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Aspire to Excellence
by Maboubé Maher-Hielscher

Maboubé Maher-Hielscher was born in Iran where she lived only seven years of her life. When the Guardian launched the Ten Year Plan, her parents left Iran in 1953, and went pioneering to Algeria during the turmoil of war, then to France. Author Maboubé Mahler-HielscherHer education was crowned with travelling and living in Europe, Africa and America. She studied Business Administration, then went to study languages and translation in England and France. This gave her the privilege to translate the Bahá'í Writings, from English into French, for nearly twenty years. Realizing her life needed creativity, she decided to study Fine Arts. She has written poetry in French and has published a book entitled Deux Vies (1969), a selection of nine plays in French entitled Metamorphose (2003) and in 2005 Envol vers l'excellence.

In 1970, she moved to Canada, where she met her husband Klaus Rudiger, who embraced the Bahá'í Faith the same day she entered Canada. They went pioneering to Switzerland and lived there for sixteen years. During this time, their son Cyrus-Michael and daughter Saba Serena were born. They are now living in New Brunswick (Canada) since 1988.

Aspire to Excellence is a Bahá'í primer designed to deepen understanding of the Bahá'í Faith from a primary level with the following goals:

⋅ to search out knowledge for themselves;

⋅ to become responsible for their own relationship with God in a progressive way;

⋅ to think about and process what they read;

⋅ to apply that knowledge to their personal needs;

⋅ to set goals for themselves;

⋅ to express those goals through action;

⋅ to memorize prayers and the Bahá'í writings;

⋅ to serve the Faith;

⋅ to undertake studies that will benefit mankind; and

⋅ to carry forth an ever-advancing civilization.

⋅ to get used to the Bahá'í Writings in a progressive way. Some quotations are difficult to understand at first but with practice and explanation of the vocabulary, they will gradually get used to this kind of writing.

Teachers and parents have to constantly reinforce the idea that the process of acquiring knowledge is not sufficient. This knowledge has to be transformed into action. If we do not apply the teachings to our life, daily study has no purpose.

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Some Frequently Asked Questions

What does Aspire to Excellence offer?

This book allows Bahá'í children, youth and seekers to get a deeper understanding of the History of the Faith, laws and various teachings, as well as the Bahá'í administration. This book helps the student to search knowledge and become responsible for his own relationship with God, to think about and process what he reads, to set goals for himself and express them through action, and to serve the Faith. Aspire to Excellence brings to the readers attention, through studying and meditating, what is the purpose of life and what are our responsibilities as a Bahá'í. Short stories are also incorporated to better help the understanding of some subjects.

After each chapter, questions and subjects for discussion are presented which are a great asset for children and youth to develop their mind and the way of thinking. At the end of each chapter, the author suggests different books to use as reference, should the student wish to further develop his/her knowledge in the subjects presented.

How can you help the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh?

At the end of the book, different suggestions are offered and presented in order to help the student to choose how they could be part of building the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh; to assist the establishment of peace and unity on earth.

Is Aspire to Excellence complementary to Ruhi materials?

We know that Ruhi courses have two main purposes: "Being and Doing; Purpose and Practice." They allow us to develop our understanding of the Writings and our great capacity to serve. Aspire to Excellence is a tool for parents and teachers to be used to help their children and the students to improve their knowledge of the Bahá'í Faith, as well as to prepare themselves for the fields of service. Moreover, this book prepares them for all the sequences of Ruhi materials.

"The attainment of any object is conditioned upon knowledge, volition and action. Unless these three conditions are forthcoming there is no execution of accomplishment."

'Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundation of World Unity, p. 101

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Chapter 1 ~God, Religion And The Manifestations Of God

Progressive Revelation 13

What Is the Purpose of Religion? 13

God and His Messengers 14

Chapter 2 The Báb ~The Gate

Declaration 21

What Was the Mission of the Báb? 22

Martyrdom of the Báb 23

The Teachings of the Báb 25

Writings of the Báb 25

Chapter 3 ~ Bahá'u'lláh ~The Glory Of God

His Life 29

The Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh 32

The Mission of Bahá'u'lláh 32

The Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh 32

Writings of Bahá'u'lláh 35

'Abdu'l-Bahá ~ The Servant Of Bahá 37

His Life 37

Chapter 4 ~ The Importance of a Covenant

'Abdu'l-Bahá's Visit to the Western World in 1911: 40

The Passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá 41

The Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá 41

Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá 44

Chapter 5 ~Shoghi Effendi The Guardian Of The Bahá'í Faith

His Life 47

His Mission 48

His Childhood 56

After His Passing 59

Writings of Shoghi Effendi 60

Chapter 6 ~The Bahá'í Administration

The Characteristics and Functions of the Twin Pillars: The Institutions of the Guardianship and of the Universal House of Justice

The Institution of the Rulers 66

The Duties of the Members of the Local Spiritual Assembly 69

Consultation Among the Members of The Local Spiritual Assembly 71

The Institution of the Learned 73

Recommended Reading 76

The Nineteen Day Feast 78

Prayer for The Feast 78

The Bahá'í Calendar 79

Chapter 7 ~What Is The Essence, The Meaning And The Purpose Of Life?

What Are The Duties Of A Bahá'í? 83

Chapter 8 ~Some Baháí Laws

1. Prayer 99

The Bejewelled Sword (A Persian Folk Tale) 101

2. Fasting 102

3. The Right of God~Huqûqu'lláh 104

Story about The Right of God 107

4. Marriage 108

A. Rights of Parents 109

B. Unity And Equality in the Family 110

C. Education of Children 111

5. Alcoholic Drinks and Opium 112

6. Politics 113

7. Divorce 114

8. Burial 116

Chapter 9 ~Various Teachings And Guidance

Backbiting / Fault-finding: 123

Chastity 129

Courtesy 131

Death - Eternal Life 134

Depression 139

Suicide 140

Tests and Difficulties The Purpose of Suffering 141

Deeds Not Words 144

Distinction 146

Faith 148

Reading: Lua's Mission to the King 149

The Bahá'í Funds 152

Investigation of Truth 153

Knowledge 155

Obedience 158

Peace 160

Sacrifice 162

Self-knowledge and Self-Respect 166

Service and Sharing 169

Unity 173

Work and Worship 176

What is My Purpose in Life 178

I Want To Help 184

Index 187