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Bahá’u’lláh says:

“That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. In all circumstances one should seize upon every means which will promote security and tranquillity among the peoples of the world… Great is the station of man. Great must also be his endeavours for the rehabilitation of the world and the well-being of nations.” Tablet of Maqsúd

It was the summer of 1905 when Mr Sydney Sprague arrived in India. He travelled from town to town and bore every kind of hardship in order to reach the seekers with the call of “Yá Bahá’ul-Abhá”.

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“O ye servants of the Sacred Threshold! The triumphant hosts of the Celestial Concourse, arrayed and marshalled in the realms above, stand ready and expectant to assist and assure victory to that valiant horseman who with confidence spurs on his charger into the arena of service.” (Selections from the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá, no 208, p. 264)

One day in the guesthouse in `Akká, `Abdu’l-Bahá told the following story:

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Once `Abdu’l-Bahá had been very, very sad, and you know, in His days, there were many of the old believers who were watching Him. The moment He became sad, they tried to make Him happy, to tell stories, or to do something to make Him happy. But He was so sad, almost shrunk in Himself, sitting down at a meeting, suddenly He burst out and said, “I don’t know where the people have learned the art of backbiting.” It seemed that He had been very sad about it. Somebody had said something. One of the old believers got up and bowed to the Master, and said, “Beloved Master, from God Himself.” The Master said, “How?” He said, “Adam ate one apple only in his life. God mentioned it in the Old Testament, in the New Testament, in the Qur’án, in all the Tablets.” How beautiful the entire sadness was taken from `Abdu’l-Bahá!

This story was told by Abu’l-Qasim Faizi in one of his talks (from Conqueror of Hearts:
Excerpts from Letters, Talks, and Writings of Hand of the Cause of God Abu’l-Qásim Faizí)

At the time when Bahá’u’lláh was in `Akká, an Egyptian merchant by the name of `Abdu’l-Karím wrote a letter and asked for permission to attain the holy presence. Sometime later the reply came as follows: “When you have paid all your debts, you can come.”

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Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín is one of the eminent believers of our precious history. He was appointed as an Apostle of Bahá’u’lláh and a life worth reading about. Unfortunately, there is not much information available in English. To remedy this, his life story has been shared on this blog over the past year (eleven parts). To make it easier to read about his life, I have put all parts as one document and made improvements. Hopefully, you will enjoy reading about his life and draw inspiration from his example.

You can download The Story of Jinab-i-Zayn here.

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