Sunday, July 12, 2009

July 12th in Baha'i History


1912 – Abdul-Baha was in New York[New York]


As the heat was excessive and because He had been revealing Tablets and visiting with the friends, `Abdu'l-Bahá was tired. We said that there was a bath in the house and that the Master could have His bath every day. He said: `We are like soldiers; we must not form any habits or have a care for anything.'


At another time He was asked how He liked the large buildings of America. He replied:
I have not come to see very tall buildings or places of interest in America. I look always for the foundation of the love of God in the realm of the hearts. I have no inclination to see other sights.

At a meeting with the friends in the afternoon He explained the uniqueness of the divine teachings of this great Cause. Among them are the establishment of the Covenant and the Expounder of the Book [`Abdu'l-Bahá], thereby closing the door on the differences that have arisen at the inception of past Dispensations; association with all religions; the prohibition of cursing or execrating other sects; the commandment to forgive enemies; the oneness of humanity and universal brotherhood; the giving and taking in marriage from all nationalities; the injunctions to parents to educate their children, whether boys or girls; the equality of the rights of men and women; the establishment of the supreme House of Justice as the center of authority; and finally the relinquishing of religious, patriotic, racial and political prejudices. His talk was long and very detailed. (Mahmud’s Diary)

1929 – The Guardian appoints Martha Root as a representative to attend:
An example of this is his letter of 12 June 1929 addressed "To the Third Biennial Conference on the world Federation of Educational Associations" held in Geneva: "My dear co-workers for humanity: I am sending Miss Martha L. Root, American journalist and international Bahá'í speaker and teacher, as an international Bahá'í representative to your Congress in July.
(Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Priceless Pearl, p. 104)


1952 - There is nothing that brings success in the Faith like service. Service is the magnet which draws the divine confirmations. Thus, when a person is active, they are blessed by the Holy Spirit. When they are inactive, the Holy Spirit cannot find a repository in their being, and thus they are deprived of its healing and quickening rays.
Written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, July 12, 1952, in Living the Life, p. 18

1960: Horace Holley, prominent Bahá’í and Hand of the Cause passes away in Haifa, Israel.


1982 – The Universal House of Justice announces 4 more Martyrdoms in Qazvin:


WITH GREAT SORROW INDIGNATION ANNOUNCE FURTHER MARTYRDOMS FOUR MORE VALIANT DEVOTED SERVANTS BAHÁ'U'LLÁH, ALL PROMINENT BAHÁ'ÍS IN QAZVIN AND SURROUNDING AREAS.+F634
[F634. The executions took place on Friday, 9 July 1982.]


MUHAMMAD MANSURI, JADIDU'LLAH ASHRAF, MUHAMMAD 'ABBASI
MANUCHIHR FARZANIH-MU'AYYAD

PRESSURES AGAINST BAHÁ'ÍS IRAN MOUNTING, THEIR SCOPE WIDENING,ENGULFING BAHÁ'ÍS ALL WALKS OF LIFE. ...
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

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