Sunday, September 19, 2010

Baha'i History 9/19 1912 - Abdul-Baha in Minneapolis

(Friends commemorating Abdul-Baha's visit to Minneapolis - 9/18/2010)


1912 – Abdul-Baha was in [Minneapolis -- St Paul]

It was reported to `Abdu'l-Bahá that the proceedings of the Bahá'í meeting the night before had been published in today's newspapers. He said:

Notwithstanding this, the Muslims and the Christians alike are not satisfied with us. They are engaged in pleasurable diversions and enjoyable pastimes in their homes while we are laboring to prove the truths of the divine Manifestations in these great temples. So it is with the mischief-makers and Covenant-breakers. Behold how they are preoccupied with themselves and with the satisfaction of their selfish desires, while I am so wholly occupied with spreading the Cause of God in America that I have not had a moment's rest.

`Abdu'l-Bahá said, `…

When people of the West become wealthy, they begin to collect antique objects in order to render a service to the world of art. But when Persians become wealthy, they keep one hundred horses in their stables, give themselves up to pomp and show, engage themselves in satiating their selfish desires. But in comparison with service to the Cause, both attitudes are barren, producing no result. For example, if the effort these people put into gathering these objects, and the millions of dollars spent acquiring them, were employed for the Cause of God, their stars of happiness and prosperity would shine evermore from the horizon of both worlds. If in this city they brought ten persons into the Cause of God, it would gain momentum and would become the cause of eternal honor and happiness as well as the source of everlasting life. (Mahmud's Diary)

Abdul-Baha visitis Minneapolis


Abdul-Baha visited Minneapolis 9/18 to 9/20 1912.

Here is a picture of the Master visiting Loring Park.




Sunday, May 2, 2010

April 21st in Baha'i History



First day of the Festival of Riḍván.

Abdul-Baha in America

21 April 1912 - Abdul-Baha - Talk at Studio Hall 1219 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C.

21 April 1912 - Abdul-Baha - Talk at Universalist Church Thirteenth and L Streets, Washington, D.C.

The highlight of the day was a very important and well-attended meeting at the Universalist Church.The minister of the church introduced `Abdu'l-Bahá with a most glowing tribute to His life and teachings. Then the Master rose from His seat and delivered an address on the need for cooperation, love, friendship and universal peace. He stressed Christ's statement that `I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth' [John 16:12-13], and added, `And now that time has come and the Divine Spirit has spoken, revealing all truth.' (Mahmud's Diary)


21 Apr 1937 First Seven-Year Plan launched.
Goals: to establish at least one local spiritual assembly in every state of the United States and every province of Canada;•

21 Apr 1946 Second Seven-Year Plan launched.
This plan focused on Europe, which only had national spiritual assemblies in Great Britain and Germany. It also called for the formation of local spiritual assemblies in Latin America and a vast increase in assemblies in North America.

1963: The first World Congress takes place in London.

1963: The first Universal House of Justice is elected
by representatives of 56 National Spiritual Assemblies gathered in Haifa, in synchronization with the end of the Ten Year Crusade.

21 Apr 1964 The Universal House of Justice launches a Nine Year Plan which was to be completed in 1973, the centenary of Bahá'u'lláh's revelation of the Kitáb-i-Aqdás.

21 Apr 1973 The Universal House of Justice launches a FiveYear Plan.

21 Apr 1979 The Universal House of Justice launches a Seven Year Plan.

21 Apr 1986 The Universal House of Justice launches a SixYear Plan.

21 April 1987 By now, more than 1 million copies of "The Promise of World Peace" had been distributed.

1990: Two Knights of Bahá’u’lláh settle on the island of Sakhalin, the last remaining territory named by Shoghi Effendi in his Ten Year Crusade

21 April 1992 The Holy Year begins, in commemoration of the centenary of the passing of Bahá'u'lláh.

21 Apr 1993 The Universal House of Justice launches a ThreeYear Plan.

21 Apr 1996 The Universal House of Justice launches a FourYear Plan.

21 Apr 1997 National Spiritual Assembly of Rwanda is reformed

21 April 1999 National Spiritual Assemblies formed in Latvia, Lithuania and Macedonia, bringing the total number to 182.

April 21, 2001: Within the Ridván Message for BE 158 (2001), the Universal House of Justice announces the launch of the Five Year Plan that includes an ever progressive expansion of the Faith throughout the world, and expansion of facilities at the Baha'i World Center, including the organization of the Center for the Study of the Sacred Text, and improvements to accommodate greater numbers of pilgrims. Then it calls for the "raising up of National Houses of Worship" and the erection of the Mother Temple of South America in Santiago, Chile.

April 20th in Baha'i History


Abdul-Baha in America

20 April 1912 Abdul-Baha - Talk at Orient-Occident-Unity Conference Public Library Hall, Washington, D.C.

That evening `Abdu'l-Bahá attended the annual meeting of the Orient-Occident Unity Conference at the public library. It was a vast gathering and the hall was filled to capacity. As the Master entered the hall, the audience was awe-struck. All stood and remained standing until He bade them be seated. It was amazing to witness how spontaneously these people paid Him their respect, even though most were not Bahá'ís. He spoke on the importance of the relationship between the East and the West, the unity of people and about the Revelation of the Greatest Name. His talk was so moving and inspiring that afterwards everyone wanted to meet Him but because He was too tired to greet everyone, He decided to return home. (Mahmud's Diary)

April 19th in Baha'i History



19 April 1896 Nasirid Din Shah is assassinated by an originator of the constitutional movement in Iran and Bahá'ís are blamed.

Abdul-Baha in America

19 April 1912 Abdul-Baha - Talk at Earl Hall Columbia University, New York

19 April 1912 Abdul-Baha - Talk at Bowery Mission 227 Bowery, New York


19-25 April 1915 First Bahá'í International Congress, held in San Francisco.

1916 - Tablet of the Divine Plan Revealed

TABLET TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA Revealed on April 19, 1916, in 'Abdu'l-Bahá's room at the house in Bahji; on April 20, in the pilgrims' quarters of the house in Bahji; on April 22, in the garden adjacent to the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of the United States and Canada. (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 47)

April 18th in Baha'i History



Abdul-Baha in America

18 April 1912 Abdul-Baha - Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall L. Emery 273 West Ninetieth Street, New York

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April in Baha'i History


Shine out like the day-star, be unresting as the sea; even as the clouds of heaven, shed ye life upon field and hill, and like unto April winds, blow freshness through those human trees, and bring them to their blossoming.


