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BAHÁ’Í PILGRIMAGE. Photo: Bahá’í World News Service. ACRE Haifa Israel. The Shrine of The Báb Haifa. Pilgrimage means to me going to Israel and visiting shrines and becoming closer to God . A spiritual journey .

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BAHÁ’Í

PILGRIMAGE

Photo: Bahá’í World News Service

ACRE Haifa Israel


The Shrine

of The Báb

Haifa

Pilgrimage means to me going to Israel and visiting shrines and becoming closer to God. A spiritual journey.

Carmel age 12


EUROPE

UK

TURKEY

ISRAEL

AFRICA

Where is Israel?

EGYPT


NAHARIYA

Mazra’ih

Bahá’í Holy Places

Israel

Key

Bahjí – Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh

Prison

=Roads

House of ‘Abdu’lláh Pásha

House of ‘Abbúd

ACRE

Ridván Garden

= Bahá'í Holy places visited on pilgrimage

HAIFA

Shrine

of the Báb

Mount Carmel



  • The Bahá’í World Centre, Haifa, Israel, is the spiritual heart of the Bahá’í community. The pilgrims are like the flow of blood to and from the heart. They go to refresh and strengthen their spirits, pay their respects, visit historic sites, pray, learn more about their Faith and share news of world-wide community activities that serve humanity.



You know

you are

on a

mission -

to find

your spiritual self.

Iman age 11


The pilgrimage journey made me feel very excited. I felt extremely calm, peaceful and safe ... there was a very kind and gentle atmosphere.

Sara age 12


I felt as though there extremely

was some spiritual force pulling me towards places.

Carmel age 12


greenery

When you enter

the city of Haifa

you feel special...

you’re at home;

You’re in a world of...

peace

Iman age 11


My best experience extremely

was going to the

Shrine of The Báb

and seeing where ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the Báb were buried.

Neysan age 12

Shrine of the Báb


  • The extremely ‘Báb’ (meaning the ‘Gate of God’) was the first of two Holy Messengers. In 1844, in Iran, He said He was preparing people for God’s new Messenger who would unite the world.

  • Thousands of people became

  • His followers, which alarmed the rulers and religious leaders, leading to the brutal killing of 20,000 of them.


  • Bahá’u’lláh’s son,

  • ‘Abdu’l-Bahá,

  • is also laid to rest here.

  • The Báb was executed in Iran by a firing squad of 750 soldiers in 1850.


....I didn’t know what to expect. As soon as I entered the Shrines, a calm and relaxed feeling

came upon me

where I could

truly focus.

Matin age 14

Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh


  • For Bahá’ís this Shrine is the holiest place on earth.

  • The highlight of a Bahá’í pilgrimage is the visit to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, at Bahjí, near Acre, in the Holy Land.


The prayers there felt very powerful... I would always leave feeling blessed and satisfied that I would be watched over.

Matin age 14


  • Bahá’u’lláh feeling blessed and satisfied that I would be watched over. (meaning the ‘Glory of God’) was a leading supporter of the Báb and suffered imprisonment, torture and the loss of all His possessions before being exiled from Iran.


  • He announced ( in 1863) that He was the feeling blessed and satisfied that I would be watched over.Promised one of all religions and had come to unite the whole world.

  • His followers became known as Bahá’ís.

  • Bahá’u’lláh’s imprisonment and exile lasted 40 years. He attracted many followers, and the authorities wanted to prevent this happening.


Russia feeling blessed and satisfied that I would be watched over.

Turkey

Iran

Iraq

Bahá’u’lláh’s journey from Iran to the Holy Land

Syria

Egypt


I feel a lot more learnéd about the Bahá’í faith and I know more about the life of Bahá’u’lláh.

Sara age 12

Door to Bahá’u’lláh’s cell - Acre


  • The prison city of know more about the life of Bahá’u’lláh.Acre was a horrible, unhealthy place.

  • Bahá’u’lláhand His followers

  • were locked in the prison for 2

  • years.

Gate into the prison city of Acre


The prison in Acre


I have great respect for an accident.the Central Figures of the faith and wish to learn more about them and the history.

Matin age 14

Universal House of Justice Building - Interior


  • The an accident.Universal House of Justice is the highest Bahá’í council which looks after the Bahá’í world.

  • This is the building where it meets and has its offices.

  • Guests such as prime ministers and presidents are received here.


  • The an accident.archives building is like a museum where Bahá’u’lláh’s original writings are kept, together with some personal things.

Archives Building


In the an accident.archives I was really interested to see Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’sbelongings. It was very important for me to see cloaks and locks of hairs from Bahá’u’lláh’s head.Neysan age 12



...and from was incredible.

lots of

different

countries.

The people I was with were very nice...

Jasmine age 12


I felt I was from a big community where everyone knew me even though I had

only met them

once.

Sara age 12


I felt I had just found friends I had never seen before. They felt like my brothers and sisters!

Carmel age 12


I am glad I experienced this at such a young age so it will stick with me and I am hoping to go back.

Neysan age 12


Seat of the Universal House of Justice stick with me and I am hoping to go back.

After the trip it changed the way I felt and looked at the world and the Bahá’í Faith.

Jasmine age 12


I know more about my faith and can tell and share my experience with others.

Carmel age 12


I left for home feeling experience with others.inspired and determined to impart what I had felt to my local community and work for a better future.

Matin age 14

A group of Bahá’í volunteers & staff members at the Bahá’í world centre


I realised that experience with others.everyone and not just Bahá’ís can radically change the world.

Matin age 14


  • References: experience with others.

  • VICKERS, A. & P. The Bahá’í Faith – photocopiable worksheets for teachers of R.E. A1. A3. A4. D5. D7.Warwick Bahá’í Bookshop/Bahá’í Religious Education Agency

  • www.BREAuk.org email: [email protected]

  • Photography: ABBAS, Hana, Naja, Nur, Rafi &Thenna

  • ABRAR, Marco - Bahá’íPictures.com.

  • Bahá’í World News Service

  • Saprikins, Sasha

  • Bibliography: Visiting Bahá’í Holy Places. Haifa: Bahá’í World Centre


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