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“Fred” (Siegfried Schopflocher)
See   Siegfried Schopflocher (“Fred”)
Faḍl
See   Mírzá Abu’l-Faḍl-i-Gulpáygání
Faith
Law, Revelation, religion, or spiritual system based on the teaching of a Major Prophet, Messenger, Manifestation, or Avatar of God.
“the Faith” - dependent on context, generally the Bahá’í Faith
See also : Bábí;   Bahá’í Faith
A-Z : Bábí Faith;   Cause ~ of God;   Faith
Faith, Bábí
See   Bábí
Faith, Bahá’í
See   Bahá’í Faith
Family, Holy
See   Holy Family
Farídu’d-Dín ‘Aṭṭár
(ca. 1150–1230 A.D.), the great Persian Ṣúfí poet.
‘Aṭṭár was a perfumer before he became a philosopher (‘Aṭṭár: generally translated “the druggist”; one who deals in rose oil and other perfumes).
Among his best-known works are Manṭiqu’ṭ-Ṭayr (“Language of the Birds”); Pand-náma (“Book of Counsels”), and Tadhkiratu’l-Awliyá’ (“Memoirs of the Saints”).
Farmán
“Order,” “command,” “royal decree.”
Farmán-Farmá
Title of Prince Ḥusayn Firaydún Mírzá, the son of Prince ‘Abbás Mírzá, and brother of Muḥammad Sháh.
Farmer, Sarah Jane
See   Sarah Jane Farmer
Farrásh
“Footman,” “lictor,” “attendant.”
Farrásh-Báshí
The head farrásh.
Farsakh
A unit of measurement. Its length differs in different parts of the country according to the nature of the ground, the local interpretation of the term being the distance which a laden mule will walk in the hour, which varies from three to four miles.
Arabicised from the old Persian “parsang,” and supposed to be derived from pieces of stone (sang) placed on the roadside.
See also : Maydán.
Fasting
See   The Fast
Father Dunn
See   John Henry Hyde Dunn
Father of Folly
See   Abú-Jahl
Father of the Faithful
A title of Abraham.
Fáṭimih
The daughter of Muḥammad and Khadíjih.
She married ‘Alí, the cousin of Muḥammad, and had three sons. One died in infancy and from the other two, Ḥasan and Ḥusayn, are descended the posterity of the Prophet known as Siyyids.
See also : The Hidden Words
A-Z : Fáṭimih
Fáṭimih Baraghání
See   Ṭáhirih
Fáṭimih Nahrí
See   Munírih Khánum
Feast
See   Nineteen Day Feast
Fireside
An informal Bahá’í gathering held for the purpose of discussing the Bahá’í Faith and sharing its teachings.
Followers of the Greatest Name
Bahá’ís; followers of Bahá’u’lláh.
See also : Greatest Name.
A-Z : Bahá’ís
Formative Age
See   Ages
Fort Ṭabarsí, Battle of
See   Battle of Fort Ṭabarsí
Founders of the Faith
The Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.
See also : Twin Founders.
Founders, Twin
See   Twin Founders
Fourth Heaven
A term used, and a belief held, by early astronomers. Followers of the Shí‘íh sect of Islám also held this belief.
A-Z : Heaven(s) ~ Fourth
Fred
See   Siegfried Schopflocher (“Fred”)
Friend of God
A title of Abraham.
Friends
Bahá’ís
A-Z : Bahá’ís
Fu’ád Páshá
1858
Fu’ád Páshá
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1814 — 1869
Mehmed Fu’ád Páshá. Became Foreign Minister of the Ottoman Empire in 1851. Was Foreign Minister while Bahá’u’lláh was imprisoned in ‘Akká.
Bahá’u’lláh addressed a Tablet (circa 1869) to Shaykh Káẓim-i-Samandar of Qazvín, one of the Apostles of Bahá’u’lláh. The Tablet is known as the Lawḥ-i-Fu’ád (Tablet of Fu’ád), its subject being Fu’ád Páshá.
A-Z : Fu’ád ~ Páshá
Text : The Summons of the Lord of Hosts ~ Lawḥ-i-Fu’ád
Fund
The institution of the Bahá’í Fund, of which there are four main funds, operates on the international, continental, national, and local levels.
The Bahá’í International Fund is administered by the Universal House of Justice and is used to support the work of the Faith at the Bahá’í World Centre and to sustain national communities unable to meet their own expenses. The International Deputization Fund, a subsidiary of the Bahá’í International Fund, supports the work of pioneers and travelling teachers and is administered by the International Teaching Centre. The Persian Relief Fund, originally established by the National Spiritual Assembly of Írán to assist victims of persecution by the Islamic Republic, is also a subsidiary of the Bahá’í International Fund and is administered by the Universal House of Justice.
In its Riḍván 2012 message, the Universal House of Justice announced the formation of the Temples Fund, for the construction of the two national and five local Mashriqu’l-Adhkár’s announced in that message.
The Continental Bahá’í Fund supports the work of the Continental Boards of Counsellors and the work of their Auxiliary Boards.
Each National Spiritual Assembly and Local Spiritual Assembly administers its own National and Local Fund, respectively.
The funds of the Bahá’í Faith are managed according to principles laid down by Bahá’u’lláh, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and Shoghi Effendi. Foremost among the principles are:
(1) Except for the portion of the Bahá’í Funds devoted exclusively to charitable, philanthropic, or humanitarian purposes, contributions are accepted only from those who have identified themselves with the Bahá’í Faith and are regarded as its avowed and unreserved supporters.
(2) Contributing to the Funds is both a spiritual privilege and a responsibility.
(3) All contributions to the Bahá’í Funds are voluntary.
(4) The degree of sacrifice and love of the contributor is more important than the amount given.
(5) Appeals for donations must be dignified and general in character.
(6) Confidentiality of contributions is to be strictly preserved.
(7) Receipts are to be issued.
Shoghi Effendi referred to the Funds as “the life-blood” of the Bahá’í institutions.
A-Z : Fund
Compilation : Bahá’í Funds and Contributions
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