Here is a translation of his speech: UpliftingWords.org is not an official Baha'i Website. In the cage of this world I flutter even as a frightened bird, and yearn every day to take my flight unto Thy kingdom. On 6th Qawl on the Badí’ calendar, around 28th November, at 1 am, Baha’is around the world commemorate the moment that ‘Abdu’l-Baha passed away in 1921. "Very good, very good," He said when told that none were ill. He passed away in the early hours of November 28th. After the ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, no trace of them shall remain. An estimated 10,000 townspeople joined together in the procession, acclaimed as the largest and most memorable funeral event the city of Haifa had seen. THE ASCENSION OF 'ABDU'L-BAHA, on November 28, 1921, marked for Bahá'ís the end of the Heroic, the Apostolic Age of their Faith. When I found myself outside I said within myself, 'For what reason came I forth, not having led the prayer? Locally, the Haifa newspaper, Annafir (December 6, 1921), published an obituary that carried the headline: “The Most Great Calamity—The Departure of the Personification of Humanitarianism, Abdul-Baha Abbas” (Bagdadi, Star of the West, 259–67). You are invited to join us in commemorating the passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the eldest son of Bahá'u'lláh, the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, who passed away at approximately 1:00 a.m. on November 28, 1921, at age 77. - Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 82, Less than five months before His ascension, ‘Abdu’l-Baha had beseeched God for release from this world, ‘Abdu’l-Baha knew the time of His passing, “I seemed to be standing within a great temple, in the inmost shrine, facing the east, in the place of the leader himself. Behind the coffin walked the members of His family, the British High Commissioner, Sir Herbert Samuel, the Governor of Jerusalem, Sir Ronald Storrs, the Governor of Phoenicia, Sir Stewart Symes, officials of the government, consuls of various countries resident in Haifa, notables of Palestine, Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Druze, Egyptians, Greeks, Turks, Arabs, Kurds, Europeans and Americans, men, women and children. They who deprive themselves of the shadow of the Branch, are lost in the wilderness of error, are consumed by the heat of worldly desires, and are of those who will assuredly perish. ", “You wish me to take some food, and I am going?". The Festival of Riḍván. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá passed away peacefully in his home in Haifa at the age of 77 and was interred in the Shrine of the Báb. In an informal talk he gave to a group of college students more than a century ago, Abdu’l-Baha defined what such a loving legacy might look like. Two of His daughters however stayed with Him. This same multitude – the peoples, religions, races, nations and kingdoms – would continue the work to which ‘Abdu’l-Baha had called them and would of themselves press forward in its accomplishment. The next morning, Tuesday November 29th, the funeral took place; a funeral the like of which Haifa, nay Palestine itself, had surely never seen; so deep was the feeling that brought so many thousands of mourners together, representative of so many religions, races and tongues. The Ascension of Abdu’l Baha (1844–1921), like the Day of the Covenant (November 26), is a Baha’i holy day honouring Abdu’l Baha, who succeeded Baha’u’llah (1819–1892), prophet-founder of the Baha’ı Faith, and led the Baha’i community from 1892 to 1921. Behold, what the spirit of devotion is able to achieve! At the commemoration of the centenary of Abdu'l-Baha's visit to Montreal in 2012, I witnessed something profound at an event organized at St. James Methodist Church - the last place where the Master spoke publicly during His brief sojourn in Montreal. The object of this sacred verse is none other except the Most Mighty Branch [Abdu'l-Bahá]. He went back to bed and when His daughter Ruha Khanum, later on, approached, she found Him lying peacefully and, as He looked into her face, He asked her to lift up the net curtains, saying, “I have difficulty in breathing, give me more air." Lament for yourselves, for yours is the loss, whilst he, your lost one, is but a revered Wayfarer, stepping from your mortal world into the everlasting Home. Since no specific instructions were given, she decided to inter him in a place of enduring honor. Thou art the Bestower, the Pitiful, the Most Bountiful, the Gracious, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Relieve me from these woes and trials, from these afflictions and troubles. "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, and who included the Muftí of Haifa, delivered their several funeral orations. The casket was carried from ‘Abdu’l-Baha´’s house, […] I am very cold. Posted in Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, For all Bahá'í Holy Days, Prayers, Quotes Abdul'Baha Baha'i Coloring Pages Post navigation ‹ Previous Gift Coloring Page to … I do not need to explain the sublimity of the great one whom we have lost or to enumerate his great qualities, for all of you who are just are witnesses and can testify to what has been given him of personal beauty, beauty of his character, greatness of his heart, vastness of the sea of his knowledge and generosity…I beg your pardon if I fail in doing my duty as far as faithfulness is concerned or if I am unable to pay the generous one who has departed what he deserves of the best and highest praise, because what my tongue utters has emanated from a tender memory and broken heart. .'