Friday, February 7, 2014

February 7th in Baha'i History

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)

In a Tablet addressed to Shaykh Kazim-i-Samandar,  Bahá'u'lláh states that at one time He revealed certain words addressed to the Báb, words which illumined all the Holy Books of God. Upon reading these words, the Báb was so carried away by the breezes of divine revelation that with His whole being He soared in the heaven of nearness to Bahá'u'lláh, and decided to present Himself before the face of His Lord. The revealed words exhilarated Him in such wise that no pen can record or tongue explain. Bahá'u'lláh asserts that for the protection of the Faith, this episode was not made public.
[1 For an account of his life, see The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh, vol. 3.] (Page 88) 
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Covenant of Baha'u'llah, p. 32)

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.

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