Friday, April 2, 2010

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)

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