Saturday, November 28, 2009

November 28th in Baha'i History

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1902 - Commencement of the construction of the of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár of 'Ishqábád
1912 –28 November, Thanksgiving Day, was to be a day of rest for our Beloved Lord. It had been given out that no one would be received at the house that day. (Misc Baha'i, The Diary of Juliet Thompson)

Another significant thing: Nine years after that date, on 28 November 1921, our Beloved Lord ascended. Could this have been the reason, with His pre-vision, that He spent that day in 1912 in solitude?) (Misc Baha'i, The Diary of Juliet Thompson)

1921 - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá passes away in Haifa and appoints Shoghi Effendi as the Guardian in his Will and Testament

about 1:30 A.M. on Monday, November 28, He passed away so peacefully that, to the two daughters watching by His bedside, it seemed as if He had gone quietly to sleep. The sad news soon spread throughout the town and was flashed over the wires to all parts of the world. (Dr. J.E. Esslemont, Baha'u'llah and the New Era, p. 65)

With the passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá on 28 November 1921, the most glorious period in the history of the Faith, described by Shoghi Effendi as the 'heroic' or 'Apostolic' age, came to an end. (Adib Taherzadeh, The Covenant of Baha'u'llah, p. 275)

1922 - Munirih Khanum’s Letter of Lament

O my Lord, O my Lord. Forsake me not, for troubles have encompassed me on all sides. Lord! leave me not to myself, for misfortunes have seized me and assailed me.
O Peerless One! O Beloved One! O 'Abdu'l-Bahá! O tender and faithful Master! It is today one full year since You disappeared from our sight and winged Your flight to the Abha Kingdom.[1] In that most glorious paradise, that supreme dwelling, You have chosen to make Your asylum and refuge, in perfect peace and comfort. O kind and loving Master: for fifty years You fed us from the breast of mercy. At every morn You would call all to gather, and You would even instruct us to "wake the small children and, after breakfast, read the prayers and Tablets." Cast Your glance of favor upon this poor, sorrow-stricken family from that other world, from the Sadratu'l-Muntaha.[2] Look down upon these leaves scattered in many lands and regions. Each one is in a different place and subjected to severe afflictions.
[1 'Abdu'l-Bahá passed away at about 1:00 A.M., on November 28, 1921.] [2 The tree beyond which there is no passing. Here a reference to paradise.] (Misc Baha'i, Munirih - Memoirs and Letters, p. 52)

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