(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 245)


1846 - Vahid meets the Bab


In one of his writings Vahid gives the date of his meeting with the Báb in Shiraz as the month of Jamadiyu'l-Avval in the year 1262 A.H. (April-May 1846). (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 1, p. 326)


1853 - Baha'u'llah arrives in Tihran

1863 - Baha'u'llah departs for Istanbul


Bahá'u'lláh arrived in Baghdad from Tihran in April, 1853 and departed for Istanbul in April, 1863. (Ustad Muhammad-'Aliy-i Salmani, My Memories of Baha'u'llah, p. 144)

1939 - the Guardian wrote:


And in April 1939 he had written: "the sands of a moribund civilization are inexorably running out". (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Guardian of the Baha'i Faith, p. 71)

• April 1948 The name Bahá'í International Community is used for the first time for the global non-governmental organization involving the eight National Spiritual Assemblies existing at that time.


• Apr 1953 Formal dedication of the house of worship at Wilmette, Illinois, designed by French-Canadian architect Jean-Louis Bourgeois.


April 17th in Baha'i History


Abdul-Baha in America

17 April 1912 Abdul-Baha - Talk at Hotel Ansonia Broadway and Seventy-third Street, New York

17 April 1912 - Abdul-Baha - Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Kinney 780 West End Avenue, New York

April 16th in Baha'i History





Abdul-Baha in America

1912: News of the sinking of the RMS Titanic breaks; After praying for the deceased, the friends offered thanks that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had not traveled on that ship.

16 April 1912 - Abdul-Baha - Talk at Hotel Ansonia to Baha’i’ Friends of New Jersey Broadway and Seventy-third Street, New York

Abdul-Baha Plans his visit to the Bowery Mission

16 April 1912 - This morning the Master agreed to speak at the Bowery Mission.
"I want to give them some money," He said to me. "I am in love with
the poor. How many poor men go to the Mission?"
"About three hundred, my Lord."
"Take this bill to the bank, Juliet, and change it into quarters,"
and He drew from His pocket a thousand-franc note.
"Have them put the quarters in a bag. Keep the money and meet Me at the Mission with it."
He handed another thousand-franc note, with the same instructions,

to Edward Getsinger.
(The Diary of Juliet Thompson pg. 53)

Tuesday, April 16, 1912 - [New York]


From early morning until late afternoon many believers and seekers came by requesting permission to see `Abdu'l-Bahá. Many sat on the porch waiting their turn and were extremely grateful if they could see Him for just a few minutes and be personally addressed by Him.  (Mahmud's Diary


April 15th in Baha'i History


The Shrine of Baha'u'llah

15-20 April 1890 Edward Granville Browne of Cambridge University, interviews Bahá'u'lláh four times and visits with 'Abdu'l-Bahá at Bahjí.

It was in that same mansion that the distinguished Orientalist, Prof. E. G. Browne of Cambridge, was granted his four successive interviews with Bahá'u'lláh, during the five days he was His guest at Bahji (April 15-20, 1890), interviews immortalized by the Exile's historic declaration that "these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away and the 'Most Great Peace' shall come." "The face of Him on Whom I gazed," is the interviewer's memorable testimony for posterity, "I can never forget, though I cannot describe it. Those piercing eyes seemed to read one's very soul; power and authority sat on that ample brow.... No need to ask in whose presence I stood, as I bowed myself before one who is the object of a devotion and love which kings might envy and emperors sigh for in vain." "Here," the visitor himself has testified, "did I spend five most memorable days, during which I enjoyed unparalleled and unhoped-for opportunities of holding intercourse with those who are the fountain-heads of that mighty and wondrous spirit, which works with invisible but ever-increasing force for the transformation and quickening of a people who slumber in a sleep like unto death. It was, in truth, a strange and moving experience, but one whereof I despair of conveying any save the feeblest impression."
(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 193)

Abdul-Baha in America

15 April 1912 Abdul- Baha - Talk at Home of Mountfort Mills 327 West End Avenue, New York

Monday, April 15, 1992 [New York]

The Master was shown several newspapers that had published His picture and articles about His talks and yesterday's meetings

Abdul- Baha said: Up to the present time no one has traveled, with a purpose like ours, from Persia to America . . . Ours may be said to be the first voyage of Easterners to America.'   (Mahmud's Diary)

April 14th in Baha'i History


The former Baha'i Reading Room in Schenectady NY.

Abdul- Baha in America

14 April 1912 Talk at Church of the Ascension Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street, New York

14 April 1912 Talk at Union Meeting of Advanced Thought Centers Carnegie Lyceum West Fifty-seventh Street, New York

Sunday, April 14, 1912 [New York]

The Master went to the Church of the Ascension. This was the first church in America to be honored by the presence of the Master. 

As He left the church, group after group rushed towards Him. The Bahá'ís sang `Alláh-u-Abhá' and many asked for His blessings. From among the crowd a woman's voice was heard. Tears poured from her eyes as she held fast to the hem of the Master's robe. She was so overcome she could not speak. The Master showered her with His love and kindness and calmed her with loving words of assurance. It was a great day and a most impressive meeting. Not one of the two thousand people was disappointed and everyone left smiling in warm appreciation. (Mahmud's Diary)

The Sinking of the Titanic - Abdul-Baha comment

Early the next spring He started out for America, despite continuing ill health. Once across the Mediterranean He might have sailed on the Titanic. Some of His fellow-travelers, on the Cedric with Him as far as Naples, urged Him to book passage on what would be the maiden voyage of that magnificent luxury liner which the whole world was watching, a ship of which it was said 'even God could not sink it'. This would have been a logical choice, but later He told the believers why He did not sail on her: 'My heart did not prompt me to do so.'

Instead, He remained on the Cedric, and she docked in New York April 11. On April 14, in the night, the Titanic hit an iceberg off Newfoundland and went down with an awesome loss of life, 1500 people, and today she lies on the ocean floor.[39] 'When I think of them,' 'Abdu'l-Bahá said, 'I am very sad indeed. But when I consider this calamity in another aspect, I am consoled by the realization that the worlds of God are infinite; that though they were deprived of this existence they have other opportunities in the life beyond... They were called away from the temporary and transferred to the eternal ... they now partake of a joy and happiness far more abiding and real; for they have hastened to the Kingdom of God.'[40]

[39. See Walter Lord, A Night to Remember. Also Star of the West, April 28, 1912 and October 16, 1913.] [40. 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Promulgation, p. 47.] (Marzieh Gail, Arches of the Years, p. 78)


1932 - Reading the Tablet of Ahmad

"The Tablet of Ahmad was revealed by Bahá'u'lláh to be read when one feels himself in exceptionally difficult circumstances. There is nothing obligatory about its use, and every person has to decide for himself whether he desires to learn it by heart or not..."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the Bahá'ís of Kenosha, April 14, 1932)
(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 483)

1966 - The passing of Jessie Revell

Jessie E. Revell (March 231891 - April 141966) was a member of the International Bahá’í Council serving as Treasurer. Upon her passing the Universal House of Justice cabled the following message:

WITH PROFOUND GRIEF ANNOUNCE PASSING JESSIE REVELL HER TIRELESS STEADFAST DEVOTION FAITH SINCE BEFORE MASTER'S VISIT AMERICAN CONTINENT EARNED LOVE TRUST ADMIRATION SHOGHI EFFENDI CROWNED BY APPOINTMENT INTERNATIONAL BAHA'I COUNCIL DISTINGUISHED BY SERVICE TREASURER BOTH APPOINTED ELECTED COUNCILS.URGE NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES HOLD MEMORIAL GATHERINGS TRIBUTE UNFORGETTABLE EXEMPLARY SERVICES FAITH.[1]

 Universal House of Justice (1996). Messages from the Universal House of Justice, 1963-1986. p. 76.


