Proclaim: Verily the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar will be a House built in my name in every country and city. Verily we have called it by that name, were you of those who know.
The accessories of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar are numerous. Among them are the School for Orphans, the great College for the Higher Arts, Hospital, Home for the Cripples, and Hospice. The doors of these places are to be opened to all nations and religions.
Although tbe Temple is the place of worship, with it is connected the Hospital, Pharmacy, Hospice, School for Orphans and University for the Study of Higher Sciences.
It requires a very large piece of ground so that Hospitals, Colleges, Hospice, School for Orphans and the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar for worship can be built. These buildings must be on one piece of ground but separated from each other by meadows and gardens.
The Mashriqu’l-Adhkar must have nine sides, doors, fountains, paths, gateways, columns and gardens, with the ground floor, galleries and dome and in design and construction must be most beautiful and artistic.
The most important point is that from the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar must go forth not only spiritual necessities, but also the material needs, such as hospitals, schools, orphanages, hospices, etc.
The Mashriqu’l-Adhkar has important accessories which are accounted as the basic foundations. These are: School for Orphans, Hospital and Dispensary for the Poor, Home for the Crippled, College for the higher scientific education. In every place—
First, a Mashriqu’l-Adhkar must be formed.
Then a School for the Education of Orphans and Poor.
Then a Hospital and Dispensary must be established.
Then a Home for the Crippled.
Then a College for Higher Scientific Education.
The arrangement of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar is such that it will exert the greatest influence upon the civilized world on account of many accessories. Among them are the following: School for Orphans, College for Higher scientific Education, Hospital, Home for the Cripples, and Hospice. When the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, with its accessories, is founded in the world, aside from the religious and spiritual influence, it will have a tremendous effect upon civilization.
Excerpts from The Universal Principles of the Reform Bahai Faith. Baha'u'llah & Abdul-Baha. Available from the Reform Bahai Press.