Saturday, April 17, 2010

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

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