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Celebrate with Bahá’ís the Ascencion of `Abdu’l-Bahá

November Ten thousand mourners from numerous religious backgrounds attend the funeral of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Haifa, 29 November 1921

November 27-28 this year marks the death of `Abdu’l-Bahá, considered by Bahá’ís to be the last of the three “central figures” of their faith. `Abdu’l-Bahá perhaps did more than any other Bahá’í to open the religion to the world beyond its place of birth in the Middle East.

While imprisoned by the Ottoman Empire, `Abdu’l-Bahá received visitors from around the world, including many high-society women from the US. After being released by the Ottomans, `Abdu’l-Bahá undertook many visits to Europe and North America, where he spread the Bahá’í message of international peace and the equality of all people.

When he died in Haifa, more than 10,000 attended his funeral. He had received a knighthood from the British the year before for his work easing a famine in Palestine in 1917. It’s not surprising `Abdu’l-Bahá was so popular globally at the time of his passing: after the horrors of World War I, the Bahá’í principles of universal love, peace, and equality for all were very appealing.

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