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

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 22, 1913

Earl Redman writes: 

Rashíd Páshá and the Persian Minister paid the Master another visit. On 22 May He Himself visited a member of the Persian aristocracy, who was overwhelmed, bowing and kissing the Master’s hand. This man, very important in other circles, related a story about how he had lost his hostility toward the Bahá’í Faith. He found himself one day sitting next to a woman in London and was intrigued by her inexpensive but beautiful ring. When he asked about it, the woman replied that since he was a Persian, surely he could read the name of Bahá’u’lláh inscribed on the stone. At that, he felt very ashamed, but then quite elated when he realized that here was evidence of Persia’s influence in London. At that moment, he realized that he no longer harboured any hostility toward the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh.[ii]

[i] Balyuzi, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 391.
[ii] ibid. p. 394.
[iii] Star of the West (The Bahá’í Magazine), vol. 16, no. 5 (August, 1925), p. 528.
[iv] ibid. p. 395.

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