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9 things you should know about The House of Abdu'llah Pasha


House of Abdu'llah Pasha

As the Universal House of Justice reminded the Bahá`í world, `some of the most dramatic and historically significant events of the Heroic Age of the Bahá'í Faith are associated with the house of `Abdu'lláh Páshá.

1. 'Abdu'l-Baha lived here


It was the residence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá for some thirteen years until he moved to Haifa.

2. Amatu'l-Bahá Ruhíyyih Khánum oversaw the restoration

The meticulous work of restoration, and the refurnishing, beautifully was faithfully accomplished under the supervision of Amatu'l-Bahá Ruhíyyih Khánum.

3. It was names after the Governor

The House of Abdu'llah Pasha derives its name from the Governor of `Akká who built it and used it as his official residence during his term of office from 1820 to 1832

4. The remains of the Bab were hidden here

In this house, fifty lunar years after the Báb's martyrdom, in January 1899, the casket containing His sacred and precious remains was received by `Abdu'l-Bahá. Off the large central hall of this wing is the room of Bahíyyih Khánum, the Greatest Holy Leaf, where the remains of the Báb were kept secretly for many years prior to being transferred to Mount Carmel.

5. Amazing buildings

In this house `Abdu'l-Bahá was confined during the period of His renewed incarceration ... and from this house He directed the construction of the Báb's sepulchre on Mount Carmel, erected under its shadow His own house in Haifa, and later the Pilgrim House, issued instructions for the restoration of the Báb's holy House in Shiráz and for the erection of the first Mashriqu'l-Adhkár of the world in the city of Ishqábád.

6. Some Answered Questions

It was in this house that His celebrated table talks which were compiled by Laura Dreyfus Barney during her pilgrimage from 1904 to 1906 given, to be published later under the title Some Answered Questions.

7. The Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha

In this house and in the darkest hours of a period which the beloved Guardian describes as "the most dramatic period of His ministry", "in the hey-day of His life and in the full tide of His power" He penned the first part of His Will and Testament, which delineates the features and lays the foundations of the Administrative Order to arise after His Passing.

8. Pilgrim visits

It was to this house that the historic first group of pilgrims from the West came to see the Master in the winter of 1898-1899, and in which many more from both East and West sought His presence.

9. Shoghi Effendi was born here

In this house was born the child ordained to hold the destiny of the Faith in his hands for thirty-six years and to become its "beloved Guardian", the child named "Shoghi" by his Grandfather, who grew up under His loving and solicitous care and became the recipient of His Tablets.'

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