Who is ‘Abdu’l-Bahá?

As the Center of Bahá’u'lláh's Covenant and the Perfect Exemplar for humankind, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's life is unique in religious history.

 

While He is not a Manifestation of God, He is closer in the station to a Manifestation than to the station of humanity. Drawing on statements by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi, as well as writings by many Bahá’ís, we will explore ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s life, station, roles, writings, talks, travels, accomplishments, relationship to Bahá’u'lláh, and impact on others. In particular, we will cover His passing and funeral, in this, the centenary year of His ascension.


 

Who is Shoghi Effendi?
 

Born in 1897, the grandson of Abdu’l-Baha, he was known as the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith from 1921 until his passing in 1957.

As a Baha’i institution, the Guardianship was foreseen by Baha’u’llah in The Most Holy Book (the Kitab-i-Aqdas) and created by Abdu’l-Baha in his Will and Testament. Appointed by Abdu’l-Baha, the Guardian acted as the sole, authoritative interpreter of the Baha’i teachings—but could not legislate on any questions the Baha’i scriptures did not cover. That legislative function, according to Abdu’l-Baha’s Will and Testament, rested entirely with the democratically-elected Universal House of Justice, which first came into being in 1963, six years after Shoghi Effendi’s passing.


 

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