The PilgrimsÂ’ Hostel & the Mashriq


In the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar at Burlaw
One of the friends asked about the “Pilgrim’s Hostel” which is mentioned by Shoghi Effendi as one of the “component parts” at the center of a Bahai community. (God Passes By, 339) Has this become redundant, now that we fly to Israel overnight rather than walking for months to perform our pilgrimage?
 
 
I think the meaning is wider than simply “pilgrim’s hostel.” This is borne out by the Persian term used:

The Mashriqu’l-Adhkar is one of the most vital institutions in the world, and it hath many subsidiary branches. Although it is a House of Worship, it is also connected with a hospital, a drug dispensary, a traveller’s hospice [musaafer-khaneh], a school for orphans, and a university for advanced studies. (Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, 99; Persian text here)

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