4 Qawl (26th November) marks the Baha’i celebration of “The Day of the Covenant”.
The Covenant is a core unifying instrument in the Bahá'í Faith, it is the promise of clarity as to where the centre of authority sits following the passing of Bahá'u'lláh.
Bahá'u'lláh appointed His son 'Abdu'l-
The following text about ‘Abdu’l-
The question of religious succession has been crucial to all faiths. Failure to resolve this question has inevitably led to acrimony and division. The ambiguity surrounding the true successors of Jesus and Muhammad, for example, led to differing interpretations of sacred scripture and deep discord within both Christianity and Islam. However, Bahá’u’lláh prevented schism and established an unassailable foundation for His Faith through the provision of His will and testament, entitled “The Book of the Covenant.” He wrote: “When the ocean of My presence hath ebbed and the Book of My Revelation is ended, turn your faces toward Him Whom God hath purposed, Who hast branched from this Ancient Root. The object of this sacred verse is none other except the Most Mighty Branch [`Abdu’l-
Bahá’u’lláh’s appointment of `Abdu’l-
As the authorized interpreter of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings, `Abdu’l-
In retrospect, it became clear that Bahá’u’lláh had carefully prepared `Abdu’l-
In 1911, after more than four decades of imprisonment and suffering, `Abdu’l-
Among the vital truths that `Abdu’l-
He affirmed time and again that He was a “herald of peace and reconciliation,” “an advocate of the oneness of humanity,” and an agent calling humanity to the “Kingdom of God.” Despite the receptivity and acclaim given Him, `Abdu’l-
“My name is `Abdu’l-