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‘Abdu’l-Baha recounted the following stories of early believers who exemplified being in constant a state of devotional attitude.

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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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In his memoirs, Youness Afroukhteh (Nine Years in Akka), describes how they celebrated the Ridván festivities in Bahji during the ministry of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. He recounts the following.

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We have, as a world wide community, soon completed the construction of Continental Houses of Worships and have initiated National and Local Houses of Worship. We see that the Universal House of Justice, in their Messages and Letters, informs about the progress of the constructions of the Houses of Worships. Letters from the Universal House of Justice dated 1st of August 2014 and the letter to the friends in Iran dated 18 December 2014 are two examples.

Hand of the Cause Faizi once told the story of when, one night, “the Master asked someone to write the names of those who had contributed something for the fund of the Temple in Ishqábád. One of the friends, who was serving the Pilgrim House in `Akká, did not have any money. He said to the Master, “Beloved Master, could I borrow ten cents from you? I want to contribute, but I don’t have any money.”

He said, “Of course,” and gave him ten cents, and please write, “He borrowed these ten cents from `Abdu’l-Bahá.” When it was finished, `Abdu’l-Bahá said, “How I wish I could go to the Temple and work myself. I would go there and work with the laborers until the erection of this Temple, but I am in prison. I cannot get out of this country.” He was walking and repeating these words, “How I wish that somebody could go in my stead, in my behalf to do this.” And the same man got up, and said, “I will go.” And he said, “When I stood up and said that I would go, I said to myself, `You didn’t want to go.'” And he said, “When I volunteered, I thought that `Abdu’l-Bahá would say, `All right, after one month or so,” but He said, “All right, early in the morning.”

In a Tablet,  `Abdu’l-Bahá wrote that “This man is coming to work on the Temple on my behalf. He will carry stones, he will carry mud, he will carry cement, all these things will be done in my name.” And he did this.

It might be time to read more deeply about the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár. If so, I highly recommend a wonderful online compilation called Mashriqu’l-Adhkár – ‘…the crowning institution of every Bahá’í community.’

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