This book is still the standard biography on the life of the individual who was designated by Bahá'u'lláh as the Most Great Branch, the Master and the Center of the Covenant.
Researched in detail, this book condenses one of the most outstanding, active and exemplary lives in human spiritual history. With accuracy and care it covers the significant periods and pivotal events, and exemplifies in many inspiring stories and vignettes, the spirit that animated ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's tireless, essential and global range of services and sacrifice.
The book describes ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's journey to the West, the places he visited and audiences he addressed, many of those who were privileged to meet him, and the example he gave in daily life. The ideals he upheld for all are reflected in a wealth of quotations from his talks.
Author: Hasan Balyuzi.
Format: Softcover book, 560 pages.
Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 1971, reprint 2002.
H. M. Balyuzi graduated from the American University of Beirut and later took his M.Sc. (Econ.) at London. At the outbreak of war in 1939, he joined the Persian service of the BBC. For many years hw was the chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the British Isles, and was appointed a Hand of the Cause in 1957. Mr Balyuzi passed away in London in 1980.
Balyuzi, loved and honoured throughout the Bahá'í world for his invaluable books on the three Central Figures of the Bahá'í Faith, was mourned on his passing by the Universal House of Justice as one of 'the most powerful defenders, most resourceful historians' of the Faith. He was related to the Báb, but his belief was of conviction and not inheritance. It was his meeting at the age of seventeen with the Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, that stirred him to accept nearly five decades of unceasing labour in administrative, teaching and scholarly fields for the advancement of the Cause. In 1957 he was elevated to the rank of Hand of the Cause of God. The last fifteen years his life were wholly devoted to the writing of the eight books by which he will always be remembered.