What eloquent lips are hushed! The casket being carried from the House of the Master. Persia--the ancient cradle of divine philosophy--threw out her children, whose ideas were conceived in her land. AbdulBahasFamily.org is owned by Parvine Afnan Shahid, a great-granddaughter of ‘Abdu’l-Baha and great- niece of Shoghi Effendi.. Fellow Christians! May my life be a sacrifice to one like thee. The views and information found on UpliftingWords.org are not necessarily the official views of the Baha'i Faith. Thou hast lived greatly and hast died greatly! In the early years of the 20th century, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá—the eldest Son of Bahá’u’lláh—was the Bahá’í Faith’s leading exponent, renowned as a champion of social justice and an ambassador for international peace. O ’Abdu’l-Bahá, O son of Bahá’u’lláh! Rest thou happily under the shadow of the mercy of the Lord thy God, and He verily, shall well reward thee. We say farewell to the material body of our ‘Abbas, and his material body vanisheth from our gaze, but his reality, our spiritual ‘Abbas, will never leave our minds, our thoughts, our hearts, our tongues. “The coffin containing the remains of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was borne to its last resting-place on the shoulders of His loved ones…. 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. The Lamp of Baha, ‘Abbas, hath lived a goodly life, hath manifested in himself the true life of the Spirit. He often made trips to the nearby city of Haifa, and was recognized by high and low as a leading citizen of the area. The long train of mourners, amid the sobs and moans of many a grief-stricken heart, wended its slow way up the slopes of. To whom shall the poor now look? He suffered from despotism, fanaticism and intolerance. goodness hath departed from them, woe unto the orphans, for their loving father is no more with them! But Fate hath otherwise ordained. Caption: The funeral procession leaving ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s home, No. What a pillar of peace hath crumbled! Who shall care for the hungry? Weep one hour for the sake of him who, for well nigh eighty years, hath wept for you! It is not only our country’s loss but a world affliction…He hath lived for well-nigh eighty years the life of the Messengers and Apostles of God. T he 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, … Indeed, they are wounds and not words; they are tears and not phrases…’ This calamity has made all previous calamities to be forgotten. Baghdad--the ’Abbasid capital--also served as a prison for Him and for His Father. Another distinguished Muslim, ‘Abdu’llah Mukhlish, followed the Mufti of Haifa: …the sun of knowledge has set; the moon of virtues has disappeared; the throne of glory has crumbled, and the mountain of kindness is levelled by the departure of this benevolent one from the mortal world to the immortal realm. followers of Baha’u’llah] to turn unto Shoghi Effendi… as he is the sign of God, the chosen branch, … relatives of the Bab], the Hands (pillars) of the Cause of God [i.e. Is it he who but yesterday was great in his life and is today in his death greater still? He hath educated the souls of men, hath been benevolent unto them, hath led them to the Way of Truth. 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.”, “The coffin containing the remains of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was borne to its last resting-place on the shoulders of His loved ones…. Woe unto the poor, for lo! 309. Carmel to the Mausoleum of the Báb… Close to the eastern entrance of the Shrine, the sacred casket was placed upon a plain table, and, in the presence of that vast concourse, nine speakers, who represented the Muslim, the Jewish and Christian Faiths…delivered their several funeral orations. O great revered Sleeper! For decades, ‘Akka--the Bastille of the Ottomans--held Him a prisoner. Truly ye are bearing the mortal remains of this ever lamented one to his last resting place, yet know of a certainty that your ‘Abbas will live forever in spirit amongst you, through his deeds, his words, his virtues and all the essence of his life. Digital republication, East Lansing, Mi. Work is not suspended on this day as it is on some holy days. sons of Baha’u’llah], the Afnan (Twigs) of the Sacred Lote-Tree [i.e. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ; Source: UK Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1972 eleventh edition reprint ... and he gradually arrives at the hour of death. 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. In the Holy Land, Abdu’l-Baha’s unprecedented impact, and the outpouring of emotion that accompanied it, resulted in a funeral the likes of which no one had ever seen. Reproduced from The Bahá’í World, Volume 15 (1968-1973) in commemoration of the 50 year anniversary of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. What can the poets say in thy day? He, Who has promulgated such great principles, is immortal in the memory of posterity. He, Who has left such a glorious heritage, is not dead. After the passing away of this wronged one, it is incumbent upon the Aghsan (Branches) [i.e. The Lamp of Baha, ‘Abbas, hath lived a goodly life, hath manifested in himself the true life of the Spirit. By nothing, under no conditions, be ye perturbed. Abdu’l-Baha. The first speaker was Yúsuf al-Khatib, a well-known Muslim orator: The next speaker was Ibrahim Nassar, a celebrated Christian writer: The Christian writer was followed by the Mufti of Haifa, Muhammad Murad: Another distinguished Muslim, ‘Abdu’llah Mukhlish, followed the Mufti of Haifa: Next, Shaykh Yúnus al-Khatib, a Muslim poet of note, recited a poem he