Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Lessons from history: Alexander’s death

Mahmud's Diary
October 15, 1912
Pleasanton, CA

He then gave an account of the history of the kings of the world and concluded with remarks about the death of Alexander.

When in the city of Zor the lamp of his life was extinguished and the last morn had dawned upon him, the wise men assembled by his corpse. One of them said, ‘Gracious God! The whole world could not contain this ambitious man yesterday but today a small plot of earth is sufficient to hold him.’ Another remarked, ‘With all his greatness, glory and eloquence of speech, Alexander never advised us in such a manner as he is instructing us today with this silence.’ Another said, ‘A few hours ago this man considered himself the sovereign of the whole world but now it has become evident that he was a servant and a subject.’