Saturday, April 17, 2010

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)

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