Posted by Rob Stauffer on June 26, 2101 at 15:42:22:
In Reply to: Re: Knowledge is 27 letters posted by Jonah on June 26, 2101 at 15:18:26:
The mention of twenty-seven letters precedes the Babi-Baha'i historical period. Baha'u'llah refers to the Hadith literature on this matter in His Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 243-244:
"Thus is is related in the 'Biharu'l-Anvar,' the 'Avalim,' and trhe 'Yanbu' of Sadiq [the Sixth Imam (Ja'far-i-Sadiq)], son of Muhammad, that he spoke these words: 'Knowledge is twenty and seven letters. All that the Prophets have revealed are two letters thereof. No man thus far hath known more than these two letters. But when the Qa'im shall arise, He will cause the remaining twenty and five letters to be made manifest.' Consider; He hath declared Knowledge to consist of twenty and seven letters, and regarded all the Prophets, from Adam even unto the 'Seal,' as expounders of only two letters thereof and of having been sent down with these two letters. He also saith that the Qa'im will reveal all the remaining twenty and five letters. Behold from this utterance how great and lofty is His station! His rank excelleth that of all the Prophets, and His Revelation transcendeth the comprehension and understanding of all their chosen ones."
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