80 Abdu’l-Baha Posts Featured on Baha’i Blog

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha, the eldest son of Baha’u’llah who led the Baha’i community after Baha’u’llah’s passing. Abdu’l-Baha is often referred to by Baha’is as “the Master”, but He preferred the title “Abdu’l-Baha”, which is Arabic for “Servant of Baha”, and He is considered the perfect example of how to live according to the Baha’i Teachings.

We’ve shared a diversity of content relating to Abdu’l-Baha on Baha’i Blog over the years, and we thought since this year is, as the Universal House of Justice puts it, a year of “profound reflection on the life of Abdu’l-Baha and the strength of the Covenant of which He was the Centre”, it would be useful to list some of the various Baha’i Blog posts relating to Abdu’l-Baha in order to help us feel inspired, and deepen our appreciation and knowledge of Him. Let’s begin:

01. ABDU’L-BAHA – Servant of Glory

ABDU’L-BAHA – Servant of Glory is a special Baha’i Blog video made in honor of Abdu’l-Baha, the eldest son of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, we wanted to create something special to honor this special year, a year which the Universal House of Justice wrote: “will undoubtedly prompt individuals and communities alike to contemplate the significance of that infinitely poignant moment when He Who was the Mystery of God departed from this world.”
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02. Through Their Eyes – Meeting Abdu’l-Baha

“Through Their Eyes” is a short animation that brings to life how Abdu’l-Baha touched the lives of certain notable individuals. We get a glimpse of what the Lebanese poet, writer, and artist Khalil Gibran said about Abdu’l-Baha after they met in New York, how the Japanese poet Yone Nogushi described Abdu’l-Baha’s teachings, and also how Abdu’l-Baha’s unbounded love influenced Lady Blomfield, a humanitarian and child rights activist from Great Britain.
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03. Abdu’l-Baha – Walking the Chosen Highway

This video, created and produced by filmmaker Flavio Azm Rassekh, is called “Abdu’l-Baha – Walking the Chosen Highway”. It features historical photographs of Abdu’l-Baha, as well as contemporary photographs of Baha’i community building activities from all over the world.
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04. Abdu’l-Baha in Boston – A Sightseeing Tour with Saphira

Join Saphira as she takes us on a sightseeing tour around Boston, USA, where she shares the locations Abdu’l-Baha visited during His time in Boston.
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05. 100 Years On, Remembering Abdu’l-Baha’s Call For Peace in the First Tablet to The Hague

This video, produced by the Baha’i World News Service, shares some history of Abdu’l-Baha’s first Tablet to The Hague on its 100th anniversary. The video discusses its significance and relevance today and shares information about a special event that was held in the Netherlands on this historic occasion.
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06. Design Concept for the Shrine of Abdu’l-Baha

On September 19, 2019 the Universal House of Justice released the highly-anticipated design concept for the Shrine of Abdu’l-Baha.
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07. A Story of Kindness: Abdu’l-Baha in London 1912

In honor of Random Act of Kindness Day, the UK Baha’i Office of Public Affairs shared this video of a child telling a story about Abdu’l-Baha and kindness.
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08. The Day of the Covenant – Online Celebration from the Baha’i House of Worship for North America 2020

This program for the celebration of the Day of the Covenant is hosted by the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, USA.
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09. The Baha’i Knowledge Network: The Day of the Covenant

The team at the Baha’i Knowledge Network, who have shared a special program for every Baha’i holy day since the coronavirus pandemic began, has created a devotional commemoration in honor of the Day of the Covenant featuring feature encore songs from past celebrations by Tom Francis, Yosi Mesbah and JB Eckl, along with some readings and reflections.
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10. Abdu’l-Baha – Music Inspired by the Heroes Teaching Conference

‘Music inspired by the Heroes Teaching Conference’ is a collection of songs inspired by and recorded in light of ‘The Heroes Teaching Conference’ (6-7 April, 2019). The conference was an historic gathering of over 1,000 Baha’i and like-minded friends from all over Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Organised by the Regional Baha’i Council and Board of Counsellors, the program aimed to help its participants find their place in service to Baha’u’llah and humanity, by drawing on the heroism of the past, inspiring them to arise, through humble service, and become heroes of the Faith for this age. Watch the video →


11. “Abdu’l-Baha” by Dominique, Solomzi, Semere & Rosemary

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Mahikeng, South Africa with Dominique, Solomzi, Semere and Rosemary singing “Abdu’l-Baha”, a cover of the song originally by Steve, Denzil & Ephrim Aumua from the Heroes Teaching Conference in Brisbane, Australia.
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12. Abdu’l-Baha – Denzil Aumua (5 Year Plan Festival, Brisbane, Australia)

In May 2021, Baha’is and like-minded friends from across Brisbane Bayside, Australia, gathered
together to take part in a Festival to Celebrate the Five Year Plan. It was an opportunity to
wholeheartedly celebrate the achievements of the cluster over the past five years, and to
form a unified vision of the One-Year Plan ahead. A year that is described by the Universal
House of Justice as one “for profound reflection on the life of Abdu’l-Baha and the strength
of the Covenant of which He was the Centre.” Songs and stories about Abdu’l-Baha were
performed throughout to inspire us to walk in His footsteps, and we are excited to now
share this collection of songs for us all to be able to revisit this year and beyond.

