Arabian Youth - The Bab
O peoples of the earth! Give ear unto God's holy Voice proclaimed by this
Arabian Youth Whom the Almighty hath graciously chosen for His Own Self.
He is indeed none other than the True One, Whom God hath entrusted with
this Mission from the midst of the Burning Bush. O Qurratu'l-`Ayn! Unravel
what Thou pleasest from the secrets of the All-Glorious, for the ocean is
surging high at the behest of the incomparable Lord. Chapter XXIV.
-- The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 50
O peoples of the earth! Cleave ye tenaciously to the Cord of the All-Highest
God, which is but this Arabian Youth, Our Remembrance--He Who standeth
concealed at the point of ice amidst the ocean of fire. Chapter XXIX.
O people of the earth! By the righteousness of the One true God, I am the
Maid of Heaven begotten by the Spirit of Bahá, abiding within the Mansion
hewn out of a mass of ruby, tender and vibrant; and in this mighty Paradise
naught have I ever witnessed save that which proclaimeth the Remembrance
of God by extolling the virtues of this Arabian Youth. Verily there is none
other God but your Lord, the All-Merciful. Magnify ye, then, His station,
for behold, He is poised in the midmost heart of the All-Highest Paradise
as the embodiment of the praise of God in the Tabernacle wherein His
glorification is intoned.
-- The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 54
Abú-`Abdi'lláh, questioned concerning the character of the Mihdí, answered
saying: "He will perform that which Muhammad, the Messenger of God, hath
performed, and will demolish whatever hath been before Him even as the
Messenger of God hath demolished the ways of those that preceded Him."...
In the "Aválím," an authoritative and well-known book, it is recorded: "A
Youth from Baní-Háshim shall be made manifest, Who will reveal a new Book and
promulgate a new law;" then follow these words: "Most of His enemies will be
In another passage, it is related of Sádiq, son of Muhammad, that he spoke the
following: "There shall appear a Youth from Baní-Háshim, Who will bid the people
plight fealty unto Him. His Book will be a new Book, unto which He shall summon
the people to pledge their faith. Stern is His Revelation unto the Arab. If ye
hear about Him, hasten unto Him." How well have they followed the directions of
the Imáms of the Faith and Lamps of certitude! Although it is clearly stated:
"Were ye to hear that a Youth from Baní-Háshim hath appeared, summoning the
people unto a new and Divine Book, and to new and Divine laws, hasten unto Him,"
yet have they all declared that Lord of being an infidel, and pronounced Him a
And now, consider this other tradition, and observe how all these things have
been foretold. In "Arbá'in" it is recorded: "Out of Baní-Háshim there shall come
forth a Youth Who shall reveal new laws. He shall summon the people unto Him,
but none will heed His call. Most of His enemies will be the divines. His bidding
they will not obey, but will protest saying: `This is contrary to that which hath
been handed down unto us by the Imáms of the Faith.'" In this day, all are
repeating these very same words, utterly unaware that He is established upon the
throne of "He doeth whatsoever He willeth," and abideth upon the seat of "He
ordaineth whatsoever He pleaseth."
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 240-243