192 God Hath Laid Hold On Him Who Led Thee Astray #184

A reference to Siyyid Muhammad-i-Isfahani, who is described by Shoghi

Effendi as the Antichrist of the Baha'i Revelation. He was a man of

corrupt character and great personal ambition who induced Mirza Yahya to

oppose Baha'u'llah and to claim prophethood for himself (see note 190).

Although he was an adherent of Mirza Yahya, Siyyid Muhammad was exiled

with Baha'u'llah to Akka. He continued to agitate and plot against

Baha'u'llah. In describing the circumstances of his death, Shoghi Effendi

has written in God Passes By:

A fresh danger now clearly threatened the life of Baha'u'llah.

Though He Himself had stringently forbidden His followers, on

several occasions, both verbally and in writing, any retaliatory

acts against their tormentors, and had even sent back to Beirut an

irresponsible Arab convert, who had meditated avenging the wrongs

suffered by his beloved Leader, seven of the companions

clandestinely sought out and slew three of their persecutors,

among whom were Siyyid Muhammad and Aqa Jan.

The consternation that seized an already oppressed community was

indescribable. Baha'u'llah's indignation knew no bounds. Were

We, He thus voices His emotions, in a Tablet revealed shortly

after this act had been committed, to make mention of what befell

Us, the heavens would be rent asunder and the mountains would

crumble. My captivity, He wrote on another occasion, cannot

harm Me. That which can harm Me is the conduct of those who love

Me, who claim to be related to Me, and yet perpetrate what causeth

My heart and My pen to groan.

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