Our Muslim friend uwoHXaCnf wrote:
If these books are so famous, then how come no Shiahs have heard about them. Also, who are the authors of the books - at least let us know that. Incidentally, this seems to be the only tradition that the Bahai accept - very convenient. Why are the 1000's of other traditions about the Mahdi ignored?
Your question was answered by our friend, Irish completely but I want to add a comment and tell you that I am from Muslim background and as a Baha’i I believe in any Tradition whether related by Shiahs or Sunnis which when weighed by the Qur’an’s unerring Balance, being conformed to it. I found a lot of verses of the Holy Qur’an and Traditions which directly or indirectly indicate the Promised ones of Islam namely Mahdi and Isa which are conform with the Bab and Baha’u’llah successively.
I know well that the author of the above site is one of the avowed enemies of the Faith who attempts to distort the teachings, defame its accomplishments, vilify its Founders and shake its foundations, but as testified by the Qur’an the enemies can’t do any harm to the Faith:
“Fain would they PUT OUT THE LIGHT OF ALLAH WITH THEIR MOUTHS, but Allah disdaineth (aught) save that He shall perfect His light, however much the disbelievers are averse”. (The Qur'an, 9:33).
And Baha’u’llah asserts on the subject too:
“The oppositions made by Pharaoh and his people exerted themselves to extinguish that fire of the divine tree with the water of denial and opposition; heedless that THE FIRE OF THE DIVINE WISDOM IS NEVER QUENCHED BY MATERIAL WATER not the lamp of supreme power extinguished by contrary winds. Nay rather, in such a case WATER PRODUCES CONFLAGRATION AND THE WIND INSURES PRESERVATION, were ye to perceive with discerning sight and walk in the good pleasure of God”. (Compilations, Baha'i Scriptures, p. 5).
“The hosts of earth and heaven are powerless to resist His Cause, nor can all the kings and rulers of the world ever frustrate His purpose. Say: ADVERSITY IS THE OIL WHICH FEEDETH THE FLAME OF THIS LAMP AND BY WHICH ITS LIGHT IS INCREASED, did ye but know. INDEED, THE REPUDIATION OF THE FROWARD SERVETH BUT TO PROCLAIM THIS FAITH AND TO SPREAD THE CAUSE OF GOD AND HIS REVELATION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD”. (Baha'u'llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 147
In this connection I have a question from you, would you answer my question equitably?
When a seeker wants to search the truth of Islam, has he to read any of the numerous refutative books which are written against Islam? If so, why do you suggest those who want to search for the truth of the Baha’i Faith, to read books like the above one?
Abjad is a man made concept and has NO RELATION IN ISLAM. We never found the Holy Prophet (pbuh) referring to Abjad in his traditions. Also if these were such a proof for the Bab, why did he not mention it. Why are the Bahais investing it now? Even Bahaullah did not refer to these as a proof for the bab.
Our friend Irish has answered your question quite well.
I want to add that another subject that is good for you to study more is the Abjad Notation which is important in Judaism "GEMATRIA”, Christianity, Islam and the Baha’i Faith.. In Islam not only Muslims used it but there are Traditions from Muhammad the Prophet Who has used Abjad Notation. For more information please refer to the Internet just write, “abjad notation” or “islam and abjad notation”.
By induction we can prove that the Qur’an has kept some secrets in certain words and clauses and therefore, we assume that the Qur’an has used this linguistic convention of the Semitic languages.
As I mentioned in my previous post, in Surih “Ta-Ha” Ta (with numerical value of 5) and Ha (with the numerical value of 9) refer to the Bab (with numerical value of 5) and Baha (with the numerical value of 9) successively and in the Ninth Surih of the Qur’an, “At-Taubah: Repentance” as “NINE” is the numerical value of Baha, the Bismilih is omitted. As it is with TaHa so it is with the other DISCONNECTED LETTERS of the Qur’an.
By the way I want to thank and praise your attitudes for your searching the Truth and by this you follow the prescription of the Holy Qur’an which says:
“AS FOR THOSE WHO STRIVE IN US, WE SURELY GUIDE THEM TO OUR PATHS, AND LO! ALLAH IS WITH THE GOOD”. (The Qur'an, 29:69). Peace