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‘Abdul-Baha’s Funeral and the Memorial Speeches of Dignitaries in Attendance
September 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
In late November of this year, Baha’is from around the world will commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the eldest son and appointed successor of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. He was the perfect example of Baha’i ethical teachings and an advocate for peace and harmony. During His ministry, through His writings and public speeches, ‘Abdu’l-Baha contributed to the discourse of the society on many subjects including the equality of women and men, eradication of prejudice, oneness of religion, elimination of extreme wealth and poverty, and importance of a progressive governance. In remembrance of His extraordinary life of service to humanity and to commemorate the centenary of His passing, the Rockville, MD Baha’i community is holding a series of gatherings to contemplate His life and teachings. On September 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Hussein Ahdieh will present on this topic. A sixth generation Bahá’í, Mr. Ahdieh’s ancestors were among the first to accept the Bábi and later the Bahá’í Faith in Iran. Hussein immigrated to the United States as a young man and earned a Master’s Degree in European Intellectual History and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Ahdieh has had a distinguished career in education in New York. His proudest achievement was his contribution in establishing the Harlem Preparatory School – a world renowned charter high school for disadvantaged students as its Assistant Headmaster. He has written several books, including ‘Abdu’l-Baha in New York; Awakening (translated in 6 languages); A Way Our of No Way, Harlem Prep: Transforming Dropouts into Scholars; The Calling (about Tahirih); and Foreigner: From an Iranian village to New York City (telling the story of an Iranian Baha’i immigrant to the United States in a series of moving and humorous episodes). Dr. Ahdieh served as a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the City of New York for 20 years and for several years as a delegate at the U.S. Bahá’í National Convention.For audio only, dial by phone +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) Meeting ID: 896 0099 6205 Passcode: 765032Join Zoom Meeting via computer or smart phone:Meeting ID: 896 0099 6205Passcode: Love
About the Bahá’í Calendar and Holy Days
The Baha’i Faith has its own calendar, called the Badí’ Calendar. It is a solar calendar consisting of 19 months of 19 days each (361 days), plus “Intercalary Days” (four in ordinary years and five in leap years) to adjust the calendar to the solar year. The days and months are named after the attributes of God. The Nineteen Day Feast, the primary community gathering for Baha’is in each town and city, is held on the first day of each Baha’i month. Eleven Holy Days mark significant events in Baha’i history.