April 20, 2014

Concerning Mashriqu’l-Adhkar

When the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar was erected in Ishqabad, its influence was felt in all the Oriental countries. Whosoever heard of it, commenced an investigation of the Cause. Now, the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar of Ishqabad, like an evident banner, waves in the world. And if in Chicago the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar is established, even as in Ishqabad, then you will see what the recognition of the Cause will do; particularly the arrangement of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar is such that it will exert the greatest effect upon the civilized world, for it has many accessories. Among them are the following: A school for orphans; a college for higher scientific education (or higher knowledge); a hospital; a home for cripples; a hospice. When the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, with its accessories, be established in the world, aside from its religious or spiritual influence, it will have a tremendous effect upon civilization. Aside from the religionists who will feel its influence, materialists will not be exempt therefrom. Moreover, it contains Divine wisdoms, spiritual effects upon the intellects and thoughts. Subsequent to its erection these will become evident."
(‘Abdu’l-Baha, from a Tablet, Star of the West, vol. 1, no. 14, November 23, 1910)