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THE TWIN COVENANTS – by Brent Poirier

img_2844Abdu’l-Baha is the Successor to Baha’u’llah and the Center of His Covenant.  Shoghi Effendi is the successor to Abdu’l-Baha.  Whose successor is the Universal House of Justice?

THE TWIN COVENANTS

What does Shoghi Effendi mean when he refers to the “twin Covenants” in the Baha’i Faith?  These are the Covenant of Baha’u’llah, and the Covenant of `Abdu’l-Baha.  They are part of the same Covenant, part of the Lesser Covenant Baha’u’llah has made with His believers.  He has covenanted with us that “this is the day that will not be followed by night,” that is, that He and the Bab will guide Their Successors – the Institutions of the Cause until the appearance of the next Manifestation of God, and He has taken from us a Covenant to turn to them. Continue reading “THE TWIN COVENANTS – by Brent Poirier”

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Bahiyyih Khanum: Actions Undertaken Upon the Death of ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Her Appointment as Headship of the Cause by Shoghi Effendi) – by Alfredo Ancheta​

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On November 29, 1921 at 9:30 am, the following cable reached Major Tudor Pole ‘s office address: “His Holiness ‘Abdu’l-Baha ascended Abha Kingdom. Inform friends.”
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(See The Priceless Pearl, p. 39)

The Greatest Holy Leaf (probably with few members of the Master’s family) cabled on 21 December 1921: “Memorial meeting world over January seven. Procure prayers for unity and steadfastness. Master left full instructions in His Will and Testament. Translation will be sent. Inform friends.” (See The Priceless Pearl, p. 39) Continue reading “Bahiyyih Khanum: Actions Undertaken Upon the Death of ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Her Appointment as Headship of the Cause by Shoghi Effendi) – by Alfredo Ancheta​”

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Bahiyyih Khanum: “The Immortal Heroine” -by Alfredo B. Ancheta

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“We have elevated thee to the rank of one of the most distinguished among thy sex, and granted thee, in My court, a station such as none other woman hath surpassed.” Continue reading “Bahiyyih Khanum: “The Immortal Heroine” -by Alfredo B. Ancheta”

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Journeys of Abdu’l-Baha: The Culmination -by Dana Paxson

img_2508In 1909, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was at last free. In an interview, He told of the climax in 1908 of the Ottoman persecutions aimed at taking His life:

“‘About this time an Italian ship appeared in the harbour sent by order of the Italian Consul. It had been planned that I was to escape on it by night. The Bahá’ís in ‘Akká implored me to go but I sent this message to the captain: ‘The Báb did not run away: Bahá’u’lláh did not run away; I shall not run away, so the ship sailed away after waiting three days and three nights. Continue reading “Journeys of Abdu’l-Baha: The Culmination -by Dana Paxson”

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Mastery: The Unfolding (Abdu’l-Baha “The Master”) – by Dana Paxson

Mastery Dana PaxsonIn the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Bahá’u’lláh Himself directed humanity to turn, on His passing, to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá for understanding:

“O people of the world! When the Mystic Dove will have winged its flight from its Sanctuary of Praise and sought its far-off goal, its hidden habitation, refer ye whatsoever ye understand not in the Book to Him Who hath branched from this mighty Stock.”[1] Continue reading “Mastery: The Unfolding (Abdu’l-Baha “The Master”) – by Dana Paxson”

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Crisis: The Emergence (‘Abdu’l-Baha assumes His station) -by Dana Paxson

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On May 29th, 1892, Bahá’u’lláh the Manifestation of God passed from earthly limitation and existence. In the face of powerful and bitter opposition, first from within His family and then from the Ottoman Empire, His Son ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Center of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant, assumed His station. Continue reading “Crisis: The Emergence (‘Abdu’l-Baha assumes His station) -by Dana Paxson”

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Service: the Early Signs (‘Abdu’l-Bahá attending Bahá’u’lláh) – by Dana Paxson

img_2346Bahá’u’lláh increasingly relies upon ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, setting the stage for His Son’s unique role as the Center of His Covenant. Continue reading “Service: the Early Signs (‘Abdu’l-Bahá attending Bahá’u’lláh) – by Dana Paxson”

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The Day That Will Not Be Followed By Night: Mirza Yahya & Muhammad Ali -by Tim Nolan

img_2274“There is, though, a great difference between this and previous Dispensations, for Bahá’u’lláh has written that this is ‘the Day which shall not be followed by night’ (“God Passes By”, p. 245). He has given us His Covenant which provides for a continuing centre of divine guidance in the world. The Bahá’í Faith has not lacked for ambitious men who would seize the reins of authority and distort the Faith for their own ends, but in every case they have broken themselves and dashed their hopes on the rock of the Covenant.” (14 January 1979, from a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer) Continue reading “The Day That Will Not Be Followed By Night: Mirza Yahya & Muhammad Ali -by Tim Nolan”