Monday, November 9, 2009

November 9th in Baha'i History

1912 – Abdul-Baha gave a Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons #1
1912 – Abdul-Baha gave a Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons #2
1912 – Abdul-Baha gave a Talk at Bahá’í Banquet , Rauscher’s Hall

1912 – Abdul-Baha was in Washington, D.C.

The Master called on the Jewish rabbi, showered him with kindness and countless blessings, and spoke to him regarding peace and harmony among the Jews, Christians and Muslims as well as the need for respect for the leaders of each other's religions. The Master said:
Whenever these people mention each other's leaders with due reverence then all sufferings and contentions shall cease and instead of hatred there will be love and instead of enmity and disunity there will be harmony and affection. This is my purpose.
In the evening the band of lovers observed the Feast of the Covenant with a magnificent banquet in one of the city's largest halls. ….Before eating `Abdu'l-Bahá rose and recited the following prayer:
He is God! O Lord! We are assembled here in the utmost love and are turned toward Thy Kingdom. We seek none other but Thee and desire not but Thy good pleasure.
O Lord! Make this food heavenly and make those assembled here of the hosts of Thy Supreme Concourse so that they may become life-giving and the cause of the enlightenment of the world of man, that they may arise to guide all the peoples of the world.
Thou art the All-Powerful, the Almighty, the Forgiving and the Kind.
The Master then went into another room where a number of people were granted private interviews. Among them was a gentleman who had lost both legs in a railway collision and wore artificial limbs. To him the Master said:
Mutilation of the body brings no harm to the soul. This is one of the proofs of the immortality of the soul, for death consists of the change and dispersion of the members and elements of the body. As a bodily change does not bring about change in the soul, it is evident that the soul is unchanging and imperishable. (Mahmud's Diary)

1957 – Funeral for Shoghi Effendi
he funeral was set for 10.30 A.M. on Saturday, 9 November. London became the lodestone of the entire Bahá'í world. Messages, telephone calls and believers began to pour into the National Haziratu'l-Quds, each bringing a fresh wave of grief and love to add to the surging sea of feeling that focused itself on that peaceful figure, still, and at last removed from all responsibility.

(Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Priceless Pearl, p. 447)


1980 - Martyrdom of Rida Firuzi in Tabriz; Uncertainty of Whereabouts of National Assembly Members
SORROWFUL NEWS JUST RECEIVED ANOTHER BELIEVER RIDA FIRUZI MARTYRED TABRIZ 9 NOVEMBER, NEWS ITEM ISSUED PARS NEWS AGENCY AND REUTERS AND PUBLISHED IN TIHRAN PAPERS CHARGES HIM WITH BEING PROMINENT BAHÁ'Í AND INFIDEL AND INCLUDES USUAL LIST TOTALLY UNFOUNDED ACCUSATIONS. WHEREABOUTS NINE MEMBERS NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND FEW OTHERS STILL UNCERTAIN. STRONG FEARS HARASSED COMMUNITY ONCE AGAIN FACING AFTER BRIEF LULL FRESH WAVE OPPRESSION LEADING TO SHAM TRIALS MERCILESS ATROCITIES. ...
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE (Messages 1963 to 1986 p.467)

1993 – Compilation on "Promoting Entry by Troops" released;
(The Universal House of Justice, 1993 Nov 09, Promoting Entry by Troops)

2000 - United States NSA co-sponsors Invisible Soldiers, Unheard Voices on PBS TV

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