April 13th in Baha'i History



1887 - Baha'u'llah uses the term Hand of the Cause for the first time

Towards the end of His life He revealed a Tablet to each one of these souls, designating them as 'Hands of the Cause of God'. As far as we can gather, the first time He used the term 'Hand of the Cause' to refer to an individual with certain responsibilities was in a Tablet revealed in honour of Ibn-i-Asdaq on 19 Rajab 1304 (13 April 1887). Perhaps all three Hands of the Cause were appointed around the same time.

(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 4, p. 277)


13 April 1912 Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Morten 141 East Twenty-first Street, New York


1912 - Juliet Thompson meets Abdul-Baha

It was on Saturday, 13 April, that Mamma and I visited the Master. On Friday He had called me early, asking me to meet Him at the MacNutts'.

I shall never cease to see Him as He looked speaking from their stairway, standing below a stained glass window in a ray of sunlight, the powerful head, the figure in its flowing robes, outlined in light. The Master has a strange quality of beautifying His environment, of throwing a glamour over it and blotting out the ugly. The MacNutts' house is ugly; the one redeeming feature of that stairway, its window. All I saw as the Master stood there was Himself, the window, the ray of light. His words lifted my soul on wings! (Diary of Juliet Thompson)

1919 - The Passing of Phoebe Hearst

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April 12th in Baha'i History






12 April 1912 Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard MacNutt 935 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York


12 April 1912 Talk at Studio of Miss Phillips 39 West Sixty-seventh Street, New York

1954 - The Guardian Accepts the bid to erect the Obelisk where the future House of Worship will be built on Mt. Carmel

THE OBELISK

Even before the site for the first Mashriqu'l-Adhkar of the Holy Land was purchased, Shoghi Effendi knew that it would be impossible to erect the edifice for many years to come. He planned therefore to place a marker in the middle of the land to indicate the hallowed spot on which the Temple would rise some time in the future. He sent word to me to ask my idea of what would be an appropriate manner to mark and celebrate such a future enterprise. I answered that the Romans used to celebrate men and events by erecting either a column or an obelisk, many examples being still visible in the Roman Forum and throughout the Eternal City. His decision was in favour of an obelisk, and a simple drawing was sent to me to secure an estimate of cost which was requested from four different firms. The choice fell upon the firm of Enrico Pandolfini, of Pietrasanta, whose bid was the most reasonable and was accepted by Shoghi Effendi on 12 April 1954. A final project was then prepared by Professor Ugo Mazzei, the architect of that firm, which the Guardian approved on 29 April by cablegram

(Ugo Giachery, Shoghi Effendi - Recollections, p. 170)



1982 - Martyrdom of Mr Ihsanu'llah Khayyami of Urumiyyih

After a few months of imprisonment and intense but unsuccessful pressure to recant his Faith, Mr Khayyami, a staunch believer of humble means, was executed on 12 April 1982.

(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 539)

MR IHSANU'LLAH KHAYYAMI OF URUMIYYIH, WHO WAS EXECUTED BY FIRING SQUAD ON 12 APRIL AFTER INTENSE BUT UNSUCCESSFUL PRESSURE TO RECANT HIS FAITH.

(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 540)


April 11th in Baha'i History




11 Apr 1912 'Abdu'l-Bahá arrives in New York City at the request of the American Bahá'ís.

11 April 1912 Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Kinney 780 West End Avenue, New York

1916 - Tablet of the Divine Plan revealed:

TABLET TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA Revealed on April 11, 1916, in 'Abdu'l-Bahá's room at the house in Bahji, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of the United States and Canada. (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 37)


1922 - Guardian receives word of Jahrom martyrdoms

April 11th, from Shiraz, which badly stated:v"Twelve friends in Jahrom martyred agitation may extend elsewhere,"to which he replied the same day, "Horrified sudden calamity.Suspend activities. Appeal central authorities. Convey relativesvtenderest sympathy". He also wired that same day to Tihran avmessage so significant of the spirit of the Faith that its conjunction with the events in Jahrum cannot be ignored: "I earnestly request all believers Persia Turkistan Caucasus participate whole-heartedly in renewal Spiritual Assemblies election. No true Bahá'í can stand aside. Results should be promptly forwarded Holy Land through central Assemblies communicate immediately with every centre. Proceed cautiously. Imploring Divine assistance." The following day, having received a more detailed wire from Shiraz advising that the chief instigator of the agitation there had been arrested and giving certain suggestions, Shoghi Effendi telegraphed Tihran: "Grief-stricken Jahrom martyrdom. Convey His Majesty on behalf all Bahá'ís and myself our profound appreciation his prompt intervention and our earnest entreaty to inflict immediate punishment on perpetrators of such atrocious crime. Urge all Persian Assemblies send similar message." It is a slight, but significant indication of his mental state, that in the first cables he spells "Jahrom" phonetically, but later switches to the transliterated "Jahrum". (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Guardian of the Baha'i Faith, p. 36)

April 10th in Baha'i History




1848: The Báb is transfered to the fortress of Chihríq by orders of Hájí Mírzá Áqásí

Secret agents, however, charged to watch Ali Khan, informed Haji Mirza Aqasi of the turn events were taking, whereupon he immediately decided to transfer the Báb to the fortress of Chihriq (about April 10, 1848), surnamed by Him the Jabal-i-Shadid (the Grievous Mountain).

(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 19)


1854: Bahá’u’lláh retreats to the Sulaymaniyah mountains within Kurdistan

Suddenly, and without informing any one even among the members of His own family, on the 12th of Rajab 1270 A.H. (April 10, 1854), He departed, accompanied by an attendant, a Muhammadan named Abu'l-Qasim-i-Hamadani, to whom He gave a sum of money, instructing him to act as a merchant and use it for his own purposes. Shortly after, that servant was attacked by thieves and killed, and Bahá'u'lláh was left entirely alone in His wanderings through the wastes of Kurdistan, a region whose sturdy and warlike people were known for their age-long hostility to the Persians, whom they regarded as seceders from the Faith of Islam, and from whom they differed in their outlook, race and language.

