In answer to the question, “Has Abbas Effendi ever dared to change the texts uttered by Baha’u’llah?” we say, most certainly, “yes”; and we have no doubt that whenever he and his followers find a change of the texts necessary they will alter them, for when a man dares to alter one word of the texts he is liable to change whatever he desires.
We have in our possession many of the texts of Baha’u’llah which have been changed by Abbas Effendi. We send you a few of the most important ones.
1st. The so-called Tablet of Beirut. Abbas Effendi’s family produced a paper which at first they claimed was written by the servant of Baha’u’llah, Khadimu’llah (Mirza Aqa Jan), and sent to the Greatest Branch (Abbas Effendi) when he was at Beirut. Later they claimed it to be one of the utterances of Baha’u’llah and called it the “Tablet of Beirut.” But Khadimu’llah, the servant of Baha’u’llah, denies that it ever was written by him and says that it is not one of the utterances of Baha’u’llah. Abbas Effendi does his utmost to impress his followers with a belief in the authenticity of this document.
2nd. They took one of the sacred surahs (tablets), which is called the “Tablet of Command,” and omitted from the middle of it some of its verses and then claimed it to be a special tablet to the Greatest Branch (Abbas Effendi). They have written this tablet in their epistles. It so happened that we saw these tablets and we refuted their claim, for we have this very tablet in the handwriting of Baha’u’llah, and then they were silenced. It is still read secretly to those who have not this knowledge of the works of Baha’u’llah, as the special tablet to Abbas Effendi.
3rd. They have taken texts from two different tablets and made out of them one tablet, called “The Treasure Tablet,” and claim that it was given specially to Abbas Effendi. When we received a copy of this we produced the two tablets from which it was taken and explained that clearly in our epistles. Then Abbas Effendi denied having composed it, and actually said that we, the Unitarians, had written it! But to this day some of his followers and teachers in India still produce this so-called “tablet” as proof of his claim.
4th. He misinterpreted the Arabic word tawajjuh, which means “to look to”; he said that it means “to look to him (Abbas Effendi) from all directions,” and as we should look to God, so we must look to him. This interpretation is always so used by him and his followers.
5th. Abbas Effendi has attributed [as referring] to himself a paragraph from a tablet called the “Sacred Tablet,” which belongs entirely to the Mightiest Branch (Mohammed Ali Effendi), and his followers use that paragraph as a further proof of his claims. But when we spread photographic copies of the original tablet among the people they frequently asked Abbas Effendi about it and his answer invariably was that this paragraph referred to him as well as the Mightiest Branch (Mohammed Ali Effendi). His answer is an untruth, for no one with any common sense, upon reading the original, can see in it any reference to Abbas Effendi.
6th. Baha’u’llah (Glory be to Him) said the “Book of My Covenant” (Kitab-i-‘Ahdi), and did not say the Book of the Covenant of somebody else. Abbas Effendi declares that this book is the book of his own covenant. He teaches his followers that the Speaker with God (Moses) took the covenant of the Spirit (Jesus Christ), and the Spirit (Jesus Christ) took the covenant of the Point of Furqan (Muhammad the Prophet), and the Point of Furqan (Muhammad) took the covenant of the Point of Bayan (the Bab), and the Point of Bayan (the Bab) took the covenant of “Him whom God shall manifest” (the Everlasting Father), and “He whom God shall manifest,” the Father, Baha’u’llah, took the covenant of “him whom God has chosen” (Abbas). By this Abbas Effendi claims to be a Manifestation of God and greater than Baha’u’llah.
7th. The servant of Baha’u’llah, Khadimu’llah, wrote an epistle, while Baha’u’llah was in exile at Adrianople, in which he described the disturbance which took place at that time (the great time of testing humanity), when Baha’u’llah declared Himself [as the Manifestation of God]. These days are called in the holy books, “the days of difficulties,” and that year was called “the year of difficulties.” The days, or year, of difficulties were mentioned in several tablets. Baha’u’llah expressly said in some of these tablets that the days, or yeas, of difficulties have passed away. Abbas Effendi explains that the “year of difficulties” is the year after the departure of the Father, and he calls this paper, written by Khadimu’llah, a tablet, and insists that it was written by the command of Baha’u’llah, and in this way he uses this paper for the furtherance of his own aims.
8th. Baha’u’llah, the All-Wise, uttered the first sentence of the Sacred Book, Kitab-i-Aqdas, for His Holy and Supreme Self, but Abbas Effendi claims that that first sentence descended in his favor, and he considers himself to be the representative of God. Baha’u’llah expressly declared in many of His utterances that the glorious temple of His appearance was the representative of God, the Being. Abbas Effendi has changed the real meaning of several texts of Baha’u’llah to suit himself by giving them a false interpretation. But our space is too limited to give them.
Reference:- ‘ A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith’