Amatu'l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum
Passing of the Amatu'l-Baha Ruhiyyih
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19 January 2000
To the Bahá'ís of the World
In the early hours of this morning, the soul of Amatu'l-Bahá Ruhiyyih
Khanum, beloved consort of Shoghi Effendi and the Bahá'í world's
last remaining link with the family of `Abdu'l-Baha, was released from the
limitations of this earthly existence. In the midst of our grief, we are
sustained by our confidence that she has been gathered to the glory of
the Concourse on High in the presence of the Abha Beauty.
For all whose hearts she touched so deeply, the sorrow that this
irreparable loss brings will, in God's good time, be assuaged in
awareness of the joy that is hers through her reunion with the Guardian
and with the Master, Who had Himself prayed in the Most Holy Shrine that
her parents be blessed with a child. Down the centuries to come, the
followers of Baha'u'llah will contemplate with wonder and gratitude the
quality of the services -- ardent, indomitable, resourceful -- that she
brought to the protection and promotion of the Cause.
In her youth, Amatu'l-Baha had already distinguished herself through her
activities in North America, and later, both with her dear mother and on
her own, she had rendered valuable service to the Cause in Europe. Her
twenty years of intimate association with Shoghi Effendi evoked from his
pen such accolades as "my helpmate," "my shield," "my tireless
collaborator in the arduous tasks I shoulder." To these tributes he
added in 1952 his decision to elevate her to the rank of Hand of the
Cause of God, after the death of her illustrious father.
The devastating shock of the beloved Guardian's passing steeled her
resolve to lend her share, with the other Hands of the Cause, to the
triumph of the Ten Year Crusade, and subsequently to undertake, with
characteristic intrepidity, her historic worldwide travels.
A life so noble in its provenance, so crucial to the preservation of the
Faith's integrity, and so rich in its dedicated, uninterrupted and
selfless service, moves us to call for befitting commemorations by
Bahá'í communities on both national and local levels, as
well as for special gatherings in her memory in all Houses of Worship.
With yearning hearts, we supplicate at the Holy Threshold for infinite
heavenly bounties to surround her soul, as she assumes her rightful and
well-earned position among the exalted company in the Abha Kingdom.
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