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A tribute for the Centenary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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The Utterance Project was started with three aims:

To extol the beauty of the spoken utterances of The Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the original Arabic and Persian;

To connect people with the languages in which the Bahá’í Holy Scriptures were originally revealed by providing subtitles and transliteration;

And to spark an interest in learning these languages among a wide variety of people.

Although the English translations of Bahá’í scripture are exceptional in their quality, there are musical and poetic characteristics of the revealed Persian and Arabic that cannot be reproduced faithfully in other languages without compromising the integrity of the original meaning. Certain words or spiritual concepts which sound nothing alike in English (or any other language) often rhyme perfectly in the original text. Similarly, certain ideas that can be expressed concisely in Persian and Arabic require wordier translations to unpack the full meaning in English. 

Ideally, because the chosen excerpts are spoken clearly and accompanied by subtitles and transliterations, the viewer will experience hearing the words and understanding them as they are being spoken in the original language of revelation. The written and transliterated Arabic and Persian are also provided with the hope that the viewer may eventually come to recognize certain sounds in their written forms. 

We hope these videos achieve their goal in making Arabic and Persian seem more approachable, and will make each person feel that it is entirely within their reach to access the wealth and beauty of the Bahá’í Holy Writings in their original languages.

Thank you for your interest in the Utterance Project!

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2 weeks ago

The Utterance Project
The Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb include many short verses that are intended to be recited under various circumstances. Since we first launched the Utterance Project nearly a year and a half ago, we have received many requests to cover these verses in our videos, along with a few other very brief invocations and phrases. We have been carefully noting these, and have decided at last to make this video that features them all. You can check out the video description on YouTube for an overview of the content and interactive timestamps that will take you straight to the relevant verse when clicked. We hope you find it useful and spiritually uplifting!See link to our YouTube Channel in our bio to watch the video! See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

The Utterance Project
The Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb include many short verses that are intended to be recited under various circumstances. Since we first launched the Utterance Project nearly a year and a half ago, we have received many requests to cover these verses in our videos, along with a few other very brief invocations and phrases. We have been carefully noting these, and have decided at last to make this video that features them all. You can check out the video description on YouTube for an overview of the content and interactive timestamps that will take you straight to the relevant piece of content when clicked. We hope you find it useful and spiritually uplifting! See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

The Utterance Project
Dear friends, The PowerPoint presentation on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is now available in Italian, with many thanks to Iscander Micael Tinto and his collaborators, if you know any Italian-speakers, please pass along this presentation of "’Abdu’l-Bahá: Il "Misteria di Dio"bit.ly/3D2JRSJWith many thanks! See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

The Utterance Project
Happy Naw-Rúz, everyone! As our gift to you all on this auspicious Holy Day, we wanted to share a very special publication we’ve been hard at work on for some time now: the Long Obligatory Prayer of Bahá’u’lláh. We hope you enjoy watching and listening to this video as much as we enjoyed producing it! See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

The Utterance Project
This beautiful prayer of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is well-loved by Bahá’ís who understand Arabic for its many sweet and mellifluous rhymes. See MoreSee Less
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