On November 28, 1921, the head of the Bahá’í Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, passed away. For Bahá’ís, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was more than the leader of their religion. Shoghi Effendi wrote that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was “the Moon of the Central Orb of this most holy Dispensation” (Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 134). The night of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s ascension was a night of the waning moon, which illustrates the profound darkness that was felt by those who were present at the time of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. The darkness would be only temporary, for the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá marked the dramatic opening of the Formative Age, a period in the history of humanity that will witness the unfoldment of a religious cycle that will last half a million years (Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 101–102).