Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrives in Chicago and is warmly received by many friends at the train station

Mahmud's Diary
September 12, 1912
Chicago, IL

Today the train traveled through several states. At 8:00 p.m. the lights from Chicago appeared in the distance like brilliant stars and the train pulled into the station.

The Master waited until all the passengers had left the train and then He slowly disembarked. The spacious train station was crowded with His friends. As soon as His feet touched the ground their hearts were stirred. One person hurried forward to shake His hand; another ran to kiss the hem of His robe; another held a bouquet of flowers to present to Him; and yet another raised his voice in praise and gratitude on attaining the bounty of meeting Him. It was an impressive sight, a field of yearning lovers canopied by heavens resounding with songs of joy. The friends formed two lines and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá walked majestically between them showering His blessings on each one. He then went by automobile to the home of Mrs. True, the maidservant of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar. There one of the Japanese friends bowed at His feet and received His blessings.