In the early years of the 20th century, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá—the eldest Son of Bahá’u’lláh—was the Bahá’í Faith’s leading exponent, renowned as a champion of social justice and an ambassador for international peace.
Whosoever has consorted with Him has seen in Him a man exceedingly well-informed, Whose speech is captivating, Who attracts minds and souls, Who is dedicated to belief in the oneness of mankind…— AL-MU’AYYAD NEWSPAPER, EGYPT, 16 OCTOBER 1910
Upholding unity as the fundamental principle of His teachings, Bahá’u’lláh established the necessary safeguard to ensure that His religion would never suffer the same fate as others that split into sects after the deaths of their Founders. In His Writings, He instructed all to turn to His eldest Son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, not only as the authorized interpreter of the Bahá’í Writings but also as the perfect exemplar of the Faith’s spirit and teachings.
Following Bahá’u’lláh’s passing, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s extraordinary qualities of character, His knowledge and His service to humanity offered a vivid demonstration of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings in action and brought great prestige to the rapidly expanding community throughout the world.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá devoted His ministry to furthering His Father’s Faith and to promoting the ideals of peace and unity. He encouraged the establishment of local Bahá’í institutions and guided nascent educational, social and economic initiatives. After His release from a lifetime of imprisonment, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá set out on a series of journeys which took Him to Egypt, Europe and North America. Throughout His life, He presented with brilliant simplicity, to high and low alike, Bahá’u’lláh’s prescription for the spiritual and social renewal of society.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá visited The United States and Canada for a total of 239 days in 1911-12. His visits and the historical context at the time are beautifully documented on the website 239days.com
This video, created and produced by filmmaker Flavio Azm Rassekh, is called "Abdu'l-Baha - Walking the Chosen Highway". It features historical photographs of Abdu'l-Baha, as well as contemporary photographs of Baha'i community building activities from all over the world.
Other online resources:
Travel back in time to 108 years ago when Abdu'l-Baha set foot in NYC. See the city & the people in color.
The Promulgation of Universal Peace
A collection of transcriptions of over one hundred talks delivered by ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá during the nine months in 1912 when He traveled across the United States and Canada.
Building of the Shrine
November 2021 marks the Centenary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. A beautiful Shrine is presently under construction in Akka, Israel where ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, his Father Baháu’llah and other members of his family were imprisoned for many years. To see updates on the progress of construction click on the image below.
To learn more about the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, visit The Perfect Exemplar