stories

Stories are a commonly used activity included in lesson plans for Bahá’í children’s classes. Storytelling is a very powerful tool for teaching and imparting wisdom; rarely have we seen children who don’t respond well to a well-told story. Storytelling helps to support the overall theme of a lesson by clothing it in an absorbing dramatic narrative. They are often well suited to interpretation through drama.

Whatever is necessary for the refinement of the children’s character can be best explained through fables, examples, animal stories, parables, and narratives—all geared to the capacity, understanding, and perception of the children. (Ali-Akbar Furutan, Mothers, Fathers and Children, p. 256)

As ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is the perfect example for Bahá’ís to follow, many of the stories told in Bahá’í children’s classes retell anecdotes from His life, that children might learn to model their behaviour after his example.

feathers in the wind

A woman repeated a bit of gossip about a neighbor. Within a few days the whole community knew the story. The person it concerned was deeply hurt and offended. Later the woman responsible for spreading the rumor learned that it … Continue reading

lua and the sick man

Lua Getsinger, one of the early Bahá’ís of America, tells of an experience she had in `Akká. She had made the pilgrimage to the prison-city to see `Abdu’l-Bahá. One day He said to her that He was too busy today … Continue reading

the bird hunter

There once was a man named Hájí Muhammad who was a very good hunter. One day with his rifle on his shoulder, he came upon a group of Bahá’ís who were on an outing with Bahá’u’lláh and he decided to … Continue reading

the boy who cried wolf

In a country far away, some time ago, there lived a young shepherd, who, while his father worked in the fields and his mother kept up the home, had the task of taking care of his family’s sheep. One day, … Continue reading

the crystal water

Whenever possible `Abdu’l-Bahá attempted to avoid unnecessary fanfare. Once, wealthy visitors from the West planned an elaborate pre-meal, hand-washing scene for Him – it included a page boy, a clean bowl with `crystal water’ and even a scented towel! When … Continue reading

the expensive coat

`Abdu’l-Bahá preferred inexpensive clothes for Himself. When He had extra clothes He always gave them away to others. One day He was going to entertain the Governor of `Akká. His wife felt that His coat was not good enough for … Continue reading

the private carriage

One day `Abdu’l-Bahá was going from `Akká to Haifa and asked for a seat in the stage coach. The driver, surprised, said `Your Excellency surely wishes a private carriage.’ `No,’ replied the Master. While He was still in the coach … Continue reading

the lion and the mouse

Once, as a lion lay sleeping in his den, a naughty little mouse ran up his tail, and onto his back and up his mane and danced and jumped on his head so that the lion woke up. The lion … Continue reading

the merchant and the coal

There was a Christian merchant in `Akka who, like many of his fellow-citizens, held the Baha’is in scant respect. It happened that he came upon a load of charcoal which some of the Baha’is had been permitted to buy outside … Continue reading

the unkind man

When `Abdu’l-Bahá was a prisoner in `Akká, there was a man in that city who behaved very badly towards the Bahá’ís. He thought that `Abdu’l-Bahá was not a good man and that God did not care how badly the Bahá’ís … Continue reading

the wandering fish

Today’s story was about three little fish who were curious about the wall at the end of their lake. They had asked their grandfather about it and he explained “It is a dam! It keeps us safe. It keeps out … Continue reading

the two sacred houses

You may know that all Bahá’ís are encouraged to go on a pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime—a journey to visit the most sacred places connected to the Bahá’í Faith. You may have seen photos of the beautiful holy … Continue reading

'abdu'l-baha visiting the shepherds

‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s generosity was natural to Him already in childhood. A story is recorded of the time when young ‘Abbas Effendi went to the mountains to see the thousands of sheep which His Father then owned. The shepherds, wishing to honour … Continue reading

the childhood of the báb

The following is an account of the Báb’s childhood, as recorded in Nabil’s Narrative/The Dawn Breakers, translated by the Guardian, Shoghi Effendi. The Báb, whose name was Siyyid ‘Alí-Muḥammad, was born in the city of Shíráz, on the first day … Continue reading

the vazir's dream

The following is an account recorded in Nabil’s Narrative/The Dawn Breakers, translated by the Guardian, Shoghi Effendi. When Bahá’u’lláh was still a child, the Vazír, His father, dreamed a dream. Bahá’u’lláh appeared to him swimming in a vast, limitless ocean. … Continue reading

moving stones

There was once a man who lived in a place where the land was very rocky and difficult to farm. In this land there was a law: it is forbidden to move stones from your land onto public land. This … Continue reading

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