[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Didehban Strategic Institute
[Date:] 18 Farvardin 1393 [7 April 2014]
According to the Didehban Strategic Institute, there are seven Mashriqu’l-Adhkars that have been built, one on each continent, which Baha’is use as a sign of the advancement of the Baha’i sect in the world. At the present stage, the Baha’i sect’s organization spends most of its energy on building social and spiritual institutions, as well as developing and consolidating them. It should be noted, however, that the construction and maintenance of such structures require great financial resources; funding for this espionage sect is quite possible because they acquire their budget by doing good service.
Each Baha’i temple has a different design, as there are no common architectural principles among them to unite all these spy centres. Of course, the only common point of these Mashriqu’l-Adhkars is their nine sides and the central dome.
The first Mashriqu’l-Adhkar was built around 1908 in Ashgabat, Russia, in Central Asia. The Baha’is of that region used this building until 1938 (it was confiscated by the Soviet Union). After the damage caused by an earthquake, it was destroyed in 1962.
The first House of Worship in the West was built in 1953 in Wilmette, Illinois, on the shores of Lake Michigan, north of Chicago. Other Houses of Worship came into being one after the other: 1. Kampala in Uganda (Africa) 2- Near Sydney in Australia 3- On the outskirts of Frankfurt in Germany 4- Overlooking Panama City in Panama 5- Apia in Western Samoa.
The most recent Mashriqu’l-Adhkar was built in New Delhi in 1986 on the Indian subcontinent. Since then, many architectural awards have been given to this building for advertising and attracting different people, and hundreds of magazines and newspapers have written about it. The architecture of this building, which is inspired by the lotus flower, is composed of 27 separate “petals” of marble, which in three independent clusters form nine sides of the building. The central hall of this building has a capacity of 2,500 people.