heaven, and yet we grope and stumble in a famine-stricken
land. "Between the weeping and the telling,
I spin out my days."
One of the principal reasons why people of other
religions have shunned and failed to become converted
to the Faith of God is fanaticism and unreasoning religious
zeal. See for example the divine words that were
addressed to Muhammad, the Ark of Salvation, the
Luminous Countenance and Lord of Men, bidding
Him to be gentle with the people and long-suffering:
"Debate with them in the kindliest manner." (28) That
Blessed Tree Whose light was "neither of the East nor
of the West" (29) and Who cast over all the peoples of
the earth the sheltering shade of a measureless grace,
showed forth infinite kindness and forbearance in His
dealings with every one. In these words, likewise, were
Moses and Aaron commanded to challenge Pharaoh,
Lord of the Stakes: (30) "Speak ye to him with gentle
Although the noble conduct of the Prophets and
Holy Ones of God is widely known, and it is indeed,
until the coming of the Hour, (32) in every aspect of life
28. Qur'án 16:126.
29. Qur'án 24:35.
30. Dhu'l-Awtád is variously rendered by translators of the Qur'án as The Impaler, The Contriver of the Stakes, The Lord of a Strong Dominion, The One Surrounded by Ministers, etc. Awtád means pegs or tent stakes. See Qur'án 38:11 and 89:9.
31. Qur'án 20:46.
32. Qur'án 33:63: "Men will ask Thee of `the Hour.' Say: The knowledge of it is with God alone." Cf. also 22:1, "the of the Hour," etc. See also Matthew 24:36, 42, etc. To Bahá'ís, this refers to the Advent of the Báb and