. He speaks to our hearts, our consciences. It is observed on 6 Qawl (27 or 28 November). When General Allenby swept up the coast from Egypt he went for counsel first to 'Abdu'l Bahá. His life was the living example of self-sacrifice, of preferring the good of others to one’s own. Afterwards we understood that by the "room" was meant the temple of His body. Illumine his heart, gladden his bosom, kindle his light, that he may serve Thy Cause and Thy-servants. If you wish, please light a candle as we remember Abdul-Baha’s passing together. by Susan Gammage | Nov 6, 2011 | Community Building, Holy Days | 2 comments. - See Bagdadi, Star of the West ; and Balyuzi, ‘Abdu’l-Baha ́, 466–72. Is it he who but yesterday was great in his life and is today in his death greater still? He is a poor and lowly servant of Thine, enthralled and imploring Thee, captive in Thy hand, praying fervently to Thee, trusting in Thee, in tears before Thy face, calling to Thee and beseeching Thee, saying: O Lord, my God! But this calamity will never be forgotten.’. On 6th Qawl on the Badí’ calendar, around 28th November, at 1 am, Baha’is around the world commemorate the moment that ‘Abdu’l-Baha passed away in 1921. It accords with human character. Bahá’ís are advised that there must be a celebration on this day, if possible to be organized to occur at 1:00 AM, coinciding with the hour that `Abdu’l-Bahá died. “Abdu'l-Baha was great in all the stages of his life. A few weeks ago I had the privilege to attend a weekend dedicated to styuding the life of 'Abdu'l-Bahá; most specifically, His travels to the West … - Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha'u'llah, p. 133. this light shall shine with everlasting splendor. The Mufti of Haifa, Shaykh Muhammad Murad, lamented the loss of Haifa’s great benefactor: ‘Abdu’l-Baha ́ had great compassion for the poor and ministered to their needs practically every afternoon of his life in Haifa, even on his wedding day. On November 28, followers of the Bahá’í Faith worldwide commemorate the passing of `Abdu’l-Bahá in his house in Haifa in 1921. Program presented by Baha’is in Alaska featuring Alaska’s Indigenous peoples Friday, November 27, 12:00am Mountain Time (midnight) Youtube or Facebook Live. 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. A Word hath, as a token of Our grace, gone forth from the Most Great Tablet -- a Word which God hath adorned with the ornament of His own Self, and made it sovereign over the earth and all that is therein, and a sign of His greatness and power among its people ...Render thanks unto God, O people, for His appearance; for verily He is the most great Favor unto you, the most perfect bounty upon you; and through Him every mouldering bone is quickened. The official Baha'i international community website is www.Bahai.org. Tenderly was the sacred coffin placed upon a plain table covered with a fair white linen cloth. Blest and sanctified be God Who createth whatsoever He willeth through His inviolable, His infallible decree. ‘Abbas is not dead, neither hath the light of Baha been extinguished! ", - Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha'u'llah, p. 134. Service to Humanity: Ascension of Abdul-Baha. Carmel was attended by 10,000, including Baha’is, Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druzes of various ethnicities. This program can be enjoyed on it's own or used as a companion piece for your community's commemoration. The covenant of love and devotion will remain forever between us. …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. The Ascension of Abdu’l Baha (1844–1921), like the Day of the Covenant (November 26), is a Baha’i holy day honouring Abdu’l Baha, who succeeded Baha’u’llah (1819–1892), prophet-founder of the Baha’ı Faith, and led the Baha’i community from 1892 to 1921. He was the eldest son and successor of Baha’u’llah, founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Mar 7, 2018 - Explore America Celebrates's board "Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha" on Pinterest. 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.”