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 . .
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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.

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