Who was `Abdu'l-Bahá, and why did He come to the West?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

January 11, 1913 Westminster

Photo from U.S. Baha'i Archives
Earl Redman writes in 'Abdu'-Bahá in Their Midst:

‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke at Caxton Hall, Westminster, on 11 January. Two distinguished Persians who were present were greatly impressed ‘at the powers which ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had at His command, and at the appreciation and devotion displayed by the Westerners all around them’. After the talk, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá walked back to His apartment, but had no respite as it quickly filled up with people. The Master told them the story of how Bahá’u’lláh had been imprisoned and all His worldly goods pillaged. He told how His Father had been threatened with death but saved, stories described by those who heard Him as ‘the most thrilling incidents’.
            The next day, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá attended a dinner party at the home of Sir Richard and Lady Stapley, after which the Master gave a talk. Following the talk, many people asked questions, including ‘whether unruly children should receive corporal punishment. His answer was very clear: not even the animal should be beaten’.  [End of account]

So many good stories grace these days in Europe. And there must be so many more! 

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