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)
48. O SON OF MAN!
For everything there is a sign. The sign of love is fortitude under My decree and patience under My trials.
(Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)
1935 - The Use of the term Son in the Hidden Words
...concerning those passages in "The Hidden Words" in which Baha’u’llah refers to man as "Son of Spirit", "Son of existence", "Son of humanity", etc., the word "son" used in this connection is a kind of collective noun meaning mankind and has, therefore, no connotation of any sex differentiation between man and woman whatever.
(From a letter dated 19 January 1935 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)
A Compilation of Writings about the Hidden Words #6
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)
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