Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Recalling the sufferings of Bahá’u’lláh

Mahmud's Diary
October 16, 1912
Oakland, CA

When the Master reached the home of Mrs. Goodall and Mrs. Cooper He took a walk before the Feast on the shores of the lake. He returned for the meeting and spoke to the friends and seekers, saying:

On the way here we were saying that it never occurred to us that we would come to California and meet with the friends in this manner or that we would proclaim the Cause of God in great assemblies. How Bahá’u’lláh suffered, what persecutions and hardships He endured! He saw His property plundered and carried off. He was chained and imprisoned so that hearts would be connected, that the East and the West would find harmony, that the oneness of humanity would come about and that universal peace may reign.