The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
166Call ye to mind the shaykh whose name was Muḥammad-Ḥasan, who ranked among the most learned divines of his day. When the True One was made manifest, this shaykh, along with others of his calling, rejected Him, while a sifter of wheat and barley accepted Him and turned unto the Lord. Though he was occupied both night and day in setting down what he conceived to be the laws and ordinances of God, yet when He Who is the Unconstrained appeared, not one letter thereof availed him, or he would not have turned away from a Countenance that hath illumined the faces of the well-favoured of the Lord. Had ye believed in God when He revealed Himself, the people would not have turned aside from Him, nor would the things ye witness today have befallen Us. Fear God, and be not of the heedless.
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Cross-References
Bahá’u’lláh
recognition of, to clergy,   K41, K100, K102, K165
rejection of,   K35, K41, K85, K140, K141
Clergy (Divines), addressed,   K41, K99-K100-K101-K102-K103-K104, K165-…-K167-K168-K169-K170-K171-K172, 161
Gandum-Pák-Kun (Sifter of Wheat),   164, n179
Knowledge barrier to recognition of Manifestation of God,   K41, K102, K167-K168, K170, n64, n171, n178, n182
Muḥammad-Ḥasan, Shaykh,   164, n178
Leaders of religion,   K99, K101-K102-K103-K104, K165, n64, n171
The Báb
acceptance,   n179
opponents,   K170, n178, n179, n182
Worlds, spiritual,   K177
Study Guide
What would have happened if Shaykh Muḥammad-Ḥasan had believed in God when He revealed Himself?
(See Note 178)
Who was Shaykh Muhhammad-Ḥasan?
(See Note 179)
Who was the sifter of wheat and barley?