Author Archives: Will McCants

Baha’u’llah’s Tablet on Fornication, Sodomy, and Adultery

This is a letter written by Baha’u’llah’s secretary, Mirza Aqa Jan (“Khadim”), on his behalf. It is dated 17 Jumada Thani 1291 (Aug 1, 1874), roughly a year after Baha’u’llah completed his book of laws, al-Kitab al-Aqdas. The translation is … Continue reading

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Education as Prerequisite for Women Serving on Universal House of Justice

He is God! O thou handmaiden of God who art drawing nigh! The letter thou hast written should take at least one day to read. Although I did not have the opportunity to read even one line, I was compelled … Continue reading

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Death Is a Portal of God’s Grace

During this great affliction, the friends must be the cause of joy, patience, and consolation. God hath made death a portal for His grace, but most people know it not. Baha’u’llah, AQA 5:231 (BH06844)

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Baha’u’llah in the Rose Garden of Ridvan

There are many flowers but this rose is another story. Truly, it is the sultan of flowers. It has a different fragrance. Outside of Baghdad, there was a garden called the Garden of Khalafabad. It had been built recently and … Continue reading

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Abdu’l-Baha’s Arabic

I did not study Arabic. When I was a child, I had a book of prayers by His Holiness the Bab in the handwriting of the Blessed Beauty. I really yearned to read it. At night, I would wake up … Continue reading

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On Darwin and Iranian Naturalists

He is God! O one who is firm in the Covenant! Your letter has arrived. Its contents are very strange, for these doubts are not newly widespread. Successive eras and centuries have passed since this murmur crescendoed in Europe. Likewise, … Continue reading

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The Original Gospel and Torah

The second question concerneth the blessed verse of the Furqan [Qur’an], in which He, exalted be His station and transcendent be His sovereignty, saith: ‘And when Jesus son of Mary said: O Children of Israel! Lo! I am the messenger … Continue reading

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Resurrection and the World to Come

As for what thou hast asked regarding “the origin” and “the return,” “resurrection” and “assembling for judgment,” “the bridge,” “paradise,” and “hell”: all of them are real, the truth of which none can doubt. Verily, a person of certitude and … Continue reading

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Other Prophets

As regards the other religions in the texts of Baha’u’llah and in the books of the loved ones like the book of Mirza Abu al-Fadl, as well as my writings, they have explicitly mentioned his holiness Zoroaster, his holiness Buddha, … Continue reading

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Respect Scriptures by Publishing Fewer of Them

Briefly, the greatest matter today is teaching the Cause of God and diffusing the divine fragrances. This is accomplished by elucidation and sparkling exposition, not by the publication of books and the dissemination of tablets; nay rather, publishing and making … Continue reading

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