The Promulgation of Universal Peace
1 May 1912
Talk at Dedication of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár Grounds
Notes by Joseph H. Hannen
The power which has gathered you here today notwithstanding the
cold and windy weather is, indeed, mighty and wonderful. It is the
power of God, the divine favor of Bahá'u'lláh which has drawn you
together. We praise God that through His constraining love human
souls are assembled and associated in this way.
Thousands of Mashriqu'l-Adhkárs, dawning points of praise
and mention of God for all religionists will be built in the East and
in the West, but this, being the first one erected in the Occident, has
great importance. In the future there will be many here and
elsewhere--in Asia, Europe, even in Africa, New Zealand and
Australia--but this edifice in Chicago is of especial significance. It
has the same importance as the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár in Ishqábád,
Caucasus, Russia, the first one built there. In Persia there are
many; some are houses which have been utilized for the purpose,
others are homes entirely devoted to the divine Cause, and in some
places temporary structures have been erected. In all the cities of
Persia there are Mashriqu'l-Adhkárs, but the great dawning point
was founded in Ishqábád. It possesses superlative importance because
it was the first Mashriqu'l-Adhkár built. All the Bahá'í
friends agreed and contributed their utmost assistance and effort.
The Afnán devoted his wealth, gave all he had to it. From such a
mighty and combined effort a beautiful edifice arose. Notwithstanding
their contributions to that building, they have assisted
the fund here in Chicago as well. The Mashriqu'l-Adhkár in
Ishqábád is almost completed. It is centrally located, nine avenues
leading into it, nine gardens, nine fountains; all the arrangement
and construction is according to the principle and proportion
of the number nine. It is like a beautiful bouquet. Imagine a very
lofty, imposing edifice surrounded completely by gardens of variegated
flowers, with nine avenues leading through them, nine
fountains and pools of water. Such is its matchless, beautiful design.
Now they are building a hospital, a school for orphans, a
home for cripples, a hospice and a large dispensary. God willing,
when it is fully completed, it will be a paradise.
I hope the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár in Chicago will be like this. Endeavor
to have the grounds circular in shape. If possible, adjust and
exchange the plots in order to make the dimensions and boundaries
circular. The Mashriqu'l-Adhkár cannot be triangular in shape.
It must be in the form of a circle.