Where is ‘Abdu’l-Baha in The Story of Baha’u’llah?houseabud


‘Abdu’l-Baha was Baha’u’llah’s eldest son, whom Baha’u’llah called “Aqa” (the Master) and the “Mystery of God.” His story is a natural part of The Story of Baha’u’llah. These chapters especially focus on ‘Abdu’l-Baha as an adult – His way of life, His qualities, His relationship to Baha’u’llah, and His station in the Baha’i Faith.

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Chapter 8: Noble Descendant of a Noble Father
Birth of ‘Abdu’l-Baha

Chapter 24: The Black Pit
‘Abdu’l-Baha as child with Tahirih

Chapter 25: Cruel Days
‘Abdu’l-Baha sees father as prisoner; family in danger. ‘Abdu’l-Baha faces bullies.

Chapter 27: Banished
‘Abdu’l-Baha recognizes Baha’u’llah as Promised One.

Chapter 28: Terrible Journey
Exile journey to Baghdad; ‘Abdu’l-Baha on horseback in snow.

Chapter 33: The Nameless One
Twelve  year-old ‘Abdu’l-Baha at home as father sojourns in wilderness; copies passages from the Bab’s Writings; finally prays all night for return of Baha’u’llah.

Chapter 35: Purity within Purity
Twelve year-old ‘Abdu’l-Baha makes signs; screens visitors to Baha’u’llah.

Chapter 38: The Eldest Uncle’s Questions
At sixteeen ‘Abdu’l-Baha is called “Aqa” meaning “the Master” by Baha’u’llah; helps transcribes His father’s Writings.

Chapter 41: One Hundred and Ten Days
At nineteen ‘Abdu’l-Baha takes charge of finding food for large caravan of exiles from   Baghdad to Constantinople.

Chapter 47: Destination Unknown
Twenty-four year-old ‘Abdu’l-Baha makes sure women prisoners are transported in a respectful manner as they are transported ashore to Acre prison.

Chapter 48: The Most Great Prison
In early days of Acre prison ‘Abdu’l-Baha speaks up for prisoners’ treatment; makes soup for sick until He Himself falls ill.

Chapter 49: Seeking a Glimpse of the Lord
‘Abdu’l-Baha impresses officials. Arranges craftwork for prisoners to lift their spirits.

Chapter 52: The Greatest Gift
Description of ‘Abdu’l-Baha at twenty-six, His sister Bahiyyih Khanum and brother Mirza Mihdi; titles given them by Baha’u’llah. Mirza Mihdi’s accident; ‘Abdu’l-Baha begs for    healing, mourns his passing.

Chapter 53: The Whisperings of Satan
When Baha’is released from prison, ‘Abdu’l-Baha takes charge to improve caravanserai ooms except His own; story of sheepskin and fleas. ‘Abdu’l-Baha stays with His father during Great Separation.

*Chapter 55: The Governor and the Master of Acre
Baha’u’llah leaves task of meeting public to ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Qualities of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. People call Him “Father of the Poor,” “Master of Acre.”

*Chapter 56: Two Birds of the Nest of Thy Love
‘Abdu’l-Baha at age twenty-eight marries Munirih Khanum; her story.

Chapter 57: The Hand of God
‘Abdu’l-Baha and hostile governor; episode of Baha’i shops.

Chapter 58: Oasis
‘Abdu’l-Baha obtains Mansion of Mazra’ih outside of Acre. Enlists help of shaykh to persuade Baha’u’llah to leave prison-city. Creates island garden.

Chapter 60: Blessed is the Place
‘Abdu’l-Baha acquires Mansion of Bahji for Baha’u’llah.

Chapter 61: To Conquer the Cities of the Hearts
‘Abdu’l-Baha’s household in house of ‘Abbud; ‘Abdu’l-Baha praises Baha’i messenger.

*Chapter 62: The Master
‘Abdu’l-Baha in Acre: assists poor; meets with leaders of Acre; “Lord of Generosity;” His humility approaching Bahji; responsibilities for Baha’u’llah; love between father and son.

Chapter 63: O Most Exalted Leaf!
Passing of Navvab, ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s mother, who had called Him “Aqa-Jan.”

Chapter 66: The Holy Mountain and the Martyrs of Yazd
Baha’u’llah on Mount Carmel shows ‘Abdu’l-Baha spot for final resting place of the Bab

*Chapter 68: The Sun of Baha has Set
Baha’u’llah’s passing and ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s deep sorrow.

*Chapter 69: An Excellent and Priceless Heritage
‘Abdu’l-Baha appointed Center of Covenant by Baha’u’llah in His Will and Testament.    ‘Abdu’l-Baha writes to Baha’is of the world.