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Daily Reflection – December 12 (2 Masá’il (Questions)/ 174 BE)
December 12, 2017
In short, the meaning of “He doeth whatsoever He willeth” is that if the Manifestation says something, or gives a command, or performs an action, and believers do not understand its wisdom, they still ought not to oppose it by a single thought, seeking to know why He spoke so, or why He did such a thing. The other souls who are under the shadow of the supreme Manifestations are submissive to the commandments of the Law of God, and are not to deviate as much as a hairsbreadth from it; they must conform their acts and words to the Law of God. If they do deviate from it, they will be held responsible and reproved in the presence of God. It is certain that they have no share in the permission “He doeth whatsoever He willeth,” for this condition is peculiar to the supreme Manifestations.
— ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 173
Why is “Questions” an attribute? I believe that one potential meaning of the attribute of “Questions” in the Baha’i Faith is the ability it affords us to ask questions and seek answers for our own and others well-being from God and in general. Another consideration for understanding “Questions” as an attribute is that it lends to our “knowing”, to contemplating the mysteries of life and brings us closer to God, to Truth. The Manifestations pose questions to humanity as a means to educate. Ponder upon the following question asked by Baha’u’llah in this excerpt:
” By My life! Neither the pomp of the mighty, nor the wealth of the rich, nor even the ascendancy of the ungodly will endure. All will perish, at a word from Him. He, verily, is the All-Powerful, the All-Compelling, the Almighty. What advantage is there in the earthly things which men possess? That which shall profit them, they have utterly neglected. Erelong, they will awake from their slumber, and find themselves unable to obtain that which hath escaped them in the days of their Lord, the Almighty, the All-Praised. Did they but know it, they would renounce their all, that their names may be mentioned before His throne. They, verily, are accounted among the dead.”
-Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, pp. 138 – 139
What is your understanding of the attribute of “Questions”?