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Baha’is Mark Centenary of US Visit by Religious Leader

In 1912, Abdu'l Baha spent from April to December touring North America. Here he is shown at center with Baha'is in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, USA. Photo from Voice of America

by Jerome Socolovsky
from Voice of America

The Baha’i faith was founded in Iran in the 19th century, but its adherents believe the United States has a special spiritual destiny. Baha’is are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of a visit to the United States by Abdu’l Baha, whom they call “The Master.”
Abdu’l Baha arrived in the United States in April 1912 and traveled across the country by train. During the journey, he declared that America had the potential to “lead all nations spiritually.”

Abdu’l Baha, who was 68 at the time, was the son of the founder of the Baha’i faith, Baha’u'llah.

“For Baha’is, it marked the first time in religious human history, that a holy member of a prophet of God’s family had come to Western shores,” says Layli Miller-Muro, a member of the Baha’i leadership assembly in Washington. “Most religions begin in the East, and we don’t often have a direct descendent able to come to the West.”

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June 2nd, 2012 at 10:55 am