This song is called ‘Abdu’l-Baha’ by Denzil Aumua.
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13. “Abdu’l-Baha” by Dominique Sylvester

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Johannesburg, South Africa with Dominique Sylvester who sings “Abdu’l-Baha” based on a tablet by Abdu’l-Baha.
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14. “My Name is Abdu’l-Baha” by the South African Baha’i Choir

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Mahikeng, South Africa with the South African Baha’i Choir singing “My Name is Abdu’l-Baha”, a cover of the Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions song called “Abdu’l-Baha” by Dominique Sylvester.
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15. The Photograph by Sonbol Taefi (ft. Grant Hindin-Miller, Elika Mahony, Luke Slott)

Produced by Baha’i singer and songwriter Sonbol Taefi, and featuring the voices of Grant Hindin-Miller, Sonbol Taefi, Elika Mahony and Luke Slott, The Photograph is a song dedicated to the Centenary of Abdu’l Baha’s travels to the West and it celebrates Abdu’l-Baha’s life. It was produced as a result of the collaboration of five artists living in different parts of the world.
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16. “Apple of Mine Eye” by James & Kyan

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in London, in the United Kingdom with James Mohajer and Kyan who sing “Apple of Mine Eye” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, in which He pays tribute to Abdu’l-Baha.
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17. Tablet to the Land of Ba (Tribute to Abdu’l-Baha) – A Song by Luke Slott

Singer-songwriter Luke Slott is releasing the songs from his album in honor of the centenary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha titled Home of Light one song at a time on YouTube. This song is called “Tablet to the Land of Ba” and its lyrics are based on a letter Baha’u’llah wrote to Abdu’l-Baha.
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18. The Mystery by Smith & Dragoman

Smith & Dragoman’s third album titled ‘The Mystery’, is another mystical and soul-stirring musical experience from the Canadian duo Smith & Dragoman. Each of their albums are based on a certain chapter in the history of the Baha’i Faith. The Mystery, is largely on the life and personage of Abdu’l-Baha.
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19. 33 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions Based on the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha

In honour of the Day of the Covenant, we thought we’d highlight all of our Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions that put excerpts from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha to music. There are 33 songs so far (When we put this list together, but there are many more now), and they are sung by individuals, family members, choirs, and a Junior Youth group!
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20. 67 New Writings of Abdu’l-Baha Now Available Online

The Baha’i World Centre has announced that its online Baha’i Reference Library now features 67 selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, including His two well-known and historic Tablets to The Hague.
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21. New Letter from the Universal House of Justice About Abdu’l-Baha

In these precious hours between the Day of the Covenant and the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, when our hearts and our minds are turning towards Him, the Baha’i world has been gifted with a letter from the Universal House of Justice. For ease of reference, we have quoted it in full below: Continue reading →
 
 


22. A Contemplative Gallery: The House of the Master

Abdu’l-Baha’s home in Haifa, or the House of the Master as it is lovingly referred to, was where He spent His final earthly hours before He passed away around 1:00 am on November 28th, 1921. Perhaps you have been blessed with the opportunity to go on pilgrimage and step inside this historic place and view its small gardens but if you have not, we hope that this series of images taken by Negeen Sobhani takes you there for a few quiet moments. View this post →


23. 19 Beautiful Quotations of Abdu’l-Baha on Instagram

On Baha’i Blog’s Instagram account, you’ll find photos, artwork and Baha’i quotations put to images. We love to share photos from others, whether it’s a stunning photo of a House of Worship at dawn, or a beautiful handmade prayer book cover. But we also share content of our own. In honor of the Ascension of Abdu’-Baha and the Day of the Covenant, we wanted to share 19 of our most beloved quotations of Abdu’l-Baha. While the quotations shared on the images are short, you’ll find larger extracts in the description or caption. View this post →


