Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

A believer expresses regret to the Bahá’ís for his earlier misguided actions

Mahmud's Diary
November 19, 1912
New York, NY

Later, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kinney, He asked Mr. Harris to speak at the meeting of the friends.

As Mr. MacNutt’s apparent equivocation and lack of firmness seemed to be causing his degradation in the eyes of the friends, he came to the Master and implored Him to recommend him to them. The Master replied, ‘The remedy depends upon your sincere repentance and your open denouncement of the violators in the meetings of the friends.’ In compliance, Mr. MacNutt rose and gave an account of his journey to Chicago and his meeting with Kheiralla. Some felt that he spoke ambiguously. The Master asked him to explain his actions in plain words so that the friends might be satisfied and this blemish on his character be removed. Again he testified in clear terms of his faith in the Covenant and his rejection of the Covenant-breakers. The Master went to the podium and expressed His pleasure at Mr. Harris’s talk and for Mr. MacNutt’s words of repentance. The Master then went upstairs and called Mr. Hoar, Mr. Harris, Mr. Dodge and other friends to Him and asked them to embrace Mr. MacNutt and exhorted them to have the utmost love and unity among themselves. He encouraged and inspired them to spread the divine word and to diffuse the fragrances of God. He told them that they must sacrifice all other affairs for the accomplishment of this great affair.

Despite this, the Master and the friends, in their inmost hearts, were saddened by Mr. MacNutt’s earlier actions. Some felt that he was not trying hard enough to show his humility and firmness in the Covenant. After the Master’s departure from America, Mr. MacNutt went to California and other regions of America. The believers stayed away from him. He wrote many letters of repentance to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who sent him many encouraging and kind words.