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imranshaykh said:I read through all the replies and the threads before deciding to put in my <Snip for brevity>
However....however....the claims of Bab need to be examined for their veracity and truth. A study of Babi literature will show that Bab actually claimed to be the medium through which the 12th imam could be met. Why did he then claim to be the 12th imam. How come none of the prophecies about the 12th imam were fulfilled by his appearance. How come injustice and inequality were not obliterated by his appearance.
These are some of the questions for my Bahai friends. There is no running away or denying that the role of the Bab on whom the entire Bahai Faith rests is suspect.
The Bab claimed to be the Gate to the Imam in 1844. Later He claimed to be "The Remembrance of God" (Dikh'rullah), then He claimed to be the Primal Point (Nuqta). All these claims were carefully measured and the progression of claims has to be considered all at once.
The Bab was in a very precarious position in Persia at that time and the orchestration of advancing claims kept Him free to proclaim His mission for a longer period of time than if He had laid claim to His Own Revelation in the first place.
If you like, I would be happy to expand this answer.
"FEAR ye God and breathe not a word concerning His Most Great Remembrance other than what hath been ordained by God, inasmuch as We have established a separate covenant regarding Him with every Prophet and His followers. Indeed, We have not sent any Messenger without this binding covenant and We do not, of a truth, pass judgement upon anything except after the covenant of Him Who is the Supreme Gate hath been established. Ere long the veil shall be lifted from your eyes at the appointed time. Ye shall then behold the sublime Remembrance of God, unclouded and vivid."
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 46)
"For who else but God can reveal to a man such clear and manifest verses as overpower all the learned? Since thou hast acknowledged the revelation of Muhammad, the Apostle of God, then there is no other way open before thee but to testify that whatever is revealed by the Primal Point hath also proceeded from God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. Is it not true that the Qur'án hath been sent down from God and that all men are powerless before its revelation? Likewise these words have also been revealed by God, if thou dost but perceive. What is there in the Bayan which keepeth thee back from recognizing these verses as being sent forth by God, the Inaccessible, the Most Exalted, the All-Glorious?"
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 31)