Friday, January 3, 2014

January 3rd in Baha'i History


1913: Birth of Universal House of Justice member David Ruhe


Click here for more on the life of 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.

Click here to read the Will and Testament of Abdul-Baha


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


1982 - 
The Covenant is the "axis of the oneness of the world of humanity" because it preserves the unity and integrity of the Faith itself and protects it from being disrupted by individuals who are convinced that only their understanding of the Teachings is the right one - a fate that has overcome all past Revelations. The Covenant is, moreover, embedded in the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh Himself. Thus, as you clearly see, to accept Bahá'u'lláh is to accept His Covenant; to reject His Covenant is to reject Him.
(3 January 1982, from a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer) Compilations: Covenant


2010 - BBC Persian reported that nine Baha’i citizens were arrested in Tehran today 

BBC Persian reported that nine Baha’i citizens were arrested in Tehran today in the early morning hours. According to a report by the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, 13 Baha’is were arrested, but Diane Ala’i, the Representative to the United Nations for the Bahá’í International Community, said that the community can only confirm the arrest of nine Baha’is.
The names of the nine are Babak Mobasher, Lava Khanjani-Mobasher, Negar Sabet, Jhinoos Sobhani, Artin Ghazanfari, Nasim Biglari, Sa’id Rowhani, Mehran Rowhani, and Payam Fanaian.
Ala’i told BBC Persian that the authorities might be using the widespread street protests against the regime on Ashura (December 27), as an excuse to escalate the persecution of the Baha’is in the country. As we’ve mentioned before, the Iranian regime has recently launched a propaganda campaign that accuses the Baha’is of orchestrating the recent protests in Iran.

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