Citizen of the Earth 

August 26, 2021
Citizen of the Earth 

Covenant of Baha’u’llah

Citizen of the Earth 

‘Abdu’l-Baha, authorized interpreter of His Father’s Teachings.

Source: Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha

As the Centre of the Covenant, ‘Abdu’l-Baha interpreted the teachings of His Father’s Faith and amplified its doctrines.

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Baha’u’llah proclaimed,  “It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”

Expounding upon the global scope of His Father’s teachings ‘Abdu’l-Baha stated, “Every imperfect soul is self-centred and thinketh only of his own good. But as his thoughts expand a little he will begin to think of the welfare and comfort of his family. If his ideas still more widen, his concern will be the felicity of his fellow citizens; and if still they widen, he will be thinking of the glory of his land and of his race. But when ideas and views reach the utmost degree of expansion and attain the stage of perfection, then will he be interested in the exaltation of humankind. He will then be the well-wisher of all men and the seeker of the weal and prosperity of all lands. This is indicative of perfection.”

Thus, the divine Manifestations of God had a universal and all-inclusive conception. They endeavoured for the sake of everyone’s life and engaged in the service of universal education. The area of their aims was not limited—nay, rather, it was wide and all-inclusive.

Therefore, ye must also be thinking of everyone, so that mankind may be educated, character moderated and this world may turn into a Garden of Eden.

Love ye all religions and all races with a love that is true and sincere and show that love through deeds and not through the tongue; for the latter hath no importance, as the majority of men are, in speech, well-wishers, while action is the best.”


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