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  • 1

    Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By (Wilmette, IL: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1974, 2018 printing), p. 398.

  • 2

    Shoghi Effendi, p. 387.

  • 3

    Shoghi Effendi, pp. 387, 381.

  • 4

    A reference to Adrianople.

  • 5

    Mullá Ḥusayn-i-Bushrú’í.

  • 6

    The Arabic Bayán 1:7.

  • 7

    The Báb’s Tablet to Mullá Báqir-i-Tabrízí.

  • 8

    “Mirror” was a title bestowed by the Báb on several of His followers.

  • 9

    See Kitáb-i-Aqdas, ⁋175 and note 185.

  • 10

    Qur’án 4:78.

  • 11

    Qur’án 2:2.

  • 12

    Qur’án 33:40.

  • 13

    His turban.

  • 14

    Cf. Qur’án 20:108.

  • 15

    A reference to Mírzá Hádíy-i-Dawlat-Ábádí.

  • 16

    Qur’án 10:41.

  • 17

    Cf. poem by Abu’ṭ-Ṭayyib al-Mutanabbí.

  • 18

    Qur’án 76:21.

  • 19

    Mírzá Muḥammad-‘Alí, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s half-brother.

  • 20

    Bahá’u’lláh.

  • 21

    The Báb.

  • 22

    A reference to the Afnán, the relatives of the Báb.

  • 23

    The cistern adjacent to the Shrine.

  • 24

    “Signs” and “Proofs” are references to the Muslim clerics.

  • 25

    Light.

  • 26

    Mírzá Yaḥyá. An allusion and contrast to “Yaḥyá the chaste”,the Islamic title of John the Baptist (see Qur’án 3:39).

  • 27

    Qur’án 38:42.

  • 28

    Murgh-Mahallih means “Abode of the Birds”.

  • 29

    A reference to God’s Heroes, a play written by Laura Dreyfus Barney and published in 1910.

  • 30

    Mírzá Ja‘far, the son of Maḥmúd-i-Sharí‘atmadár-i-Láhíjí.

  • 31

    Cf. poem by Naẓírí Nishápúrí.

  • 32

    English Churchman, a Protestant newspaper, had published articles opposing the Faith, including one by Rev. Peter Z. Easton on 20 September 1911.

  • 33

    Cf. Qaṣídiy-i-Varqá’íyyih, an ode revealed by Bahá’u’lláh in Kurdistan.

  • 34

    Cf. Rúmí.

  • 35

    A reference to Mírzá Ḥusayn Khán, the Iranian Minister in Constantinople.

  • 36

    Qur’án 9:33.

  • 37

    Cf. Psalms 132 and 48.

  • 38

    Cf. Qur’án 22:11.

  • 39

    A reference to Constantinople.

  • 40

    Cf. Qur’án 26:227.

  • 41

    An allusion to a verse by Rúmí.

  • 42

    The Azalís.

  • 43

    The attempt on the life of the Shah by Ṣádiq-i-Tabrízí.

  • 44

    A character, infamous for his moral laxity and indifference to honour and fidelity, mentioned in Ottoman Turkish sources.

  • 45

    A reference to Fáṭimih, the second wife of the Báb.

  • 46

    A reference to the prohibition in Qur’án 4:23 against marriage to two sisters at the same time.

  • 47

    Poem by Naẓírí Nishápúrí.

  • 48

    See note 26.

  • 49

    Cf. Qur’án 22:12–13.

  • 50

    Mírzá Yaḥyá was one of those on whom the Báb had bestowed the title of “Mirror”.

  • 51

    Constantinople.

  • 52

    9 August 1919.

  • 53

    Adrianople.

  • 54

    Constantinople.

  • 55

    Qur’án 12:16.

  • 56

    Ḥáfiẓ.

  • 57

    Egypt.

  • 58

    An allusion to a poem in Arabic: “We can learn from those who went before us in bygone centuries.”

  • 59

    Jesus.

  • 60

    Qur’án 14:24.

  • 61

    The original name of Peter.

  • 62

    Rúmí.

  • 63

    The ascension of Bahá’u’lláh.

  • 64

    An allusion to the story of Joseph in Qur’án 12:31.

  • 65

    Qur’án 7:128 and 11:49.

  • 66

    A reference to the ‘ulamá and their fomenting of political upheaval in Iran.

  • 67

    A reference to the activities of the Azalís in Constantinople.

  • 68

    Jamálu’d-Dín-i-Afghání.

  • 69

    A reference to an allegation advanced by Mírzá Muḥammad-‘Alí against ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

  • 70

    The Tablet, addressed to Siyyid Mihdíy-i-Dahají, is quoted in the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. The full text of this statement is “Should he for a moment pass out from under the shadow of the Cause, he surely shall be brought to naught.”

  • 71

    Qur’án 22:73.

  • 72

    Kitáb-i-Aqdas, ⁋ 53.

  • 73

    A reference to Mírzá Yaḥyá’s two sons-in-law Mírzá Áqá Khán-i-Kirmání and Shaykh Aḥmad-i-Rúḥí.

  • 74

    Kitáb-i-Aqdas, ¶53.

