Saturday, July 4, 2009

July 4th in Baha'i History


1964 – The Opening of the House of Worship in Frankfurt, Germany to the public.
The purchase of the land and commencement of work had been more complicated in Germany and the foundation-stone for the Mother Temple of Europe was not laid until November 1960; its superstructure was completed in November 1962 during the ministry of the Hands but the Temple was not opened to public worship until July 4, 1964. (Custodians, Ministry of the Custodians, p. 14)

1905 – A letter signed by the American friends is sent to Abdul-Baha


Such was our state when a letter came to us from the American friends.[1] They had covenanted together, so they wrote, to remain at one in all things, and the signatories one and all had pledged themselves to make sacrifices in the pathway of the love of God, thus to achieve eternal life. At the very moment when this letter was read, together with the signatures at its close, 'Abdu'l-Bahá experienced a joy so vehement that no pen can describe it, and thanked God that friends have been raised up in that country who will live together in perfect harmony, in the best of fellowship, in full agreement, closely knit, united in their efforts.


[1 This letter was signed by four hundred and twenty-two believers in America, and sent on 4 July 1905.] (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 242)

1909 – Abdul-Baha is reported to have said this in the Holy Land: "America and this land are one. The world is one – is one!" (in His ringing English). "America and this land are one. The five continents of the world are one. All the nations are one, through the Power of Bahá'u'lláh." (Misc Baha'i, The Diary of Juliet Thompson)


1912 – Abdul-Baha is reported to have said this in America:


"Even the sword," He said, "is no test to the Persian believers. They are given a chance to recant; they cry out instead: 'Ya Baha'u'l-Abha!' Then the sword is raised," -- He shot up His arm as though brandishing a sword -- "they cry out all the more 'Ya Baha'u'l-Abha!' But some of the people here are tested if I don't say 'How do you do?'" (Misc Baha'i, The Diary of Juliet Thompson)


1930 - In a letter written on 4 July 1930 Shoghi Effendi says "I feel exceedingly tired after a strenuous year of work, particularly as I have managed to add to my labours the translation of the Íqán, which I have already sent to America." This was the first of his major translations, (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Priceless Pearl, p. 214)


1939 - Let the privileged few, the ambassadors of the Message of Bahá'u'lláh, bear in mind His words as they go forth on their errands of service to His Cause. "It behoveth whosoever willeth to journey for the sake of God, and whose intention is to proclaim His Word and quicken the dead, to bathe himself with the waters of detachment, and to adorn his temple with the ornaments of resignation and submission. Let trust in God be his shield, and reliance on God his provision, and the fear of God his raiment. Let patience be his helper, and praise-worthy conduct his succorer, and goodly deeds his army. Then will the concourse on high sustain him. Then will the denizens of the Kingdom of Names march forth with him, and the banners of Divine guidance and inspiration be unfurled on his right hand and before him."

(Shoghi Effendi, Messages to America, p. 25)

1950
- I appeal on this solemn occasion, rendered doubly sacred through the approaching hundredth anniversary of the most devastating holocaust in the annals of the Faith, at this anxious hour in the fortunes of this travailing age, to the entire body of the American believers, the privileged occupants and stout-hearted defenders of the foremost citadel of the Faith, to rededicate themselves and resolve, no matter how great the perils confronting their sister communities on the European, Asiatic, African and Australian continents, however somber the situation facing both the cradle of the Faith and its World Center, however grievous the vicissitudes they themselves may eventually suffer, to hold aloft unflinchingly the torch of the Faith impregnated with the blood of innumerable martyrs and transmit it unimpaired so that it may add luster to future generations destined to labor after them.

[July 4, 1950] (Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, p. 82)

1983 – The Universal House of Justice sent a message: To the European Youth Conference in Innsbruck (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 584)


1985 – The Universal House of Justice sent this message : To all National Spiritual Assemblies


429.1 JOYFULLY ANNOUNCE COMPLETION STATEMENT ON PEACE ADDRESSED TO PEOPLES WORLD.+F755 ARRANGEMENTS BEING MADE PRESENTATION WORLD LEADERS BEGINNING 24 OCTOBER. STATEMENT BEING SENT NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLIES SHORTLY. OUR HEARTS FILLED GRATITUDE BAHÁ'U'LLÁH FOR UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY ENABLING HIS SERVANTS OFFER HIS HEALING MESSAGE AT THIS CRITICAL TIME FORTUNES MANKIND.
Universal House of Justice


1985 - The Universal House of Justice - Announced the Release of a Compilation on the Law of Huququ'lláh

1 comment:

Thozamile Nomvete said...

Allow me to share this comment on your blog.
Thank you so much Jack. Your ability to keep us informed of the major events in Bahá’í history is truly commendable. Your expertise in the language of current social media is exemplary. You present us with an electronic version of snippets of Bahá’í history in a format that is attractive and pleasing to the eye. You are a true spiritual descendant of “Mullá Muḥammad-i-Zarandí (29 July 1831 – 1892), more commonly known as Nabíl-i-A`ẓam (Persian: نبيل أعظم‎ "the Great Nabíl"[1]) or Nabíl-i-Zarandí (Persian: نبيل زرندي‎ "Nabíl of Zarand").” He 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.” (Excerpted from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nab%C3%ADl-i-A%60zam).