Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 13th in Baha'i History



1840 – Abdu'l-Karim’s dream about the coming Revelation of The Bab

"One night, on the eve of the day of Arafih, in the year 1255 A.H.,[1] I was so wrapt in prayer that I seemed to have fallen into a trance. There appeared before me a bird, white as the snow, which hovered above my head and alighted upon the twig of a tree beside me. In accents of indescribable sweetness, that bird voiced these words: 'Are you seeking the Manifestation, O Abdu'l-Karim? Lo, the year '60.' Immediately after, the bird flew away and vanished. The mystery of those words greatly agitated me. The memory of the beauty of that vision lingered long in my mind. I seemed to have tasted all the delights of Paradise. My joy was irrepressible.

[1 The night preceding February 13, 1840 A.D.    (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 166)
Note: the year ‘60’ is 1844 in the Julian Calendar – The Year The Bab Declared His Mission.

1913 - ADDRESS DELIVERED BY ABDUL BAHA - To the Paris Theosophical Society, at the Theosophical Headquarters, 59 Avenue de la Bourdonnois,
(Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 165)


1 comment:

forough sanai said...

Who was this `Abdu'l-Karim?
He Was an uneducated cloth-seller, named Aqa `Abdu'l-Karim who thought the faith to Mírzá Abu'l-Faḍl-i-Gulpáygání (1844–1914).`Abdu'l-Bahá frequently addressed him as Abu'l-Fada'il (progenitor of virtues).Abu'l-Fada'il was the foremost Bahá'í scholar who helped spread the Bahá'í Faith in Egypt, Turkmenistan, and the United States
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%ADrz%C3%A1_Abu'l-Fadl

"...Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl's first encounters with Bahá'ís was in the beginning of 1876 during his time in Tehran. Abu'l-Fadl, at one point, met an uneducated cloth-seller, named Aqa `Abdu'l-Karim, with whom he would have discussions over difficult religious questions. Over time Abu'l-Fadl came to appreciate `Abdu'l-Karim's keenness and moral qualities, but when eventually he learnt that `Abdu'l-Karim was a Bahá'í and that the points he was making were predominantly derived from Bahá'í scripture, Abu'l-Fadl was saddened.[1] Abu'l-Fadl, however, became curious about the Bahá'í Faith, and asked to meet other Bahá'ís. There is a famous story of Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl's meeting with a Bahá'í blacksmith..."