Sunday, September 20, 2009

September 20th in Baha'i History

1876 - Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl, becomes a Baha’i

1912- Abdul-Baha - Talk at Home of Mr. Albert L. Hall – Minneapolis

1912 – Abdul-Baha -Talk at Home of Dr. and Mrs. Clement Woolson – st. Paul

1912 – Abdul-Baha was in [Minneapolis -- Denver]
Today we departed from Minneapolis. In the morning friends and seekers surrounded `Abdu'l-Bahá like moths. He spoke to them in these words:

You must have deep love for one another. Go to see each other and be consoling friends to all. If a friend lives a little distance from the town, go to see him. Do not content yourselves with words only but act according to the commandments of God. Hold weekly meetings and give feasts. Put forth your efforts to acquire spiritual perfections and to spread the knowledge of God. These are the attributes of the Bahá'ís. Otherwise, what use is there in being a Bahá'í in word alone.

At 8:00 a.m., after packing the parcels to be sent to the East, the Master left the hotel for the train station. The assembled friends were sad and dejected owing to His departure from their midst. He consoled them until the train left the station, saying:

I shall never forget you. You are always in my mind. Convey to all the friends my kind regards. I love all. I exhort you to be kind to the poor and love them. Help them, for the poor are broken-hearted. If you sacrifice yourself for the rich, they think you do it because you are obliged to. But if you love the poor, they feel joy and are sincerely grateful. To help the poor is essential. May you be under the protection of God.

On the way `Abdu'l-Bahá spoke about teaching the Cause of God in America and remarked:

In this country it is essential to have teachers who are attracted, wholly severed and learned like some of the self-sacrificing Persian teachers. The Cause of God must become firmly established in these regions. The teachers must move continually, one after another, from one place to another to raise the divine call. Then will the confirmations of the Abhá Kingdom envelop these nations and wonders will be achieved. This desire of mine has not yet come about. It depends on the confirmations of the all-glorious Kingdom and on the sanctified breaths of the friends. The one true God is my witness! If a person draws only one pure breath in a state of severance, it will be effective for a thousand years. (Mahmud's Diary)

1935 - Birth of founding member of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, William S. Hatcher

1979 - Omission of Bahá'ís as Recognized Religious Minority from Iranian Constitution

UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE (Messages 1963 to 1986 p.426)

1999NSA urges US to Pay UN Debt - Click for article

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