Message upon the Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Baha

By Mohammed Ali Bahai

This circular letter by Mohammed Ali Bahai was written soon after the death of his elder half-brother Abbas Effendi in 1921 and was intend­ed to be read by all Baha’is. It is not known how many people actually read the letter, since the majority of Baha’is shunned Mr. Bahai as a “Covenant-breaker,” but presumably it was read by adherents of the Unitarian Baha’i tradition, which included most of Baha’u’llah’s family and some others. This document was included in a chapter of Shua Ul- lah Behai’s book manuscript in which he compiles several of his father’s writings in English translation.

TO THE BAHA’IS FAR AND NEAR:

I deeply regret to have to record the great and unspeakable bereave­ment we have recently sustained by the departure of the venerable Ghusn-i-A‘zam, Abbas Effendi, Sir ‘Abdu’l-Baha, who was the back­bone and support of his friends and the pride of his followers. Indeed I feel that the more I try to describe him and show my deep grief for his loss, the more I feel my utter inability by word or pen, to give an exact description of his personality. I pray God to grant us patience and to comfort us with His mercy and to follow the right course laid down by our Great Master Baha’u’llah, namely the unison of hearts and com­plete unanimity of opinion to act in accordance with what our Great Master wrote in the Book containing His last Will written in His own honorable autography, entitled the Book of My Covenant.

Ref:- A Lost History of the Baha’i Faith

Note:- This venerable son of Baha’u’llah (Mohammed Ali Bahai) was grossly misjudged, wronged and falsely accused by the Mainstream Baha’is—those who satisfied themselves with hearsay and passed judgment without investigation. His message to mankind, his will and autobiography, explain the events, and no one could be a better defender of his case than he himself. Abdul Baha has defamed Mohammed Ali on several occasions however see the beautiful words which Ghusn-i-Akbar Mohammed Ali uses for Abdul Baha.

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