Social and Economic Development
‘Abdu'l-Bahá, Bahá'u'lláh, Shoghi Effendi
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Social and Economic Development

I. The Concept of Social and Economic Development

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“...the concept of social and economic development is enshrined in the sacred Teachings of our Faith.”

Universal House of Justice, 20 October 1983

— 2 — not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions? For if the character of mankind be not changed, the futility of God’s universal Manifestations would be apparent.

Bahá’u’lláh, “Kitáb-i-Íqán” pp.240-241

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They whom God hath endued with insight will readily recognize that the precepts laid down by God constitute the highest means for the maintenance of order in the world and the security of its peoples.

Bahá’u’lláh, “Kitáb-i-Aqdas”, p. 19, “Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas”, p. 11

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I testify that no sooner had the First Word proceeded, through the potency of Thy will and purpose, out of His mouth, and the First Call gone forth from His lips than the whole creation was revolutionized, and all that are in the heavens and all that are on earth were stirred to the depths. Through that Word the realities of all created things were shaken, were divided, separated, scattered, combined and reunited, disclosing, in both the contingent world and the heavenly kingdom, entities of a new creation, and revealing, in the unseen realms, the signs and tokens of Thy unity and oneness. Through that Call Thou didst announce unto all Thy servants the advent of Thy most great Revelation and the appearance of Thy most perfect Cause.

“Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh”, p. 295

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Every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God is endowed with such potency as can instill new life into every human frame, if ye be of them that comprehend this truth. All the wondrous works ye behold in this world have been manifested through the operation of His supreme and most exalted Will, His wondrous and inflexible Purpose.

“Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh”, p. 141

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