|By 'Alí-Akbar Furútan
'The day is approaching when God will have raised up a people who will call to remembrance Our days,' wrote Bahá'u'lláh.
The 144 stories in these pages make such remembrance both effortless and delightful. They come to mind whether one is far away or visiting the scenes in which they occurred. They describe Bahá'u'lláh in Iran, Baghdad, Constantinople, Adrianople, 'Akká and Bahjí, and linger in the memory to uplift and gladden both heart and mind.
There are very few people in the West who have known even one person who saw Bahá'u'lláh or experienced the majesty and power, the compassion, humility and humour which characterized His earthly life. Bahá'ís of the East are more fortunate, many having known those, often their relatives, who were in His presence as companions or pilgrims. Yet, as the editor of this book remarks, 'only a few recorded their observations for posterity'. It was in 1975 that 'the thought of collecting personal accounts' occurred to the Hand of the Cause 'Alí-Akbar Furútán. Through correspondence and the examination of numerous memoirs, published and in manuscript, he selected the stories in this enthralling collection.
'Alí-Akbar Furútán has resided in Haifa at the World Centre of the Bahá'í Faith since 1957, having been named by his fellow Hands of the Cause of God one of the nine Custodians of the Faith after the death of Shoghi Effendi. He remained in this capacity until the election of the Universal House of Justice in 1963, continuing his services at the World Centre as Hand of the Cause and member of the International Teaching Centre to the present day.
Persian by birth, he took his degree in 1930 at the University of Moscow. He was soon appointed Principal of the Tarbíyat School for Boys in Tehran and elected to the first National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Iran, whose secretary he was for twenty-four years. In the interests of the Bahá'í Faith he has travelled to forty-three countries and every continent. His lectures and writings, particularly on child education, are highly valued, while his breadth of knowledge, practical wisdom and kindly guidance have endeared him to generations of Bahá'í, perhaps above all to the thousands of Bahá'í pilgrims who have come to the Holy Land throughout the years.
21 x 13.8 cm (8.25 x 5.5 in)