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Holy Places
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Places linked with important events in Bahá'í history. The residences of the Báb, Bahá'u'lláh and ‘Abdu'l-Bahá and their shrines, as well as those of other holy souls and martyrs, are considered Holy Places to Bahá'ís. The most sacred spot on earth for Bahá'ís is the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh in Bahjí.
‘Abdu'l-Bahá explained in a Tablet that ‘Holy places are undoubtedly centres of the outpouring of Divine grace, because on entering the illumined sites associated with martyrs and holy souls, and by observing reverence, both physical and spiritual, one's heart is moved with great tenderness. But there is no obligation for everyone to visit such places, other than the three, namely: the Most Holy Shrine, the Blessed House in Bag̲h̲dád, and the venerated House of the Báb in Shíráz . . . These three Holy Places are consecrated to pilgrimage. But as to the other resting places of martyrs and holy souls, it is pleasing and acceptable in the sight of God if a person desires to draw nigh unto Him by visiting them; this, however, is not a binding obligation.'27
[BD 105]
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