  • 75

    Jesus.

  • 76

    Cf. Qur’án 54:2.

  • 77

    Qur'án 17:82.

  • 78

    Qur’án 15:29.

  • 79

    Qur’án 68:4 and 9:3.

  • 80

    Imám Ḥusayn.

  • 81

    Caliphs of the Umayyad dynasty.

  • 82

    Ṭihrán and Khurásán.

  • 83

    Abraham.

  • 84

    Moses.

  • 85

    Jesus.

  • 86

    Muḥammad.

  • 87

    Qur’án 25:41.

  • 88

    An allusion to Rúmí’s story about a jackal that fell into a barrel of paint and then claimed to be a peacock.

  • 89

    Qur’án 59:19.

  • 90

    Cf. Qur’án 21:74.

  • 91

    Qur’án 38:11.

  • 92

    Ancient communities mentioned in the Qur’án.

  • 93

    Qur’án 3:190.

  • 94

    Qur’án 2:18 and 8:31.

  • 95

    Qur’án 2:105 and 3:74.

  • 96

    Qur’án 33:21.

  • 97

    Matthew 16:18.

  • 98

    See note 70.

  • 99

    A reference to the second Bahá’í Teaching Convention of the Central States, held in 1919.

  • 100

    The full sentence reads: “The Will of the divine Testator is this: It is incumbent upon the Aghṣán, the Afnán and My Kindred to turn, one and all, their faces towards the Most Mighty Branch.”

  • 101

    A reference to the Ḥadíth that the Prophet Muḥammad delivered a sermon at Ghadír-i-Khumm in which He stated: “Whoever hath Me as his Master, hath ‘Alí as his Master.” The Shí‘ihs consider this verbal statement to be authoritative and on its basis believe ‘Alí to be the lawful successor to the Prophet.

  • 102

    Qur’án 6:91.

  • 103

    Cf. Qur’án 15:72.

  • 104

    Cf. Qur’án 75:29–30.

  • 105

    Matthew 16:18.

  • 106

    Qur’án 22:11.

  • 107

    Cf. Qur’án 13:17.

  • 108

    Qur’án 6:91.

  • 109

    ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s commentary on “Bismi’lláhi’r-Raḥmáni’r-Raḥím”, the opening words of nearly all the chapters of the Qur’án.

  • 110

    The Lawḥ-i-Saniy-i-Shidád. The numerical value of Shidád (“Stress”) is 309, which denotes the year of the passing of Bahá’u’lláh according to the Muslim lunar calendar (A.H. 1309/A.D. 1892).

  • 111

    See note 101.

  • 112

    Matthew 16:18.

  • 113

    Rúmí.

  • 114

    Matthew 26:34.

  • 115

    Napoleon III.

  • 116

    Qur’án 20:10.

  • 117

    Qur’án 15:87.

  • 118

    In Persian and Arabic, as vowels are not written, these names each consist of seven letters.

  • 119

    By “thirteen distinguished souls” is intended Fáṭimih, the daughter of Muḥammad, and the twelve Imáms.

  • 120

    Probably Mullá Muḥammad-Riḍá of Muḥammad-Ábád.

  • 121

    A reference to the opening chapter of the Qur’án, which begins with the letter Bá’.

  • 122

    From a Ḥadíth.

  • 123

    A Váḥid has a numerical value of nineteen.

  • 124

    Bábís who rejected Bahá’u’lláh.

  • 125

    See note 9.

  • 126

    See Qur’án 70:4.

  • 127

    Qur’án 4:78.

  • 128

    Mírzá Yaḥyá.

  • 129

    Qur’án 13:16.

  • 130

    Qur’án 6:91.

  • 131

    Cf. Matthew 13:13.

  • 132

    Cf. Qur’án 22:12–13.

  • 133

    The Antichrist, who it was believed would appear at the advent of the Promised One, to contend with and be ultimately defeated by Him.

  • 134

    Another figure who it was believed would raise the banner of rebellion between Mecca and Damascus at the appearance of the Promised One.

  • 135

    According to Islamic tradition, Seven Goats would, on the Day of Judgement, walk in front of the promised Qá’im, and their deaths would precede the impending martyrdom of their true Shepherd.

  • 136

    Qur’án 55:56.

  • 137

    Addressed to Vaḥíd in the Tablet to Mullá Báqir-i-Tabrízí.

  • 138

    The ancient Arabic system of allocating a numerical value to letters of the alphabet, so that numbers may be represented by letters and vice versa..

  • 139

    Qur’án 17:47.

  • 140

    Qur’án 34:8.

  • 141

    Qur’án 25:41.

  • 142

    Qur’án 19:28.

  • 143

    Qur’án 20:71.

  • 144

    Qur’án 11:27.

  • 145

    Shaykh Muḥammad-Báqir, denounced by Bahá’u’lláh as the “Wolf”.

  • 146

    Qur’án 2:18.

  • 147

    A reference to the Hands of the Cause appointed by Bahá’u’lláh.

  • 148

    Anvarí.

  • 149

    Qur’án 32:5.

  • 150

    Qur’án 56:50.

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