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

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June 6, 1913 Visits of former enemies

Well, I missed posting this on June 6--I think I am dragging my heels a bit because I don't want 'Abdu'l-Bahá to leave the West. (Do you realize that on June 12th He'll be going back to Egypt--and from there back to Haifa on Dec. 5?) Of course, his family and others were surely missing Him. And news must have travelled very slowly. No blogs, email, or texting back then, you know. Ok, back to Paris:

Earl Redman writes: 

‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s final days were marked by the humble visits of a number of former enemies. On 6 June He was visited by Ahmad ‘Izzat shá, who had been Sultán Abdu’l-Hamid’s chief counsellor before the Ottoman Empire succumbed to the Young Turks. He had escaped Turkey ahead of the rebellion. Now, he gave a dinner party for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. A couple days later, a Persian prince stopped by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s hotel. The prince acted in an arrogant manner until the very humble Ahmad ‘Izzat Páshá arrived and, by his attitude of complete deference to the Master, taught the upstart an important lesson.

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