Treasurers Notes for the Feast of Núr/Light
New OCS Feature

Bicentennial guidance

Dear loved coworkers in the Cause of God,

Recently questions have come in regarding the plans being made to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh. We thought it would be timely to offer guidance in this regard as your communities make their plans.

Regarding whether accepting financial support from non-Bahá'í sponsors would be appropriate, guidance concerning who is eligible to contribute financially to the work of the Faith includes the following:

    "One of the distinguishing features of the Cause of God is its principle of non-acceptance of financial contributions for its own purposes from non-Bahá’ís: support of the Bahá’í Fund is a bounty reserved by Bahá’u’lláh to His declared followers."
        (From a letter written by the Universal House of Justice, dated Naw-Rúz 1974)

    "The crucial point in deciding whether or not funds may be accepted from non-Bahá’í sources is the purpose for which the funds are to be used. As you know, it is absolutely forbidden in the Faith to accept from non-Bahá’ís contributions toward the work of the Cause itself. However, in addition to the work of spreading the Faith and establishing its institutions, Spiritual Assemblies also engage in humanitarian activities, and contributions from non-Bahá’í sources may be accepted towards such activities."
        (From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice, dated March 6, 1983)

Since the commemoration you are planning is a Bahá’í activity, promoting the purposes and work of the Faith itself, rather than a humanitarian activity, approaching non-Bahá’í sponsors to cover its expenses would not be appropriate.

Be assured of the National Spiritual Assembly’s supplications on your behalf, that the confirmations of the Blessed Beauty may attend all your efforts undertaken in His path.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

Office of the Treasurer


Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)