World Religion Day celebrates unity among diversity of faiths

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Baha’is are urged to “Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.” One way they do this is through the commemoration of World Religion Day — Sunday, January 15.
World Religion Day

World Religion DayWorld Religion Day was initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States. The Assembly’s purpose was to call attention to the harmony of spiritual principles and the oneness of the world’s religions and to emphasize that religion is the motivating force for world unity.

As stated in Baha’i scripture: “religion should be the cause of love and agreement, a bond to unify all mankind for it is a message of peace and goodwill to man from God,” and “Religion is the greatest of all means for the establishment of order in the world and for the peaceful contentment of all that dwell therein.” (See The Promise of World Peace)

It is observed the third Sunday in January by Baha’is in the United States and increasingly by people around the globe, with interfaith discussions, conferences and other events that foster understanding and communication among the followers of all religions.

Following is a portion of a Baha’i prayer that is frequently read on World Religion Day:

O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.

God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind.

O God! Establish the Most Great Peace.

Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together.

O Thou kind Father, God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.

Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.

-Abdu’l-Baha

 

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  • 3rd Annual World Religion Day Event in Sammamish, WA - The Baha’is of Sammamish hosted their third annual program in commemoration of World Religion Day on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at Sammamish City Hall.

 

7 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    we, in Mauritius also commemorate this special day. The main Religions of our country organize a forum on a specific theme.

    Wish you all the best in your endeavor to bring unity among the people of your country.

  2. Anonymous

    what a beautiful day it is, when all spirituality comes in one place, our souls. This is the only way we can survive on this planet.

  3. Lal

    If any of you know of an event to mark the 2012 World Religion Day, please share such information with:
    admin@worldreligionday.org

  4. Johnny Appleseed 2nd

    “Catch The Vision”-Let us all “Build Bridges of Understanding”
    and help make the World A Better Place!
    Let’s create a world -where people of every religion, every race,
    every culture, every political persuasion, every nationality and
    every background, can join hands and hearts to help create a
    much better world where we can all live together in peace and
    prosperity, freedom and justice, goodwill and dignity.

    MAY THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH AND GOODWILL TO ALL…
    BECAUSE GOD, JEHOVAH, ALLAH… BLESSES ALL HUMANITY!

    Johnny Appleseed 2nd
    johnnyappleseed2nd@tx.rr.com

  5. I have a question.
    Has anyone ever considered setting up a world unity temple in the place of the holy site in order to get all faiths to unite under a single common goal of world peace and unity?

  6. Gary

    I hope some day you’ll join us, and the World will live as One.