Abdul Baha in America


In North America and in Europe people are talking about the centenary anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic this month. Baha'i communities are observing another centenary anniversary. Abdul-Baha, the son of the Founder of the Baha'i Faith (Baha'u'llah) traveled to Europe and North America 100 years ago.
After spending almost His entire life in exile and prison He had been freed by the Young Turks rebellion in 1908. In 1911 at age 67 He traveled to Egypt and then to France and England. In 1912 He sailed for New York arriving on April 11, 1912 having sailed on the Cedric (He was offered transport on the Titanic but preferred the slower and less luxurious Cedric).
1912. His sojourn in North America lasted 239 days, including ten days in Canada, during which He traveled to important cities from the east to the west coast and met with people of divers backgrounds and interests. No other figure of comparable stature or imbued with the singular purpose that impelled Him has so favored this country.
Several web sites are offering various materials on His travels.
While in America and Canada, Abdul-Baha gave numerous talks in auditoriums, churches, and private homes on a wide array of topics including religion, spiritualism, prophecy, science, race relations (He refused to meet in locations where Blacks would not be allowed), economics, social justice, war and peace, equality of women, education, and children. Many of his talks were transcribed and available through bookstores, libraries, and free download from web sites.


This is a Huffington Post (an online newspaper) article by well known actor Rainn Wilson
As we've been reminded innumerable times over the past few weeks, one hundred years ago the "unsinkable" Titanic sank into the North Atlantic, taking with her more than 1,500 lives. The tragedy has made for some epic storytelling.
Of all the stories, one of the most extraordinary is that of a 68-year-old Persian who wasn't, it turns out, actually on the ill-fated vessel, but was supposed to be.
Abbas Effendi -- known as Abdu'l-Baha or "the Servant of God" -- was feted by the press in both Europe and the U.S. as a philosopher, a peace apostle, even the return of Christ. His American admirers had sent him thousands of dollars for a ticket on the Titanic, and begged him to ride in the greatest of opulence. He declined and gave the money to charity.
Open the link to read more from Rainn.