Friday, January 29, 2010

January 31st in Baha'i History

1899 - Arrival of the Báb's remains in the Holy Land.

1983 - The Universal House of Justice takes up its permanent seat.

January 30th in Baha'i History

1845 - From Mecca the Báb proceeded to Medina. It was the first day of the month of Muharram, in the year 1261 A.H. when He found Himself on the way to that holy city.

1926 - Martha Root's first interview with Queen Marie of Romania

Thursday, January 28, 2010

January 29th in Baha'i History

1982 – UHJ Call For a Day of Prayer for the Bahá'ís of Iran; Inviting Sympathetic Organizations and Individuals (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 532)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

January 28th in Baha'i History

1919 - Abdul-Baha – Letter to Grace Holley – translated by Shoghi Effendi -

Mrs. Grace Holley; Visalia, California,
Upon her be Baha'o'l Abha!

O, maid-servant of God!

If at every instant thou tenderest thy thanks to Mrs. Brittingham, thou shalt not be able to acquit thyself, for she has been the cause of thy everlasting life and the means of thy being born again. Christ in that connection says:- "The one who is borne of flesh is flesh and the one borne from spirit is spirit, ye must be borne again."

Thou hast been born of the Spirit and hast entered the Kingdom of God. What bestowal is there greater than this? Ever remember it. Strive thou similarly to become the cause of other people's life so that the splendour of the Oneness of the world of Humanity may enlighten the eyes.

Kiss thou the cheeks of thy dear children on my behalf.

Upon thee be Baha'o'llah El-Abha!

(Signed [in English])

Translated by Shoghi Rabbani, January 28, 1919.
Home of Abdul Baha, Haifa, Palestine.

January 27th in Baha'i History

Foundation Stone Ceremony, site of future House of Worship, Western Samoa, with His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January 26th in Baha'i History

1987 - Death of Universal House of Justice member Charles Wolcott

2000 - Death of Adib Taherzadeh, prominent Bahá’í, author and member of the Universal House of Justice

January 25th in Baha'i History

1926 - Death of Edward G. Browne

Sunday, January 24, 2010

January 24th in Baha'i History

May Ellis Maxwell leaves NYC on the Steamship Brazil – headed to pioneer in South America. She dies 6 weeks later in Buenos Aires.

The just words, the words always to remember, were cabled by Shoghi Effendi: " 'Abdu'l-Bahá's beloved handmaid, distinguished disciple May Maxwell (is) gathered (into the) glory (of the) Abhá Kingdom. Her earthly life, so rich, eventful, incomparably blessed, (is) worthily ended. To sacred tie her signal services had forged, (the) priceless honor (of a) martyr's death (is) now added. (A) double crown deservedly won. (The) Seven-Year Plan, particularly (the) South American campaign, derive fresh impetus (from the) example (of) her glorious sacrifice. Southern outpost (of) Faith greatly enriched through association (with) her historic resting-place destined remain (a) poignant reminder (of the) resistless march (of the) triumphant army (of) Bahá'u'lláh. Advise believers (of) both Americas (to) hold befitting memorial gathering."

Saturday, January 23, 2010

January 23rd in Baha'i History

23 Jan 1872 Murder of Siyyid Muhammad (the one who had constantly manipulated Mírzá Yahyá into his cowardly acts), Aqá Ján Big and another companion Covenant-breaker in 'Akká in retaliation for their persecutions. Bahá'u'lláh had forbidden any act of retaliation, but seven of His tormented companions succumbed. An army of men descended upon the Bahá'ís. The seven guilty men were confined for several years. The remainder were confined for six months. The distress caused to Bahá'u'lláh of this event was immeasurable: "That which can make Me ashamed is the conduct of such of My followers as profess to love Me".

