Author Archives: Will McCants

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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Infallibility and Adam’s Sin

Thou hast asked about the infallibility of the ancient prophets. The Holy Manifestations uttered that which was revealed unto them and not that which they desired. They are the manifestation of “God warns you to beware of His Self” (Q 3:28), or … Continue reading

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Tablet of Tribulations

Baha’u’llah rarely compares his sufferings to those of Muhammad, preferring instead to parallel his mistreatment to that of Muhammad’s martyred grandson Husayn. But the comparison with Muhammad is apt if for no other reason than both men lived long lives … Continue reading

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Fasting and God’s Throne

The All-Glorious, the Most Great Praise be to Him Who sent down the commandment as He willed.  Verily, He ordains whatsoever He desires.  O My loved ones!  Observe that which you have been commanded in the Book.  Fasting has been … Continue reading

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Prayer for Pregnancy

I beseech Thee, O Lord of all being and Possessor of things visible and invisible, to bestow on me a righteous child so it may remember Thee on Thine earth and glorify Thee throughout Thy realm.  If Thou makest me … Continue reading

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