9 Alá (Loftiness)

9 Alá (Loftiness)

“Consider thou and call to mind the time when Muhammad appeared.  He said, and His word is the truth:  ‘Pilgrimage to the House (Mecca) is a service due to God.'(Qur’an 3:91)  And likewise are the daily prayer, fasting, and the laws which shone forth above the horizon of the Book of God, the Lord of the World and the true Educator of the peoples and kindreds of the earth.  It is incumbent upon everyone to obey Him in whatsoever God hath ordained; and whosoever denieth Him hath disbelieved in God, in His verses, in His Messengers and in His Books.”

–Baha’u’llah, ‘Tablets of Baha’u’llah revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas’, (Haifa: Baha’i World Centre, 1978), pp. 108-9.

9 Sharaf (Honour)

Morning:
“By God besides Whom is none other God!

Should any one arise for the triumph of our Cause, him will God render victorious though tens of thousands of enemies be leagued against him. And if his love for Me wax stronger, God will establish his ascendancy over all the powers of earth and heaven. Thus have We breathed the spirit of power into all regions.”
(Quoted in The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 106)


Evening:
“O PEOPLE of the Bayán! If ye believe in Him Whom God shall make manifest, to your own behoof do ye believe. He hath been and ever will remain independent of all men. For instance, were ye to place unnumbered mirrors before the sun, they would all reflect the sun and produce impressions thereof, whereas the sun is in itself wholly independent of the existence of the mirrors and of the suns which they reproduce. Such are the bounds of the contingent beings in their relation to the manifestation of the Eternal Being…

“In this day no less than seventy thousand people make pilgrimage every year to the holy House of God in compliance with the bidding of the Apostle of God (Muhammad); while He Himself Who ordained this ordinance took refuge for seven years in the mountains of Mecca. And this notwithstanding that the One Who enjoined this commandment is far greater than the commandment itself. Hence all this people who at this time go on pilgrimage do not do so with true understanding, otherwise in this Day of His Return which is mightier than His former Dispensation, they would have followed His commandment. But now behold what hath happened. People who profess belief in His former religion, who in the daytime and in the night season bow down in worship in His Name, have assigned Him to a dwelling place in a mountain, while each one of them would regard attaining recognition of Him as an honour.” VII, 15.
(Selections From the Writings of the Bab, Page 93: gr2)