24. 12 Wonderful Resources about the Life of Abdu’l-Baha

In honor of Abdu’l-Baha, and in the interest of helping us learn more about His wonderful personage, I thought it would be useful to list a small selection of resources which may assist us in learning more about His fascinating life. (Please note that this list does not include the Writings or talks of Abdu’l-Baha, of which there are many, but rather aims to look at the personage and life of Abdu’l-Baha). View this post →


25. Abdu’l-Baha’s Tablets to The Hague: An Introduction

On December 17th, 1919, in the aftermath of World War I, Abdu’l-Baha wrote to the Central Organization for a Durable Peace in The Hague. Abdu’l-Baha wrote a second Tablet to them in July 1920. Because of its substantial length, you might hear the first Tablet referred to as “The Tablet to The Hague” but you’ll also find both Tablets called “The Tablets to the Hague”. These two Tablets were recently published online for the first time on the Baha’i Reference Library (you can read them here), and in this article, we offer some introductory thoughts on the Tablet that was written 100 years ago, about its context and its significance. Continue reading →


26. The Spirit of the Age: Abdu’l-Baha, Khalil Gibran & Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village has historically been an attractive place for writers, scientists, artists and politicians, including during the time of Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to New York City in 1912, when He spoke in churches, temples, universities and at a peace conference. This article is an attempt to shine light on this neighborhood blessed by the footsteps of the Master, and to focus particularly on the relationships between Abdu’l-Baha and two artists living there, Juliet Thompson and Khalil Gibran. Continue reading →


27. The Language of Abdu’l-Baha

I think it goes without saying that Abdu’l-Baha communicated the principles of the Baha’i Faith through His actions: generosity, for example, was articulated when coins were placed in the hands of destitute men at the Bowery Mission in New York City and social justice was demonstrated when Louis Gregory, who had been excluded from a luncheon owing to his race, was personally invited to the table by Abdu’l-Baha and given the seat of honor.
This year, as we commemorate the centenary of His Passing, I have been thinking about the Westerners who were in His presence and I often wonder about the logistics of language for those who did not speak Persian, Arabic or Turkish as He did.
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28. Abdu’l-Baha and Nature

I have been reflecting on my connection to the natural world. As we commemorate the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s Passing and reflect on His Life, here are some stories and personal thoughts about Abdu’l-Baha and nature.

To begin, I’d like to share a little story that takes place in the Swiss countryside and Juliet Thompson is its narrator:
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29. Abdu’l-Baha’s Letter to a Truth-Seeking Traveler

On Saturday 13 August 1921, the Dutch national newspaper Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant (N.R.C.) printed a scoop, or exclusive: a letter of Abdu’l-Baha. It read: Continue reading →
 
 
 
 


30. Light of the World: New Volume of Abdu’l-Baha’s Writings Released by the Baha’i World Centre

A new volume of recently translated Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha titled Light of the World has just been released by the Baha’i World Centre! You can download and read the volume in its entirety from the Baha’i Reference Library here: Light of the World: Selected Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha

As Baha’is and their friends around the world prepare to commemorate the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s Passing, this new volume is a treasured gift. The volume contains 76 Tablets describing aspects of the life of Baha’u’llah including the tribulations He suffered, events in His homeland, the purpose and greatness of His Cause, and the nature and significance of His Covenant. Continue reading →


31. The Baha’i Knowledge Network: The Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

The team at the Baha’i Knowledge Network, who have shared a special program for every Baha’i holy day since the coronavirus pandemic began, has created a devotional commemoration in honor of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha. The program includes prayers, music and stories of our beloved Abdu’l-Baha. Go to the video →
 
 


32. An Introduction to the Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha

As the Baha’i world prepares to commemorate the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s ascension and anticipates the construction of His shrine and final resting place, the time is ripe to review His talks and writings (which you can find online here at the Baha’i Reference Library). One of His most important writings is the Will and Testament, in which He appoints a successor and provides instructions on the administration of the global Baha’i community. To aid in the study of this crucial document, this article discusses its significance, its historical context, and its main themes. Continue reading →


33. New Baha’i World News Service Section Dedicated to the Shrine of Abdu’l-Baha

The Baha’i World News Service just launched a new section to their website dedicated to developments of the construction of the Shrine of Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading →
 
 
 
 


34. New English Translations of Prayers, Tablets, Extracts and Talks by Abdu’l-Baha

In honor of the Day of the Covenant (the day when Baha’is celebrate the appointment of Abdu’l-Baha as the Centre of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant), we thought it would be a perfect time to bring our readers’ attention the exciting news of the newly translated prayers, tablets, extracts and talks by Abdu’l-Baha, recently made available on the Baha’i Reference Library.
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35. Abdu’l-Baha’s Prayer for a Women’s College