(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 119)


April 9th in Baha'i History




1848: The Báb is removed from the fortress of Máh-Kú by orders of Hájí Mírzá Áqásí

'Abdu'l-Bahá states that the Báb's incarceration in the castle of Mah-Ku lasted nine months. According to Nabil-i-A'zam, on the twentieth day after Naw-Ruz (April 9th 1848), He left that mountain fastness on the Russian and Turkish frontiers.(11)

(H.M. Balyuzi, The Bab - The Herald of the Day of Days, p. 132)


1913 - Abdul-Baha Travels to Budapest

On March 30 He traveled to Stuttgart, and from there proceeded, on April 9, to Budapest, visited Vienna nine days later, returned to Stuttgart on April 25, and to Paris on May first, where He remained until June 12, sailing the following day, on the S.S. Himalaya from Marseilles bound for Egypt, arriving in Port Said four days later, where after short visits to Isma'iliyyih and Abuqir, and a prolonged stay in Ramleh, He returned to Haifa, concluding His historic journeys on December 5, 1913.

(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 281)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April 8th in Baha'i History



8 Apr 1853 Bahá'u'lláh arrives in Baghdád.
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1883 - Birth of Elizabeth Hopper, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh named for pioneering to the Madeira Islands

1916 - Tablet of the Divine Plan Revealed

TABLET TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA Revealed on April 8, 1916, in the garden outside the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of the United States and Canada (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 29)

1922 - On April 8th the Greatest Holy Leaf wrote a general letter to the friends.

She first acknowledges the letters of allegiance they have sent and says Shoghi Effendi is counting upon their co-operation in spreading the Message; the Bahá'í world must from now on be linked through the Spiritual Assemblies and local questions must be referred to them. She then goes on to say: "Since the ascension of our Beloved 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi has been moved so deeply ... that he has sought the necessary quiet in which to meditate upon the vast task ahead of him, and it is to accomplish this that he has temporarily left these regions. During his absence he has appointed me as his representative, and while he is occupied in this great endeavour, the family of 'Abdu'l-Bahá is assured that you will all strive to advance triumphantly the Cause of Bahá'u'lláh..." The typewritten letter in English is signed in Persian "Bahá'íyyih" and sealed with her seal.
(Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Guardian of the Baha'i Faith, p. 19)

April 7th in Baha'i History


1887: Horace Holley, prominent Bahá’í and Hand of the Cause is born in Torrington, Connecticut


1922 - The Greatest Holy Leaf Reporsts the Guardian has left the Holy Land to recuperate.

He appointed a body of nine people to act tentatively as an Assembly and we find that on April 7,1922, this body enters in its records that a letter has been received from the Greatest Holy Leaf in which she states that "the Guardian of the Cause of God, the Chosen Branch, the Leader of the people of Baha, Shoghi Effendi, under the weight of sorrows and boundless grief, has been forced to leave here for a while in order to rest and recuperate, and then return to the Holy Land to render his services and discharge his responsibilities." (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Guardian of the Baha'i Faith, p. 19)

Monday, April 5, 2010

April 6th in Baha'i History




1954 - Guardian directs the Hands to appoint Auxiliary Boards

A significant development in the unfoldment of the institution of the Hands of the Cause took place when the Guardian directed the Hands to appoint Auxiliary Boards in each continent of the globe to act as their deputies and advisers. He announced this decision in a cablegram on 6 April 1954.

(Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 335)

1954 - The Guardian calls for the Initiation of Continental Funds

As to the expenses of the institution itself, in a message dated 6 April 1954, the Guardian called for the initiation of five Continental Bahá'í Funds. These Funds, now well established, support the activities of the Counsellors and their auxiliaries -- their travels and their administrative expenses -- and are managed each by one member of the Board appointed the Trustee of the Continental Fund by the Universal House of Justice.

(The Universal House of Justice, The Institution of the Counsellors, p. 14)

April 5th in Baha'i History





1916 - Tablet of the Divine Plan Revealed

TABLET TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF CANADA AND GREENLAND Revealed on April 5, 1916, in the garden adjacent to the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of Canada -- Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Mackenzie, Keewatin, Ungava, Franklin Islands -- and Greenland. (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 25)


1922 - Shoghi Effendi left Haifa for Europe, on April 5th, accompanied by his eldest cousin. (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Guardian of the Baha'i Faith, p. 19)


1942 - the greatest of all battles raging in the world today is the spiritual battle.

If we could perceive the true reality of things we would see that the greatest of all battles raging in the world today is the spiritual battle. If the believers like yourself, young and eager and full of life, desire to win laurels for true and undying heroism, then let them join in the spiritual battle -- whatever their physical occupation may be -- which involves the very soul of man. The hardest and the noblest task in the world today is to be a true Bahá'í; this requires that we defeat not only the current evils prevailing all over the world, but the weaknesses, attachments to the past, prejudices, and selfishnesses that may be inherited and acquired within our own characters; that we give forth a shining and incorruptible example to our fellow-men.

(5 April 1942 to an individual believer) Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi

(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 381)

April 4th in Baha'i History




1923 - Birth of Rahmatu'lláh Muhájir, Hand of the Cause of God and Knight of Bahá’u’lláh

1973 - Baha'i view of Strikes

As to Participation in strikes

"As to participation in strikes, when one of the believers who was employed in a factory as supervisor to labourers and who felt that a strike was likely at the factory asked the Guardian what the Bahá'í attitude should be if a strike were called, the Guardian's secretary in a letter dated June 30th 1937 wrote on his behalf:

"With regard to your question concerning the Bahá'í attitude towards labour problems; these cannot assuredly be solved, 'Abdu'l-Bahá tells us, through the sheer force of physical violence. Non-cooperation too, even though not accompanied by acts of violence, is ineffective. The conflict between labour and capital can best be solved through the peaceful and constructive methods of cooperation and of consultation.

"The Bahá'ís, therefore, are advised to avoid, as much as they can, getting mixed in labour strikes and trouble, and particularly to desist from all acts of physical violence which indeed run counter to the very spirit of the Cause. The Faith of Bahá'u'lláh stands for peace, harmony, and cooperation between the individuals and nations of the world."

(From letter on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to the National Spiritual Assembly of Luxembourg, April 4, 1973)  4

(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 426)


2006 - Egyptian administrative court recognizes the independence of the Bahá’í Faith

Friday, April 2, 2010

April 3rd in Baha'i History


1867 - Petition to assist in getting Baha'u'llah released from prison presented to the United States.

