Sunday, September 6, 2009

September 6th in Baha'i History




1912 – Abdul-Baha was in Montreal



Mrs Maxwell said to Him, `At the time that I visited `Akká I despaired of ever having the blessing of children. Praise be to God! My supplications and your prayers at the Holy Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh were accepted and I was blessed with a dear baby. Bestowing His grace and kindness upon her and the child, the Master said, `Children are the ornaments of the home. A home which has no children is like one without light.'
`Abdu'l-Bahá's advice to Mr Maxwell and others was this:
You must cling to those things which prove to be the cause of happiness for the world of man. You must show kindness to the orphans, give food to the hungry, clothe the naked and offer help to the poor so that you may be accepted in the Court of God.
(Mahmud’s Diary)



1946 – Social and economic Teachings over-emphasized
He heartily agrees with you that unless we practise the Teachings we cannot possibly expect the Faith to grow, because the fundamental purpose of all religions -- including our own -- is to bring man nearer to God, and to change his character, which is of the utmost importance. Too much emphasis is often laid on the social and economic aspects of the Teachings; but the moral aspect cannot be over-emphasized.
(From a letter dated 6 September 1946 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)
(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 16)



1957 – Evacuation of the Covenant Breakers from Bahji
Two months before his passing, Shoghi Effendi again cabled
the Bahá'í world (September 6, 1957):
ANNOUNCE TO HANDS AND ALL NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES THAT FOLLOWING LOSS OF THE APPEAL TO THE SUPREME COURT, THE GOVERNMENT EXPROPRIATION ORDER HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED, RESULTING IN THE COMPLETE EVACUATION OF THE REMNANT OF COVENANT-BREAKERS AND THE TRANSFER OF ALL THEIR BELONGINGS FROM THE PRECINCTS OF THE MOST HOLY SHRINE, AND THE PURIFICATION, AFTER SIX LONG DECADES, OF THE HARAM-I-AQDAS FROM EVERY TRACE OF THEIR CONTAMINATION. MEASURES UNDER WAY TO EFFECT TRANSFER OF TITLE DEEDS OF THE EVACUATED PROPERTY TO THE TRIUMPHANT BAHAI COMMUNITY. (Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 343)

2005 – Passing of former Universal House of Justice Member David Ruhe

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