He suffered from despotism, fanaticism and intolerance. May the Lord inspire all thy household and thy kindred with patience in this grievous calamity, and immerse thee in the ocean of His grace and mercy! In His old age, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá remained remarkably vigorous. : The Centenary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá – The Utterance Project On Saturday, 27 November 2021, millions of Bahá’ís in communities all across the world will commemorate the hundredth anniversary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing. Shed no tears for the one that hath departed to the world of Eternity, but weep over the passing of Virtue and Wisdom, of Knowledge and Generosity. Persia--the ancient cradle of divine philosophy--threw out her children, whose ideas were conceived in her land. One like thee, who has all perfections, virtues and honors, is eternal…O ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, O son of Bahá’u’lláh! ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 205 O thou beloved maid-servant of God, although the loss of a son is indeed heart-breaking and beyond the limits of human endurance, yet one who knoweth and understandeth is assured that the son hath not been lost but, rather, hast stepped from this world into another, and she will find him in the divine realm. And he that leaveth a memory so lovely, so imperishable, he, indeed, is not dead. The covenant of love and devotion will remain forever between us. The funeral of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “a funeral the like of which Palestine had never seen,” drew “no less than ten thousand people…representing every class, religion and race in that country.” “A great throng,” the British High Commissioner wrote, “had gathered together, sorrowing for His death, but rejoicing also for His life.” The Governor of Jerusalem at the time also wrote in describing the funeral: “I have never known a more united expression of regret and respect than was called forth by the utter simplicity of the ceremony.”1, “The coffin containing the remains of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was borne to its last resting-place on the shoulders of His loved ones…. What am I to set forth the achievements of this leader of mankind? Abdu’l-Baha. In Europe, in America, in every country, people athirst for social justice and brotherhood also weep for Him. In the souls and in the minds thou art immortal. Every destiny is predetermined and none can change the Divine Decree. The Lamp of Baha, ‘Abbas, hath lived a goodly life, hath manifested in himself the true life of the Spirit. Indeed, they are wounds and not words; they are tears and not phrases…’ This calamity has made all previous calamities to be forgotten. Caption: The funeral procession leaving ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s home, No. Here is a translation of his speech: It is indeed strange that in an age of gross materialism and lack of faith a great philosopher such as He whom we mourn--‘Abdu’l-Bahá ‘Abbas--should appear. A memorable chapter in the history of the first Bahá’í century had been written. The news of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing on November 28, 1921, inspired an unprecedented event of unity among the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze communities of Haifa. Who shall care for the hungry? Persia--the ancient cradle of divine philosophy--threw out her children, whose ideas were conceived in her land. ʻAbdu'l-Bahá , born ʻAbbás (Persian: عباس‎), was the eldest son of Baháʼu'lláh and served as head of the Baháʼí Faith from 1892 until 1921. Baghdad--the ’Abbasid capital--also served as a prison for Him and for His Father. The land that received Mohammed; the land the dust of which is blessing and wealth…We shall be sustained by this Tomb and the One it contains. This great funeral procession is but a glorious proof of thy greatness in thy life and in thy death. Thou leader of men, generous and benevolent! It accords with human character. He, Who has promulgated such great principles, is immortal in the memory of posterity. May the Lord inspire all thy household and thy kindred with patience in this grievous calamity, and immerse thee in the ocean of His grace and mercy! Know thou that God is with thee under all conditions, and that He guardeth thee from the changes and chances of this world. What eloquent lips are hushed! 'Abdu'l-Baha Baha'i academics Baha'i articles Baha'i content Baha'i papers Baha'i scholars Baha'i writers Centenary of the Passing of Abdu'l-Baha About the Author In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. Work is not suspended on this day as it is on some holy days. The Lamp of Baha, ‘Abbas, hath lived a goodly life, hath manifested in himself the true life of the Spirit. Apr 19, 2019 - Explore Doraisamy Suppiah's board "Abdu'l-Baha" on Pinterest. this light shall shine with everlasting splendor. Nay, nay! Its virtues overcome prejudice and superstition … ‘Abbas has passed away in Haifa, in Palestine, in the Holy Land wherein prophets have always appeared. With ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s ascension, and more particularly with the passing of His wellbeloved and illustrious sister the Most Exalted Leaf—the last survivor of a glorious and heroic age—there draws to a close the first and most moving chapter of Bahá’í history, marking the conclusion of the Primitive, the Apostolic Age of the Faith of Baha’u’llah. this light shall shine with everlasting splendor. Wadi’ Bustani, a young Christian, had a poem to offer. Thou hast raised the Orient to the summit of glory, hast shown loving kindness to the people, trained them in righteousness, and hast striven to the end, till thou hast won the crown of glory. Woe unto the poor, for lo! Suffice it to say, that he has left in every heart the most profound impression, on every tongue most wondrous praise. Silent short movie of 'Abdu'l-Baha in New York, 1912. This great funeral procession is but a glorious proof of thy greatness in thy life and in thy death. Fellow Christians! 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