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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.
In Haifa, in the time of `Abdu’l-Bahá, lived a Christian priest who would, every now and then, bother the friends and not care much for what they had to say. One day, Haji Mirza Heydar Ali became aware of this and went to the priest. Heydar Ali asked the priest what that thing which was hanging from his neck. The priest answered that this is the cross of Christ.
The Khan-i-Avamid in Akka functioned as pilgrim house during the time of Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha. As such, it is of interest for pilgrims. This post (as part of a series of posts on places of interest in the Holy Land) tells the story of the Khan-i-Avamid. The text below can also be downloaded as a pdf (Khan-i-Avamid).
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The Universal House of Justice released two letters today (26th of March 2016), one to the “Bahá’ís of the world
acting under the Mandate of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá” and one to the “chosen recipients of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Tablets of the Divine Plan, the Bahá’ís of the United States and the Bahá’ís of Canada” on the occasion of “that pivotal moment when the first of the Tablets of the Divine Plan was revealed by the pen of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá”
Here you can read the letter (online)
“To the Bahá’ís of the World acting under the Mandate of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá” and the letter
You can also download these letters as pdf by clicking on the links below.
On the 21st of March in 1909, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá placed the Holy Remains of the Blessed Báb in their final resting place. Perhaps a few moments of reflection is in order. One hundred years later from that day, on the centenary of that event (21st of March 2009), the Universal House of Justice wrote to the Bahá’ís of the World:
This Naw-Rúz marks the centenary of one of the outstanding events in the Apostolic Age of the Bahá’í Dispensation, the interment by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá of the sacred remains of the Báb in their permanent resting place on God’s holy mountain. In the words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: “The most joyful tidings is this, that the holy, the luminous body of the Báb … after having for sixty years been transferred from place to place, by reason of the ascendancy of the enemy, and from fear of the malevolent, and having known neither rest nor tranquillity has, through the mercy of the Abhá Beauty, been ceremoniously deposited, on the day of Naw-Rúz, within the sacred casket, in the exalted Shrine on Mt. Carmel.”
In commemoration of that triumph of the Cause, the members of the Universal House of Justice, accompanied by the members of the International Teaching Centre, have today offered prayers of thanksgiving in the Shrine of the Báb on behalf of the worldwide Bahá’í community, expressing gratitude for the unfailing divine protection vouchsafed to the Cause of God. In their solemn contemplation, their hearts were stirred as they recalled the indelible image of the Master left to posterity when, on this day a hundred years ago, having with His own hands laid that peerless Trust in its final place of repose, He rested His head upon the edge of the blessed casket of the Báb, and “sobbing aloud, wept with such a weeping that all those who were present wept with Him”. They remembered, too, the manifold obstacles with which He had been confronted in constructing this sacred edifice and His unbounded relief at having accomplished one of the principal objectives of His Ministry. [21 March 2009 Letter from the Universal House of Justice]