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Bahá’í Glossary
 
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“Nabíl’s Narrative”
See   The Dawn-Breakers
See also : Nabíl-i-A‘ẓam
Nabíl
“Learned,” “noble.”
Nabíl-i-A‘ẓam
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Nabíl-i-A‘ẓam
Mullá Muḥammad-i-Zarandí (29 July 1831 — 1892). Better known as Nabíl-i-A‘ẓam or Nabíl-i-Zarandí. Author of The Dawn-Breakers.
A-Z : Nabíl-i-A‘ẓam
Nabíl-i-Zarandí
See   Nabíl-i-A‘ẓam
Naḍr-ibn-i-Ḥárith
An opponent of Muḥammad.
Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 25;   The Kitáb-i-Íqán, p. 99
A-Z : Naḍr-ibn-i-Ḥárith
Najaf-‘Alí
One of the 44 survivors of Zanján who were brought to Ṭihrán and all of them executed save Najaf-‘Alí, on whom an officer took pity. But some years later he was arrested again and beheaded.   (See God Passes By, p. 178)
Najíbíyyih Garden
See   Garden of Riḍván
khud
A unit of weight. See “Mithqál.”
A-Z : Nákhud(s)
National Convention
The institution that elects the members of the National Spiritual Assembly during the annual Riḍván Festival (21 April — 2 May).
At unit or “district” conventions, adult Bahá’ís elect delegates who, in turn, attend the National Convention. There the delegates vote to elect the members of the National Spiritual Assembly, consult about the affairs of the Faith, and offer recommendations to the National Spiritual Assembly.
See also : Bahá’í Elections.
National Fund
See   Fund
National Spiritual Assemblies
See   Spiritual Assemblies
Navváb
See   Ásíyih Khánum
Naw-Rúz
“New Day”. Bahá’í New Year’s Day, the date of the vernal equinox.
A Bahá’í holy day on which work is suspended, it is celebrated in the West on 1 Bahá, in accordance with the Universal House of Justice fixing the standard for the date throughout the world in accordance with astronomical data.
See also : Bahá’í Calendar;   Holy Day.
A-Z : Naw-Rúz
Naw-Nahálán   (Nawnahálán)
“Children”: the name of a Bahá’í-owned commercial investment company founded in 1917 in Írán, through ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s encouragement, to help Bahá’í children learn to plan for the future and live thriftily by depositing a portion of their allowances each week. It later became the financial arm of the National Spiritual Assembly of Írán.
In 1979 the Nawnahálán Company was seized by Íránian authorities, its assets were confiscated, and its staff were denied their salaries and prevented from working.
Nayríz
A town in southern Persia, near Shíráz.
Nebuchadnezzar
King of Babylon. In 599 B.C. he captured Jerusalem, and in 588 B.C. he destroyed the city and removed most of the inhabitants to Chaldea.
A-Z : Nebuchadnezzar
New Delhi House of Worship
Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent
New Delhi House of Worship
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Community
Architect: Fariborz Sahba
The cornerstone for the House of Worship was laid, on behalf of the Universal House of Justice, by Hand of the Cause of God Amatu’l-Bahá Rúḥíyyih Khánum on the 17 October 1977. Construction commenced on 21 April 1980, with the Temple Dedication on 24 December 1986.
Since construction, the House of Worship, (known as the Lotus Temple) has become one of the most visited buildings in the world, with over four million visitors per year.
See also : Mashriqu’l-Adhkár.
New History Society
See   Aḥmad Sohráb
Night
The period between two divine Revelations when the Sun of Truth is not manifest among men.
Nightingale of Paradise
See   Ancient Beauty
Nimrod
Ancient king of Babylon. In Muḥammadan commentaries, he is represented as the persecutor of Abraham.
A-Z : Nimrod
Nine Year Plan
The first teaching plan launched by the Universal House of Justice. It encompassed the years 1964 — 73.
See also : Plans.
Nineteen Day Feast
A Bahá’í institution inaugurated by the Báb and confirmed by Bahá’u’lláh in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. It is held on the first day of every Bahá’í month, each month consisting of nineteen days and bearing the name of one of the attributes of God.
The Feast is the heart of Bahá’í community life at the local level and consists of devotional, consultative, and social elements.
See also : Bahá’í Calendar.
A-Z : Nineteen ~ Day Feast
Compilation : The Nineteen Day Feast
Níyávarán
A village in which there is a royal residence. Located north of Ṭihrán
Noah
A prophet to whom the Muḥammadans give the title the “Prophet of God”.
See Genesis 6:10 and Qur’án 11:25-48 and 71 for accounts of his life and of the Flood.
A-Z : Noah
Nominee of the Báb
Mírzá Yaḥyá, the half-brother of Bahá’u’lláh, named by the Báb, after consulting with Bahá’u’lláh and another leading Bábí, to serve as the figurehead of the Bábí community in the event that the Báb should die before the manifestation of the Promised One (i.e., Bahá’u’lláh).
The effect of the nominal appointment was to enable Bahá’u’lláh to continue guiding the affairs of the Faith while avoiding the risk that a formal appointment would have created for Him, thus allowing Bahá’u’lláh to promote the Cause in relative security.
A-Z : Mírzá ~ Yaḥyá
Nudbih, Prayer of
See   Prayer of Nudbih
Nuqṭih
“Point.”
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