Thursday, January 21, 2010

January 22nd in Baha'i History

1844 - It was on the first day of Muharram, in the year 1260 A.H. that Mulla Husayn came back to Karbila. He cheered and strengthened the disconsolate disciples of his beloved chief, reminded them of his unfailing promise, and pleaded for unrelaxing vigilance and unremitting effort in their search for the concealed Beloved. (The Dawn-Breakers, p. 47)

January 21st in Baha'i History

1914 – the passing of Mirza Abu'l-Fadl-i-Gulpaygani

Mirza Muhammad, who is known to Bahá'ís as Mirza Abu'l-Fadl or Mirza Abu'l-Fada'il, was born in 1844 into a family of religious scholars in Gulpaygan. He studied the Islamic sciences, becoming well versed in both the traditional transmitted branches of knowledge as well as the rational philosophic branches. He studied at Karbila, Najaf and Isfahan and eventually became the head of a religious college, the Madrisiy-i-Madar-i-Shah (the religious college of the Mother of the Shah). The story of his introduction to the Bahá'í Faith through a humble blacksmith is well known to Bahá'ís. The confirmation of his belief came in 1876 after a period of studying the Writings of the Faith and seeing the prophecies of Bahá'u'lláh come true.

His conversion led to his dismissal from his post and imprisonment for five months. He then became the secretary of Manakji Sahib, the Zoroastrian agent in Tihran. In December 1882 he was arrested, together with a large number of Bahá'ís of Tihran, and was in prison for twenty-two months. After this he began extensive travels throughout Iran. It was principally through his writings that the Bahá'í Faith was presented to the Jews of Iran in such a way as to bring a large number of them into the Bahá'í fold. In 1888 he travelled to 'Ishqabad and later to Samarqand and Bukhara. In 1894 he spent ten months in the presence of 'Abdu'l-Bahá in 'Akká and then on the instructions of 'Abdu'l-Bahá proceeded to Cairo, where he settled for a number of years and was successful in converting some of the students of the foremost institution of learning of the Sunni world, al-Azhar. Between 1900 and 1904 he travelled to Paris and the United States where his talks and his writings enabled the nascent Bahá'í communities to gain a clearer understanding of the tenets of the Faith. He then lived in Beirut and Cairo until his death in the latter city on 21 January 1914 (Eminent Baha’is in the Time of Baha’u’llah, p.264)

1923 - Birth of Brigitte Lundblade, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh named for pioneering to the Shetland Islands

1949 – The Guardian has an interview with Ben Gurion.

The interview took place on Friday evening, 21 January, in the private home the Prime Minister was staying in on Mt Carmel and lasted about fifteen minutes. Ben Gurion inquired about the Faith and Shoghi Effendi's relation to it and asked if there was a book he could read; Shoghi Effendi answered his questions and assured him he would send him a copy of his own book God Passes By - which he later did, and which was acknowledged with thanks. (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Priceless Pearl, p. 289)

January 20th in Baha'i History

1888 - Aqa Mirza Aqa …and his eldest son Aqa Siyyid Aqa received permission to visit Bahá'u'lláh. They both attained His presence for the first time on the anniversary of the Báb's Declaration which that year coincided with 20 January 1888. Bahá'u'lláh bestowed unbounded blessings upon them. He is reported to have honoured them by ordering His servant to place a fur-lined overcoat on the shoulders of each as they were sitting in His presence. (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 4, p. 330)

1922 - Birth of Roy Fernie, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh named for pioneering to the Gilbert and Ellis Islands.

1986 – First observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day – UHJ advises that this is worthy of the Friends support:

The House of Justice has asked us to call your attention to Dr King for these reasons. His widow, Mrs Coretta Scott King, a non-Bahá'í, has written to the House of Justice that a national public holiday has been officially designated in the United States in honour of Dr King. She intends to make an appeal that on 20 January 1986, the first observance of this holiday, "nations and liberation movements all over the world cease all violent actions, seek amnesty and reconciliation both within and outside of their national boundaries, and encourage all of their citizens to recommit themselves to work for international peace, universal justice and the elimination of hunger and poverty in the world." The House of Justice feels that Mrs King has a noble intention to which the friends can lend their moral and spiritual support. Since the date on which action is desired falls within the International Year of Peace, Spiritual Assemblies may consider holding peace conferences on 20 January, or close to that date, and naturally include in the presentations at these conferences references to the life and work of Dr King. An alternative might be to devote the Bahá'í programmes on World Religion Day, 19 January, to peace and on these occasions pay tribute to Dr King. (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 675)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

