“There is no doubt that your faith’s belief in the breaking down of barriers that separate people is a lesson to us all, as we face the national and international challenges of our day.
The importance you place on principles such as social justice, and the need to tackle prejudice, has stood the test of time. These principles are as vital today as they were a century and a half ago.
May I commend also your belief in the value of individual human initiative, the importance of family life, and the need to strengthen communities and to review and advance society as a whole.”
“The principles which the Bahá’í community hold dear – in particular unity and also the promotion of social justice, a belief in the importance of family life, and a concern for the environment – are of central importance to our society today.
The fact that so much work has been carried out to put these values into practice, through development projects around the world does great credit to your faith.
I know also that you will have in your thoughts at this time those communities elsewhere who face persecution because of their faith. Freedom to worship and to hold religious belief is a fundamental right which we must always cherish.”
“Not only is Ridván an important time for communal prayers and celebration, and for electing local governing councils, but it can also be a time for reflection on the principles which the Bahá’í community holds dear. These principles include unity, the promotion of social justice, a belief in the importance of family life, and a concern for the environment. I know that you will also be thinking of your co-religionists elsewhere who may be facing persecution because of their beliefs.”