The next holy day event at the Baha’i House of Worship will be held at 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, with a special devotional program commemorating the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, who died at his home in Haifa, Israel, at approximately 1 a.m. on Nov. 28, 1921, at age 77.
Abdu’l-Baha, leader of the Baha’i Faith from 1892 to 1921, was known as an ambassador of peace, a champion of justice and the leading exponent of the new religion.
During visits to Europe in 1911 and more than 40 cities in the United States and Canada in 1912, he was greeted with respect and acclaim by believers and non-believers. In city after city, he was invited to speak at churches and synagogues, and before distinguished groups and organizations. The net effect was to establish the Baha’i Faith as a major new force for social reform and religious renewal.
Abdu’l-Baha had a special association with the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette: He laid the cornerstone for the temple when he visited the United States in 1912.