January 19th in Baha'i History

The Feast of Sultan is the Feast of Sovereignty, 19 January


19 January 1922 Shoghi Effendi wrote a letter to the Persian believers stating that he would soon establish the Universal House of Justice

He then called a number of well-known believers to the Holy Land in March 1922 for consultation. Among these was Avarih, who arrived late. Many of the believers, including Avarih, thought that Shoghi Effendi should call for the election of the Universal House of Justice immediately. However, it became apparent to Shoghi Effendi that the election of that body had to wait until such time as local and national spiritual assemblies could be formed in various countries and were fully functioning. But Avarih, dissatisfied with this decision, was still determined to press his point of view. (Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 294)

19 January 1973 - Announcement of the Completion of the Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (The Universal House of Justice, Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1968-1973, p. 104)

2000 - Rúhíyyih Khánum passes, representing the last remnant of the family of Bahá’u’lláh who remained loyal to Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice.
On 19 January 2000, a message from the Universal House of Justice announced:

In the early hours of this morning, the soul of Amatu'l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum, beloved consort of Shoghi Effendi and the Bahá'í world's last remaining link with the family of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, was released from the limitations of this earthly existence.... Her twenty years of intimate association with Shoghi Effendi evoked from his pen such accolades as "my helpmate', 'my shield', 'my tireless collaborator in the arduous tasks I shoulder'...." (Commissioned by The Universal House of Justice, Century of Light, p. 142)

Monday, January 18, 2010

January 18th in Baha'i History

January 18th 1980 - Release of a Compilation on Divorce

The Universal House of Justice has noted with increasing concern that the undisciplined attitude of present-day society towards divorce is reflected in some parts of the Bahá'í World Community. Our Teachings on this subject are clear and in direct contrast to the loose and casual attitude of the "permissive society," and it is vital that the Bahá'í Community practice these Teachings.
In order to help the believers appreciate the need to preserve the sacred marital bond, the Research Department has, at the instruction of the House of Justice, prepared a compilation of texts on the reprehensibility of divorce in the light of our Teachings. …
With loving Bahá'í greetings, - Department of the Secretariat

January 18, 2001: The announcement is made that 9 Baha'is have been placed under arrest in Egypt.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

January 17th in Baha'i History

1908 - Birth of Ruth Katharine Meyer, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh, named for pioneering to Margarita Island.

17 January 1979 -the fall of the Shah
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 476)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

January 16th in Baha'i History

16 Jan 1845 The Báb arrives in Medina

On Jan. 16 1922, the Greatest Holy Leaf cabled news of the Guardianship to the Bahá'ís of the United States.

16 Jan, 2001 The Universal House of Justice announces that,the Bahá'í Faith now enters the fifth epoch of the Formative Age.

January 16, 2001 the dedication of the seat of the International Teaching Center.

Friday, January 15, 2010

January 15th in Baha'i History

15 Jan 1961 Dedication of the House of Worship in Kampala, Uganda.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

January 14th in Baha'i History

1870: May Ellis Bolles, later known as May Maxwell, is born in Englewood, New Jersey.

1954 – The Passing of Harry Ford

Grieve at passing of devoted pioneer Harry Ford, whose death will enrich the spiritual development of foremost center of South Africa. Praying for progress of soul in the Kingdom. (Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, p. 163)

1975: The House of ‘Abdu’lláh Páshá in ‘Akká is purchased.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January 13th in Baha'i History

1943: Birth of Universal House of Justice member Kiser Barnes

1983 - Release of a Compilation on the Importance of Deepening

At the request of the Universal House of Justice, and with the aim of fulfilling the goal assigned to all National Assemblies to pursue a programme of spiritual enrichment designed to inspire and enlighten the friends regarding the Bahá'í way of life, the Research Department has prepared a compilation from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, 'Abdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi on the importance of deepening our knowledge and understanding of the Faith

It is hoped that the loving exhortations and guidelines given in these passages will kindle in the hearts of the believers a spark of longing to delve more deeply into the rich mine of the Writings of the Faith. Such efforts will undoubtedly be abundantly rewarded as the friends attain increased spirituality and understanding, aim at acquiring greater perfection, draw nearer to attracting the good pleasure of their Lord, and seek to become more effective promoters of the Cause of God.
With loving Bahá'í greetings - Department of the Secretariat

