The Baha'i Faith is the newest of the world's independent religions. The Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá has been described by the first Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, Shoghi Effendi, as that "immortal Document", the "Charter of the New World Order" of Bahá'u'lláh and a Document which "in some of its features" is "supplementary to no less weighty a Book than the Kitáb-i-Aqdas" (the Most Holy Book). This book contains prayers revealed by Baha'u'llah, the Bab, and 'Abdu'l-Bahá. In His Will and Testament, Bahá'u'lláh named `Abdu’l-Bahá as His successor and the authorized interpreter of His Writings. He was a devout Shi'a Muslim, and by the age of 13 or 14 He discussed intricate religious matters with leading ulema. Bahá’u’lláh was born on November 12, 1817, in Tehran, the capital city of Persia, in present-day Iran.His mother was Khadíjih Khánum and His father was Mírzá Buzurg.As a young child, Bahá’u’lláh was privately tutored and was known to be intelligent. Shoghi Effendi Recounts the Ascension of Baha'u'llah and its Significance in the Context of Baha'i History. For example, an attorney who was writing wills asked a number of questions which were answered by the World Centre HERE. On page 144 of the World Order of Baha'u'llah, Shoghi Effendi writes: “The Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha”, from the pen of Abdu’l-Baha, is a cornerstone of the Administrative Order of the Baha’i Faith. A testament, on the other hand, is about one's spiritual estate. From a young age, `Abdu’l-Bahá witnessed His Father’s persecution and suffering, and spent most of His own life as a prisoner and in exile. p. 263 & p.317. p. 5. Each page of text is set within 2-color border designed to enhance the text. pp. Together they form a single, inseparable Baha'i document. pp. Baha'is view the world's major religions as a part of a single, progressive process through which God reveals His will to humanity. The Covenant is a critical aspect of The Bahá'í Faith.The Will and Testament of `Abdu'l-Bahá is sometimes seen as the culmination of `Abdu'l-Bahá's role as the "Centre of the Covenant". Here Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha continue God's Covenant of the throne-line of King David (Psalm 89; Genesis 49:10) as the presidents, executive branch, and "irremovable member for life" of the genuine Universal House of Justice (www.UHJ.net) of Baha'u'llah that is to last for ever. Gospels (New Testament), quoted and explained by Bahá'u'lláh, 165-9, 184; mentioned, 151, 190 Greatest Branch, see 'Abdu'l-Bahá Greatest Holy Leaf, see Bahá'íyyih Khánum ↑ Effendi, Shoghi (1944). Overview of the Will and Testament. A new version of the Bahá’í Reference Library is now available. More about the life and ministry of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá » "A Brief Biography of Baha'u'llah". The Will And Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Third, look for additional guidance from the World Centre. Abdu'l-Baha spoke of the Seventh Angel as the establisher of the Kingdom of God in Some Answered Questions. A document written in three parts between 1901 and 1908. ... made a new Covenant and established a great Testament...’ That this Covenant was established at so early a stage in the ministry of Bahá’u’lláh is one of the mysteries of Divine Revelation. Overview of the Will and Testament. (”The Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá” (Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1968), p. 11) 232. The Ascension of Baha’u’llah: A Compilation This book brings together, for easy reference, the most important passages in Bahá’í literature concerning the ascension of Bahá’u’lláh. Finally, we can derive some useful information by reflecting on the nature and contents of the Will and Testament of Baha'u'llah and that of Abdu'l-Baha. Introduction. After Baha’u’llah died on 29 May 1892, the Will and Testament of Baha’u’llah named his sons Abdu’l-Baha and after him Mohammad Ali as the appointed leaders and successors, and the appointment was readily accepted by almost all Baha’is, since the appointment was written and unambiguous. This commentary on the Will and Testament of `Abdu'l-Bahá by Joel B. Marangella is enlightening when it is realized that the Will and Testament being commented on is the original translation, which was the only one approved by the 1st guardian, Shoghi Effendi. The Bab wrote a number of Tablets to Mīrzā Yaḥyā and Baha'u'llah as well as an Arabic Waṣiyyat-nāma ("Will and Testament") in which (among other things) Yaḥyā's