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UK NSA Response to UK Social Unrest

UK NSA Response to UK Social Unrest

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National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom
27 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PD
Tel: 020-7584-2566 Fax: 020-7584 9402E-mail: nsa@bahai.org.uk
National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United KingdomRegistered in England – Company limited by guarantee No. 355737, Registered Charity (1967) 250851Registered with the Scottish Charity Regulators (SC041673)The Assembly also represents the Bahá’í communities of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
 
When replying pleaserefer to: GC-2631915 August 2011To the Bahá’ís in the United Kingdom and their friendsDearly loved friendsWith the events of recent days in the cities and streets of England, the National Spiritual Assemblywishes to join with each and every one of you in reflecting on this further manifestation of abreakdown in the social order. The scenes witnessed have caused profound distress for countlesssouls of every background, no matter what their age, gender, ethnicity or faith. The loss of life, theinnumerable injuries, the utter disregard of human values, the violence, theft and destruction visitedon the property and livelihoods of fellow citizens are shocking, not only in that they are taking placein a country that is regarded as a standard bearer of “development” and “civilisation”, but also inthat they represent the degradation of the nobility of man; a nobility that defines man’s humanityand enables it to describe itself as the highest creation of God.What we are seeing on the streets is the outcome of a society that has, in essence, rejected itsspiritual reality, and this is just one of the symptoms from the resulting disease. Religion is nolonger seen as the potent force that it is; instead it has been supplanted by false gods, such asmaterialism, which claim the hearts and minds of people. But, Bahá’u’lláh warns “[s]hould thelamp of religion be obscured, chaos and confusion will ensue…” There are many other symptomsof such a diseased society including, Shoghi Effendi tells us, “the increasing evidences of selfishness, of suspicion, of fear and of fraud; the spread of terrorism, of lawlessness, of drunkenness and of crime; the unquenchable thirst for, and the feverish pursuit after, earthlyvanities, riches and pleasures; the weakening of family solidarity; the laxity in parental control; thelapse into luxurious indulgence; the irresponsible attitude towards marriage and the consequentrising tide of divorce; the degeneracy of art and music, the infection of literature, and the corruptionof the press …”When such situations arise, society looks for someone to blame; it refuses to see the cause, butrather dwells on the symptoms. Those who strive to understand the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh andto apply it to their lives and their communities can take this opportunity to engage in distinctive andmeaningful spiritual conversations in every social space where they engage, in a manner that throwslight upon the root cause of the nightmare that terrorized so many streets of our cities. As Bahá’íswe can discern the cause of this affliction. “What ‘oppression’ is more grievous”, Bahá’u’lláh asks,“than that a soul seeking the truth, and wishing to attain unto the knowledge of God, should knownot where to go for it and from whom to seek it?”It is to the Universal House of Justice, which is described by the Guardian as “a House whichposterity will regard as the last refuge of a tottering civilization”, that we must turn if we are tounderstand the pressing needs of our times and how to apply the healing remedy that is contained

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