March 30, 2012

‘Abdu’l-Baha praises Americans …

On His return to New York from Washington in 1912, ‘Abdu’l-Baha said to a group of Baha’is:

The people of America are highly accomplished. They desire to acquire understanding and they wish to make progress. When one sees a tree growing, one should feel hopeful that it will give flowers and bring forth fruits. People asked questions and on hearing the answers they contended no more. Most of the ministers who came would express agreement. Those who asked us questions on important topics were delighted on hearing the answers. The religious leaders of other countries are not so inclined but are more bent on contention. We met very good ministers in Chicago. Some invited us to their churches and we had lengthy conversations with them. One of them, Dr Milburn, invited us to supper at his home. My purpose in mentioning all this is to convey that all showed agreement and acceptance. (Words of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Mahmud’s Diary, p. 88)