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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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This booklet was prepared by The Utterance Project as a supplement for the publication of the video for “Be Generous in Prosperity.”This selection from Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh was published as part of the Sovereign Remedy Collection, a thematic series of excerpts from Bahá’u’lláh addressing both the causes and the divine remedy for the ills of the world.For more information about the Sovereign Remedy, visit the page on our website, where you can also view a slideshow of Be Generous in Prosperity:theutteranceproject.com/sovereign-remedy-about/The 37-page PDF Booklet available on the Utterance Project’s website for download on this page: theutteranceproject.com/resources/downloads/The PDF is also directly accessible via this link: theutteranceproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Be-Generous-in-Prosperity.pdf37 individual images in a Google Photos album:photos.app.goo.gl/ijsghfTHWhJ2xuSJ6 See MoreSee Less
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Dearly beloved friends, we are so happy to offer you the Utterance Project’s very first e-book for free download! This booklet was prepared by The Utterance Project as a supplement for the publication of the video for “Be Generous in Prosperity.”This selection from Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh was published as part of the Sovereign Remedy Collection, a thematic series of excerpts from Bahá’u’lláh addressing both the causes and the divine remedy for the ills of the world.For more information about the Sovereign Remedy, visit the page on our website, where you can also view a slideshow of Be Generous in Prosperity:theutteranceproject.com/sovereign-remedy-about/The 37-page PDF Booklet available on the Utterance Project’s website for download on this page: theutteranceproject.com/resources/downloads/The PDF is also directly accessible via this link: theutteranceproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Be-Generous-in-Prosperity.pdf37 individual images in a Google Photos album:photos.app.goo.gl/ijsghfTHWhJ2xuSJ6 See MoreSee Less
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Presenting the latest addition to our Sovereign Remedy collection, "Be Generous in Prosperity." These iconic verses come from a Tablet of Baháʼuʼlláh to one of His sons, Mírzá Badíʻu’lláh. This excerpt from that Tablet was translated by Shoghi Effendi and first published in Gleanings from the Writings of Baháʼuʼlláh CXXX.Interesting fact: When an Arabic sentence or clause begins with some form of the verb "to be" (kána), the predicate (khabar kána) assumes the accusative case. If the word which forms that predicate is an indefinite noun or adjective, it will take on a diacritical mark called a fatḥatain, which sounds like "an" when pronounced. That is why this passage, which begins with the imperative verb "be" (kun), has a recurring "an" sound attached to all the nouns and adjectives which follow that command. See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Happy Riḍván everyone!!!!! See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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With the advent of the First Day of Riḍván in this auspicious Baháʼí year—a year consecrated to the memory of ʻAbdu’l-Bahá, and which marks the inauguration of the Third Epoch of His Divine Plan—we are delighted to present to you our longest selection yet, the Long Healing Prayer of Baháʼuʼlláh. The power of this lengthy supplication can be seen in its final entreaty: “And again do I beseech Thee . . . to protect the bearer of this blessed Tablet, and whoso reciteth it, and whoso cometh upon it, and whoso passeth around the house wherein it is. Heal Thou, then, by it every sick, diseased and poor one, from every tribulation and distress, from every loathsome affliction and sorrow, and guide Thou by it whosoever desireth to enter upon the paths of Thy guidance, and the ways of Thy forgiveness and grace.”The Long Healing Prayer is especially fascinating from a linguistic perspective, in that it is filled with novel names and titles for God—the products of innovative combinations of certain roots and forms—that did not previously exist in Arabic. Moreover, the prayer, ostensibly revealed only in Arabic, in fact includes a number of Persian words (ján, “my Soul”; jánán, “my Beloved”; khuwán, “table”). According to a message from the Universal House of Justice, this is probably the prayer Shoghi Effendi was referring to when he stated that “the Healing Prayer,” along with a few other supplications, “have been invested by Bahá’u’lláh with a special potency and significance.” See MoreSee Less
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