This year in late November 2021, humanity will mark the centenary anniversary of the Passing of the ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the Center of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah. It was 100 years ago on November 28, 1921 that in His home in Haifa the Master left this mortal world and that His blessed remains were laid to rest on the slopes of Mount Carmel, within the Shrine of the Beloved Bab. ‘Abdu’l-Baha was unique in the annals of religious history, He was the Master, the Mystery of God, the exemplary advocate for universal peace, the perfect Example of how to live our life.
His presence among the habitants of Haifa and Akka was so transformative, his contributions to the welfare of people was so valuable, His love and attention to the well-being of all was so remarkable that over ten thousand mourners from diverse religious and ethnic communities – Arabs, Jews, Christians, Druzes, Turks, Persians, Armenians, and Americans attended his funeral. Haifa had never seen such an outpouring of love and affection toward anyone.
At His Passing and as bidden by ‘Abdu’l-Baha Himself, the Baha’i world turned to Shoghi Effendi for guidance and authority. Shoghi Effendi was appointed by the Master to be the Guardian of the Faith.