Monday, March 1, 2010

March 1st in Baha'i History

1873- Lawh-i-Ru'ya (Tablet of Vision)

The Lawh-i-Ru'ya in Arabic, similar in style to the Lawh-i-Húríyyih,[1] was revealed in 1873 in the house of 'Udi Khammar on the eve of the anniversary of the birth of the Báb which in that year fell on 1 March.[2] Bahá'u'lláh revealed this Tablet for one of the believers in order to show him a glimpse of the world of the spirit in this dark world, stating that if it were His will, He could make manifest from an atom the lights of the sun, and from a drop the waves of an ocean. This Tablet, remarkable for its allusive language, portrays a spiritual vision beautiful in its concept and descriptive in its style of imagery. Its perusal uplifts the heart and fascinates the mind. (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 3, p. 223)

1897 - Birth of Shoghi Effendi

On the 27th day of Ramadan, 1314 of the Muslim calendar, Shoghi Effendi was born. This was Sunday, 1 March 1897 of the Gregorian calendar. These dates have been found in one of Shoghi Effendi's notebooks which he kept during his boyhood, written in his own hand. He was the eldest grandchild and first grandson of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, born of His eldest daughter, Diya'iyyih "Khanum, and her husband Mirza Hadi "Shirazi, one the Afnans and a relative of the Báb. He was invariably addressed by his grandfather as "Shoghi Effendi"; indeed, He gave instructions that he should at all times have the "Effendi" added and even told Shoghi Effendi's own father he must address him thus and not merely as "Shoghi". The word "Effendi" signifies "sir" or "mister" and is added as a term of respect; for the same reason ""Khanum", which means "lady" or "madame", is added to a woman's name. (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Priceless Pearl, p. 4)

1972 - Release of a compilation on music and singing
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 210)

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