During the centennial commemorations of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, let us remember a precious gift from Him.
That gift is Memorials of the Faithful, a volume the Master wrote in 1915.
Shoghi Effendi published it in 1924, the first book to emerge after he began his ministry.
We can understand why the Guardian made this book his priority when we start to view it as far more than a collection of seventy obituaries of Baha’is who passed away during the lifetime of the Master.
Rather, it is really a collection of parables, true stories that contain within them the lessons we can take from the example of people who were energised by the spiritual power of Baha’u’llah.
In her remarkable introduction, the book’s translator into English, Marzieh Gail points out that Memorials of the Faithful, is “a book of prototypes, a kind of testament of values endorsed and willed to us by the Baha’i Exemplar.” Continue reading