Sunday, February 21, 2010

February 22nd in Baha'i History

1847: Birth of Disciple of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Hand of the Cause Thornton Chase

February 19th in Baha'i History

19-20 Feb 1849 The famous Seven Martyrs of Tihrán are martyred.

1968 - His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II, of Western Samoa, embraces the Faith

February 18th in Baha'i History

1967: Incorporation of the National Spiritual Assembly of Philippines

February 17th in Baha'i History

1941 - Death of Hyde Dunn, appointed posthumously as a Hand of the Cause of God by Shoghi Effendi

February 16th in Baha'i History

16 Feb 1923 Declaration of the first native Hawaiian Bahá'í on (Mae Tilton Fantom, Maui).

Monday, February 15, 2010

February 15th in Baha'i History

1896 - Birth of distinguished Bahá’í Leroy Ioas, Hand of the Cause and Secretary General of the International Bahá’í Council.

February 14th in Baha'i History

1910 - Birth of Ola Pawlowska, Knight of Bahá’u’lláh named for pioneering to St. Pierre and Miquelon.

14 Feb 1929 Work begins on three additional chambers of the Shrine of the Báb.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

February 12th in Baha'i History

12-18 Feb 1953 Ten Year World Crusade launched at the first Intercontinental Teaching Conference in Kampala, Uganda. The Crusade would conclude in 1963 with the election of the first Universal House of Justice: the centenary of Bahá'u'lláh's declaration in the Garden of Ridván. The goal was to extend the Faith to 132 more countries and the existing 120 countries and territories were to be expanded.

1980: Hand of the Cause of God and well celebrated author Hasan Balyuzi dies.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February 11th in Baha'i History

11 Feb 2000: President Clinton said he was deeply troubled that the death sentences had been reaffirmed for Sirus Zabihi-Moghaddam and Hadayet Kashefi-Najafabadi and the same sentence had been imposed on Manucher Khulusi. "Executing people for their religious faith is contrary to the most fundamental human rights principles,'' Clinton said, holding the Iránian government responsible for the safety of the Baha'is of Irán and strongly urged that the executions not be carried out.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

February 8th in Baha'i History

Revealed on February 8, 1917,in Bahá'u'lláh's room at the house of Abbud in 'Akká, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of the twelve Central States of the United States:Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana,Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri,North Dakota, South Dakota,Nebraska and Kansas. (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 75)

1965 - Appointment of five Continental Pioneer Committees (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 47)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February 7th in Baha'i History

Feast of Mulk - Dominion - 7 February - 25 February (Misc Baha'i, Unknown - Details of the Baha'i Calendar)

1844 – Birth of Shaykh Kazim-i-Samandar, designated by the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith an 'Apostle of Bahá'u'lláh', was born in the month of Muharram AH 1260 - being born on the 17th day of Muharram [7 February 1844 (H.M. Balyuzi, Eminent Baha'is in the Time of Baha'u'llah, p. 192)

1862 - Edward G. Browne, one of the few Westerners to meet Bahá’u’lláh, is born in England.

1875 – Birth of Habibu'llah Afnan, Haji Mirza

Haji Mirza Habibu'llah was born in Shiraz on 7 February 1875. He was called Muhammad-'Ali at birth, but his father later changed his name to Habibu'llah out of respect for the fact that one of Bahá'u'lláh's children was named Muhammad-'Ali. Haji Mirza Habibu'llah grew up in Shiraz in constant contact with the wife of the Báb, who was his aunt. In September 1890, he set out with his mother, brothers and sister to join his father in Egypt. From there they proceeded to Haifa where they remained for nine months in the presence of Bahá'u'lláh. The family then returned to Port Sa'id, where they had a trading establishment. After the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, Mirza Habibu'llah's father left for Iran, while he himself remained in Egypt. He was often at this time in the company of Mirza Abu'l-Fadl who was also then residing in Egypt. He visited 'Abdu'l-Bahá in the Holy Land on several occasions. Then in 1900, he was instructed by 'Abdu'l-Bahá to return to Shiraz to assist with the repair of the House of the Báb, and he was appointed Custodian of that House by 'Abdu'l-Bahá. He died in 1951. (H.M. Balyuzi, Baha'u'llah - The King of Glory, p. 471)

7 Feb 1974 Announcement of the design for the Permanent Seat of the Universal House of Justice.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February 4th in Baha'i History

1975 - Acquisition of Land Adjacent to the Guardian's Resting-Place in London (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 290)

February 3rd in Baha'i History


Revealed on February 3, 1917, in Haifa in Isma'il Aqa's room, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of the sixteen Southern States of the United States: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 67)

1944 – NYC LSA Honors Woodrow Wilson

Exactly twenty years after the President's death, on February 3, 1944, the Bahá'í Assembly of New York City presented an anniversary program in memory of Woodrow Wilson, chaired by the Honorable William Copeland Dodge. Khan was the featured speaker, and his theme 'Wilson's Ideal World'. The program for the event quoted these words from Shoghi Effendi:
'The ideals that fired the imagination of America's tragically unappreciated President ... bitterly reproach a heedless generation for having so cruelly abandoned them.' (Marzieh Gail, Arches of the Years, p. 169)

February 2nd in Baha'i History

1849: Mullá Ḥusayn dies in battle at fort at the Shrine of Shaykh Tabarsí.

No less than ninety of the companions were wounded that night, most of whom succumbed. From the day of their arrival at Barfurush to the day they were first attacked, which fell on the twelfth of Dhi'l-Qa'dih in the year 1264 A.H.,[1] to the day of the death of Mulla Husayn, which took place at the hour of dawn on the ninth of Rabi'u'l-Avval in the year 1265 A.H.,[2] the number of martyrs, according to the computation of Mirza Muhammad-Baqir, had reached a total of seventy-two. [1 October 10, 1848 A.D.][2 February 2, 1849 A.D.] (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 382)


Revealed on February 2, 1917, in Isma'il Aqa's room at the house of 'Abdu'l-Bahá in Haifa, and addressed to the Bahá'ís of the nine Northeastern States of the United States: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut,Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 59)

1983 - Occupation of the Seat of the Universal House of Justice (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 571)

February 1st in Baha'i History

1 Feb 1959 Completion of the Bahá'í Home for the Aged in Wilmette, Illinois.

1978 - Release of a Compilation on Bahá'í Consultation

1979 - On 1 February 1979 Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile in France and was greeted by three million supporters. (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 415)

2/1/1983 - The Universal House of Justice made 10 Haparsim Street its seat until 1 February 1983. (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 11)