Baha'i Faith (World Religions) - 3rd edition by Paula Hartz

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Here Baha’u’llah clarifies fine points of the laws in the Aqdas, so there can be no misunderstandings or arguments about interpreting their message. ThE sEvEn vaLLEys The Mantle of a Saintly Character The purpose of the one true God in manifesting Himself is to summon all mankind to truthfulness and sincerity, to piety and trustworthiness, to resignation and submissiveness to the will of God, to forbearance and kindliness, to uprightness and wisdom. His object is to array every man with the mantle of a saintly character, and to adorn him with the ornament of holy and goodly deeds.

PREACHing THE mEssAgE of THE BAB From the time of his conversion onward, Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri worked energetically at spreading the Babi Faith. He traveled across Persia to preach the Bab’s message. Because of his wealth and high social standing he had access to others in his social class, and he converted a significant number of people, including other members of his own family. He used his personal wealth to finance the teaching of Babism in other regions. His social position also helped to protect him from the persecution that Babi followers were beginning to experience.

The shrine of Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri , or Baha’u’llah, in Akko, Israel, as photographed around 1910. Baha’u’llah established the Baha’i Faith following the death of the Bab. 36 BAHA’I FAITH ThE CoLLaPsE of BaBisM For the surviving Babis, however, the Bab’s death was a disaster. In a few months they had lost not only the Bab but also most of the Letters of the Living. Mulla Husayn had died in the siege at Shaykh Tabarsi, and Vahid at Nayriz. Quddus, the gentle young man and Letter of the Living whom the Bab called “Most Holy,” was dragged through the streets in chains and finally tortured to death.

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