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

Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 21, 1912 Respite in Montclair

'Abdu'l-Bahá in Montclair

Mahmud writes: "The Master went to a house rented for Him in Montclair. Since the weather in New York was hot and humid at this time, the Montclair friends had begged Him to visit. Mr Edsall's relatives were elated and grateful for the beloved Master's visit. This servant told the Eastern friends that there was a possibility that `Abdu'l-Bahá would remain there to rest from His arduous journey and overcome His fatigue, which would alleviate the many troubles and hardships of the past.
     That night the Master spoke of the Blessed Beauty's stay in Baghdád and of His Declaration, about His teaching and educating the servants of God."

Juliet writes: "On 21 June, the Master left for Montclair to stay nine days. I was with Him all day till He went. I had lunched with Him nearly every day that week. Lua, Mrs Hinkle-Smith, Valíyu'lláh Khán, and I bade Him goodbye on the steps of His house."
Mashiyat Ashraf
 I took the photos you see in Montclair. The first two are of the house where He stayed, the lower left is a view of Montclair from a hillside, and the lower right is of architect Mashiyat Ashraf, who took us around to see the sites of Montclair.

Going to the cooler countryside  must have been a nice respite from the city for 'Abdu'l-Bahá.

Tim and I in Montclair
Unitarian Church in Montclair
Train station in Montclair

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