Sources and Terms of Use


The purpose of the materials offered on this website is to encourage reflection on the life and words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and to enable readers to gain an intimate personal sense of what it was like for those who had the rare privilege of meeting Him in North America in 1912. Readers should be aware that the information presented has been drawn from published sources and archival collections, which vary in their reliability as historical sources, given that stories recounted by individuals are inherently difficult to verify.

With respect to the reported utterances of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, it should be noted that they are not considered authoritative statements of Bahá’í teachings, nor are they considered to be Bahá’í scripture. On the other hand, the writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the authorized interpreter of the writings of Bahá’u’lláh as well as the perfect exemplar of the Faith’s teachings, are considered by Bahá’ís to be divine in origin and authoritative in nature. His recorded utterances, however, do not have the same status as they are less reliable renderings of His words.

Copyright and Terms of Use

Unless otherwise attributed, the copyright for all material on this site is held by the Bahá’ís of the United States. The articles, photographs and other materials on this site may be freely reprinted, re-emailed, re-posted to the World Wide Web and otherwise reproduced by an individual or organization, subject to the following restrictions:

They must at all times be attributed to “Bahá’ís of the United States.”

The reproduction must be accompanied by a link to this website (in on-line media) or the URL ( of this site (in other media).

Photographs and articles cannot be used in any way (including, without limitation, suggesting an association with or endorsement of any product service, opinion or cause) which conflicts with the intent and premise of the original source.

The Bahá’ís of the United States will not be responsible to any person or organization for any liability for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages that may result from any access to or use of the stories and/or photographs on our site.

Although this blanket permission to reproduce articles and photographs from this site is given freely such that no special permission is required, the Bahá’ís of the United States retain full copyright protection for its stories and photographs under all applicable national and international laws.