Heartbreaking Destruction of the House of Baha’u'llah

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As Baha’is, my wife, Cheri, and I feel devastated by the news that the House of Baha’u'llah in Baghdad, Iraq, has been destroyed.

The Baha’i supreme governing body, the Universal House of Justice, announced this news earlier today. The circumstances, they say, are unclear.

The House does say, however, that “The peoples of the world have been robbed of a sanctuary of incalculable sacredness.”

The photo to the right is from The Baha’i World, vol. 6.

It goes without saying that every last detail of the building is meticulously documented, that Baha’is will one day regain possession of the property, and that it will be rebuilt in precise detail. My guess is that emerging technologies for 3D printing mean that even the exact corrugations and indentations of the original stones will be replicated, whenever this happens.

{josquote}My guess is that emerging technologies for 3D printing mean that even the exact corrugations and indentations of the original stones will be replicated...{/josquote}

But they won’t be the same stones. Not the ones Baha’u'llah saw and lived with. Not the same molecules. We can rebuild the structure, but we can’t fill the void this leaves in all our hearts.

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