In Malaysia, the Baha’i community’s national commemoration marking the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah welcomed guests of all ages and diverse backgrounds for a creative exploration of the life and teachings of Baha’u’llah. In zone 11 of the exhibition, children shared their class work from Baha’i children’s classes with guests. Here, Dato’ Halimah Mohd Said—President of the Association of Voices of Peace, Conscience and Reason—discusses an art piece with one of the child presenters.
Guests at the commemoration moved through a series of “zones” in which they learned about various aspects of Baha’u’llah’s teachings and life. In zone 1, participants watched an opening video that oriented them before setting out on their journey through the exhibition.
In zone 3 of the exhibition, a young lady plays the part of museum curator explaining how scientific progress in the 19th century was interconnected with the spiritual impulse released with the coming of a new Revelation from God.
The exhibition contained historical accounts from the time of Baha’u’llah. Here, a young man playing the part of a tailor from 19th century Persia describes the types of garments that Baha’u’llah wore.
In zone 10, a young man describes how Baha’is throughout Malaysia are working with their neighbors, coworkers, and friends to build just and unified communities.
An exhibit on the Garden of Ridvan—a garden where Baha’u’llah proclaimed to a group of His companions His prophetic mission and the advent of humanity’s collective maturity, foretold in all the world's scriptures. At the exhibition, guests could smell the scent of roses, listen to the soft flowing water of a nearby fountain, and read about Baha’u’llah’s historic declaration.
This exhibit focused on the Shrine of Baha’u’llah in Bahji. Guests arrive here after traveling through exhibits on the black pit in which Baha’u’llah was imprisoned and the Garden of Ridvan.
A young girl presents a collection of sacred writings that she has put together in a booklet. Datuk Lok Yim Pheng (center), a Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, and Baha’i community member Omna Sreeni-Ong (left) listen intently.
Guests of the commemoration learned about some of Baha’u’llah’s central teachings and principles.
An usher briefs a group of guests before they begin their journey through the exhibition.
In zone 2 of the exhibition, a young lady plays the part of a professor explaining the spiritual evolution of humanity, beginning with unity in the family, leading to tribes and city states, and finally the world.