Summer 1934 Foreword of Bahai Quarterly Magazine.
Q1: What was the station of the “Bab”?
A: Elijah. The forerunner of He Whom God Shall Manifest.
Note:- Judaism teaches that Elijah will return to earth to announce the coming of the Messiah. Christians believe that John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ, was the return of Elijah (see Matthew 11:10,14). Baha’is hold a similar belief about the Bab.
Q2: What was the station of “Baha’u’llah”?
A: The fulfiller. The Manifestation [of God].
Q3: Who was the founder of the Baha’i religion?
A: Baha’u’llah. Who spent forty years in revealing tablets for the enlightenment of mankind. Invited all the rulers of the world, including the pope, to come to the Kingdom of the Father. Completed His mission on earth and departed in 1892.
Q4: “Religion without clergy”—then who will be our leader?
A: Baha’u’llah commanded that His teachings are our leaders; we should study and be guided by them; also to pray individually and not in congregation. Thus He freed us from the clutches of the clergy. In the Book of Aqdas, He said, “If ye differ in a matter, bring it to God, so long as the Sun is shining from the Horizon of this heaven; but when He sets, bring it to what He uttered, verily it suffices the worlds.”
Q5: Is there need of an interpreter for the utterances of Baha’u’llah?
A: No. His utterances are very clear to comprehend and He prohibited their interpretation.
In the Book of Aqdas He said, “He whosoever interpreteth what are descended from the heaven of revelations differently from its apparent meaning is of those who changed the Supreme Word of God, and is considered one of those who are written as losers in the Manifest Book.”
Q6: Baha’u’llah passed unto Eternity in 1892. How many sons survived Him?
A: Four. The eldest Ghusn-i-A‘zam, the Greatest Branch, Abbas (Abdu’l-Baha); the second Ghusn-i-Akbar, the Mightiest Branch, Mo-hammed Ali Bahai; the third Zia Ullah, and the fourth Badi Ullah.
Q7: How many of His sons are living today?
A: Two. The second son Ghusn-i-Akbar, the Mightiest Branch, Mo-hammed Ali Bahai, and the fourth son, Badi Ullah, both residing at Acre, Palestine.
Q8: During the life of Baha’u’llah on earth, what were the duties of His sons?
A: During Baha’u’llah’s exile at the fortress of Acre, his eldest son Ghusn-i-A‘zam Abbas (‘Abdu’l-Baha) was assigned to the entertainment of the government officials and outer circle visitors. His second son Ghusn-i-Akbar Mohammed Ali Bahai was assigned to the entertainment of the inner circle, pilgrims, [and as] inscriber of Baha’u’llah’s utterances and promulgator of His teachings throughout the world, especially Persia. Today he is the possessor of the seals of Baha’u’llah and His complete [written] teachings. In the latter years [of Baha’u’llah’s life] His two younger sons, Zia Ullah and Badi Ullah, served as inscribes of His utterances also.
Q9: In what tongue did Baha’u’llah reveal His utterances?
A: In the Persian and the Arabic languages.
Q10: How many volumes of His utterances have been published, when, and where?
A: Five volumes were published in Bombay, India, 1889-1890 A.D.
Q11: By whom?
A: By the commands of Baha’u’llah, His second son Ghusn-i-Akbar Mohammed Ali Bahai made a journey to Bombay, India and succeeded in publishing the same. For details please consult Behai Quarterly, First Quarter 1935, page fourteen.
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Q12: What is the significance of the word “branch” applied to the sons of Baha’u’llah?
A: Baha’u’llah called himself a Tree and His sons branches of the tree.
Q13: What are the stations of His sons, the branches?
A: The [verses from] the following tablets revealed by Baha’u’llah answer your question:
The Branches who are branched from the Sadrat (Tree of Life) are my fingerposts amongst my creatures, and my fragrance between heaven and earth. Have ye ever seen a companion or an equal to God, your Lord? By the Lord of All the Worlds, No! Then speak not of that which God did not permit, but rather fear the Merciful and be of those who reason.
O people, hold after my departure to the branches who were branched from this Ancient Root. For by them the fragrance of my garment shall be diffused throughout the world, but no one can attain it, save every upright seeker.
O my brothers, we command you and your children and those who are upon earth, never to resist my branches, nor do what will grieve them. They have the supreme position and the highest rank amongst you. Fear ye God and be not of those who are unjust.