Tuesday, November 24, 2009

November 24th in Baha'i History

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1853 - The prisoners from Nayriz and the heads of the martyrs arrive in Shiraz. More Babi’s are executed and their heads sent to Tihran. Later the heads were buried in Abadih.

1881 – Revealed by Baha’u’llah

Say: This is the Day of meritorious deeds, did ye but know it. This is the Day of the glorification of God and of the exposition of His Word, could ye but perceive it. Abandon the things current amongst men and hold fast unto that which God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting, hath enjoined upon you. The day is fast approaching when all the treasures of the earth shall be of no profit to you. Unto this beareth witness the Lord of Names, He Who proclaimeth: Verily, no God is there besides Him, the Sovereign Truth, the Knower of things unseen. (Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 232)

1912 – Abdul-Baha was in New York

In the afternoon the children who had earlier seen the Master on the way from school, had been so attracted and had asked to see Him, came to visit Him. He spoke to them with deep affection and kindness, asking about their health and welfare. To each He gave candies and flowers and then sprinkled them with attar of rose. He then gave them kindly counsels and encouraged them to acquire knowledge, science, good morals and sincerity, saying:

I hope that you will be educated as you ought to be and that each of you will become the pride of your family. May God assist you to acquire divine knowledge in the school of the world of humanity. I shall pray for you and beg assistance for you. Truly, the hearts of the children are very pure. This was why Christ said, `Be ye like children. Praise be to God who created you illumined children. Praise be to the Lord who hath created His creatures perfectly. God has created you as human beings so that you may daily acquire better morals and human virtues. You must obey your parents so that they may be pleased with you, and so that God will be pleased with you, and that you may become the children of the Kingdom and mirror forth the words of Christ. (Mahmud's Diary)

Although these young visitors were children, they took their leave in an attitude of sincerity, reverence and attraction that astonished all.

1912 - Abdul-Baha and the white Baha’i’s in attendance serve the Black Baha’is at dinner at the Kinney’s

1924 - "....having attained sufficiently the individual regeneration -- the essential requisite of teaching -- let us arise to teach His Cause with righteousness, conviction, understanding, and vigor. Let this be the paramount and most urgent duty of every Bahá'í."
(From a letter written by the Guardian to the American believers, dated November 24, 1924, quoted in Bahá'í Administration, p. 69) (The Universal House of Justice, Wellspring of Guidance, Messages 1963-1968, p. 127)

Nothing but the abundance of our actions, nothing but the purity of our lives and the integrity of our character, can in the last resort establish our claim that the Bahá'í spirit is in this day the sole agency that can translate a long-cherished ideal into an enduring achievement.
(24 November 1924 to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada, published in "Bahá'í Administration: Selected Messages 1922-1932" [rev. ed.], (Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1980), p. 68) (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 347)


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