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Responding to Tests and Tribulations

Steadfastness In The Covenant - Responding To Tests And Tribulations
by Dr. Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian

The emergence of the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh and its implications for the progress of civilization coincides with accelerated crises in the world. These calamities, with their associated suffering and confusion, herald the advent of a transformation in the consciousness of people and their receptivity – whether positive or negative – to the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith.

No wonder, then, that Bahá’ís have been encouraged to study the Covenant and to acquire steadfastness in it. But what are the requirements of faithfulness to the Covenant?

Dr. Abdu’l-Missagh GhadirianThe Bahá’í Writings tell us that persecution and trials will occur and intensify as the Cause emerges from obscurity to full recognition. A prime example of firmness in the Covenant amidst the fire of ordeals during our time is the Bahá’í community of Iran, to which part of this book is dedicated.

The book also discusses what the Covenant means to the present generation of young Bahá’ís, and what are the challenges in one’s individual and community life in relation to the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh.

Two chapters discuss issues related to scholarship and the Covenant. What is the meaning of scholarship in the Bahá’í Dispensation? What do the Bahá’í Writings say not only about acquiring knowledge but also about the individual virtues and character which would distinguish Bahá’í academics and scholars in a world submerged in a competitive drive for entitlement and superiority?

What is the role of these souls in the defence of the Cause and extending our knowledge toward a deeper understanding and application of the Bahá’í teachings in response to questions arising from current issues of society?

The concluding part of the book turns to the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the Perfect Exemplar and the Centre of the Covenant of the Bahá’í Faith.

Medicine and Spirituality - Dr. Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian is a Professor at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and an Emeritus Physician of McGill University Health Centre.  He is a Fellow to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also Chairman of the Scientific Committee, American Psychiatric Association’s Quebec and Eastern Canada District Branch. 

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Published by George Ronald, Oxford, UK, 2014
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