Thursday, November 12, 2015

Study Notes Book Certitude Part Two

Paragraph 120:
"Whosoever acknowledged His truth"

"Whosoever acknowledged His truth and turned unto Him, his good works outweighed his misdeeds, and all his sins were remitted and forgiven."

Please compare:

"Man's actions are acceptable after his having recognized (the Manifestation)."
(Baha'u'llah, Tablet to Queen Victoria, Suriy-i-Haykal, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, paragraph 1.172, p. 89)

Paragraph 122:  "IDHA"

In paragraph 121, Baha'u'llah writes, "When the light of Qur'ánic Revelation was kindled within the chamber of Muhammad's holy heart, He passed upon the people the verdict of the Last Day, the verdict of resurrection, of judgment, of life, and of death."
That is, Muhammad speaks in the present tense about the Resurrection and the Judgment Day, whereas the people expect these events will come only in the future. Baha'u'llah explains that the appearance of every Manifestation of God is the Judgment Day.  Likewise, the Bab explained that one of the meanings of "Resurrection" is the appearance of the next Manifestation of God:

"In the estimation of God and according to the usage of such as are initiated into divine mysteries, what is meant by the Day of Resurrection is this, that from the time of the appearance of Him Who is the Tree of divine Reality, at whatever period and under whatever name, until the moment of His disappearance, is the Day of Resurrection. For example, from the inception of the mission of Jesus -- may peace be upon Him -- till the day of His ascension was the Resurrection of Moses. For during that period the Revelation of God shone forth through the appearance of that divine Reality, Who rewarded by His Word everyone who believed in Moses, and punished by His Word everyone who did not believe; inasmuch as God's Testimony for that Day was that which He had solemnly affirmed in the Gospel. And from the inception of the Revelation of the Apostle of God -- may the blessings of God be upon Him -- till the day of His ascension was the Resurrection of Jesus -- peace be upon Him -- wherein the Tree of divine Reality appeared in the person of Muhammad, rewarding by His Word everyone who was a believer in Jesus, and punishing by His Word everyone who was not a believer in Him...."
(Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 106-107)

Although the people think that the resurrection, the judgment, the trumpet blast etc. are all in the future, Baha'u'llah supports His argument by showing that there are instances in the Qur'an in which Muhammad spoke of them in the present tense. Baha'u'llah quotes one of these instances in paragraph 122, where Muhammad spoke of the trumpet blast and the judgment in the present tense. Baha'u'llah exposes the blindness of the Muslim scholars who attempted to explain away such verses by stating that when the Arabic word "idha" appears in a present tense phrase, it refers to the future; and their view that even when the word "idha" is not present, it should be implied. Baha'u'llah is here dealing with a matter of Muslim scholarship and Qur'an commentary which blind the people to the new Manifestation of God. In paragraphs 123-125 Baha'u'llah explains that "life" and "death" and "judgment" and "resurrection" are features of the Day of every Manifestation of God.  

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