In 1867 the considerable number of Bahá'ís remaining in Baghdad, four years after Bahá'u'lláh's exile to Constantinople [Istanbul] and hence to Adrianople [Edirne], petitioned the United States Congress for assistance for Bahá'u'lláh's release and for assistance for the Bahá'ís in general. The twenty-four line petition was signed with ringstone emblems by 53 Bahá'ís in Baghdad on March 16, 1867. It reached the United States Consul General's office in Beirut, Syria on April 3, 1867*.

(Misc Baha'i, Petition from Baghdad Baha'is to US)

1961 - Death of Hand of the Cause of God Corinne True

April 2nd in Baha'i History



1925 - Teaching

I do hope your passionate fervour, your mature experience and the ardour of your love will accomplish a great deal among the higher-class people with whom you associate. The Cause must capture the heights, and I look to you as the beloved and enthusiastic apostle of 'Abdu'l-Bahá to win to the Cause, cultured and capable souls. Be not disheartened and be assured of my constant loving prayers for the success of your much-valued efforts.

(In the handwriting of Shoghi Effendi, appended to a letter dated 2 April 1925 written on his behalf)

(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 268)

2004 - Death of Ola Pawlowska, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh named for pioneering to St. Pierre and Miquelon.

April 1st in Baha'i History


1 Apr 1847 Bahá'u'lláh sends a letter and gifts to the Báb.

1916 - TABLET TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE WESTERN STATES Revealed

Revealed on April 1, 1916, in 'Abdu'l-Bahá's room at the house in Bahji, addressed to the Bahá'ís of eleven Western States of the United States: New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, California, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 19)

1925 - The Guardian wires the Zionist Executive Committee

In 1925 the Zionist Executive in Jerusalem invited him to attend an event in connection with the establishment of a university there. Shoghi Effendi wired them, on 1 April:
 "Appreciate kind invitation regret inability to be present. Bahá'ís hope and pray the establishment of this seat of learning may contribute to the revival of a land of hallowed memories for us all and for which 'Abdu'l-Bahá cherished the highest hopes." 

To this message they replied in cordial terms: "Zionists Executive much appreciate your friendly message and good wishes we trust that newly established university may contribute not only advancement of science and learning but also to better understanding between men which ideal is so well served by Bahá'ís". Twenty-five years later the tie established is still there: "The Hebrew University was very gratified indeed to receive your check for 100 [pounds}.- as the contribution from His Eminence Shoghi Effendi Rabbani towards the work of this institution... We were happy to know that His Eminence is aware of the important work that the University is doing and to receive this generous token of appreciation from him..."
(Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Priceless Pearl, p. 272)

March 31st in Baha'i History




1930 - The Difference for Apostles of Baha'u'llah

. . Unlike the Dispensation of Christ, unlike the Dispensation of Muhammad, unlike all the Dispensations of the past, the apostles of Bahá'u'lláh in every land, wherever they labor and toil, have before them in clear, in unequivocal and emphatic language, all the laws, the regulations, the principles, the institutions, the guidance, they require for the prosecution and consummation of their task." March 31, 1930.  (Shoghi Effendi, Extracts from the USBN)

1938 - Accepting to Suffer for Each Other's Sake

"With reference to your question as to whether individuals can help each other by accepting to suffer for each other's sake. Surely such sacrifice for our fellow-humans can have helpful results. This law of sacrifice operates in our own lives, as well as in the lives of the Divine Manifestations."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, March 31, 1938) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 118)

31 March 1966 Eduardo Duarte Vieira died in prison 

in Portuguese Guinea (now Guinea-Bissau) after months of harassment and beatings because of his faith. He was designated the first African martyr.

31 March 1980 - Release of a Compilation on the Importance of Prayer, Meditation, and the Devotional Attitude

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 30th in Baha'i History




1913; Abdul-Baha travels to Germany

On March 30 He traveled to Stuttgart,
(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 280)


1937: Birth of Universal House of Justice member Hooper Dunbar

1965: Bahá'ís Have Task of Cleansing Humanity by Precept and Example

"In many letters and on many occasions the beloved Guardian warned that the disintegrating process will penetrate deeper and deeper into the very core of human society and that much suffering is in store ere mankind is fused by the fires of universal affliction into one organic commonwealth. Even when universal suffrage and all other rights presently sought by civil rights movements are fully attained, they still remains for the Bahá'ís the unaccomplished task of cleansing humanity, by precept and example, of every trace of racial prejudice. Nothing but the Faith of God can accomplish this."

(From a letter of the Universal House of Justice to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States, March 30, 1965)  (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 136)



Monday, March 29, 2010

March 29th in Baha'i History


1916 - Tablet of the Divine Plan for the Central States - revealed

Revealed on Wednesday morning, March 29th 1916, outside the house in Bahji, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of twelve Central States of the United States: Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. (H.M. Balyuzi, Abdu'l-Baha - The Centre of the Covenant, p. 420)


3/29/45 The Guardian writes what becomes p.78-79 of Messges to America - the unfoldment of the Tablets of the Divine Plan. Reference to a "rising Administrative system as the nucleus and pattern of its future world-embracing order" (Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)

3/29/51 The Guardian writes what becomes p.91-98 of Citadel of Faith - Spiritual Conquest of the Planet - nine concentric circles surrounding the Sepulcher of the Bab (Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)

1952 - Death of Hand of the Cause William Sutherland Maxwell

2006 - Death of Ruth Katharine Meyer, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh, named for pioneering to Margarita Island.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

March 28th in Baha'i History



1911 - Birth of Hand of the Cause and prominent American Bahá’í William Sears.


1941 - The world is, in truth, moving on towards its destiny.
The interdependence of the peoples and nations of the earth, whatever the leaders of the divisive forces of the world may say or do, is already an accomplished fact. Its unity in the economic sphere is now understood and recognized. The welfare of the part means the welfare of the whole, and the distress of the part brings distress to the whole. The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh has, in His own words, "lent a fresh impulse and set a new direction" to this vast process now operating in the world. The fires lit by this great ordeal are the consequences of men's failure to recognize it. They are, moreover, hastening its consummation. Adversity, prolonged, world wide, afflictive, allied to chaos and universal destruction, must needs convulse the nations, stir the conscience of the world, disillusion the masses, precipitate a radical change in the very conception of society, and coalesce ultimately the disjointed, the bleeding limbs of mankind into one body, single, organically united, and indivisible.

