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Introduction to Reform Bahai Faith, A Talk Presented to the Troy Interfaith Group
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"All the friends of God ... should contribute to the extent possible, however modest their offering may be. God doth not burden a soul beyond its capacity. Such contributions must come from all centers and all believers. ... O Friends of God! Be ye assured that in place of these contributions, your agriculture, your industry, and your commerce will be blessed by manifold increases, with goodly gifts and bestowals. He who cometh with one goodly deed will receive a tenfold reward. There is no doubt that the living Lord will abundantly confirm those who expend their wealth in His path."

O God, my God! Illumine the brows of Thy true lovers, and support them with angelic hosts of certain triumph. Set firm their feet on Thy straight path, and out of Thine ancient bounty open before them the portals of Thy blessings; for they are expending on Thy pathway what Thou hast bestowed upon them, safeguarding Thy Faith, putting their trust in their remembrance of Thee, offering up their hearts for love of Thee, and withholding not what they possess in adoration for Thy Beauty and in their search for ways to please Thee.

O my Lord! Ordain for them a plenteous share, a destined recompense and sure reward.

Verily, Thou art the Sustainer, the Helper, the Generous, the Bountiful, the Ever-Bestowing."

Abdul-Baha

"The contribution thou hast made for teaching is highly acceptable and it shall be eternally mentioned in the divine Kingdom for it is the cause of the diffusion of fragrances and the exaltation of the Word of God."

Abdul-Baha

"The contribution that thou hast made to the Temple is beloved."

Abdul-Baha

"But on the other hand, if a soul for the sake of God, voluntarily and out of his pure desire, wishes to offer a contribution (toward the expenses of a teacher) in order to make the contributor  happy, the teacher may accept a small sum, but must live with the utmost contentment."

Abdul-Baha

"Notwithstanding their contributions to that building, they have assisted the fund here in Chicago as well."

Abdul-Baha


In principle, Reform Bahais believe the Fund should be independently monitored and all financial statements open for inspection by members and any other interested people. While still a small denomination not yet able to afford the services of an independent accounting firm, that is the goal and standard the Reform Bahai Faith hopes to achieve (see 95 Theses).

Reform Bahais also believe that the "Right of God," a once in a lifetime contribution of 19% of one's worldly wealth that is in excess of what one needs to live on, as determined by the individual, is up to the discretion of the individual, if he or she chooses to make such a sacrifice. It need not be donated to the Reform Bahai Fund but may be given to any charity of the individual's choosing and may be kept confidential between the individual soul and God. Baha'u'llah intended the "Right of God" as one of the practical, economic means of alleviating poverty and misery from the world and as a spiritual test of the individual soul, not for the aggrandizement of any religious organization.

Reform Bahais might want to consider some of the major foundations with long and recognized experience in aiding people throughout the world and those with a low cost of administration overhead:

Charities Aid Foundation

CAF International Network

Charity Navigator

Global Aid foundation

Development Gateway Foundation

Kiva, Micro-finance

There are many other charitable foundations and organizations Reform Bahais might want to consider, including local service groups.