About the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

Abdu’l-Baha was the eldest son of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Born in Persia in 1844 and named Abbas, Abdu’l-Baha was the eldest son of Baha’u’llah, and from the age of eight, He shared His Father’s exile and imprisonment. Throughout His life, He demonstrated praiseworthy qualities and was known for His loving kindness, selfless spirit of service, and generosity, especially towards those in need. Baha’u’llah referred to Him as “the Master”, “the Mystery of God” and “a shelter for all mankind”, however, Abdu’l-Baha preferred to be called “Abdu’l-Baha”, meaning “the Servant of Baha”, in reference to His servitude to Baha’u’llah and His teachings.

In Baha’u’llah’s will and testament, He instructed all to turn to Abdu’l-Baha as the authorized interpreter of the Baha’i Writings and also as the perfect exemplar of the Baha’i Faith’s spirit and teachings.

When finally released from prison, Abdu’l-Baha traveled to Egypt, Europe, and North America, to promote the Baha’i teachings, giving numerous public talks and interviews, and meeting with people from all walks of life.

When Abdu’l-Baha passed away at the age of 77 on 28 November 1921, in the Holy Land, His funeral was attended by 10,000 mourners of numerous religious backgrounds. In spontaneous tributes to an admired personality, He was eulogized as One who led humanity to the “Way of Truth,” as a “pillar of peace” and the embodiment of “glory and greatness.”

In honor of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, we’ve listed a number of Baha’i Blog resources related to this commemoration.

To begin, we feature a Baha’i Blog video called ‘ABDU’L-BAHA – Servant of Glory’, made in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, which Baha’is and their friends around the world are commemorating in 2021.

1. ABDU’L-BAHA – Servant of Glory

2. Reflections on the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

This article shares some personal thoughts about the Abdu’l-Baha’s unifying legacy and some accounts of the events following His passing.

3. A Contemplative Gallery: The House of the Master

This image gallery of photographs taken by Negeen Sobhani shares some stunning photos of the House of the Master in Haifa, Israel, where He spent His final earthly hours.

4. Abdu’l-Baha: Unique

Arvel offers some thoughts on the uniqueness of Abdu’l-Baha’s station in religious history. He describes how Abdu’l-Baha was the exemplar of the perfect Baha’i life. And in His unique example, God shows us the good of which mortal human beings are capable.

5. “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.

6. 12 Wonderful Resources About the Life of Abdu’l-Baha

Naysan shares a list of useful and inspiring resources, both in print and online, both books and talks, about the life of the Master.

7. 19 Beautiful Quotations of Abdu’l-Baha on Instagram

This gallery features 19 images of short quotations from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha.

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

Baha’i Blog was delighted to share the news from the Baha’i World Centre about some recently translates Writings of Abdu’l-Baha that can be found on the Baha’i Reference Library.

9. Abdu’l-Baha – Music Inspired by the Heroes Teaching Conference

This song called “Abdu’l-Baha”, is the first song in a collection of 10 songs called ‘Music Inspired by the Heroes Teaching Conference’, recorded in Brisbane, Australia.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Following the Example of Abdu’l-Baha – A Talk by Tom Price

This is a talk given by Tom Price called “Following the Example of Abdu’l-Baha”, organized by Baha’i Blog and given at the Silverwater Baha’i Centre in Sydney, Australia.

13. 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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