Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October 27th in Baha'i History

1887 – Baha’u’llah releases the Obligatory Prayers

When Bahá'u'lláh revealed the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. He withheld the publication of certain laws. These included the text of the Obligatory Prayers.[1] In one of His Tablets[11] Bahá'u'lláh orders 300 His amanuensis, Mirza Aqa Jan, to send a copy of the Obligatory Prayers to Persia as a favour to Mulla 'Ali-Akbar who had asked for them. He confirms that the Obligatory Prayers had been revealed a few years earlier. Mirza Aqa Jan gives the date of this release as one and a half hours after sunset on 27 October 1887.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 4, p. 299)

1912 Abdul-Baha was En route to Salt Lake City

Today the Master spoke beautifully about the existence of God and other subjects. During a conversation, an individual questioned Him about His purpose in traveling to America. The Master replied:
I have come to America to raise the standard of universal peace and to promote the unity of mankind. My aim is to create love and harmony among the religions. But some people ask me, `Is your country developed? Is it prosperous and has it good trees, sweet fruits, beautiful animals and swift Arabian horses?' But I speak to them of the trees of the world of existence, of the fruits of human virtues and of heavenly morals and traits and call people to the Kingdom of God.
Such explanations transformed the minds of the hearers and created love and sincerity in their hearts.

The Master occupied Himself for about an hour reading many letters from the friends. He later spoke about the days of Baghdád and the apathy and ignorance of the populace. He said:

How they reproached us, but they were ignorant of the future of the Cause. They did not know that the Cause of God can make an atom a brilliant sun, bestow the magnificence of Solomon on an ant, give eternal honor to debased ones and endow the ignorant ones with divine knowledge.

We suggested that He obtain a Pullman berth but He would not permit this, saying, `The seats are comfortable. We can lean back and sleep.' (Mahmud’s Diary)

1914- Excerpts from a Talk By Abdul-Baha in Akka

Pilgrimage should be carried out in a state of utter humbleness and devotion. Otherwise it is not true pilgrimage, it is a form of sight-seeing...
It is therefore necessary to acquire spiritual receptiveness. A deaf ear will not enjoy the melody of a beautiful song, and a diseased nostril will be insensible to the perfume of the rose. The sun shines, the breeze is wafted, and the rain falls, but where the land is a salt marsh nothing grows but weeds.
27 October 1914, reported by Mu'ayyad, Khatirat-i-Habib, pp. 171-2.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 3, p. 64)

1933 - Death of Keith Ransom-Kehler, Hand of the Cause of God

1941 - Birth of Universal House of Justice member Dr. Farzam Arbab

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