This Ayyám-i-Há, Bahá’ís around the world will celebrate four special ‘Days of Joy,’ when they are encouraged by Bahá’u’lláh to “provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and needy.” Also known as ‘days between time,’ this period provides a moment to pause in our daily routines, reflect on the many blessings in our lives, and consider how we may be of service to our communities and those in need.
“Charity is pleasing and praiseworthy in the sight of God and is regarded as a prince among goodly deeds.” – Bahá’u’lláh
Over the past year, we have witnessed a barrage of new obstacles for women, children, and families seeking access to safety and justice in the United States. Policies that attempt to deny asylum to those asking for protection from domestic violence, kids separated from their parents for months at a time, the list goes on.
As a nation, we have long recognized that when a woman or child takes a life-threatening journey to escape systemic fear, violence, and lack of protection in their home country, we must treat them with care and respect. We must uphold the American value of hope. We must stand up and lend a hand.
As you engage in charitable giving and acts of service during Ayyám-i-Há, please consider supporting Tahirih’s courageous clients and our work to create a world in which all persons enjoy equality, and can live in safety and with dignity.
There are many ways you can engage with Tahirih and show your support for our remarkable clients who, by saying no more to violence, are changing the world – one person, one family, one community at a time:
- Learn more about the issues we tackle and the impact we have nationwide;
- “Like” our Facebook page, “follow” us on Instagram and Twitter, and encourage your friends to do the same;
- Share our Ayyám-i-Há message to let others know about the charitable nature of this holiday and how they too can support brave women fleeing violence; and
- Donate to Tahirih, a Bahá’í-inspired organization, working to implement the Bahá’í principles of justice and advocate for full equality of women and men.
Thank you for taking time during these special days to remember those in need.
“If we are true Bahá’ís speech is not needed. Our actions will help the world … Therefore strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers … Enrich the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful, bring healing to the sick, reassure the fearful, rescue the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute! This is the work of a true Bahá’í, and this is what is expected of him [her].”
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