. "These significant words penetrated my very soul. He had called that same vast multitude - all peoples, all religions, all races, all nations and all kingdoms - to unity and peace, to universal love and brotherhood ; and having called them, returned to God, the Beloved, at whose command He had raised the majestic call, had given the divine message. […] He took off an outer night garment, saying, "I am too warm." Rest thou happily under the shadow of the mercy of the Lord thy God, and He verily, shall well reward thee. ... From talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Extracts from the Bahá’í Writings on Music, p. … See more ideas about Bahai faith, Baha, Bahai quotes. The following are extracts from some of the speeches given on the occasion of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s funeral. This program to commemorate the Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha is hosted by the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, USA. Abdu'l-Baha beseeched God, in that prayer, for His own release from this world. An attempt…should now be made to clarify our minds regarding the station occupied by 'Abdu'l-Bahá and the significance of His position in this holy Dispensation. Regional activities Western Massachusetts, MA. These concluded, the High Commissioner drew close to the casket, and, with bowed head fronting the Shrine, paid his last homage of farewell to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: the other officials of the Government followed his example. In His writings and public talks, and in His intimate conversations He could always convince the most learned and the most orthodox. With the passing of Abdu’l-Baha in 1921, at age 77, the citizens of Haifa, Israel and the larger Baha’i community mourned openly. He again lay down, and as some food was offered Him, He remarked in a clear and distinct voice: He gave them a beautiful look. He awoke about 1.15 a. m., got up and walked across to a table where He drank some water. "The Day of the Covenant Nov. 26th, and the Day of the Ascension, Nov. 28th, anniversaries of the birth and the Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá, must be observed by the friends coming together, but work is not prohibited. Thou art He that aideth, that succoureth, that protecteth, that stretcheth forth the land of help. For more videos like this, please visit the YouTube channel of the Baha’is of the United States. A gift coloring page to commemorate the Ascension of ‘Abdul’Bahá. These words pierced their hearts with such grief that they cried out and were thrown into such turmoil and dismay that they were close to passing away. So united were they in their acclamation of him, as the wise educator and reconciler of the human race in this perplexed and sorrowful age, that there seemed to be nothing left for the Bahá’ís to say. Lowly and tearful, I raise my suppliant hands to Thee and cover my face in the dust of that Threshold of Thine, exalted above the knowledge of the learned, and the praise of all that glorify Thee. My first two years of college, at St. Mary’s College in northern California, were as a seminarian. Give me to drink from the chalice of selflessness; with its robe clothe me, and in its ocean immerse me. We have now come to realize that the Master, (i.e., ‘Abdu’l-Baha) knew the day and hour when, His mission on earth being finished, He would return to the shelter of heaven. The Birth of the Bab. Violin music by Farzad accompanies the reading. This I did, and He having eaten them turned to me saying, 'Have you any of your sweet lemons?' This Interfaith Devotional program focuses on ‘Abdu’l-Baha, son of Baha’u’llah and his dedicated life of service. He is verily potent over what He willeth, and in His grasp is the dominion of the entire creation. I was present with the friends at the tomb. (The following article is by Matt Giani from bahaiblog.net) On May 29, 1892, shortly before dawn began to break, Baha’u’llah passed on from this mortal life and His spirit was finally “released from the toils of a life crowded with tribulations.”[i] He was surrounded only by family members and a small but loyal band of followers. 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… After the meal, we watched a movie “The Promise of All Ages” and after a break, we tried for the first time the board game “Spiritual Pursuit” . In the evening His temperature rose still higher, but during the night the fever left Him. O God, my God! Share this event with your friends. 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. Whilst I was plucking them, He came over to the tree, saying, 'Nay, but I must gather them with my own hands.' A gift coloring page to commemorate the Ascension of ‘Abdul’Bahá. The funeral procession took place on November 29, 1921, and consisted of some10,000 people. Carmel to the Mausoleum of the Bab - Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, 313. O God, my God! I became aware that a large number of people were flocking into the temple; and yet more crowded in, taking their places in rows behind me, until there was a vast multitude. He died in Haifa on this day in 1921. ", "I dreamed a dream and behold the Blessed Beauty, (i.e., Baha’u’llah) came and said unto me, 'Destroy this room!' Exalted, immeasurably exalted is our Lord, the Fashioner of the heavens and the Creator of all things, He through Whose sovereignty the doors of the prison were opened, thereby causing what was promised aforetime in the Tablets to be fulfilled. Weep one hour for the sake of him who, for well nigh eighty years, hath wept for you! 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