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January 12th in Baha'i History

1853 - Bahá’u’lláh and His family begin their journey to Baghdad following His exile from Tehran.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

January 10th in Baha'i History

1977 - Signature of Contract for Erection of the Seat of the Universal House of Justice

JOYFULLY ANNOUNCE SIGNATURE AGREEMENT GENERAL CONTRACTOR FOR ERECTION SEAT UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE AT COST JUST OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS, FIRST SHIPMENT FINISHED MARBLE DELIVERED SITE. LOVING GREETINGS.
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

Saturday, January 9, 2010

January 9th in Baha'i History

1914 - Birth of John Ferraby, Hand of the Cause, and Custodian of the Bahá’í Faith

1951 - Formation of the International Bahá’í Council by Shoghi Effendi

was not, however, until 9 January 1951 that he released this news through an historic cable: "Proclaim National Assemblies East West weighty epoch making decision formation first International Bahá'í Council forerunner supreme administrative institution destined emerge fullness time within precincts beneath shadow World Spiritual Centre Faith already established twin cities 'Akká Haifa." (Ruhiyyih Khanum, The Priceless Pearl, p. 251)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

January 8th in Baha'i History

1924: Birth of Universal House of Justice member Hushmand Fatheazam

January 7th in Baha'i History

7 Jan 1922 The Will of 'Abdu'l-Bahá is read to a gathering of Bahá'ís from many countries.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January 6th in Baha'i History

1932: Birth of Catherine Huxtable, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh named for pioneering to the Gulf Islands.

1993: Long time well known Bahá’í Dizzy Gillespie passes

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 5th in Baha'i History

1982- Iranian Supreme Court's Denial of Execution of Iranian National Spiritual Assembly Members

PRESIDENT SUPREME COURT AYATOLLAH ARDEBILI IS REPORTED BY NEWS SERVICES TO HAVE DENIED EXECUTION EIGHT MEMBERS NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IRAN. ... WE CONVINCED EXECUTIONS WERE PLANNED TO BE KEPT SECRET BUT WERE DISCOVERED FORTUITOUSLY. BAHÁ'Í INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY REQUESTING SECRETARY GENERAL UNITED NATIONS INVESTIGATE. ...
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

Monday, January 4, 2010

January 4th in Baha'i History

1913: Birth of Malietoa Tanumafili II

1954 - Nellie French

Deeply regret the passing of valiant pioneer. Long record of her services is highly meritorious. Praying for progress of soul in the Kingdom. (Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, p. 163)

1957 – Passing of Mrs. Gowhar Hakimian

REGRET LOSS DEVOTED STEADFAST SELF SACRIFICING HANDMAID FAITH BAHÁ'U'LLÁH HER PIONEER SERVICES UNFORGETTABLE REWARD GREAT ABHA KINGDOM ASSURE RELATIVES FERVENT PRAYERS SOUL ADVISE HOLD MEMORIAL GATHERINGS IN REMEMBRANCE DEDICATED LABOURS USE PART TEXT THIS MESSAGE INSCRIPTION TOMBSTONE.
SHOGHI (Shoghi Effendi, Messages to the Indian Subcontinent, p. 410)

1982 - Secret Execution of Six Members of Tihran Assembly and Hostess

INFORMATION JUST RECEIVED SIX MEMBERS LOCAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY TIHRAN TOGETHER WITH WOMAN BELIEVER IN WHOSE HOME ARRESTS WERE MADE ON SECOND NOVEMBER WERE SECRETLY EXECUTED ON FOURTH JANUARY. INFORMATION OBTAINED FORTUITOUSLY BY RELATIVES FRIENDS MARTYRS. NAMES THESE VALIANT SOULS ARE:
MR KURUSH TALA'I, MR KHUSRAW MUHANDISI, MR ISKANDAR 'AZIZI, MR FATHU'LLAH FIRDAWSI, MR 'ATA'U'LLAH YAVARI, MRS SHIVA MAHMUDI ASADU'LLAHZADIH, HOSTESS: MRS SHIDRUKH AMIR-KIYA BAQA ...
UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January 3, 2010 in Baha'i History

