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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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One day `Abdu’l-Bahá went with the Qá’im Maqám to Tiberius. At dinner time a Jewish man approached and watched them eating. `Abdu’l-Bahá said: “I invited him to eat with us but he refused. I realised he was a Jew. I called him over and asked him which foods were Kosher (clean). ‘Is it Kosher for you to eat?’ He said yes. I asked: ‘Is bread Kosher?’ He said yes. I said: ‘Are sugar and lemon juice Kosher?’ He said yes. I said: ‘Is an egg Kosher?’ He said: ‘Yes, but if I boil it myself.'”

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