Welcome to the Bahá’í Community of Brockville, Ontario, Canada.
This year, Bahá’ís and friends around the world commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on November 28, 1921. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá holds a special place in the history of the Bahá’í Faith. He was the eldest son of Bahá’u’lláh (the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith), and led the Bahá’í Faith after His Father’s passing.
The conviction that we belong to one human family is at the heart of the Bahá’í Faith. The principle of the oneness of humankind is “the pivot round which all the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh revolve”.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá dedicated His life to serving His Father’s Faith and spreading its teachings of unity and justice. His wisdom and dedication offer a perfect example of how to live according to Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. He was a champion of race unity. At a time when racism and prejudice were rampant, He treated all people with love, dignity, and respect. His love for all of humanity shone so brightly that its radiance continues to inspire hearts today.
‘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. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s travels in the West contributed significantly to the spread of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings and the firm establishment of Bahá’í communities in Europe and North America. On both continents, He received a highly appreciative welcome from distinguished audiences concerned about the condition of modern society, devoted to such concerns as peace, women’s rights, racial equality, social reform and moral development. 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.