182 Call Ye To Mind Karim #170
Haji Mirza Muhammad Karim Khan-i-Kirmani (1810- circa 1873) was the
self-appointed leader of the Shaykhi community after the death of
Siyyid Kazim, who was the appointed successor to Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsa'i
(see notes 171 and 172). He dedicated himself to the promotion of the
teachings of Shaykh Ahmad. The opinions he expressed became the
subject of controversy among his supporters and opponents alike.
Regarded as one of the leading savants and prolific authors of his age, he
composed numerous books and epistles in the various fields of learning
that were cultivated in those times. He actively opposed both the Bab and
Baha'u'llah, and used his treatises to attack the Bab and His Teachings.
In the Kitab-i-Iqan, Baha'u'llah condemns the tone and content of his
writings and singles out for criticism one of his works which contains
negative allusions to the Bab. Shoghi Effendi describes him as
inordinately ambitious and hypocritical and describes how he at the
special request of the Shah had in a treatise viciously attacked the new
Faith and its doctrines.
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