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1868. c. May Bahá'u'lláh sends Nabíl-i-A`zam to Cairo to enquire after Hájí Mírzá Haydar-`Alí. He was instructed by Bahá'u'lláh to appeal to the officials for the release of several Bahá'ís who had been imprisoned in Cairo at the instigation of their enemies. He was thrown into prison in Cairo for two months and then in the Alexandria jail for a few more months. While there he befriended a Christian cellmate, Fáris Effendi, who soon becomes a Bahá'í. [BKG248, 265–6; EB268; GPB178]
  • Fáris Effendi was probably the first Christian to become a Bahá'í. [RB3:10, “Nabil-e aʿzam Zaranadi, Mollā Mohammad,” by Vahid Rafati, Encyclopædia Iranica]
  • See BKG265–8 for an account of Nabíl's arrest and imprisonment.
  • After his release he travelled to Cyprus and Beirut and then joined the Bahá'u'lláh's exiled community in Akka in late October of 1969. He spent the last two decades of his life in that area. [“Nabil-e aʿzam Zaranadi, Mollā Mohammad,” by Vahid Rafati, Encyclopædia Iranica]
Cairo; Egypt Nabil-i-Azam; Haji Mirza Haydar-Ali; Faris Effendi; Imprisonments; First believers by background; Christianity; Conversion; Interfaith dialogue
1886 In the year Birth of Narayan Rao Sethji Vakil, the first Hindu to become a Bahá'í in Surat, Gujarat, India. Surat; Gujarat; India Narayan Rao Sethji Vakil; Births and deaths; First believers by background; Conversion; Hinduism; Interfaith dialogue
1890 Ibrahim George Kheiralla (Khayru'lláh) becomes a Bahá'í in Cairo under the tutelage of `Abdu'l-Karím-i-Tihrání. [BFA1:19]
  • It is probable that he is the first Bahá'í from Syrian Christian background. [BFA19]
  • See BFA1:175 for pictures.
Cairo; Egypt Ibrahim George Kheiralla; First believers by background; Christianity; Conversion; Interfaith dialogue
1898. 10 Dec The first Western pilgrims arrive in `Akká. [AB68; BBD13; BBRXXX; DH214; GPB257; SCU13; Bahá'í Teachings]
  • They divide themselves into three parties, using Cairo as a staging post. [AB68; BFA1:143; SBBH1:93]
  • See AB68–72; BFA2:9; DH61; GPB257, 259 for those included in the pilgrimage group.
  • Included were Mrs Hearst's nieces, a few American friends and, joining in London, Mrs Mary Thornburgh-Cropper and her mother. [SCU13. CH234-236]
  • See BFA1:143–4 for those included in the first group.
  • Among the group is Robert Turner, the first member of the black race to become a Bahá'í. For 35 years, Turner faithfully served as butler to Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Senator George Hearst, parents of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. [AB72; BBD227; BFA1:139; GPB259]
  • `Abdu'l-Bahá receives the pilgrims in the House of `Abdu'lláh Páshá. [BBD13, 108; DH61]
  • See AB68–71; BW16:104–5; CH235–6 and GPB257–9 for the pilgrims' responses to the pilgrimage.
  • Edward Getsinger makes a recording of `Abdu'l-Bahá chanting a prayer. [BFA1:160]
  • The Getsingers returned from the pilgrimage with an Arabic copy of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas which was later translated by Anton Haddad. [BFA2:11]
Akka; Cairo; Egypt Pilgrims; Pilgrimage; First pilgrims; Mary Virginia Thornburgh-Cropper; Robert Turner; First believers by background; Edward Getsinger; Lua Getsinger; Anton Haddad; Kitab-i-Aqdas (Most Holy Book); House of Abdullah Pasha; Abdul-Baha, Voice recording of
1907 Pritam Singh, an Assistant Master of Economics at Chiefs College in Lahore, accepts the Faith, the first Sikh to do so. [BFA2:269] Lahore; Pakistan Pritam Singh; Sikhism; First believers by background
1936 31 Dec Khusraw Bimán (Thábit) passes away in Bombay at the age of 103 or 104. [I:56]
  • He is the first Zoroastrian to accept the Faith in India. [I:44–6]
  • For the story of his life see I:39–60.
Mumbai (Bombay); India Khusraw Biman; In Memoriam; First believers by background; Zoroastrianism; Conversion
1940 Dec Eduardo Gonzales, a university student, accepts the Faith, becoming the first native Bahá’í of Ecuador.
  • He is not formally registered until his twenty–first birthday on 15 October 1941.
Ecuador Eduardo Gonzales; First believers by background; Indigenous people
1951 By this year the first Canadian Inuit has become a Bahá’í. Canada First Bahais by country or area; First believers by background; Inuit
1954 The first native Fijian, the first Pygmy, the first Berber and the first Greenlander to accept the Bahá’í Faith enrol. [MBW262] First Bahais by country or area; First believers by background
1955 4 Mar The first Tongan to become a Bahá’í in Tonga, Tevita Ngalo’afe, enrols. Tonga First believers by background; First Bahais by country or area
1957 The first indigenous person to become a Bahá’í in the Dutch West Indies, Rhoma Matthew, enrols. Dutch West Indies First believers by background
1957 The first member of the Newari ethnic group of Nepal to become a Bahá’í, Rishi Prasad Joshi, enrols. Nepal First believers by background
1957 c. Apr - 1958 Apr The first Tuareg to become a Bahá’í enrols in Rabat, Morocco. Rabat; Morocco First believers by background
1959 The first Inuit in Alaska to become a Bahá’í, William Wiloya, enrols in Nome. Nome; Alaska; United States First Bahais by country or area; First believers by background; Inuit
1960 Dec Philip Suning, the first member of the Iban tribe to become a Bahá’í, enrols. Brunei First believers by background
1965 Nils and Sigrid Rutfjäll, the first Samer (Lapps) to become Bahá’ís, enrol in northern Norway. [BW5:483] Sapmi (Lapland); Norway First believers by background; Indigenous people; Sami people
1966 Feb The first members of the Yao tribe become Bahá’ís in Laos. [BW14:150] Laos First believers by background
1967 The first Mataco Indians to become Bahá’ís enrol in Argentina. [BW14:150] Argentina First believers by background
1970 The first native of Mauritania to become a Bahá’í enrols. Mauritania First believers by background
1971 The first Gypsies, six adults and six youth, to become Bahá’ís in France enrol at a campsite near Le Bourget airport. France First believers by background
1971 The first Pingelapese to become a Bahá’í enrols in the East Caroline Islands. East Caroline Islands First believers by background
1974 Jun The first Alacalufe Indians to become Bahá’ís enrol in Puerto Eden, Chile. [BW16:215] Puerto Eden; Chile First believers by background
1975 Jul The first Katio Indians to become Bahá’ís enrol in northern Colombia. [BW16:217] Colombia First believers by background
1988 Nov c. Pietro Pandolfini, the first from the Albanian minority in Sicily to become a Bahá’í, enrols. [BINS189:5] Sicily First believers by background
1988 Nov - Dec The first members of the Jhana tribe to become Bahá’ís enrol in India. [BINS189:5] India First believers by background
 
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