Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September 2nd in Baha'i History

1868 - The Governor of ‘Akká, on a visit to the Bahá’ís in the city barracks shortly after their arrival, is deeply impressed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and is moved to improve their conditions.

1919- Death of Mirza Hasan, surnamed Adib

Haji Mirza Hasan was born in Talaqan in September 1848. His father was an eminent cleric and Haji Mirza Hasan underwent the usualreligious education at Tihran and Mashhad. From 1874 onwards he wasemployed by one of the Qajar princes, I'tidadu's-Saltanih, andlater by another prince, Mu'tamidu'd-Dawlih. These two princes used to publish a large number of books which were written for them by their employees but published in their own names. In this way, Mirza Hasan contributed to such important works as the encyclopaedic Namiy-i-Danishvaran, until his becoming known as a Bahá'í caused his dismissal from such work. He was also, for a time, Imam-Jum'ih (Friday prayer leader) and teacher at the Daru'l-Funun, Iran~s first educational establishment founded on modern lines. He was given the title Adibu'l-'Ulama (litterateur of the 'ulama) and was a poet of considerable talent.
It was his close friend, the eminent cleric Shaykh Hadi Najmabadi,who pointed out to Mirza Hasan the similarity between his views and those of the Bahá'ís, and this prompted the latter to investigate the Bahá'í Faith. In about 1889, after prolonged conversations with Nabil-i-Akbar, he was converted and soon afterwards was designated by Bahá'u'lláh as one of the Hands of the Cause of God. After the passing of Bahá'u'lláh, Mirza Hasan was much involved in dealing with the activities of the Covenant-breakers. In AH 1315 (AD 2 June 1897 -- 21 May 1898), he participated in the meetings of the Hands of the Cause which evolved over several years into the Central Spiritual Assembly of Tihran, the precursor of the Iranian National Spiritual Assembly. He was chairman of this body. He also played an important part in the founding of the Tarbiyat Schools in Tihran and in their administration. In 1903 he travelled to Isfahan where he was briefly imprisoned during the upheaval there. From there he proceeded to Shiraz, Bombay, and eventually to 'Akká. 'Abdu'l-Bahá instructed him to travel through India and Burma in the company of the American Bahh'i, Sidney Sprague. He eventually returned to Tihran where he died on 2 September 1919. Eminent Baha’i’s in the time of Baha’u’llah p.272

1968 - Death of Hand of the Cause, Tarázu'lláh Samandarí.

1982 – Message to Asian-Australasian Bahá'í Conference in Canberra

These are momentous times. The institutions of the old world order are crumbling and in disarray. Materialism, greed, corruption and conflict are infecting the social order with a grave malaise from which it is helpless to extricate itself. With every passing day it becomes more and more evident that no time must be lost in applying the remedy prescribed by Bahá'u'lláh, and it is to this task that Bahá'ís everywhere must bend their energies and commit their resources.

(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 563)

1982 – Message to the Bahá'í International Conference in Montreal

and, referring to Canada, He asserted that its future "is very great, and the events connected with it infinitely glorious." Even more specifically, He expressed the "hope that in the future Montreal may become so stirred, that the melody of the Kingdom may travel to all parts of the world from that Dominion and the breaths of the Holy Spirit may spread from that centre to the East and the West of America."

(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 559)

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