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In Memory of Violette Nakhjavani

October 21, 2011, in Articles > History & Tributes, by

It is very difficult to render tribute to a person so precious and outstanding as Violette Nakhjavani, who passed away last month.

She lived a life of service to the beloved Cause, blessed by the years of early pioneering in the continent of Africa and by the unique opportunity to be the tireless companion and devoted friend of the Hand of the Cause, Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum, whom she loved and served so dearly.

Words cannot sufficiently describe the manner in which Mrs Nakhjavani and Ruhiyyih Khanum courageously and steadfastly spread the Message of Baha’u’llah. They travelled thousands of kilometers – across villages, cities, countries and oceans – and lovingly encouraged individuals of all origins, race and creed, as well as strengthening their love for the Faith.

With deep love and high resolve, she stood in front of many audiences and enchanted them with her stories – told with such sweetness, dignity and nobility of character as to touch the innermost parts of the hearts of those listening, creating a magical atmosphere.

A loving wife, and mother to two children, she was also a mother to many of the youth who would gather around to hear of her many journeys across Africa, Asia and the Pacific and her stories of the lives of the early believers.

Her vitality of character, her twinkling eyes and sweet smile, her nobility and her love for different cultures inspired and infused enthusiasm into all who would cross her path. The admiration and love she had for the beloved Guardian whom she had the privilege of meeting shone as an example of steadfastness and firmness in the Covenant.

Many things can be said about Mrs Nakhjavani’s life – about her devotion and love, her high resolve and strength, her courage and her humility.

But perhaps the important thing to say is that she was a spiritual soldier who withstood difficulties and challenges, attained self-mastery and served steadfastly until her last breath.

Mrs Nakhjavani touched the lives and hearts of many people and set a memorable example for posterity.

As stated by the Universal House of Justice in a message regarding her passing, she was a “faithful, illustrious handmaiden of the Blessed Beauty … who has enriched the annals of the Cause and won … admirers in every quarter and across the generations”.

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Noemi Robiati

Discussion 10 Comments

God bless her beautiful soul.

Shamim Bina (October 10, 2011 at 3:54 AM)

thank you Noemi for this very fitting dedication

samandar (October 10, 2011 at 8:09 AM)

What a shining and wonderful tribute to this incredibly wonderful lady, thank you, Noemi.

James Holmlund (October 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM)

Thank you for this beautiful tribute to a wonderful soul.

Alan Keane (October 10, 2011 at 7:43 AM)

Personally, I find the name Violette Nakhjavani to be most synonymous with teaching the Faith of Baha’u’llah. Following her passing, as I reminisced over her life one night, and trying to decide what might be a befitting prayer to say as a tribute to her legacy, the prayers for teaching impressed upon me. Prior to her passing, I had only put to music prayers for Spiritual Qualities, Healing, Protection etc., but never one for teaching.

Thumbing through the prayer book, I felt inspired and compelled to put to music a prayer for teaching by Abdu’l-Baha: “O my God, aid Thou Thy servant to raise up the Word, and to refute that which is vain and false, to establish the truth, to spread the sacred verses abroad, reveal the splendors, and make the morning’s light to dawn in the hearts of the righteous. Thou art, verily, the Generous, the Forgiving.”

It turned out really well, and in record time. Hope to record it soon and dedicate it to her memory. She truly was an extraordinary and valiant soul who will be remembered for generations to come.

Thank you for keeping our memories of her alive through your article, Noemi.

Andrew (October 10, 2011 at 3:32 AM)

I have only heard rumours of the passing of Mrs Nakhjavani, there has been no official statement that I am aware of, (in the UK). Friends have asked if it is true that she passed away. Reference is made in this blog to a message from the Universal House of Justice – was this a private message to the family or to the Bahá’is of the World? I would love to see it.

Stella Herbert (October 10, 2011 at 11:30 AM)

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Kenneth (October 10, 2011 at 4:03 PM)

Did Mrs Nakhjavani’s husband survive her?

Jim Harris (April 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM)

HAVE JUST HEARD THIS VERY SAD NEWS – SAD FOR THE EARTHLY WORLD BUT I KNOW THAT HER PRECIOUS SOUL IS REJOICING – SHE WAS SO TOTALLY DEDICATED AND DEVOTED TO THE SERVICE OF THE FAITH, TO HER FAMILY AND TO OUR AMATU’L BAHA! WHAT CAN ONE SAY ABOUT SUCH A NOBEL SOUL – I HAVE MANY MEMORIES – I SHALL TREASURE THEM JOURNEY WELL VIOLETTE YOU BEAUTIFUL SOUL – I MUST ADD THAT SHE AND HER HUSBAND ALI WERE EARLY PIONEERS IN UGANDA WITH MY LATE SISTER AND BROTHER IN LAW HASSAN AND ISOBEL LOCKE SABRI – AM SURE THEY ARE JOYOUSLY REUNITING IN THE REALMS ABOVE – MUCH LOVE SUZANNE LOCKE-NYIRENDA

SUZANNE LOCKE-NYIRENDA (September 9, 2014 at 6:50 AM)

Mrs Nakhjavani was, in my opinion, a brilliant author. Her books “The Great African Safari” and both volumes of “The Maxwells of Montreal” are among her masterpieces.

Michael V Day (August 8, 2018 at 11:54 PM)

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