(28 March 1941, published in "The Promised Day Is Come" pp. 122-124) (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 186)


1943 -  The Guardian writes what becomes p.61-63 of Messages to America on the significance of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar (Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)

1953 - Today, as never before, the magnet which attracts the blessings from on high is teaching the Faith of God. 
The Hosts of Heaven are poised between heaven and earth, just waiting, and patiently, for the Bahá'í to step forth, with pure devotion and consecration, to teach the Cause of God, so they may rush to his aid and assistance. It is the Guardian's prayer that the Friends may treble their efforts, as the time is short -- alas, the workers too few. Let those who wish to achieve immortality step forth and raise the Divine Call. They will be astonished at the spiritual victories they will gain.

(From a letter dated 28 March 1953 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)  (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 317)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

March 27th in Baha'i History





1885 - Birth of Knight of Bahá’u’lláh Charles Dunning

1916 - Tablet of the Divine Plan

Revealed on Monday morning, March 27th 1916, in the garden adjacent to the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh, addressed to the Bahá'ís of sixteen Southern States of the United States: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas Oklahoma, and Texas. (H.M. Balyuzi, Abdu'l-Baha - The Centre of the Covenant, p. 420)

1933 - the Guardian wrote as follows to Mrs. Ivy Edwards, Secretary of the Eliot Spiritual Assembly: (through his secretary)

"The world is in great turmoil and its problems seem to become daily more acute. We should therefore not sit idle; otherwise we would be failing in carrying out our sacred duty. Bahá'u'lláh has not given us His teachings to treasure them and hide the for our personal delight and pleasure. He gave them to us that we may pass them from mouth to mouth until all the world becomes familiar with them and enjoys their blessings and uplifting influence

(Shoghi Effendi, Extracts from the USBN)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

March 26th in Baha'i History


26 Mar 1863 Bahá'u'lláh reveals the Tablet of the Holy Mariner. 

Prompted by the stirrings of the clergy and the Persian Consul General of Baghdád, Bahá'u'lláh was invited to Istanbul on March 26th and given a sum of money for the journey by the Governor of Baghdád. Bahá'u'lláh accepts the invitation but gives all the money to the poor.

You can read the Tablet of the Holy Mariner here


1916 - Tablet of the Divine Plan for the Northeast states -

Revealed on Sunday morning, March 26th 1916, in 'Abdu'l-Bahá's room at the house in Bahji, addressed to the Bahá'ís of nine North-Eastern States of the United States: Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. (H.M. Balyuzi, Abdu'l-Baha - The Centre of the Covenant, p. 420)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 25th in Baha'i History




• 1912 - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá boards the S.S. Cedric in Alexandria, heading for the United States

1930 - As Shoghi Effendi's secretary wrote on his behalf to an individual believer on 25 March 1930, 'The contents of the Will of the Master are far too much for the present generation to comprehend. It needs at least a century of actual working before the treasures of wisdom hidden in it can be revealed...' (Adib Taherzadeh, The Covenant of Baha'u'llah, p. 441)

• 1957 - Death of Hand of the Cause of God George Townshend

• 1992 - Death of Hand of the Cause and prominent American Bahá’í William Sears

• 1998 - Death of Universal House of Justice member Hugh Chance

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March 24th in Baha'i History


24 Mar 1881 Mirza Yahya is freed by the British administration in Cyprus. He is denied British citizenship and remains in Cyprus until his death.

1937: Shoghi Effendi marries Mary Maxwell, renamed Rúhíyyih Khánum. The wedding was a symbol of the uniting of the East and West.

3/24/39 The Guardian writes what becomes p.18 of Messages to America - more on dissolution of old order. Refers to "ominous rumblings" foreshadowing the "final eruption involving the dissolution of a lamentably defective international order." (Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

March 22nd in Baha'i History



1966 - Fiftieth anniversary of the Revelation of the Tablets of the Divine Plan

JOYOUSLY HAIL FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY REVELATION FIRST OF TABLETS DIVINE PLAN CHARTER PROPAGATION FAITH THROUGHOUT WORLD. PRAYING SHRINES OBSERVANCE OCCASION MAY BE SOURCE RENEWED ENTHUSIASM DEDICATION FRIENDS ACCOMPLISH GOALS WIN FRESH LAURELS SHARE NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLIES CANADA ALASKA HAWAII.
[The Tablets of the Divine Plan are fourteen Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Bahá revealed in 1916 and 1917 to the Bahá'ís of the United Sates and Canada. In them He conveys His mandate for the transmission of the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh throughout the world.]
THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, pg. 75

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March 21st in Baha'i History

1888-Sulayman Khan arrives in India

For over ten years Sulayman Khan travelled throughout the sub-continent; then he departed for the Holy Land to attain the presence of Bahá'u'lláh. He was accompanied by two believers whom he had brought under the shadow of the Cause of God. He also took with him a young lad to work as a domestic helper in the household of Bahá'u'lláh. He attained the presence of His Lord in 'Akká for the third time, but his sojourn in the Holy Land was cut very short, for Bahá'u'lláh instructed him to return to India and continue his teaching exploits in that vast country. This time he again took one of the believers to accompany him in his travels, arriving back in India on the eve of Naw-Ruz[1] 1888. (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 4, p. 182)


21 Mar 1909 'Abdu'l-Bahá inters the remains of the Báb on the spot chosen by Bahá'u'lláh years earlier.

On March 21st 1909, 'Abdu'l-Bahá placed the remains of the Báb in a central vault beneath the mausoleum, then completed, in the heart of Mount Carmel. To the Bahá'ís He wrote:
The most joyful tidings is this, that the holy, the luminous body of the Báb . . . after having for sixty years been transferred from place to place, by reason of the ascendancy of the enemy, and from fear of the malevolent, and having known neither rest nor tranquillity has, through the mercy of the Abha Beauty, been ceremoniously deposited, on the day of Naw-Ruz, within the sacred casket, in the exalted Shrine on Mt. Carmel . .
.
By a strange coincidence, on that same day of Naw-Ruz, a cablegram was received from Chicago, announcing that the believers in each of the American centers had elected a delegate and sent to that city . . . and definitely decided on the site and construction of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar
(H.M. Balyuzi, Abdu'l-Baha - The Centre of the Covenant, p. 126)

1909 - Opening of the first American Bahá’í Convention
(H.M. Balyuzi, Abdu'l-Baha - The Centre of the Covenant, p. 133)

3/21/30 The Guardian writes what becomes pages 15-26 of the The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh - Further Considerations (Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)

3/21/32 The Guardian writes what becomes pages 51-68 of the World Order of Baha'u'llah - The Golden Age of the Cause of Bahá'u'lláh (Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)

3/21/33 The Guardian writes what becomes pages 71-94 of the World Order of Baha'u'llah - America and the Most Great Peace (Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)


21 March 1993 The Most Holy Book (Kitáb-i-Aqdás) is published in English for the first time.


21 March 1990 Bahá'ís in Cluj, Romania, formed the first LSA in Eastern Europe since World War II.

March 20th in Baha'i History


1848 - Mulla Husayn arrives at Máh-kú to see the Báb.