position and future role were indicated. Commentary on the Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah. 2.1 By preparing a legal will, the believer can dispose of his estate as he chooses, within limits of civil law and after paying burial and other debts and obligations This ‘old version’ of the Bahá’í Reference Library will be replaced at a later date. A testament can be a repository of family history, a personal sermon, a list of accomplishments and/or regrets. From 1849-50 Yaḥyā was given elevated titles and a key future role in the religion of the Bab. Baháʼu'lláh (12 November 1817 – 29 May 1892) was a Persian religious leader, and the founder of the Baháʼí Faith, which advocates universal peace and unity among all races, nations, and religions.. At the age of 27, Baháʼu'lláh became a follower of the Báb, a Persian merchant who began preaching that God would soon send a new prophet similar to Moses, Jesus, or Muhammad. The Covenant is a critical aspect of the Bahá'í Faith.The Will and Testament of `Abdu'l-Bahá is sometimes seen as the culmination of `Abdu'l-Bahá's role as the "Centre of the Covenant". (Adib Taherzadeh, The Covenant of Baha'u'llah, p. 60) Note that in the Bab's Will and Testament document linked above, Verse 27 it clearly says "We order you to obey Him Whom God Shall Make Manifest. " 1 All are to write a will. ↑ Letter from Universal House of Justice: 1998, Apr 06, Memorandum re Wives of Bahá’u’lláh ↑ Cole, Juan. It is the scroll prophesied of in the fifth chapter of the book of Revelation: This is the spiritual will and testament of Baha’u’llah’s son Mohammed Ali Bahai, who passed away on December 10, 1937 at the age of 84—approximately 16 years after the passing of his elder brother, ‘Ab- du’l-Baha. It can be used as a text for Bahá’í Holy Day celebrations, or simply as a ready guide to the history of this event. These teachings help people understand the Covenant of Baha'u'llah and the Will and Testament of Abdu'l-Baha. Updated: Nov 25, 2019. And now, concerning the House of Justice which God hath ordained as the source of all good and freed from all error, it must be elected by universal suffrage, that is, by the believers. A collection of articles, writings, music, videos and chants that can be used to create your next Ascension of Baha'u'llah Baha'i holy day commemoration or devotional program. Retrieved 2006-09-27. He lived from 1914 to 1996 and he was one of only 50 people who were knighted by Shoghi Effendi as a "Knight of Baha'u'llah." The Covenant of Baha'u'llah and the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha are the charter for the Kingdom of God. As to general guidance on writing Baha'i wills, for U.S. Baha'is the National Spiritual Assembly has provided guidance in the form of a free downloadable booklet, "The Writing of a Will - A Spiritual Obligation." The requirement to write a will In the Most Holy Book Baha'u'llah writes: Baha'i Library(کتابخانه بهائی) Baha'i Library(کتابخانه بهائی) Created by One Global Faith, Last Updated April 29, 2018, Version 6.0, Size 29M Downloads 5,000+, Votes 139 Ratings 4.8 The Baha'i Library app contains the major translated works of Baha'u'llah, The Bab, Abdu'l-Baha, Shoghi-Effendi, and selected documents of the Universal House of Justice. Shoghi Effendi has explicitly stated that the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha is the GOD ORDAINED CHARTER for the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven. Both Persian & English texts include photo of Abdu'l-Baha. In it many people endeavor to pass on what they have learned and what they deem most important about their life journey. `Abdu’l-Bahá was Bahá'u'lláh’s most devoted companion during the long years of suffering. Page 9 Shoghi Effendi further identifies the Will and Testament as 'the Charter of a future world. 1.1 Every Bahá'í is Encouraged to Make a Will and Testament; 2 One has full jurisdiction over his property in writing a will (after discharging debts and Huqúqu'lláh). We can also benefit from reviewing what Baha'u'llah requires to be included in a believer's last will and testament. 3) ‘Abdu’l-Baha certainly did not do so—the brothers had been feuding for years—although in the absence of an authentic will contradicting the Will and Testament of Baha’u’llah, the leadership of the Baha’i faith would have passed to the younger brother automatically according to Baha’u’llah… By stating this, the Bab makes it clear that … It was read officially in the Holy Land on 3 January 1922. 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