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A selected timeline of events related to Baha’i history

1857-1863 The official Baha’i web sites Asl-i-Kullu’l-Khayr, “Words of Wisdom.” which is in the US Bahá’í Publishing Trust publication entitled Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Author: Bahá’u’lláh Source: US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1988 pocket-size edition Pages: 269

According to Wikipedia

The Words of Wisdom (Arabic: أﺻﻞ ﻛﻞ ﺍﻟﺨﻴﺮ‎) is a relatively short tablet of only three pages. Research has indicated that it was actually revealed before the Kitáb-i-Aqdas,[citation needed] but it is, at least for now, being kept in the publication. Through a series of short aphorisms, it describes the essence of wisdom, love, religion and detachment. One of the quotes from this Tablet, “The source of all learning is the knowledge of God, exalted be His glory” was chosen by Shoghi Effendi to adorn one of the doors on the House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.

According to this archives, Baha’u’llah was in Baghdad when He revealed the Asl-i-Kullu’l-Khayr, “Words of Wisdom.”

“Research has indicated that this Tablet was actually revealed before the Kitab-i-Aqdas. Through a series of short aphorisms, it describes the essence of wisdom, love, religion and detachment. One of the quotes from this Tablet, “The source of all learning is the knowledge of God, exalted be His glory” was chosen by Shoghi Effendi to adorn one of the doors on the House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.”(Cairo: Faraj Allah Zaki al-Kurdi, 1339/1920)

1858 Baha’u’llah revealed The Hidden Words (kalimat-i-Maknunih) originally designated ‘The Hidden Words of Fatimih, while walking along the banks of the Tigris. (Cameron and Momen 1996:63)

1873 Baha’u’llah revealed the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the book of laws of the Bahá’í Faith. It was written in , written in Arabic.Walbridge argues that the Kitáb-i-Aqdas may have been completed in House of `Udi Khammar, Akka, in about 1873 (GPB 213), there is evidence to suggest that at least some of the work was written as early as 1868 when He just arrived in Akka as a prisoner.

1879 Baha’u’llah revealed Lawh-i-Aqdas (The Most Holy Tablet); Lawh-i-Ard-i-Ba (Tablet of the Land of Ba) Lawh-i-Ishraqát: Tablet Study Outline

circa 1879 Lawh-i-Maqsúd (Tablet of Maqsúd); Lawh-i-Siyyid Mihdíy-i-DaHájí; Súriy-i- Vafa (Tablet to Vafa); Tablet of Trustworthiness Lawh-i-Ishraqát: Tablet Study Outline

1885-86 Tajallíyát (Effulgences) Lawh-i-Ishraqát: Tablet Study Outline ; Tarazat (Ornaments) See also Wikipedia

1890
E. G. Browne, a famed Cambridge orientalist interviewed Bahá’u’lláh and was His guest at Bahjí from 15 April to 20 April, 1890. Browne was the only Westerner to meet Bahá’u’lláh and leave an account of his experience. In Browne’s 1893 publication entitled ”A Year Among the Persians”, he wrote a sympathetic portrayal of Persian society. After his death in 1926 it was reprinted and became a classic in English travel literature. Browne described Baha’u’llah as, “The face of Him on Whom I gazed, I can never forget, though I cannot describe it. Those piercing eyes seemed to read one’s very soul; power and authority sat on that ample brow… No need to ask in whose presence I stood, as I bowed myself before one who is the object of a devotion and love which kings might envy and emperors sigh for in vain… Here did I spend five most memorable days, during which I enjoyed unparalleled and unhoped-for opportunities of holding intercourse with those who are the fountain-heads of that mighty and wondrous spirit, which works with invisible but ever-increasing force for the transformation and quickening of a people who slumber in a sleep like unto death. It was, in truth, a strange and moving experience, but one whereof I despair of conveying any save the feeblest impression.”In 1890, famed Cambridge orientalist Edward G. Browne met Bahá’u’lláh. He was the only Westerner to meet Him and leave an account of his experience. Browne, who visited Bahá’u’lláh in His home at Bahji, wrote:

Though I dimly suspected whither I was going and whom I was to behold (for no distinct intimation had been given to me), a second or two elapsed ere, with a throb of wonder and awe, I became definitely conscious that the room was not untenanted. In the corner where the divan met the wall sat a wondrous and venerable figure… The face of him on whom I gazed I can never forget, though I cannot describe it. Those piercing eyes seemed to read one’s very soul; power and authority sat on that ample brow… No need to ask in whose presence I stood, as I bowed myself before one who is the object of a devotion and love which kings might envy and emperors sigh for in vain! E. G. Browne

A mild dignified voice bade me be seated, and then continued: “Praise be to God that thou hast attained!…Thou hast come to see a prisoner and an exile…We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; yet they deem us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy of bondage and banishment…That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled — what harm is there in this?…Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the `Most great Peace’ shall come…Do not you in Europe need this also? Is this not what Christ foretold?…Yet do we see your kings and rulers lavishing their treasures more freely on means for the destruction of the human race than on that which would conduce to the happiness of mankind…These strifes and this bloodshed and discord must cease, and all men be as one kindred and one family…Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind…” Baha’u’llah in Edward G. Browne, A Traveller’s Narrative (New York: Bahá’í Publishing Committee, 1930), pp. xxxix-xi.