When Charlotte D’Evelyn stepped onto the bucolic campus of Mount Holyoke College in 1917, she was surely elated to join the faculty of the oldest institution for women’s higher education in the US. Looking around, maybe the hills of South Hadley, Massachusetts, reminded her of the steeper slopes of her hometown, San Francisco; perhaps the turrets of the Williston Memorial Library recalled the spires of buildings like the Bodleian at Oxford, where she had recently studied. D’Evelyn devoted her research to the preservation and analysis of medieval English texts. Yet, she likely never suspected that 100 years hence, she would be celebrated at Mount Holyoke College for her role in preserving a letter that traveled to the United States from Palestine in 1919.
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36. Australia Launches Website for the Centenary of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

A new website dedicated to the commemoration of the centenary of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha has recently been launched by the Office of External Affairs of the Baha’is of Australia. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’is in Australia and around the world are commemorating this historic occasion in various ways, and this new website aims to showcase how Australian Baha’is and their friends are marking this period. Continue reading →


37. Searching for the Footsteps of Abdu’l-Baha

In a small breakfast restaurant in downtown Chicago I received a jolt, a surprising reminder of what was really important to me.
“That’s a nice ring,” a young African-American waiter said to me, after glancing at my Baha’i ring with its symbols of unity, the fundamental principle of the Baha’i Faith. It was the first time that anybody had ever commented on it, and the remark came when there was strong competition for my attention.
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38. The Extraordinary Life of Abdu’l-Baha: A New Online Initiative

Nestled within a greater initiative called The Utterance Project, Violetta Zein has produced an informative, visually-rich online project titled “The Extraordinary Life of Abdu’l-Baha” in honor of the centenary of His Passing. It’s an interactive and illustrated nine-part chronology of the Life of Abdu’l-Baha and you may find it useful and inspiring, particularly in this special year as we strive to reflect profoundly on His Life. I am so grateful to Violetta for sharing with us all about this initiative. Here’s what she shared with the Baha’i Blog team: Continue reading →


39. In the Footsteps of Abdu’l-Baha’s Travels in London

A full century has passed since Abdu’l-Baha travelled to the West from Akka, to share the blessed message that His father had brought to the world. The Guardian speaks of the significance of these travels:
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40. Where to Find High Quality Images of Abdu’l-Baha

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha, a number of friends have asked me where they can find high-quality images of Abdu’l-Baha that they can use legally (without copyright restrictions) for their commemorations and activities. Continue reading →
 
 
 


41. What Baha’is Celebrate on the Day of the Covenant

Because Abdu’l-Baha, the eldest son of Baha’u’llah, was born on the same day that the Bab declared His mission to Mulla Husayn, Abdu’l-Baha forbade Baha’is from celebrating His birthday. But when Abdu’l-Baha was travelling through the United States approximately one century ago, the American believers repeatedly expressed their desire to commemorate His life in some fashion, given the immense impact He had on the American Baha’i community. Although Abdu’l-Baha still instructed Baha’is that only the Declaration of the Bab should be celebrated on 8 Azamat according to the Baha’i calendar, He eventually allowed the Baha’is to choose a date that was furthest away from the date when Baha’u’llah passed away and to use that day to celebrate the establishment of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant with humanity. As Baha’u’llah passed away on May 29th, 1892, (or 13 Azamat) the Baha’i community chose 4 Qawl,182 days away from the day of Baha’u’llah’s passing, as the Day of the Covenant. But what exactly is Baha’u’llah’s Covenant, and what exactly is it that Baha’is are commemorating on this day?
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42. Baha’i Blog Quiz: The Day of the Covenant

Every year Baha’is around the world celebrate what’s called “the Day of the Covenant”, which is a commemoration of Baha’u’llah’s appointment of His eldest son, Abdu’l-Baha as His successor. Abdu’l-Baha played a crucial role in guiding the early Baha’i community, and Baha’is are consistently encouraged to study and deepen their understanding of the topic of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah, also referred to as “the Baha’i Covenant”, which ensures that the followers of the Baha’i Faith remain united, rather than fragmenting into different sects. Our Baha’i Blog Trivia Quizzes have been really popular, and our readers keep asking for more, so we thought we’d celebrate the Day of the Covenant by doing a quiz.
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43. Baha’i Blog Quiz: The Day of the Covenant (Part 2)



In commemoration of the Day of the Covenant, a holy day that celebrates Abdu’l-Baha’s appointment as the Centre of Covenant, here is a second quiz!
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44. Baha’i Blog Quiz: Abdu’l-Baha’s Travels to the West

