Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July 22nd in Baha'i History

1867 – Us Consul General in Beirut forwards a petition regarding the captivity of Baha’u’llah and the fate of the Friends to the US Government:

U.S. Consulate General - Beirut, Syria - 1867 Received J. Smith , [stamped: Secretary of State, July 24, '67] - [from] Beirut [to] Bethany, West Virginia, July 22, 1867 Hon. W.H. Seward Secretary of State:
I have the honor to enclose herewith a petition with translation, from a reformed community in Persia, who represent that more than thirty thousand of their body have been massacred by the Persian government, and that about forty thousand remain on the borders of that country. They further represent that their leader is now held a prisoner at Adrianople by the Turkish Authorities at the request of the government of Persia - They pray for the interception of the government of the UStates in behalf of their leader and for greater toleration in behalf of themselves - I forward this petition at the urgent request of the leading members of this Persian reformation - I have the honor to be [undecipherable]
your most able servant, I. Augustus J. Wilson U.S. Consul General

1872 - Places in 'Akká Associated with Bahá'u'lláh: The Governorate where Bahá'u'lláh was taken to be interrogated after the murder of the three Azalis on 22 July 1872. It is now a school.
(H.M. Balyuzi, Baha'u'llah - The King of Glory, p. 320)

1912 – Abdul-Baha was in New York

At the morning gathering of the friends one asked about the longevity of life in ancient times. The Master replied:
Some think that is a third motion of the earth which is the cause of the length or shortness of life. This motion, they say, is different from the diurnal and annual motions and is the cause of change in the condition of the globe. But the long lives mentioned in certain books and narratives have a different basis. For instance, it was a custom in former times to mention a dynasty or family by the name of one person only. However, the people in the following ages thought that the length of time that a family survived was the length of the life of that family's founder.

`Abdu'l-Bahá had planned to leave for Boston and Dublin today but because of the arrival of the brother of the Khedive of Egypt, the great Amír, Prince Muhammad-`Alí Páshá, the Master's departure was delayed. The Master paid him a visit which was returned by the prince. On each visit this eminent, enlightened man received the utmost love and showed great interest. When the prince returned to Egypt he published an account of his journey, describing his visit with the Master, which is available everywhere in Egypt and elsewhere. On page 414 of his account he describes his visit with `Abdu'l-Bahá:
Monday morning, July 22. I was informed that His excellency, the venerable oriental sage, `Abbás Effendi, the head of the Bahá'í Movement, wished to see me. I therefore set 3:00 p.m. today for a conversation with him. `Abbás Effendi arrived at the appointed hour. I received him with respect and regard for his reverence and honor.
Age has not altered his extraordinary sagacity and infinite intelligence. He stayed with me for an hour and conversed on diverse subjects of great importance and usefulness, which amply testified to his vast knowledge and wide experience. Truly, he is a man of science and knowledge and is one of the exalted personages of the East. We paid `Abbás Effendi a return visit. He was living in a small but well-furnished house. Everything to insure his comfort was available. He had a suite of ten persons with him wearing Persian kuláhs on their heads. From this orderly and well-organized reception, I understood that this revered personage, because of the weakness of the Americans, had brought such a large number of Persians with him so that he might draw attention to himself. I do not mean this to lower the dignity of this great man, nay, on the other hand, it shows his great intelligence and indicates his vast knowledge of the way by which he may impress the minds of the people so they may turn towards him. His numerous, most impressive speeches have found a wide circulation in America. Indeed, the newspapers and periodicals are still publishing them with commentaries by the learned men of their religion. His influence has reached to such a prominence that bigoted and jealous people are protesting vigorously against him. I stayed with him for a long time and we talked with each other on various subjects. He made me happy by his delightful talks. I departed from his presence with his love and reverence preserved in my heart.
From such writings those with perception can see that although the Khedive's brother was not a Bahá'í, he was drawn to and affected by the Master. His words are a brilliant testimony to the effectiveness of the Master's talks, the impressiveness of His addresses and the vigour with which `Abdu'l-Bahá promulgates the teachings of God.

1965: Death of distinguished Bahá’í Leroy Ioas, Hand of the Cause and past Secretary General of the International Bahá’í Council.

Grieve announce passing outstanding Hand Cause Leroy Ioas. His long service Bahá'í Community United States crowned elevation rank Hand Faith paving way historic distinguished services Holy Land. Appointment first Secretary General International Bahá'í Council personal representative Guardian Faith two intercontinental conferences association his name by beloved Guardian octagon door Báb's Shrine tribute supervisory work drum dome that Holy Sepulcher notable part erection International Archives building all ensure his name immortal annals Faith. Laid to rest Bahá'í cemetery close fellow Hands advise hold befitting memorial services. (The Universal House of Justice, Wellspring of Guidance, Messages 1963-1968, p. 135)

1993: The Bahá’í community of France accuses Iranian officials of razing an historic Bahá’í cemetery, an allegation that is later confirmed by a US State Department report, which states that a cultural center was subsequently built on this grave site.[1]

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