9 Baha'i's arrested in Tehran.

January 3rd in Baha'i History

1914: Birth of Universal House of Justice member David Ruhe

3 Jan 1922 Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá formally read.

The Guardianship is inaugurated and Shoghi Effendi is appointed the first Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith: the sole authoritative interpreter of the Bahá'í Writings. As interpreter, the Guardian analyzed world events in the light of Bahá'í Scriptures and sent lengthy letters to Bahá'í communities throughout the world with his results. He was asked numerous questions on a broad range of topics. His answers comprise a significant portion of the interpretation of the Bahá'í Writings. Shunning any personal acknowledgement or praise, the Guardian forbid any commemoration of events associated with his life and fulfilled his role largely outside of public view; a stark contrast to the charismatic style of 'Abdu'l-Bahá. Generally speaking, the Guardian concentrated on: the development of the Bahá'í World Center, the translation and interpretation of Bahá'í Teachings, the expansion of the administrative order, and the implementation of the divine plan of 'Abdu'l-Bahá.

1978 - First International Bahá'í Women's Conference in South America

DELIGHTED GREAT SUCCESS WIDESPREAD ATTENDANCE EXCELLENT PUBLICITY PROCLAMATION FIRST INTERNATIONAL BAHÁ'Í WOMEN'S CONFERENCE SOUTH AMERICA WILL OFFER PRAYERS SACRED THRESHOLD DETERMINATION WIN GOALS PLAN WILL BE CONFIRMED. - UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

Saturday, January 2, 2010

January 2nd inBaha'i History

1986 - Report from Conference in the Holy Land -- Fourth Epoch of the Formative Age Begins (The Universal House of Justice, Selected Six Year Plan Messages)

1986 - On the closing day of the Counsellors' Conference, the Universal House of Justice announced certain features of the Six Year Plan and the methods by which they national goals were to be worked out in consultation between the Counsellors and National Spiritual Assemblies. (Source: The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 717)

Friday, January 1, 2010

January 1st in Baha'i History

1912: ‘Alí-Muhammad Varqá, prominent Bahá’í, Hand of the Cause and trustee of Huqúqu'lláh is born

1962: Amelia Collins, prominent Bahá’í and Hand of the Cause passes away in Haifa, Israel

1970 - Release of a Compilation on Bahá'í Funds

In order to assist the friends everywhere in the proper appreciation of the importance and meaning of contributing to Bahá'í Funds, and to remind them as well as all Assemblies of the underlying principles that must govern the offering and administration of these funds, we have made a compilation of extracts from the Guardian's letters on this subject which we are now sharing with you - The Universal House of Justice

1971: Death of Hand of the Cause of God, Agnes Alexander

Profoundly grieve passing illumined soul Hand Cause Agnes Alexander longstanding pillar Cause Far East first bring Faith Hawaiian Islands. Her long dedicated exemplary life service devotion Cause God anticipated by Center Covenant selecting her share May Maxwell imperishable honor mention Tablets Divine Plan. Her unrestrained unceasing pursuit teaching obedience command Bahá'u'lláh exhortations Master guidance beloved Guardian shining example all followers Faith. Her passing severs one more link Heroic Age. Assure family friends ardent prayers holiest shrine progress radiant soul request all National Spiritual Assemblies hold memorial meetings and those responsible hold service Mother Temples (Signed) Universal House of Justice (The Universal House of Justice, Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1968-1973, p. 127)

1983 - Execution of Hidayat Siyavushi in Shiraz

GREATLY DISMAYED LAMENTABLE NEWS EXECUTION HIDaYAT SiYaVUSHi HANGED SHiRaZ 1 JANUARY, THIRD OF FIVE BAHa'iS SENTENCED TO DEATH 23 SEPTEMBER 1982. ... Universal House of Justice

1986 - Release of a Compilation on Women

The Universal House of Justice requested the Research Department to prepare a compilation on the subject of women, taking into consideration the Bahá'í concepts of the equality of the sexes, the role of education in the development of women, family life, fostering the development of women, etc. The compilation has now been completed and a copy is attached
With loving Bahá'í greetings, Department of the Secretariat

2000 - Presentations of the Bahá'í World Center are televised as part of the new millennium celebrations and are viewed by over one-billion persons around the world.