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.
|DATES OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE (1844--1921)|
|Declaration of the Mission of the Bab in Shiraz||May 23, 1844|
|Departure of the Bab on His pilgrimage to Mecca||September 1844|
|Arrival of the Bab in Maku, Azarbayjan||Summer 1847|
|Incarceration of the Bab in Chihriq, Azarbayjan||April 1848|
|Conference of Badasht||June 1848|
|Interrogation of the Bab in Tabriz, Azarbayjan||July 1848|
|Martyrdom of the Bab in Tabriz, Azarbayjan||July 9, 1850|
|Attempt on the life of Nasiru'd Din Shah||August 15, 1852|
|Imprisonment of Baha'u'llah in the Siyah Chal of Tehran||August 1852|
|Banishment of Baha'u'llah to Baghdad||January 12, 1853|
|Withdrawal of Baha'u'llah to Kurdistan||April 10, 1854|
|Return of Baha'u'llah from Kurdistan||March 19, 1856|
|Declaration of the Mission of Baha'u'llah||April 22, 1863|
|Arrival of Baha'u'llah in Istanbul||August 16, 1863|
|Arrival of Baha'u'llah in Edirne||December 12, 1863|
|Departure of Baha'u'llah from Adrianople||August 12, 1868|
|Arrival of Baha'u'llah in 'Akka||August 31, 1868|
|Death of the Purest Branch (Baha'u'llah's second son)||June 23, 1870|
|Baha'u'llah moves out of 'Akka||June 1877|
|Passing of Baha'u'llah||May 29, 1892|
|First public reference to the Baha'i Faith in America||September 23, 1893|
|Establishment of the First Baha'i center in the West||February 1894|
|Arrival of the first group of Western pilgrims in 'Akka||December 10, 1898|
|Arrival of the Bab's remains in the Holy Land||January 31, 1899|
|Reincarceration of 'Abdu'l-Baha in 'Akka||August 20, 1901|
|Start of the construction of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar of Ashkhabad||November 28, 1902|
|Release of 'Abdu'l-Baha from incarceration||September 1908|
|Interment of the Bab's remains on Mt. Carmel||March 21, 1909|
|Opening of the first American Baha'i Convention||March 21, 1909|
|'Abdu'l-Baha's departure for Egypt||September 1910|
|'Abdu'l-Baha's arrival in London||September 4, 1911|
|'Abdu'l-Baha's arrival in America||April 11, 1912|
|Laying of the cornerstone of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar in Wilmette, Illinois, by 'Abdu'l-Bahá||May 1, 1912|
|'Abdu'l-Baha's return to the Holy Land||December 5, 1913|
|Unveiling of the Tablets of the Divine Plan||April 1919|
|Commencement of the construction of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar in Wilmette, Illinois||December 1920|
|Passing of 'Abdu'l-Baha||November 28, 1921|
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?