April 1, 2016

To the friends of God and the maidservants of the merciful in America

He is God!

O ye friends of God and the beloved maidservants of the True One!

'Abdu'l-Bahá has the utmost longing to meet you, but now he is obliged to return to the East, for he has promised many friends and they having travelled a long way, will be disappointed if the meeting is not brought about. Therefore, he has returned to Egypt, and hopes that during the next Spring no obstacle may arise, so that with infinite joy and fragrance he may hasten to America to meet the friends, to unfurl the banner of rejoicing, to spread the Glad-Tidings of the Kingdom of Abhá, to illumine the meetings and gatherings with the Rays of the Sun of Truth, to perfume the nostrils with the Fragrances of Holiness, to impart gladness and delight to the hearts, to attract the souls to the Realms of Might, to grant the outpouring of the Holy Spirit-so that in this nether world the congregation of the Righteous Ones may be firmly established.

Glad Tidings!  Glad Tidings!  The bounties of the Most Great Name are descending. 

Glad Tidings!  Glad Tidings!  The Lights of the Kingdom of Abhá are shining. 

Glad Tidings!  Glad Tidings!  The Doors of Heaven are opened and the call of the Kingdom is raised.

Upon you be Bahá'u'l-Abhá!

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