Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July 1st in Baha'i History




1889 - On 1 July 1889 Haji Muhammad-Rida received a Tablet from Bahá'u'lláh in which He praises him for his devoted services, bestows His blessings upon him for his steadfastness and devotion to the Cause, and assures him that all his deeds and aspirations are manifest before Him.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 4, p. 342)



1909 – Abdul-Baha told the visiting Friends from America:



"I desire that each of you become so great that each may guide a nation. Now the friends must endeavour to attain such stations so as to teach the people of America. Divine qualities are unlimited. For this reason you must not be satisfied with one quality, but must try to attain all. Each of us must improve himself, that he may attain nothing short of the best. When one stops, he descends. A bird, when it is flying, soars; but as soon as it stops, it falls. While man is directed upward, he develops. As soon as he stops, he descends. Therefore I wish the beloved of God always to ascend and develop. (Misc Baha'i, The Diary of Juliet Thompson)



1912 – Abdul-Baha spoke twice at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York





Under this adjustment there can be no extremes in human conditions as regards wealth and sustenance. For the community needs financier, farmer, merchant and laborer just as an army must be composed of commander, officers and privates. All cannot be commanders; all cannot be officers or privates. Each in his station in the social fabric must be competent -- each in his function according to ability but with justness of opportunity for all. (Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 216)





You must give the message through action and deed, not alone by word. Word must be conjoined with deed. (Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 217)



1983 – Baha’is in Sari attacked by villagers



To all National Spiritual Assemblies



368.1 ATROCITIES MOUNTING AGAINST BRETHREN CRADLE FAITH, NOW DIRECTED TOWARDS DEFENCELESS VILLAGERS NEAR SARI IN MAZINDARAN. IN VILLAGE OF IVAL OVER 130 BAHÁ'ÍS INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE HELD CAPTIVE FOR THREE DAYS IN WALLED-IN OPEN FIELD WITHOUT FOOD AND WATER. WHEN PRESSURES TO RECANT FAITH ACCEPT ISLAM FAILED THEY WERE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES. HOWEVER SAME NIGHT, 1 JULY THEY WERE ATTACKED BY VILLAGERS AND FORCED HIDE IN NEARBY FOREST.
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 584)

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