March 27, 2016

To Claudia Stuart Coles, Washington, D.C.

Through Díyá Effendi, Chicago-Upon him be Bahá'u'lláh!-to Claudia Stuart Coles, Washington, D.C. - Upon her be Bahá'u'lláh!

He is God!

O thou who art enkindled by the fire of the love of God!

Verily, I have perused thy beautiful letter of wonderful composition, which proveth thy firmness, assurance and steadfastness in the faith; and thy singing the verses of holiness to thy Merciful Lord. Blessed art thou from this great gift. Joy be unto thee from this vast providence.

Know thou that the building of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár is the greatest foundation in those regions. God said in the Qur'án, "It is those who believed in God, and the Last Day, shall build the Temples of God." It is incumbent upon thee and upon all, to put forth the best effort in these days, in building this glorious Temple; raising the tumult of commemorations therein, during the wing of the night, at dawn, and at eventide. It is incumbent upon ye (men and women) to be united, in this great Cause, so that ye may be confirmed by the Divine Bounty, and Merciful Spirit; become increased with energy and power; gain a recompense, and estimation. I implore God, and supplicate Him to make your feet firm in the straight path, and in the upright way.

(Signed) 'Abdu'l-Bahá Abbas
(Star of the West, vol. 2, no, 16, December 31, 1911)