This year marks the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s travels from Palestine to the West, where after a life of imprisonment, He arose to share Baha’u’llah’s message of peace and unity to the people of Europe and North America. In Bahá’í Blog’s second Quiz, you can find out just how much you know about Abdu’l-Baha’s travels to the West.
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45. Abdu’l-Baha in Egypt – Baha’i Blog Interviews Payam Rowhani

In this Baha’i Blog interview, Naysan Naraqi speaks with Payam Rowhani, about Abdu’l-Baha’s time in Egypt. After being a prisoner and in exile for 58 years, when Abdu’l-Baha was finally released He traveled to Egypt, Europe, and North America to share the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Many of us hear a lot about Abdu’l-Baha’s travels to Europe and North America, however what about His time in Egypt? Naysan chats with his dear friend and fellow community member, Payam Rowhani about Abdu’l-Baha’s time in Egypt. Watch the interview →


46. Reflections on the Life of Abdu’l-Baha – Vahid Saberi (Shelter for All Mankind Conference)

In this online presentation, Dr. Vahid Saberi shares reflections on the Life of Abdu’l-Baha. This presentation was given online at the ‘Shelter for all Mankind Conference’, held across Queensland and Northern New South Wales, Australia, over the weekend of 11-12 of September, 2021. Held in honour of Abdu’l-Baha (https://bit.ly/2XaAtvi), the ‘Shelter for all Mankind Conference’ was aimed at helping its participants draw closer to the Beloved Master, to walk in His footsteps, and to consider the impact He had on those privileged to cross His path and the world at large. Participants were then encouraged to reflect on their own reality, and then draw up systematic plans of action relating to things like fostering the devotional character of their community, and opportunities to serve the neighbourhoods and communities we live in. Watch the video →


47. Recreating Ourselves in the Image of the Master by Tom Price (6 Talks)

In this series of six great talks delivered at the 2012 Tennessee Baha’i School, in the Unites States, Baha’i music composer Tom Price shares six of Abdu’l-Baha’s attributes and looks at how we can learn from them and adopt them into our own lives. An inspiring and wonderful way to learn more about Abdu’l-Baha, and it’s also one of the most popular posts ever published on Baha’i Blog.
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48. Abdu’l-Baha the Exemplar – A Talk by Dr. Vahid Rafati

In this talk given at the Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference (Phoenix, USA) in December, 2012, Dr. Vahid Rafati explores the life, achievements and works of Abdu’l-Baha. Dr. Vahid Rafati received his B.A degree in Psychology from Tehran University. He subsequently completed his PhD in Islamic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Rafati has been serving at the Research Department of the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel since 1980 and is the author of numerous articles and books in both Persian and English. Listen to the talk →
 


49. A World Without War: Abdu’l-Baha & the Discourse for Global Peace – Janet Khan & Hoda Mahmoudi

This is an online interview with Dr. Janet Khan and Professor Hoda Mahmoudi about their new book ‘A World Without War: Abdu’l-Baha and the Discourse for Global Peace’. In this interview, Baha’i Blog’s Naysan Naraqi asks about the book and the many themes presented in the book which are still deeply relevant today. Watch the interview →
 


50. Abdu’l-Baha and the West: A Talk by Dr. Hossain Danesh

In this talk titled ‘Abdu’l-Baha and the West’, shared in Victoria, Canada on 26 April 2012, Dr. Hossain Danesh shares some personal reflections on commemorating the 100th anniversary of Abdu’l-Baha’s travels to the West. Dr. Hossain Danesh was the Founder and President of the International Education for Peace Institute, and was a professor of Psychiatry (University of Ottawa) and Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (Landegg International University), and the author of many articles and 11 books in his fields of specialization. Listen to the talk →
 


51. Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 62: Shahin Sobhani (In Honor of Abdu’l-Baha)

In this special episode in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, I’m joined by my good friend Shahin Sobhani, who among many other things, was the creator of 239days.com, a site dedicated to the time Abdu’l-Baha spent in North America. Shahin tells us about his childhood and his Baha’i ancestors, and shares stories about Abdu’l-Baha, whom Baha’u’llah called “The Mystery of God”. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this conversation as much I did! Listen to the podcast →
 


52. Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Ep 69: Rob Weinberg (In Honor of Abdu’l-Baha)

In this special episode in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha, Rainn Wilson is joined by Baha’i author, Rob Weinberg from the UK. Rob talks about the remarkable life of Abdu’l-Baha and why he feels Abdu’l-Baha was an ambassador to humanity. They talk about Abdu’l-Baha’s time in Egypt, Baghdad, France, and the example He gave us. Rob tells us about his own Baha’i journey, his time in the Holy Land, and the need to focus locally, and look at how we can follow the example of Abdu’l-Baha. Listen to the podcast →
 


53. Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Ep 65: Angelina Diliberto Allen (In Honor of Abdu’l-Baha)

In this special episode in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, Rainn Wilson is joined by Baha’i author, Angelina Diliberto Allen. Angelina shares how her family became Baha’is, some pioneering experiences, and how being in a chewing-gum commercial helped her and her twin sister go on pilgrimage. Rainn and Angelina talk about what the House of Justice calls “this infinitely poignant moment”, and Angelina tells us some fascinating stories about the six Western Baha’is who were in the Holy Land at the time of Abdu’l-Baha’s passing. Listen to the podcast →
 


54. Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Ep: 63: Anne & Tim Perry (In Honor of Abdu’l-Baha)

In this special episode in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, Rainn Wilson is joined by Anne and Tim Perry, the couple behind the fabulous documentary about Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to North America called ‘Luminous Journey’. They share how they became Baha’is, what inspired them to make the documentary, and offer stories about the making of the film, and of Abdu’l-Baha. Listen to the podcast →
 


55. Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Ep 68: Kathryn Hogenson (In Honor of Abdu’l-Baha)

In this special episode in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, Rainn Wilson is joined by Kathryn Hogenson, an author and an attorney. She tells us how she became a Baha’i and about Ruhiyyih Khanum and her time at the Baha’i World Centre. She also talks about the first Western Baha’i pilgrims to the Holy Land, and she shares unknown stories of Abdu’l-Baha and the Bahai’s of that time. Listen to the podcast →
 


56. The Soul Salons: Our Place in the Pecking Order (Abdu’l-Baha)

In this episode of The Soul Salons, podcast creator Zarrin Caldwell offers Abdu’l-Baha’s perspective on the difference in spirit between plants, animals, and humans and what holds them all together.
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57. Following the Example of Abdu’l-Baha – A Talk by Tom Price

In January 2013, Baha’i Blog sponsored our very first event at the Baha’i Centre in Sydney, Australia. It was a talk by Tom Price called Following the Example of Abdu’l-Baha and we wanted to take advantage of the fact that he was passing through Australia on his way back to the US after speaking at the two recent summer schools in New Zealand. A special thanks to Tom Price for agreeing to do this, and to all the friends, especially Loretta Safajou, who made the event a reality! Listen to the talk →
 


58. Audio Drama: My Name Is John Good, Servant of the Servant

This is an audio drama based on a one-person play called “My Name Is John Good, Servant of the Servant” written by John Chesley, performed by Fred Turley and produced and directed by Leslie Hennen of Halifax, Canada in 1998. The play tells us about transformation of John Good, a former convict who lived on the streets of the Bowery in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. This is also a story about the high station accorded to the poor in all of the religions of God and the tribute paid to the patrons of the Bowery Mission by Abdu’l-Baha during His visit to North America in 1912.
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59. The Journey West Podcast: Exploring Abdu’l-Baha’s Travels to the West

The Journey West podcast is an audio initiative which explores and celebrates the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s travels to Egypt, Europe and North America in 1911-1913. Each episode features a reading of one of Abdu’l-Baha’s talks, as well as dramatized stories and historical accounts. You can also hear discussions of the talk that was featured, and some personal thoughts on how the ideas discussed in the talk are applicable today. The podcast was produced by a group of friends. At the helm of the podcast’s production were Ivan Mihoci, Mary Okonkwo, and Lorraine Sherrill but dozens of friends lent their voices and their talents to the podcast, whether it was by reading a first-hand account of one of the Baha’is, or discussing one of Abdu’l-Baha’s talks. Check out the podcast →


60. Two New Books to Nurture Love for Abdu’l-Baha in Children’s Hearts

Celeste Finn has created two children’s books about Abdu’l-Baha. While they would be valuable resources any year, they are particularly precious this year as we reflect profoundly on the Life of Abdu’l-Baha and as we share stories about Him with the children in our lives in honor of the centenary anniversary of His Passing.

Celeste kindheartedly agreed to tell us about her two books, and to provide a little sneak peak of one of them. We hope you enjoy our conversation and that the sample story at the bottom whets your appetite to read more! Continue reading →


61. Fragrance of Glory – An Illustrated Account of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

As this is a special year marking the centenary of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha — a year in which the Universal House of Justice asks us all to reflect profoundly on the Life of Abdu’l-Baha — Baha’i author Michael V. Day has just published a photographic book about the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha titled Fragrance of Glory.Michael V. Day is a dear friend and we currently live in the same city in Australia and I must say that I am personally delighted by his contributions to the world of Baha’i literature. He is the author of a trilogy of historical books about the Shrine of the Bab, which you can learn more about from his website: www.michaelvday.com. So when Michael told me about this new book in honor of the centenary of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, I had to find out more. Here’s what he shared: Continue reading →


