Tuesday, December 29, 2009

December 29th in Baha'i History

12/29/1850 - Hujjat dies of his wounds

Another famous advocate of the Cause of the Báb, even fiercer in zeal than Vahid, and almost as eminent in rank, was Mulla Muhammad-'Aliy-i-Zanjani, surnamed Hujjat. An Akhbari, a vehement controversialist, of a bold and independent temper of mind, impatient of restraint, a man who had dared condemn the whole ecclesiastical hierarchy from the Abvab-i-Arba'ih down to the humblest mulla, he had more than once, through his superior talents and fervid eloquence, publicly confounded his orthodox Shí'ah adversaries. Such a person could not remain indifferent to a Cause that was producing so grave a cleavage among his countrymen. The disciple he sent to Shiraz to investigate the matter fell immediately under the spell of the Báb. The perusal of but a page of the Qayyúmu'l-Asmá', brought by that messenger to Hujjat, sufficed to effect such a transformation within him that he declared, before the assembled ulamas of his native city, that should the Author of that work pronounce day to be night and the sun to be a shadow he would unhesitatingly uphold his verdict.

(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 12)

29 Dec 1921 Shoghi Effendi arrives in Haifa, accompanied by Lady Blomfeld and his sister Rouhangeze. He was delayed by passport difficulties.

12/29/1969 to 1/2/1970 - First Pacific Area Bahai Youth Conference takes place in Apia, Samoa

12/29/1988 - The UHJ issues a letter to the American Bahai Community entitled, Individual Rights and Freedoms in the World Order of Baha’u’llah.

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