towards the betterment of individual, society and the country are truly admirable and have been in harmony with efforts being made by our Government of Pakistan."
Federal Minister Yousaf concluded his message by offering well wishes to the Baha'i community and expressing his confidence in its continued efforts to work for the peace, progress, and prosperity of Pakistan.
Kazakhstan's Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs and Civil Society Berik Aryn has addressed a letter to the Baha'i community honoring Baha'u'llah for the occasion of the bicentenary of His birth.
"We hope that the followers of the Baha'i Faith will, through their spiritual service, promote the further consolidation of the strong relationship between government entities and religious groups, as well as between the different faith groups in Kazakhstan," states the message.
NEW DELHI — Following the tribute of India's President in April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and newly-elected President Ram Nath Kovind have released messages for the occasion of the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah.
"Baha'i Faith gives the world a vision of universal brotherhood," wrote Prime Minister Modi in his letter to the Baha'i community of India. “Its messages of love and respect aim to make the world a beautiful place that celebrates harmony and peace."
Speaking of the Baha’i community in India, he wrote: "Since the revelation of the Prophet Baha'u'llah, Baha'i Faith has found wholehearted acceptance in India, where one of its most dynamic communities has flourished since then.” And he further commented that institutions such as the Baha’i House of Worship—referred to as the Lotus Temple—“epitomize” the “spirit of fellowship and universal brotherhood.”
SINGAPORE — As the two hundred year anniversary of Baha'u'llah's birth approaches, leaders around the world from the international to local level are honoring the momentous occasion with special tributes.
Recently, Singapore's Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, addressed a message to the Baha'i community of his country:
"Baha'u'llah's teachings of unity and peace are cherished values in our multi-racial and multi-religious society," stated the message, dated 31 July 2017. "I am heartened that the Baha'i community is active in inter-faith engagements, and continues to promote understanding, dialogue and interaction among people from different religions."
"Your efforts will go a long way in enhancing mutual respect in a multi-faith society and strengthening Singapore's social harmony," it continues.