1891 Baha’u’llah revealed Bishárát (Glad-Tidings); Epistle to the Son of the Wolf Lawh-i-Ishraqát: Tablet Study Outline

1891 Lawh-i-Burhán (Tablet of the Proof); Lawh-i- Dunyá (Tablet of the World); Lawh-i-Karmel (Tablet of Carmel) Lawh-i-Ishraqát: Tablet Study Outline

1891 Baha’u’llah revealed Lawh-i- Dunyá (Tablet of the World) Baha’i Reference Library

According to the article in WikipediaLawh-i- Dunyá was revealed in Haifa by Bahá’u’lláh in 1891 in honour of Áqá Mírzá Aqay-i-Afnán, whose mother was the sister of the wife of the Báb. The tablet was handed to Áqá Mírzá Aqay-i-Afnán’s son by Bahá’u’lláh.

The two Hands of the Cause of God, Ḥájí Mullá ‘Alí-Akbar Sháhmírzádí and Ḥájí Abu’l-Ḥasan Ardakání, Amín-i-Iláhí (Trustee of Ḥuqúqu’lláh), were originally arrested in Ṭihrán, imprisoned in Qazvín in the year 1891, and then transferred to prison in Ṭihrán.

In the opening of the tablet, Bahá’u’lláh bestows his bounties upon Hands of the Cause ’Alí-Akbar and Trustee of Huqúqu’lláhAmín who were imprisoned in Qazvin. Bahá’u’lláh then reiterates many of the teachings he had revealed in previous tablets, such as being detached from worldly desires, living a virtuous life, forbidding contention and conflict, and observing courtesy among other things.

Bahá’u’lláh, then in the tablet, promulgates some of his teachings which were aimed for the unity of a world society, such as the establishment of an international language, the promotion of fellowship among all peoples, the education of children, the importance of agriculture, and the establishment of a constitutional government.

Ḥají Mullá `Alí-Akbar Shahmírzádí (1842 – 1910), known as Ḥají Ákhúnd, was an eminent follower of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith. He was appointed a Hand of the Cause, and identified as one of the nineteen Apostles of Bahá’u’lláh.

1891 Tablet revealed in the house in the Garden of Ridván; Tablet to The Times of London Lawh-i-Ishraqát: Tablet Study Outline

1892 Baha’u’llah revealed Ishráqát (Splendors); Kalimát-i- Firdawsiyyih (Words of Paradise); Kitáb’i’Ahd (the Book of the Covenant) (1892); Lawh-i-Ishraqát: Tablet Study Outline

1892 Baha’u’llah revealed The Epistle to the Son of the Wolf His last major work before his death in that year. According to Wikipedia, “It is a letter written to a Muslim cleric, a violent opponent of the Bahá’ís who, along with his father (called by Bahá’u’lláh “the wolf”), also a Muslim cleric, had put to death a number of Bahá’ís. In this work Bahá’u’lláh quotes extensively from his own previously revealed scriptures. This makes a large portion of the work a summary of excerpts on critical concepts expressed in previous works in a condensed form.”

On 30 April 1912`Abdu’l-Bahá spoke on “Racial Harmony” at the Fourth Annual Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in Handel Hall, Chicago, Illinois. The talk was published in The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by `Abdu’l-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912, rev. ed. (Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1982), pp. 69-70.

1944 The Centenary of the Declaration of the beloved Báb
Shoghi Effendi’s book entitled God Passes By, addressed to the friends in America was published. God Passes By include sections on four historical periods: five chapters on the ministry of the Báb (5 chapters), eight chapters on the ministry of Bahá’u’lláh, eight chapters on the ministry of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’ and four chapters on the dawn of the Formative Age of the Faith. (Dr. Ali Muhammad Varqa, online Baha’i Studies document: An Introduction to the Law-i-Qarn)
Shoghi Effendi’s history of the Baha’i Faith entitled “The Tablet of Naw-Rúz”, addressed to the friends in the East was also published.

References

Bahá’u’lláh. Epistle to the Son of the Wolf. US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1988.

Bahá’u’lláh. official Baha’i web sites Asl-i-Kullu’l-Khayr, “Words of Wisdom.” in the Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1988 pocket-size edition Pages: 269.

The official Baha’i web sites Asl-i-Kullu’l-Khayr, “Words of Wisdom.” which is in the US Bahá’í Publishing Trust publication entitled Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Author: Bahá’u’lláh Source: US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1988 pocket-size edition Pages: 269

Bahá’u’lláh. The Kitáb-i-Aqdas Bahá’í World Centre. 1992.

BIC. Bahá’u’lláh. Bahá’í International Community (BIC)

BIC. Timeline of Life of Baha’u’llah

Effendi, Shoghi. 1944 (1988) God Passes By. Wilmette, Illinois, USA: Bahá’í Publishing Trust. ISBN 0-87743-020-9. 463 pages.

Edward G. Browne, A Traveller’s Narrative (New York: Bahá’í Publishing Committee, 1930), pp. xxxix-xi.

Walbridge, John (1999). “Kitab-i Aqdas, the Most Holy Book“. Bahá’í Library. Retrieved 31 October 2015.

Lawh-i-Ishraqát: Tablet Study Outline

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