Re: The Bab's Uncle

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Posted by anon ( on April 23, 2002 at 20:59:34:

In Reply to: The Bab's Uncle posted by Morgan on April 21, 2002 at 17:23:45:

This may help -> it is from the Revelation of Baha'u'llah Volume 1 starting on page 152, these are just the starting paragraphs:

10 The Kitab-i-Iqan

Circumstances of Its Revelation

In the whole range of Baha'u'llah's Writings, the Kitab-i-Iqan (The Book of Certitude) has most importance, with the exception of the Kitab-i-Aqdas (The Most Holy Book). It was revealed in Baghdad about two years before His Declaration, in honour of Haji Mirza Siyyid Muhammad, the Bab's maternal uncle.

The Bab had three maternal uncles. The first to embrace His Faith was Haji Mirza Siyyid Ali, known as Khal-i-A'zam (the Greatest Uncle). It was he who cared for the Bab and, after the passing of His father, was responsible for bringing Him up.

Haji Mirza Siyyid Ali became aware of the spiritual qualities and superhuman powers which his Nephew manifested from an early age. He readily recognized the station of the Bab and became an ardent believer as soon as he became acquainted with His claims. Indeed, next to the Letters of the Living, he was the first person in Shiraz to acknowledge the divine origin of the Message of the Bab. From then on he devoted his life entirely to the promotion of the newly-born Faith and the protection of its youthful Founder. A few months before the martyrdom of the Bab, he was arrested and, upon refusing to recant his faith, was publicly martyred. He is one of the Seven Martyrs of Tihran.

The eldest uncle, Haji Mirza Siyyid Muhammad, although fully aware of the outstanding qualities of his Nephew, was not converted to His Faith until he met Baha'u'llah in Baghdad and received the Kitab-i-Iqan in answer to his questions. The third uncle was Haji Mirza Hasan-'Ali.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 1, p. 153)

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