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Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
The Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is a Baha'i holy day honoring ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (1844–1921), who succeeded Baha'u’llah (1819–1892), prophet founder of the Baha'i Faith, and led the Baha'i community from 1892 to 1921.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá the eldest Son of Bahá’u’lláh, was the Bahá’í Faith’s leading exponent, renowned as a champion of social justice and an ambassador for international peace.
Following Bahá’u’lláh’s passing, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s extraordinary qualities of character, His knowledge and His service to humanity offered a vivid demonstration of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings in action, and brought great prestige to the rapidly expanding community throughout the world.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá devoted His ministry to furthering His Father’s Faith and to promoting the ideals of peace and unity. He encouraged the establishment of local Bahá’í institutions, and guided nascent educational, social and economic initiatives. After His release from a lifetime of imprisonment, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá set out on a series of journeys which took Him to Egypt, Europe and North America. Throughout His life, He presented with brilliant simplicity, to high and low alike, Bahá’u’lláh’s prescription for the spiritual and social renewal of society.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá passed away in Haifa at the age of seventy-seven in the early hours of the morning on 28 November 1921. The funeral, held the next day and attended by thousands of mourners, was a spontaneous tribute to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s person. Representatives of the Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican churches and of the Muslim, Jewish, and Druze Faiths; officials, led by the British High Commissioner for Palestine and the governors of Jerusalem; Arabs, Jews, Kurds, Turks, Europeans, and Americans followed the coffin up the slopes of Mount Carmel to the Shrine of the Báb, in one of whose chambers ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s mortal remains were laid to rest.