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The Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
September 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
DRBI invites you to deepen your knowledge of the last days of Abdu’l-Bahá’s earthly life, as well as the Covenant and Guardianship with this presentation and Q&A led by Dr. Hussein Ahdieh.
This year in late November 2021, humanity will mark the centenary anniversary of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Center of the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh. It was 100 years ago on November 28, 1921, in His home in Haifa, the Master left this mortal world, and His blessed remains were laid to rest on the slopes of Mount Carmel, within the Shrine of the Beloved Bab. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was unique in the annals of religious history, He was the Master, the Mystery of God, the exemplary advocate for universal peace, the perfect Example of how to live our life.
His presence among the habitants of Haifa and Akka was so transformative, his contributions to the welfare of people was so valuable, His love and attention to the well-being of all was so remarkable that over ten thousand mourners from diverse religious and ethnic communities – Arabs, Jews, Christians, Druses, Turks, Persians, Armenians, and Americans attended his funeral. Haifa had never seen such an outpouring of love and affection toward anyone.
At His passing and as bidden by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Himself, the Bahá’í world turned to Shoghi Effendi for guidance and authority. Shoghi Effendi was appointed by the Master to be the Guardian of the Faith.
In commemoration of the one hundred years anniversary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing, we are honored to offer this presentation that will describe the details of His funeral, the memorial speeches of dignitaries in attendance, as well as an account of the return of Shoghi Effendi to Haifa and His Guardianship.
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Saturday, September 11, 2021: 9:00-10:30 Pacific * 10:00-11:30 Mountain * 11:00-12:30 Central * 12:00-1:30 Eastern
Dr. Hussein Ahdieh.
Dr. Ahdieh was born and raised in Nayriz, Iran, He is a sixth generation Bahá’í, his ancestors figuring among the first in Nayriz to accept the Bábi and later Bahá’í Faith. Hussein immigrated to the United States as a young man of 17. Like many immigrants seeking a better life in America, he worked and attended college in the New York area. Hussein eventually completed a master’s degree in European Intellectual History and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Ahdieh has had a distinguished career in education in New York.
In addition to “Awakening”, which has been translated into 6 languages, Dr. Ahdieh has co-authored with Hillary Chapman the following books: “Abdu’l-Bahá in New York” (translated into three languages), a concise, informative history of Abdu’l-Bahá‘s activities during his visits to the area; “A Way out of No Way: Harlem Prep –Transforming Dropouts into Scholars-1967-1977”, a Bahá’í inspired institute. His book: “Foreigner: From an Iranian village to New York City” tells the story of an Iranian Bahá’í immigrant to the United States in a series of moving and humorous episodes set against the backdrop of a changing Iran, the plight of Bahá’í’s there, and the tumult of the ’60s and ’70s in the U.S. His new book is a comprehensive study about the life of Tahirih and her American contemporaries in English and Persian languages.