‘Abdu’l-Bahá was Bahá’u’lláh’s eldest Son, His appointed successor and interpreter of the Bahá’í writings. He led the Bahá’í Faith from 1892 until 1921.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s extraordinary character, knowledge, and service to humanity provided a vivid demonstration of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings in action.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá was for most of his life a prisoner and exile with His Father, for Whom He often served as secretary, chief steward, and representative.
Soon after His release from imprisonment in 1908, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá undertook a three-year journey to Africa, Europe, and North America. In the course of these travels from 1910 to 1912, He met extensively with Bahá’ís and shared Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings with church congregations, peace societies, trade union members, university faculties, journalists, and many public audiences.
Many of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s talks and letters are available online.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá laid the foundation for the spread of the Bahá’í Faith far beyond its Middle Eastern origins.
His visit to the United States and Canada contributed significantly to the establishment of Bahá’í communities in North America. He laid the cornerstone of the first Western Bahá’í House of Worship, near Chicago. The home in Montreal where ‘Abdu’l-Bahá resided for part of His stay in Canada has been designated as a Bahá’í Shrine.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá passed away in 1921. His remains were laid to rest in one of the chambers of the Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel, which is now a place of pilgrimage for Bahá’ís around the world.