1929 -  The Guardian pens what becomes Baha'i Administration p.175-80 regarding League of Nations' favorable pronouncement on the Baghdad House (Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)

March 19th in Baha'i History


1856 - At the request of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’u’lláh returns to Baghdad after His period of seclusion in the Sulaymaniyyih mountains of Kurdistan.

1856 - Louis Bourgeois, architect and designer of the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, is born in Saint-Célestin-de-Nicolet, Quebec.

1965 - Incorporation of the National Spiritual Assembly of Korea

The Dedication of the Panama Temple 19 March 1972 (The Universal House of Justice, Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1968-1973, p. 86)

March 18th in Baha'i History





18 March 1992 Word of the secret execution of Mr. Bahman Samandari in Irán is made known, the first execution since 1988.

March 17th in Baha'i History





17 March 1879 Martyrdom of Haji Siyyid Muhammad-Hasan (the King of the Martyrs) and Jahi Siyyid Hummad-Husayn (the Beloved of the Martyrs).

Death sentence was pronounced by Shaykh Muhammad-Baqir, "the Wolf". They were put in chains, decapited and dragged for public viewing.

"On the sixth day of their imprisonment, 17 March 1879, watched by the Raqsha (the She-Serpent) and the Dhi'b (the Wolf), these noble brothers, the twin 'shining lights', stood with their arms around each other ready to give their lives in the path of God. Their faces portrayed the beauty and the strength of their faith as they communed in spirit with their Lord, invoking Him to accept from them the sacrifice of their earthly lives and admit them into the spiritual realms of nearness to Him. At the time of execution, each one pleaded with the other to be the first. The younger brother, Mirza Hasan, the King of the Martyrs, was beheaded first, followed immediately by Mirza Husayn, the Beloved of the Martyrs." (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 4, p. 76)

Monday, March 15, 2010

March 16th in Baha'i History





1906: Birth of Universal House of Justice member Borrah Kavelin

3/16/33 MA 2 non-participation in political affairs. Reiterated in 9/24/38 message in MA 15 (Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)

1981 - SORROWFUL NEWS JUST RECEIVED TWO BELIEVERS FROM ABADIH IMPRISONED SHIRAZ WERE EXECUTED MONDAY NIGHT 16 MARCH BY GOVERNMENT FIRING SQUAD SHIRAZ CHARGE LIST INCLUDES USUAL FALSE IMPUTATIONS LEVELLED AGAINST DEFENCELESS BELIEVERS. NAMES THESE TWO VALIANT FRIENDS MIDHI ANVARI AND HIDAYATU'LLAH DIHQANI ADDED LIST OTHER SELFLESS MARTYRS WHO WITH THEIR BLOOD HAVE TESTIFIED TRUTH GOD'S GLORIOUS REVELATION. OMINOUS SIGNS VISIBLE FURTHER AGGRAVATION PERILOUS SITUATION FACING BELEAGUERED PERSIAN COMMUNITY. ...
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 480)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

March 15th in Baha'i History



15 Mar 1973 Mazra'ih is purchased
OCCASION NAW-RUZ JOYOUSLY ANNOUNCE BAHÁ'Í WORLD ACQUISITION BY PURCHASE MANSION MAZRA'IH RESULT SEVERAL YEARS PATIENT PERSISTENT DETERMINED NEGOTIATIONS THEREBY ADDING TO BAHÁ'Í ENDOWMENTS HOLY LAND FIRST RESIDENCE BAHÁ'U'LLÁH AFTER NINE YEARS SPENT WALLED PRISON CITY 'AKKA. CONTROL THIS HOLY SITE REACQUIRED BY BELOVED GUARDIAN AFTER LAPSE MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS WHEN HE SECURED LEASE MANSION 1950 EXTENDED TO PRESENT TIME. PURCHASE INCLUDES LAND AREA APPROXIMATING TWENTY-FOUR THOUSAND SQUARE METRES HIGHLY SUITABLE EXTENSION GARDENS CULTIVATION. OFFERING PRAYER THANKSGIVING SACRED THRESHOLD THIS GREATLY CHERISHED BOUNTY.
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 236)

March 14th in Baha'i History

1914 - Birth of Richard Nolen, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh named for pioneering to Azores.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

March 12th in Baha'i History





12 Mar 1923 Shoghi Effendi calls for the establishment of Local and National Bahá'í Funds.

3/12/23 The Guardian pens a letter which becomes Baha'i Administration P.34-43 about:
The condition of the world; erection of administrative framework: Local and National Assemblies, the Fund; the importance of teaching. Referred to as "fresh and momentous decisions", undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the Aqdas. Reference to Spiritual Assemblies as precursors to Houses of Justice, and the foundation of the Master's Will. Outlines duties of Spiritual Assemblies. Emphasizes that this is an age of transition, and that the implications of the Will have not yet been fully grasped. "The need for the centralization of authority in the NSA, and the concentration of power in the various local Assemblies, is made manifest when we reflect that the Cause of Bahá'u'lláh is still in its age of tender growth and in a stage of transition; when we remember that the full implications and the exact significance of the Master's world-wide instructions, as laid down in His Will, are as yet not fully grasped, and the whole Movement has not sufficiently crystallized in the eyes of the world." Warns against the forces of separation and sectarian tendencies, "lest extreme orthodoxy on one hand, and irresponsible freedom on the other, cause it to deviate from that Straight Path which alone can lead it to success." (Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)


1983 - 4 Baha'i's Executed in Iran
DISTRESSED ANNOUNCE EXECUTION BY HANGING ON 12 MARCH TWO INNOCENT FRIENDS SHIRAZ YADU'LLAH MAHMUDNIZHAD AND RAHMATU'LLAH VAFA'I. THIS HEINOUS CRIME PERPETRATED ON MORROW PASSAGE RESOLUTION UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION EXPRESSING CONCERN VIOLATION FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS AND REQUESTING SECRETARY GENERAL CONTINUE EFFORTS SAFEGUARD RIGHTS BAHÁ'ÍS IRAN. ...

SUPPLICATING DIVINE THRESHOLD DELIVERANCE BRETHREN IRAN BRAVELY FACING INTENSE CRUELTIES.

UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

FURTHER OUR TELEX 14 MARCH JUST LEARNED DISTRESSING NEWS MRS TUBA ZA'IRPUR WAS EXECUTED BY HANGING TOGETHER TWO FRIENDS MENTIONED OUR PREVIOUS MESSAGE. BODIES OF THREE WERE BURIED IN BAHÁ'Í CEMETERY BY PRISON GUARDS WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE, PRESENCE RELATIVES. EXECUTIONS WERE NOT ANNOUNCED EVEN TO FAMILIES. ...

UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 573)

MISS MUNA MAHMUDNIZHAD, 18 YEARS OLD, DAUGHTER OF YADU'LLAH, EXECUTED 12 MARCH (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 581)


12 March 1986 - Passing of Angus Cowan, Continental Counsellor


The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada

HEARTS GRIEF-STRICKEN PASSING OUTSTANDING PROMOTER CAUSE ANGUS COWAN. HIS SERVICES AS PRE-EMINENT BAHÁ'Í TEACHER OF INDIAN PEOPLES, HIS UNCEASING LABOURS THROUGHOUT LONG YEARS DEVOTION RANGED FROM LOCAL AND NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLIES TO AUXILIARY BOARD AND BOARD COUNSELLORS. HIS COMPASSION, COURTESY, HUMILITY, MAGNANIMITY UNFORGETTABLE. BAHÁ'Í COMMUNITY CANADA ROBBED OF A DEDICATED NOBLE WORKER WHO BORE HIS SUFFERINGS TO THE VERY END WITH EXEMPLARY FORTITUDE. CONVEY LOVING CONDOLENCES HIS BELOVED WIFE AND FAMILY AND ASSURANCES ARDENT PRAYERS HIS RADIANT SOUL'S PROGRESS THROUGHOUT WORLDS GOD.
[For an account of the life and services of Angus Cowan, see BW 19:703-06.]

UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March 11th in Baha'i History


3/11/36 - the Guardian pens "The Unfoldment of World Civilization" which appears in
WOB 161-206 (Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)

March 10th in Baha'i History


1866 - With the revelation of the Suriy-i-Amr and Mirza Yahya's reactions, the contest between the forces of light and darkness came to a head. Embarking on an action reminiscent of His solitary retirement to the mountains of Kurdistan when the unfaithful were shamefully destroying the Cause of God, Bahá'u'lláh, who at this time was residing in the house of Amru'llah, withdrew with His family to the nearby house of Rida Big which was rented by His order, and refused to associate with anybody. This was on 10 March 1866. The reason for this withdrawal, which fortunately was of short duration, was similar to that which had motivated Him to retire to Kurdistan a decade earlier: namely, to relieve the tension and alleviate the feelings of enmity which during the course of years had been engendered in the hearts of some by Mirza Yahya and were fanned into flame by his latest actions.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 2, p. 162)


10 March 1993 A further strong resolution was passed at the 49th Session of the Commission on Human Rights by a margin of 22 votes to 11, with 14 abstentions, noting "that there was no appreciable progress in the Islamic Republic of Iran towards improved compliance with human rights standards in conformity with international instruments."

Monday, March 8, 2010

March 8th in Baha'i History





8 March 1873 Marriage of 'Abdu'l-Bahá and Munírih Khánum. Four of their daughters survived the long imprisonment and distinguished themselves in their lives dedicated to service. Shoghi Effendi was born to the eldest daughter later. Five other children died very young.

Tablet of the Divine Plan revealed -

Revealed in the afternoon of Thursday, March 8th 1917, in the summer-house (Isma'il Aqa's room) at 'Abdu'l-Bahá's house in Haifa, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of the United States and Canada. (H.M. Balyuzi, Abdu'l-Baha - The Centre of the Covenant, p. 421)

March 7th in Baha'i History




7 Mar 1948 Shoghi Effendi decides to commence work on the Shrine of the Báb superstructure.


7 March 1985 - Passing of Lloyd Gardner, Continental Counsellor

To all National Spiritual Assemblies

DEEPLY GRIEVED UNTIMELY PASSING ESTEEMED LLOYD GARDNER STALWART DEFENDER INTERESTS FAITH AMERICAS. HIS DISTINGUISHED LONG-TIME SERVICE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CANADA AND MEMBERSHIP BOARD COUNSELLORS AMERICAS SINCE INCEPTION MARKED BY INDEFATIGABLE LABOURS ALL ASPECTS TEACHING WORK AND COMMUNITY LIFE, NOTABLY YOUTH ACTIVITIES. HIS STERLING CHARACTER, HIGH INTEGRITY, WARM-HEARTED NATURE, TOTAL DEDICATION FAITH WORTHY EMULATION. FERVENTLY PRAYING HOLY SHRINES PROGRESS HIS LUMINOUS SPIRIT ABHA KINGDOM AND SOLACE HIS SORROWING FAMILY. ADVISING ALL COMMUNITIES AMERICAS OFFER PRAYERS IN HIS NAME. REQUESTING NATIONAL ASSEMBLY UNITED STATES HOLD MEMORIAL GATHERING TEMPLE WILMETTE.

UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

Saturday, March 6, 2010

March in Baha'i History





March 1995- World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen involving 250 Bahá'ís from more than 40 countries. "The Prosperity of Humankind", produced by the Bahá'í International Community's Office of Public Information, was distributed and discussed

To read the statement click here.

March 5th in Baha'i History





1985 - Execution of MR NUSRATU'LLAH SUBHANI IN TIHRAN

To all National Spiritual Assemblies

RECENTLY SAD NEWS OF FURTHER EXECUTIONS OF TWO BAHÁ'ÍS IN IRAN RECEIVED. MR RUHU'LLAH BAHRAMSHAHI, AGE 50, EXECUTED YAZD 25 FEBRUARY, MR NUSRATU'LLAH SUBHANI IN TIHRAN 5 MARCH. ...

UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

Thursday, March 4, 2010

March 5th in Baha'i History





1855 - Birth of Hyde Dunn, appointed posthumously as a Hand of the Cause of God by Shoghi Effendi

1922- 3/5/22 (Baha'i Administration p. 17-25) Shoghi Effendi writes -The Mission of the Cause; emphasis on unity, avoidance of contention. Urges avoidance of emphasis on "negative Teachings" of Bahá'u'lláh, and to "obliterate as much as possible all traces of censure, of conflicting discussions, of cooling remarks, of petty unnecessary observations that impeded the onward march of the Cause, that damp the zeal of the firm believer and detract from the sublimity of the Bahá'í Cause in the eyes of the inquirer". Basic principles of consultation (from Tablets of the Master) - Includes: prayer for Spiritual Assemblies; quotation from the Aqdas about Houses of Justice; Tablets from the Master on "prime requisites" and "the first condition is absolute love and harmony...". The importance of prepublication review.
(Misc Baha'i, Chronology of Major Letters of the Guardian)

2007 - Start of Bahaikipedia - The Bahá’í encyclopedia

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March 4th in Baha'i History






1929 - Resolution of the Council of the League of Nations upholding the claim of the Bahá’í community to the House of Bahá’u’lláh in Baghdad