Vol 15, Issue 19

The Writing of a Will Webinar

This Office of the Treasurer hosts informational webinars about The Writing of a Will and Testament booklet. In this year of the Centenary of the Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, to honor Him and follow His example, the Office of the Treasurer would like to help as many friends as possible write or update their will and testament. The webinars have been attended by over a thousand friends, whose feedback includes:

"It renewed my spiritual bond with our purpose of the importance of leaving a will. And the presentations were very heartfelt. I got teary-eyed at some point."

"Very informative & has made me want to learn more. Also, & most importantly, gave me a sense of urgency to do my will & testament."

The webinar also gives the opportunity to write your testament in this dignified and prayerful space. If you would like to join the next Writing of a Will and Testament webinar, click below:

Sunday, Dec 12 from 12-2pm CT

For future webinar date announcements, subscribe to our texts by texting 'bahaifund' to (224) 714-0995, where we send Fund updates, inspiring quotes, and announcements 2-3 times a month. 

We acknowledge that some members of the community may not have access to or experience with technology, so we encourage those who do to invite those members to participate in the wills webinars by hosting small gatherings if vaccinated, or assisting them with getting set up to view the webinars.  The Writing of a Will Booklet can also be printed for better accessibility. Friends can also contact their Local Spiritual Assembly for assistance with accessing the Writing of a Will Webinars. 

Sacrifice and The Fast

As we enter this glorious and sacred season of The Fast, we are reflecting upon the following quotation and how we can surrender our will to God, including with our sacrifices for the Funds of the Faith:

"O Shaykh, O thou who hast surrendered thy will to God! By self-surrender and perpetual union with God is meant that men should merge their will wholly in the Will of God, and regard their desires as utter nothingness beside His Purpose. Whatsoever the Creator commandeth His creatures to observe, the same must they diligently, and with the utmost joy and eagerness, arise and fulfil. They should in no wise allow their fancy to obscure their judgment, neither should they regard their own imaginings as the voice of the Eternal. In the Prayer of Fasting We have revealed: "Should Thy Will decree that out of Thy mouth these words proceed and be addressed unto them, 'Observe, for My Beauty's sake, the fast, O people, and set no limit to its duration,' I swear by the majesty of Thy glory, that every one of them will faithfully observe it, will abstain from whatsoever will violate Thy law, and will continue to do so until they yield up their souls unto Thee." In this consisteth the complete surrender of one's will to the Will of God. Meditate on this, that thou mayest drink in the waters of everlasting life which flow through the words of the Lord of all mankind, and mayest testify that the one true God hath ever been immeasurably exalted above His creatures. He, verily, is the Incomparable, the Ever-Abiding, the Omniscient, the All-Wise. The station of absolute self-surrender transcendeth, and will ever remain exalted above, every other station."

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 336)