Grenada – Dr.Muhajir’s visit to Grenada, Nov. 1979 – Rick Berry

 

On Nov. 4, 1979, Hand of the Cause of God, Dr. Rahmatu’llah Muhajir came for a visit to Grenada.. I remember the date well, we had only moved to Grenada on Nov. 1, we had a 3 month old infant, and it was our wedding anniversary.

Our good friend, next door neighbor and NSA member, Arthur Winner, had a car. We didn’t. So, Arthur and I went to the Pearls Airport to pick Dr. Muhajir up.

Now Arthur’s car, an English Ford, ran, but you didn’t dare turn it off. The generator didn’t work and the battery was weak. To start the car, Arthur rolled the car down our common driveway. He always made sure he parked on a hill.

We got to the airport, about an hours drive from our house, about 5 minutes before the plane was due to arrive. Arthur thought it would be OK to leave the car running for that short a time. Of course, the plane was delayed. About an hour as I remember. The Dr. finally arrived, got through customs, and after sufficient hugs and greetings we all three walked out to the car park. The car had stopped running! We loaded the luggage in the car and told Dr. Muhajir to just stand by the side of the road while I pushed the car and Arthur would come back and get us both. He said OK. I started pushing the car, and after a few feet noticed it suddenly became much easier than I had expected. Dr. Muhajir had joined the car push. Both Arthur and I said” No, Dr. just wait and we will get it started.” Of course he kept pushing and the car was soon started.

We all got in the car. Arthur and I were both profusely apologising for having to have the car push-started. Dr. Muhajir smiled and laughed and said “ My dears it’s alright. Every pioneer has the same car.”

The infamous car

During his visit, a radio interview was arranged at the Grenada radio station, Radio Free Grenada. Arthur and I, (I was along to start the car if needed), drove Dr. Muhajir to the radio station. Arthur made sure he parked on a hill. We arrived about 45 minutes early so the interviewer could meet the Dr. and go over the questions he would ask, and learn a little bit about the Dr. and how to pronounce his name, etc.

He asked what the title “Hand of the Cause of God” meant and Dr. Muhajir answered that it was a title given by the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith to a few people by virtue of their service and dedication. The interviewer seemed slightly perplexed, and asked to know more, and Dr. muhajir answered that the Hands of the Cause were an institution of the learned who helped with the teaching work on behalf of the Universal House of Justice, the supreme institution of the Baha’i Faith. The interviewer still didn’t seem to quite get it so Dr. Muhajir said, if you are familiar with the Jewish Faith, they have Rabbis who are learned in their faith, it is similar with the Hands of the Cause of God. The interviewer nodded and said he understood.

A few minutes later we were on the air live. The interviewer, on live radio introduced the Dr. “Today we are pleased to welcome a distinguished Rabbi of the Baha’i Faith, Dr. Rahmatu’llah Muhajir.”