preferring others before oneself

ian and nick taking turns at the drinking fountain - _MG_2023God wants each and every one of us to be happy. We must always look for ways to serve others and to bring them happiness and joy. To make this happen, we should not only wish for others what we wish for ourselves, we should wish even better things for them.

Prayers/readings for study

Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself. (Bahá’u’lláh)



  • The Expensive Coat. Ruhi Book 3, p.57. Illustrates how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was always thinking of others, and how he preferred to help his fellows rather than indulge himself.


  • Prefer Your Brother. From Ruhi Book 3.


  • Greeting cards with pressed flowers. Read up on flower pressing; a microwave will speed up drying time and, if the craft is well prepared, should allow the children to add the flowers to a greeting card to be given to someone special.


Charity is pleasing and praiseworthy in the sight of God and is regarded as a prince among goodly deeds. Consider ye and call to mind that which the All-Merciful hath revealed in the Qur’án: ‘They prefer them before themselves, though poverty be their own lot. And with such as are preserved from their own covetousness shall it be well.’ Viewed in this light, the blessed utterance above is, in truth, the day-star of utterances. Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself. Verily, such a man is reckoned, by virtue of the Will of God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise, with the people of Bahá who dwell in the Crimson Ark. (Words of Paradise, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p.71)

Photo: ian and nick taking turns at the drinking fountain, by sean dreilinger

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