Mr. Anthony David
Dear Mr. David,
Your email message of 4 September 1999 to the Universal House of Justice concerning the contents of the Web site ... has been referred to our Office for response.
In one of His epistles, 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the son of Bahá'u'lláh, wrote that two photographs of Bahá'u'lláh were taken, both in Adrianople, Turkey, each in a different pose. There are copies of both pictures at the Bahá'í World Centre and one of these is displayed in the International Archives where it is viewed by Bahá'í pilgrims. The image reproduced on the Web site in question seems to be a poor reproduction of one of these photographs.
For Bahá'ís, the photograph of Bahá'u'lláh is very precious and it should not only be viewed but also handled with due reverence and respect, which is not the case here. Thus, it is indeed disturbing to Bahá'ís to have the image of Bahá'u'lláh treated in such a disrespectful way. However, as the creator of the site is not a Bahá'í, there is little, if anything, that can be done to address this matter. We hope these comments have been of assistance.
Office of Public Information
(Office for Public Information, 1999 Sept 04, Photo of Baha'u'llah on Web Site)
Also, posted to Bahá’i Studies Thu, 13 Jan 2000
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Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 22:30:06 +0200
Subject: Fw: from the BWC re. 2 photos
Below find the reply of the Baha'i World Center to my inquiry regards two photographs of Baha'u'llah that were recently given to the House of Justice. Because of recent mis-leading posts, I requested confirmation of this news and am happy to share it with you. Your brother, xxxx.
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From: Baha'i World Centre <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: 10 January, 2000 2:21 PM
Subject: Your email message of 30 December 1999
9 January 2000
Transmitted by email:
Mr. xxxx yyyyyy
Dear Baha'i Friend,
Your email of 30 December 1999 inquiring about portraits of Bahá'u'lláh has been received at the Baha'i World Centre. Recently, on behalf of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Professor Moshe Sharon presented to the Universal House of Justice two copies of a photograph of Baha'u'llah, which were made from a copy that exists among the university's archival holdings. The copies were received on behalf of the House of Justice by two of its members. The House of Justice was deeply appreciative of the courteous gesture shown by the action of the Hebrew University.
It should be understood that there are two known photographs of Baha'u'llah that are similar in appearance; copies of both have existed in the Archives at the World Centre since the time of Shoghi Effendi. A copy of the one preferred by Baha'u'llah is on display in the Archives for the viewing of nine-day pilgrims to the Holy Land. The gift copies presented by Professor Sharon are of the second photograph.
With loving Baha'i greetings,
Department of the Secretariat
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