62. When the Moon Set Over Haifa – A New Book About the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

Angelina Diliberto Allen has penned a new historical book called When the Moon Set Over Haifa. This book shares the stories of six Westerners who were in Haifa at the time of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha on November 28, 1921. There were five pilgrims: John Bosch and Louise Stapfer Bosch, Dr. Florian Krug and Grace Krug, and Fraulein Johanna Hauff. The only other Western believer present was Curtis Kelsey from New York, who was there to install electrical power plants to light the Shrines of the Bab and Baha’u’llah. This book tells the story of these six Baha’is and explores how their experiences at the time of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha shaped their lives. Angelina’s book is such a gift, especially in this special commemorative year when we reflect on the Life of Abdu’l-Baha. You can hear Angelina talk about her book, and many other fascinating topics, in this episode of the Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson but in this interview, we hear specifically about When the Moon Set Over Haifa. Here’s what Angelina graciously shared with us:

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63. An Introduction to The Promulgation of Universal Peace

On April 11, 1912 in New York City, Abdu’l-Baha commenced 239 unforgettable days traversing the North American continent with this warm greeting: “How are you? Welcome! Welcome!” How typical it was of His generosity of spirit that He should be welcoming His devotees as His own guests!
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64. The Apostle of Peace: A New Reference Book about Abdu’l-Baha

George Ronald has recently released the first in a fascinating historical two-volume set by Amin Egea. It’s called The Apostle of Peace: A Survey of References to Abdu’l-Baha in the Western Press, 1871-1921 and it offers a comprehensive look at the news headlines and press articles featuring Abdu’l-Baha. The first volume, which has been printed and is now available for purchase here on Amazon, covers the years 1871-1912 and ends with Abdu’l-Baha’s return to Europe after His travels in North America. It is difficult to imagine what it would have been like to see Abdu’l-Baha’s name appearing in all the major Western papers but thankfully Amin Egea dove into that time period in order to put together these books for us. Here is a little bit of the story behind how The Apostle of Peace came to be: Continue reading →
 


65. Ambassador to Humanity – A New Book of Tributes to Abdu’l-Baha

Baha’is around the world are drawing closer to Abdu’l-Baha through their prayers, reflections and actions during this centennial anniversary of His Passing. In honor of this unique year, Robert Weinberg has complied a book of selected testimonials and tributes to Him. Titled Ambassador to Humanity, it is hoped that this paperback George Ronald publication “will serve to increase devotion to Abdu’l-Baha and aid reflection on the qualities to be emulated.”
I’m grateful to Robert Weinberg for taking the time to tell us a little bit about this new book. Here’s what he shared: Continue reading →
 


66. 26 Prayers Revealed by Abdu’l-Baha Released in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of His Passing

We’re excited to share that a selection of 26 prayers prepared by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice and released in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Abdu’l-Baha’s passing has just been made available online on the Baha’i Reference Library. The Baha’i Reference Library offers downloadable and searchable Writings from Baha’u’llah, the Bab, Abdu’l-Baha, Shoghi Effendi, letters and publications of the Universal House of Justice and compilations, such as the recently released compilation on the Universal House of Justice. You can click on “Recent Additions” to see what’s been added to the Baha’i Reference Library.
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67. Visiting Abdu’l-Baha: A New Two Volume Series by Earl Redman

Earl Redman is a master storytelling and his books captivate my imagination. He’s the author of Abdu’l-Baha in Their Midst, Shoghi Effendi Through the Pilgrim’s Eye (Volumes I and II), and The Knights of Baha’u’llah. George Ronald recently released a new book, called Visiting Abdu’l-Baha, that makes up the first volume in a two volume series. The books feature stories illustrating how Abdu’l-Baha taught the principles of the Baha’i Faith to others and how He embodied those principles in His interactions. I was eager to catch up with Earl and here’s our conversation: Continue reading →
 


68. “What I Saw of Abdu’l-Baha”: Vignettes by Laura Barney

May 16, 1909, New York City: a group has gathered to hear Laura Clifford Barney speak. Her name is familiar to the audience from Some Answered Questions, which was published last year. This book brought Abdu’l-Baha’s commentary on subjects ranging from the New Testament to criminal justice to the newborn Baha’i community in the United States. Barney, the book’s compiler and translator, has spent most of the past decade far from this, her homeland, living in Paris and Akka. She lived for months at a time in Abdu’l-Baha’s household—a “village” bustling with Baha’is of all ages, as she fondly recalls—from 1904 to 1906, when she compiled Some Answered Questions. During these Akka sojourns, she had many opportunities to interact with and observe Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading →


