Daood Toeg

Daood Toeg

Birth
Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
Death 1 Feb 1974 (aged 76–77)
Hull, Outaouais Region, Quebec, Canada
Burial Gatineau, Outaouais Region, Quebec, Canada
Plot SR-VII-F-691 (3)
Memorial ID 157956945 · View Source
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DEEPLY GRIEVED PASSING FAITHFUL OUTSTANDING PROMOTER FAITH DAOUD TOEG HIS RECORD DEVOTED SERVICES FAITH IRAQ UNFORGETTABLE ADVISE HOLD MEMORIAL GATHERING NATIONAL HAZIRATULQUDS STOP CONVEY FAMILY LOVING CONDOLENCES ASSURANCE PRAYERS SHRINES PROGRESS HIS SOUL. . . UHJUNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
On 1 February 1974 Mr. Daoud Toeg, a staunch and faithful servant of Baha'u'llah, passed away in Hull, Quebec where he had been a pioneer for almost three years. Mr. Toeg was born in Baghdad, 'Iraq, of a wealthy, well-educated and devout Jewish family. He received an excellent education and mastered seven languages but grew dissatisfied with the Jewish Faith and became an atheist. Eventually he met Mr. Ezra Sofer, a Baha'i of Jewish background, and became attracted to his ideas and the solutions he proposed to the problems of individuals and nations. Knowing that Mr. Sofer was not highly educated, he always wondered what might be the source of his ideas. The night Mr. Sofer told him of the teachings of Baha'u'llah they talked in a coffee shop until morning came and when they separated Mr. Toeg rushed to a library and obtained all the available Baha'i books. He studied the Baha'i Writings for the next three years and in 1927 declared his belief in Baha'u'llah. In this period it was customary for those who accepted the Faith to send a written declaration of acceptance directly to the beloved Guardian, but Mr. Toeg waited until he had enrolled eight other believers before he sent his and the other letters of declaration to the Guardian. All these believers remained steadfast and served faithfully on local and national administrative bodies in 'Iraq and elsewhere. They also raised children who became dedicated servants of the Cause.
In the early 1930s Mr. Toeg pioneered to Italy for about a year and a half. On his return to 'Iraq he served on the first National Spiritual Assembly of that country. He was elected to that body for twenty-five years and was many times its chairman. Mr. Toeg was a hardworking merchant of substantial means and an adviser to the branch director of a well-known British trading company established in London. Mr. Toeg and his wife, Latifa, were married in 1942 and had three sons, Jamal, Kamal and Jalil, who assisted him in the teaching work and other Baha'i activities.
Mr. Toeg had the bounty of making his pilgrimage to the Holy Land twice. On his first pilgrimage, the Guardian was temporarily absent from Haifa, but he met the Greatest Holy Leaf on this occasion. On his second pilgrimage, in 1935, Mr. Toeg spent twenty days in the Holy Land and attained the presence of Shoghi Effendi on many occasions. Four years earlier, at the behest of the Guardian, Mr. Toeg had learned the Persian language which aided him greatly in deepening his understanding of the Faith and further increased his capacity and effectiveness as a Baha'i teacher. In 1954 Mr. Toeg was appointed an Auxiliary Board member for 'Iraq on the first Auxiliary Board of Asia. He served the Faith in this capacity for sixteen years.
One of Mr. Toeg's outstanding services to the Faith in his homeland was the supervision of the construction of the National Haziratu'l-Quds in Baghdad, for which purpose he abandoned his job for six months. The Guardian was very satisfied with the design of the building and the way in which the work was carried out. Mr. Toeg was also helpful in securing land for the Temple in 'Iraq, a goal of the Ten Year Crusade.
For twenty years of his life in 'Iraq, besides serving the national community, Mr. Toeg rendered valuable services to the Guardian in channeling communications between the Holy Land and the Persian community at a time when there was no direct means of communication. Correspondence, Tablets revealed by the Bab and Baha'u’llah, relics associated with the Holy Family and the heroes and martyrs of the Faith, contributions to Baha'i funds, Huququ'llah payments-all these passed through Mr. Toeg's hands on their journey from Persia to the Holy Land. He also received from the Guardian his messages for transmittal to Persia. The Guardian, in appreciation of this vital service, sent Mr. Toeg approximately fifty letters of encouragement, assuring him of his continued prayers and blessings. Mr. Toeg also served as representative of the Huququ'llah fund for the believers in 'Iraq.
Mr. Toeg was involved in other spheres of Baha'i activity, some of which are of great historical importance. He was in the vanguard of those who located and visited the caves of Sar-Galu in Sulayminiyyih, Kurdistan, which are associated with Baha'u'llah's two-year solitary retreat and meditation in the wilderness from 1854 to 1856. Mr. Toeg took a number of photographs and was able to interview several local inhabitants who had seen Baha'u'llah. He sent an album of photographs to the Guardian with his report, documentation which the Guardian declared would be invaluable to future historians of the Faith. On one of his three visits to Turkey, Mr. Toeg was able, with the assistance of local friends, to determine the exact location of the house which Baha'u'llah had occupied in Constantinople, and on another visit was able to locate the houses or the sites of the dwellings where Baha'u'llah was kept prisoner.
During the Ten Year Crusade, the Toeg family pioneered to Kirkuk in north-eastern Iraq where they spent seven years until they were requested by the National Spiritual Assembly to return to Baghdad in order to give support and encouragement to the Baha'i community.
In 1970 circumstances forced the Toeg family to leave Iraq, and in the early part of 1971 they settled in Canada. At the request of the Canadian National Spiritual Assembly they pioneered to Hull, Quebec, where they helped to re-establish the Spiritual Assembly which had fallen below strength. Mr. Toeg was a member of that Spiritual Assembly until the time of his passing. The home of the Toeg family in Hull became well known throughout the Ottawa Valley for its weekly fireside meetings. These were regularly conducted by Mr. Toeg and Baha'is and their friends were always assured of a most warm welcome. The stresses and strains which Mr. Toeg endured in his latter years sapped his strength. The evening before his passing, he stayed up until after midnight, talking and joking with his family. The following day his heart failed and he passed away in the early evening. He had the distinction of being the first Baha'i to be buried in Hull. At the commemoration service held on 3 February 1974 and the funeral service the following day, Baha'is from the Ottawa Valley, Montreal and Quebec City were present.
~Baha'i World Vol 16


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 157956945
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