Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 30th in Baha'i History



1912 - Abdul-Baha in America

30 April 1912 Talk at Public Meeting Concluding Convention of Bahá’í Temple Unity Drill Hall, Masonic Temple, Chicago, Illinois

30 April 1912 Talk at Hull House Chicago, Illinois

30 April 1912 Talk at Fourth Annual Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Handel Hall, Chicago, Illinois



Another meeting held at Handel Hall especially to bring together the blacks and the whites. The Master offered a commentary on a verse from the Old Testament, `Let us make man in our image, after our likeness': `By "image and likeness"', He said, `is meant human virtues and perfections and not the black or white color of the skin.' The Master's impressive talk transformed and deeply affected the gathering.

The Master then went to a third meeting, addressing some two thousand people at the Convention of the Bahá'í Temple Unity held at the spacious Drill Hall. The entire audience stood when the Master entered, even though not all were Bahá'ís. The friends were full of excitement and cried `Alláh-u-Abhá' so loudly that the hall resounded with their voices.

After a song of praise and glorification, the Master gave a detailed and eloquent talk on the purpose of the Temple and the unification of all under one standard. He concluded His talk by chanting a prayer in Persian in a most melodious voice.  (Mahmud's Diary)

1949 - Incorporation of the NSA of Canada

The Bill to incorporate the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada was passed by both Houses of the Canadian Parliament, and given Royal assent on April 30, 1949

(Shoghi Effendi, Messages to Canada, p. 12)

1963 - First Statement from the Universal House of Justice

[Presented April 30, 1963, at the World Congress]

(The Universal House of Justice, Wellspring of Guidance, Messages 1963-1968, p. 1)



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