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Religion Library: Baha'i


Written by: Moojan Momen

Baha'is regard 'Abdu'l-Baha as the perfect exemplar of all human virtues. They teach that his kindness to the poor and disadvantaged; his wisdom when people brought him their problems; his endurance and contentment despite the suffering and the ill-health that accompanied him throughout his life because of the privations in his early years; his simple lifestyle and his constant good humor were features that inspired his followers, impressed the many eminent people he met, and even won the grudging respect of enemies.

Declaration of the Mission of the Bab in ShirazMay 23, 1844
Departure of the Bab on His pilgrimage to MeccaSeptember 1844
Arrival of the Bab in Maku, AzarbayjanSummer 1847
Incarceration of the Bab in Chihriq, AzarbayjanApril 1848
Conference of BadashtJune 1848
Interrogation of the Bab in Tabriz, AzarbayjanJuly 1848
Martyrdom of the Bab in Tabriz, AzarbayjanJuly 9, 1850
Attempt on the life of Nasiru'd Din ShahAugust 15, 1852
Imprisonment of Baha'u'llah in the Siyah Chal of TehranAugust 1852
Banishment of Baha'u'llah to BaghdadJanuary 12, 1853
Withdrawal of Baha'u'llah to KurdistanApril 10, 1854
Return of Baha'u'llah from KurdistanMarch 19, 1856
Declaration of the Mission of Baha'u'llahApril 22, 1863
Arrival of Baha'u'llah in IstanbulAugust 16, 1863
Arrival of Baha'u'llah in EdirneDecember 12, 1863
Departure of Baha'u'llah from AdrianopleAugust 12, 1868
Arrival of Baha'u'llah in 'AkkaAugust 31, 1868
Death of the Purest Branch (Baha'u'llah's second son)June 23, 1870
Baha'u'llah moves out of 'AkkaJune 1877
Passing of Baha'u'llahMay 29, 1892
First public reference to the Baha'i Faith in AmericaSeptember 23, 1893
Establishment of the First Baha'i center in the WestFebruary 1894
Arrival of the first group of Western pilgrims in 'AkkaDecember 10, 1898
Arrival of the Bab's remains in the Holy LandJanuary 31, 1899
Reincarceration of 'Abdu'l-Baha in 'AkkaAugust 20, 1901
Start of the construction of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar of AshkhabadNovember 28, 1902
Release of 'Abdu'l-Baha from incarcerationSeptember 1908
Interment of the Bab's remains on Mt. CarmelMarch 21, 1909
Opening of the first American Baha'i ConventionMarch 21, 1909
'Abdu'l-Baha's departure for EgyptSeptember 1910
'Abdu'l-Baha's arrival in LondonSeptember 4, 1911
'Abdu'l-Baha's arrival in AmericaApril 11, 1912
Laying of the cornerstone of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar in Wilmette, Illinois, by 'Abdu'l-BaháMay 1, 1912
'Abdu'l-Baha's return to the Holy LandDecember 5, 1913
Unveiling of the Tablets of the Divine PlanApril 1919
Commencement of the construction of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar in Wilmette, IllinoisDecember 1920
Passing of 'Abdu'l-BahaNovember 28, 1921

Study Questions:
     1.    What does Baha’u’llah’s name mean?
     2.    To what cities was Baha’u’llah exiled and why?
     3.    What opposition did Baha’u’llah face from within his own family and what effect did this have?
     4.    What does ‘Abdu’l-Baha mean and what position did he hold?
     5.    To where did the Baha’i Faith spread during ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s ministry and how did ‘Abdu’l-Baha help this?


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