Blog action day is tomorrow

Blog action day is tomorrow, or today — depending on what part of the world you are at. An initiative started by a fellow Baha’i in Australia, initiated this event to unify bloggers of all sorts to discuss the topic of poverty. As announced on the Baha’i News Service, the event very much fits with the Baha’i principle of individual initiative:

One of the main organizers, Collis Ta’eed, says the concept of Blog Action Day fits well with his Baha’i beliefs and his understanding of Baha’i teachings about social action.

“Our idea is to give bloggers a platform and enable them to take a day out of their schedule to do something socially positive,” said Mr. Ta’eed, an Australian who works internationally as a professional Web designer.

Similar is the topic of Aaron Emmel’s book “Taking Action in a Changing World” which he will discuss at a fireside this Friday night in Arlington. A quick check with Ocean confirms that prayer and action very much can go hand in hand:

‘Should Prayer take the form of action?’

‘Abdu’l-Bahá. — ‘Yes: In the Bahá’í Cause arts, sciences and all crafts are (counted as) worship. The man who makes a piece of notepaper to the best of his ability, conscientiously, concentrating all his forces on perfecting it, is giving praise to God. Briefly, all effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his  heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity. This is worship: to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people. Service is prayer. A physician ministering to the sick, gently, tenderly, free from prejudice and believing in the solidarity of the human race, he is giving praise’.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 176)

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