had composed; and he was followed by Bishop Bassilious, the head of the Greek Catholic Church of Haifa, who dwelt particularly on ’Abdu’l-Bahá’s humanitarian deeds, His generosity to the poor, His charm and majesty of mien. The long train of mourners, amid the sobs and moans of many a grief-stricken heart, wended its slow way up the slopes of Mt. The ancient glory of this land is restored. Thou art the all-wise, and all else beside thee are only learned. Chapter XXI: The Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. O concourse of Arabians and Persians! Its virtues overcome prejudice and superstition … ‘Abbas has passed away in Haifa, in Palestine, in the Holy Land wherein prophets have always appeared. What a pillar of peace hath crumbled! When Abdu’l-Baha passed away in 1921, His choice of successor was revealed, first to Shoghi Effendi, and then to the Baha’i world. Thus he raised his people to the pinnacle of glory, and great shall be his reward from God, the reward of the righteous! This great funeral procession is but a glorious proof of thy greatness in thy life and in thy death. The philosophy of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is simple and plain, yet sublime. He hath educated the souls of men, hath been benevolent unto them, hath led them to the Way of Truth. The coffin was then removed to one of the chambers of the Shrine, and there lowered, sadly and reverently, to its last resting-place in a vault adjoining that in which were laid the remains of the Báb.”. Thou leader of men, generous and benevolent! It is observed on 6 Qawl (27 or 28 November). In His writings and public talks, and in His intimate conversations He could always convince the most learned and the most orthodox. He speaks to our hearts, our consciences. See more ideas about baha, bahai faith, baha i faith. The Christian writer was followed by the Mufti of Haifa, Muhammad Murad: I do not wish to exaggerate in my eulogy of this great one, for his ready and helping hand in the service of mankind and the beautiful and wondrous story of his life, spent in doing that which is right and good, none can deny, save him whose heart is blinded…. His passing unleashed a torrent of profound distress and grief, not just for the Baha’is around … 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. Nay, nay! Could the life of Sir ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ’Abbas have been redeemed by the sacrifices of many a precious soul, they of a certainty would gladly have offered up their lives for his life. The Heroic Age of the Bahá’í Dispensation, in which He had participated since its inception, and played so unique a … In His old age, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá remained remarkably vigorous. Suffice it to say, that he has left in every heart the most profound impression, on every tongue most wondrous praise. and the desolate, the widow and the orphan? : ʻAbdu'l-Bahá was later canonized as the last of three "central figures" of the religion, along with Baháʼu'lláh and the Báb, and his writings and authenticated talks are regarded as a source of Baháʼí sacred literature. ‘Abbas is not dead, neither hath the light of Baha been extinguished! Silent short movie of 'Abdu'l-Baha in New York, 1912. The Year 2021 marks 100 years since the passing of The Master A bird soars to a certain height … He satisfies our thirsty souls with teachings and principles that are the basis of all religion and morality. His correspondence guided global efforts to establish an organizational framework for the community. Whom are ye bewailing? 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. 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. Hear me O people! The remaining text of this article is taken from H. M. Balyuzi. Know thou that God is with thee under all conditions, and that He guardeth thee from the changes and chances of this world. Cannot we witness the manifestation of Divine Will to exalt the Holy Land that it become, once again, the cradle of noble and generous ideals? The Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is a holy day that commemorates the death of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Baghdad--the ’Abbasid capital--also served as a prison for Him and for His Father. Here is a translation of his speech: UpliftingWords.org is not an official Baha'i Website. The Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha commemorates the death—and, retrospectively, the life—of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, who passed away quietly in his home on November 28, 1921, in Haifa, Palestine (now Israel), at the age of 77. Every destiny is predetermined and none can change the Divine Decree. Be thou not hopeless under any circumstances, but rather be firm in thy hope. The next speaker was Ibrahim Nassar, a celebrated Christian writer: I weep for the world, in that my Lord hath died; others there are who, like unto me, weep the death of their Lord…O bitter is the anguish caused by this heartrending calamity! Thou hast departed in the Holy Land wherein Christ and the Virgin Mary lived. Woe unto the poor, for lo! 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! …the sun of knowledge has set; the moon of virtues has disappeared; the throne of glory has crumbled, and the mountain of kindness is levelled by the departure of this benevolent one from the mortal world to the immortal realm. Ascension of `Abdu’l-Bahá is a religious observance for the followers of Bahá’í. The ancient glory of this land is restored. and the desolate, the widow and the orphan? 7 Persian (Haparsim) Street, Haifa, Tuesday, November 29, 1921. 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