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THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
13 October 2013
The Universal House of Justice was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of consecrated follower of Bahá’u’lláh Redwan Moqbel. His many years of highly valued service to the Cause, beginning in the days of his youth in Iraq, later in Scotland, and then in England and Canada, and in such varied capacities as a National Spiritual Assembly member and officer, an Auxiliary Board member, and an illumined teacher and outstanding speaker, are recalled with profound admiration. Especially notable were his abiding love of God and keen intellect—capacities that enabled him in the course of a distinguished career in medical science to touch the hearts and inspire the minds of colleagues and students.
Kindly convey to his wife, Shar, his children, and friends the heartfelt condolences of the House of Justice and assure them of its ardent supplications at the Sacred Threshold for the progress of his noble soul in the divine realms.
Department of the secretariat
National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada
13 October 2013
To the family of Dr. Redwan Moqbel Dearest friends,
The National Spiritual Assembly was deeply grieved to learn of the passing of Dr. Redwan Moqbel, whose distinctions in service to the Baha’i community and humanity were surely crowned by his powerful, radiant example during these final months of his life.
Dr. Moqbel’s keen and inquiring mind, kindly character, delightful humour, genuine interest in others and loving disposition endeared him to the many who counted him as mentor and friend. He was someone to whom nothing was too much trouble and who was always able to make time, as ‘Abdu’l- Baha said is the case when there is love. This was especially the case in his relationship with youth, to whom he was beloved, a constant source of inspiration and endless encouragement.
His was a lifelong dedication to service to the Baha’i community, from youth committee membership in Iraq to service on the National Spiritual Assembly of the United Kingdom and as an Auxiliary Board member in both the United Kingdom and in Canada. The world recognized his contributions to the wellbeing of humanity in numerous awards accorded to him – most recently as a researcher in the field of asthma and allergies, as a proponent of interfaith understanding. Faithful in word, he was also tireless in deed. A passage from the Bahá’í writings describes these qualities thus: “And the honor and distinction of the individual consist in this, that he among all the world's multitudes should become a source of social good. Is any larger bounty conceivable than this, that an individual, looking within himself, should find that by the confirming grace of God he has become the cause of peace and well-being, of happiness and advantage to his fellow men? No, by the one true God, there is no greater bliss, no more complete delight.”1 Assuredly, he is now in a state of complete delight.
To his beloved wife Shar and his family, whose loving care has so tenderly surrounded him on this final leg of his earthly journey, we offer our heartfelt condolences and our assurance of ardent prayers for the progress of his radiant soul in all the worlds of God.
With our most loving greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary
1 ‘Abdu'l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 2