69. Luminous Journey: A Documentary about Abdu’l-Baha in America

America was alive with the promise of great change in 1912 when Abdu’l-Baha traveled across the U.S. and into Canada to bring a message of universal peace, the unity of the East and West, racial harmony, gender equality, and a visionary view of America’s future, captivating all strata of American society. What was it like to meet Him? What implications do His journey and the talks He gave have for us today? Luminous Journey is a documentary which celebrates Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to North America, and offers insights and reflection upon a His journey destined to change the consciousness of a nation and the world.
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70. 239Days.com Relaunches in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha

239days.com is a website that chronicles and brings to life the 239 days Abdu’l-Baha traveled across North America. The initiative was originally launched in 2012, to mark the 100th anniversary of Abdu’l-Baha’s travels, and now the site has been updated and relaunched with new features, articles, information, and pictures as this year commemorates the 100th anniversary of His Passing. Learn more →
 


71. Website Dedicated to Abdu’l-Baha’s Tablet to the Hague – Interview with Creators Jelle & Adib

This December marks the 100th anniversary of Abdu’l-Baha’s Tablet to the Central Organisation for a Durable Peace, better known as the Tablet to The Hague (you can read it online in its entirety on the Baha’i Reference Library here). In His letter Abdu’l-Baha places the attainment of international peace within the context of the need for wider political, economic and cultural change.
But what do we know about this Tablet? What was this Central Organisation? Why is this tablet also know as ‘Tablet to The Hague’? Why ‘The Hague’? When and why was this letter written? Who delivered it? Who received this letter and what was their response? In fact, there are two Tablets to The Hague. While the first letter is generally referred to as the Tablet of The Hague, what about the second one?
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72. Audio Reading: Letter from the Universal House of Justice on the Occasion of the Day of the Covenant

Baha’i Blog is happy to provide an audio reading of a message from the Universal House of Justice on the occasion of the Day of the Covenant. Listen to the letter →
 
 
 
 


73. The Beauty of Abdu’l-Baha [Article & Audio Article]

Baha’i Blog is delighted to share an audio recording of one of our articles titled ‘The Beauty of Abdu’l-Baha’. It was written and read by Sonjel Vreeland.
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74. Reflections on the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha [Article & Audio Article]

Baha’i Blog is delighted to share an audio recording of one of our articles titled ‘Reflections on the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha’. It was written and read by Sonjel Vreeland.
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75. Abdu’l-Baha: Unique [Article & Audio Article]

This is an audio reading of Baha’i Blog’s article ‘Abdu’l-Baha: Unique’, written and read by Avrel Seale.
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76. When I Meet Abdu’l-Baha [Article & Audio Article]

Baha’i Blog is delighted to share an audio recording of one of our articles titled ‘When I Meet Abdu’l-Baha’. It was written and read by Avrel Seale.
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77. The Apostle of Peace [Article & Audio Article]

Baha’i Blog is delighted to share an audio recording of one of our articles titled ‘The Apostle of Peace’ written and read by Michael Day.
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78. Ios and the King – A Children’s Book by Gail Radley

George Ronald released a children’s title by Gail Radley. Titled Ios and the King, this children’s book retells a tale that has been around for centuries, and was recounted by Abdu’l-Baha. As we turn our thoughts to Abdu’l-Baha in this year that commemorates the centenary of His Passing, I think it is worth sharing this timeless tale, just as He did.
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79. Howard MacNutt – Disciple of Abdu’l-Baha

To read about the life of Howard MacNutt is to learn a love story. Howard was born 13 July, 1859 in Philadelphia and he passed away on 26 December, 1926 in Miami. He was posthumously named by Shoghi Effendi as one of 19 Western Disciples of Abdu’l-Baha, or Heralds of the Covenant. Shoghi Effendi wrote that Howard MacNutt “will for ever remain associated with the rise and establishment of His Faith in the American continent, and will continue to shed on its annals a lustre that time can never dim.”
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80. Thank You Abdu’l-Baha

There are thousands of reasons we can all be thankful for as Baha’is, and as there are two significant days on the Baha’i calendar this week — the Day of the Covenant followed a couple of days later by the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha — something I’ve been personally reflecting on recently is the gratitude we owe Abdu’l-Baha for so many of the things which we perhaps take for granted relating to the Faith.
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Well that concludes our list of 80 posts relating to Abdu’l-Baha found on Baha’i Blog!

There are probably many more, so please let us know in the Comments section below of any we may have missed, and we hope this list helps you reflect and deepen your love and knowledge of the life of the “Mystery of God”, Abdu’l-Baha.

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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