The Office of the Treasurer would like to share this story of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:
While ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was living in a Paris hotel, among those who often came to see Him was a poor, black man. He was not a Bahá’í, but he loved ‘Abdu’l-Bahá very much. One day when he came to visit, someone told him that the management did not like to have him – a poor black man – come, because it was not consistent with the standards of the hotel. The poor man went away. When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá learned of this, He sent for the man responsible. He told him that he must find His friend – He was not happy that he should have been turned away. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “I did not come to see expensive hotels or furnishings, but to meet My friends. I did not come to Paris to conform to the customs of Paris, but to establish the standard of Bahá’u’lláh.”
As we remember ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Perfect Exemplar, in the centenary year of his passing, contributions to the shrine built in commemoration of Him are ongoing. To contribute to the construction of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, you can use the drop down menu or search in the Online Contribution System.