While `Abdu’l-Bahá had to spend a year in Egypt in order to recuperate His health and ready Himself for the mission ahead, He spoke to the Egyptian people about the ideas of peace and harmony within society. Having been subjected to the same harsh conditions as His Father Bahá’u’lláh during exile and persecutions, He refused all comfort and indulgence in order to assist the poor and needy. His was a life of servitude and sacrifice; an idea He hoped to convey, in order to bring the people of the East and West together.
During the last six thousand years nations have hated one another, it is now time to stop. War must cease. Let us be united and love one another and await the result. We know the effects of war are bad. So let us try, as an experiment, peace, and if the results of peace are bad, then we can choose if it would be better to go back to the old state of war! Let us in any case make the experiment. If we see that unity brings Light we shall continue it. For six thousand years we have been walking on the left-hand path; let us walk on the right-hand path now. We have passed many centuries in darkness, let us advance towards the light.
Soon after His recovery in Ramleh, a suburb of Alexandria, He sailed to France for a brief stay in the area of Lake Geneva on August 22, 1911.