Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July 29th in Baha'i History

This photo is of Dawn Prayers at Camp Givah - July 2004
1831 - Birth of Apostles of Bahá’u’lláh and noted historian Nabíl-i-A'zam


Mulla Muhammad was born in Zarand on 29 July 1831 of humble parents. He was a shepherd by occupation but strove hard to overcome the handicap of a meagre education. He learnt to read the Qur'án and often went with his father to Qum where he listened to the discourses of the prominent religious figures there. In 1847, while on a visit to his maternal uncle in the village of Rubat-Karim, Nabil overheard a conversation about the Báb and was immediately interested. Later, through Siyyid Husayn-i-Zavari'i he was more fully informed of the Faith of the Báb and became a believer. (Balyuzi, Eminent Baha’is in the Timeof Baha’u’llah, p.268)


Nabil was an eminent Bahá’í historian during the time of Bahá’u’lláh, and one of the nineteen Apostles of Bahá’u’lláh. He is most famous for authoring The Dawn-breakers, which stands out as one of the most important and extensive accounts of the ministry of the Báb.

1912 – Abdul-Baha was in Dublin, NH


Sitting on the carpet, the Master spoke about Mr Harmon, saying:
What captives of superstitions people are! What troubles they endure for the sake of name and fame! What fruit will these superstitions bear? All are transitory and perishable and no trace of them will remain. It will be as through they had never existed. They are sowing seeds in a barren land. Man ought to sow pure seeds in a fertile soil.
He went to Mrs Parsons's home in the afternoon. He was asked about His health and the climate, to which He replied:
The air of this place is good. But we are happy wherever we go; our happiness consists in service to the Most Holy Threshold. We have not come to America on a pleasure trip; we are here to serve the Court of the Blessed Beauty. Whenever we succeed in this purpose, that place is good. A merchant is happy whenever his goods find a market, wherever it may be.
Then He sat in the gazebo facing the garden and related the afflictions and trials of Bahá'u'lláh in Baghdád:
In spite of all these troubles we were happy beyond description because under His shadow we were favored with the blessing of attainment to His presence.

1980 - Death of Adelbert Mühlschlegel, Hand of the Cause of God and prominent German Bahá’í


WITH SORROWFUL HEARTS ANNOUNCE PASSING BELOVED HAND CAUSE ADELBERT MUEHLSCHLEGEL GRIEVOUS LOSS SUSTAINED ENTIRE BAHÁ'Í WORLD PARTICULARLY FELT EUROPE MAIN ARENA HIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICES CAUSE GOD. SERVING FOR MANY YEARS NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY GERMANY HE BECAME AFTER ELEVATION RANK HAND CAUSE ONE OF CHAMPION BUILDERS EMERGING EUROPEAN BAHÁ'Í COMMUNITY CONSTANTLY TRAVELLING ENCOURAGING RAISING SPIRITS FRIENDS RESIDING WHEREVER SERVICES MOST NEEDED FINALLY PIONEERING GREECE AND SURRENDERING HIS SOUL PIONEER POST. HIS CONSTANT WILLINGNESS SERVE HIS ABILITY ENDEAR HIMSELF BELIEVERS AND OTHERS ALIKE BY HIS LOVING GENTLENESS SERENE HUMILITY RADIANT CHEERFULNESS HIS NEVER-CEASING PURSUIT KNOWLEDGE AND TOTAL DEDICATION BLESSED BEAUTY PROVIDE WONDERFUL EXAMPLE BAHÁ'Í LIFE, ADVISE FRIENDS COMMEMORATE HIS PASSING AND REQUEST BEFITTING MEMORIAL SERVICES ALL MOTHER TEMPLES. ...
[For an account of the life and services of Adelbert Muehlschlegel, see BW 18:611-13.]
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE (Messages 1963 to 1986, p.454)

2 comments:

Candace Jacallen said...

Jack, is the Dublin NH story published anywhere, or is it oral history? If so, who originally told the story?

Jack Bush said...

Candace, this history is taken from Mahmud's Diary which is readily available. I believe I have a Word doc version on my old laptop.