The "firm handle"
They that judge with fairness testify that since the early days of the
Cause this Wronged One hath arisen, unveiled and resplendent, before the
faces of kings and commoners, before the rulers and the divines, and hath,
in ringing tones, summoned all men unto the straight Path. He hath had no
helper save His Pen, nor any succourer other than Himself.
Those who are ignorant or heedless of the motivating purpose of the Cause
of God have rebelled against Him. Such men are the foreboders of evil, whom
God hath mentioned in His Book and Tablets and against whose influence,
clamour and deception He hath warned His people. Well is it with those who,
in the face of the remembrance of the Lord of Eternity, regard the peoples
of the world as utter nothingness, as a thing forgotten, and hold fast to
the firm handle of God in such wise that neither doubts nor insinuations,
nor swords, nor cannon could hold them back or deprive them of His
presence. Blessed are the steadfast; blessed are they that stand firm in
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 123
O thou spiritual youth and merciful young man!
Consider the grace of thy Master; how He hath directed thee to the fountain
of salvation, until thou hast drunk from the salsabil (i.e., clear water of
life) of the guidance of God, in this holy and rich garden.
Cling to this firm handle and make thy feet steady in this path, so that
the bounties of thy Supreme Lord may successively pour upon thee and make
thee a sign of His mighty knowledge.
-- `Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 256
"O Lord, I ask of Thee by the Supreme Word, whereat whosoever is in the
earth and the heaven feareth save him who taketh hold of the `Most Firm
Handle,' that Thou wilt not abandon Me amongst Thy creatures: lift Me up
unto Thee, and make Me to enter in under the shadow of Thy mercy, and give
Me to drink of the pure wine of Thy grace, that I may dwell under the
canopy of Thy glory and the domes of Thy favors: verily Thou art powerful
unto that Thou wishest, and verily Thou art the Protecting, the
-- `Abdu'l-Bahá, A Traveler's Narrative, p. 76
2:256 Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from
Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in God hath grasped the most
trustworthy hand- hold, that never breaks. And God heareth and knoweth all
2:257 God is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of
darkness He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith the
patrons are the evil ones: from light they will lead them forth into the
depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein
-- Qur'an: 2 - AL-BAQARAH
31:21 When they are told to follow the (Revelation) that God has sent down,
they say: "Nay, we shall follow the ways that we found our fathers
(following). "What! even if it is Satan beckoning them to the Penalty of
the (Blazing) Fire?
31:22 Whoever submits his whole self to God, and is a doer of good, has
grasped indeed the most trustworthy hand-hold: and with God rests the End
and Decision of (all) affairs.
31:23 But if any reject Faith, let not his rejection grieve thee: to Us is
their return, and We shall tell them the truth of their deeds: for God
knows well all that is in (men's) hearts.
31:24 We grant them their pleasure for a little while: in the end shall We
drive them to a chastisement unrelenting.
-- Qur'an: 31 - LUQMAN.