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a question about a passage from Iqan

Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:12 am
by HuangRan
"...We perceive that a one-eyed man, who himself is the chief of the people, is arising with the utmost malevolence against Us. We foresee that in every city people will arise to suppress the Blessed Beauty, that the companions of that Lord of being and ultimate Desire of all men will flee from the face of the oppressor and seek refuge from him in the wilderness, whilst others will resign themselves and, with absolute detachment, will sacrifice their lives in His path."

In the above quote, who does "him" refer to in "seek refuge from him in the wilderness", and what does it mean?


Re: a question about a passage from Iqan

Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:39 am
by brettz9
Sounds like a reference to the "one-eyed man" above it.

In Hooper Dunbar's "A Companion to the Study of the Kitab-i-Iqan", he states that it is not authoritatively identified, but presumed by some to be Hájí Mírzá Karím Khán (who was one-eyed), who at the request of the Shah attacked the Faith (see the top of ... ll.html#91 ) and while having been a disciple of Siyyid Kazim, was described by him as the "antichrist of the promised Revelation". Hájí Mírzá Karím Khán claimed leadership of the Shaykhis after the Declaration of the Bab. The one "reputed for...devoutness and piety" was supposed by Mr. Dunbar to be Mirza Yahya.

The seeking for refuge was probably a reference to those who had fear of facing the possible consequences for the attacks instigated by Hájí Mírzá Karím Khán.

best wishes,

Re: a question about a passage from Iqan

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:51 am
by HuangRan
Thank you, brettz9.