The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Notes
understanding, and deprive them of the grace of all His manifold bounties”. He affirms that “this theme hath ... been a sore test unto all mankind”, and laments the fate of “those who, clinging unto these words, have disbelieved in Him Who is their true Revealer”. The Báb refers to this same theme when He warns: “Let not names shut you out as by a veil from Him Who is their Lord, even the name Prophet, for such a name is but a creation of His utterance.
181.any reference to “Vicegerency” debar you from the sovereignty of Him Who is the Vicegerent of God ¶167
The word here translated “Vicegerency” is, in the original Arabic, “viláyat”, which has a range of meanings including “vicegerency”, “guardianship”, “protectorship” and “successorship”. It is used in relation to God Himself, to His Manifestation, or to those who are the appointed Successors of a Manifestation.
In this verse of the Aqdas, Bahá’u’lláh warns against allowing such concepts to blind one to the “sovereignty” of the new Divine Manifestation, the true “Vicegerent of God”.
182.Call ye to mind Karím ¶170
Ḥájí Mírzá Muḥammad Karím Khán-i-Kirmání (1810-circa 1873) was the self-appointed leader of the Shaykhí community after the death of Siyyid Kázim, who was the appointed successor to Shaykh Aḥmad-i-Ahsá’í (see notes 171 and 172). He dedicated himself to the promotion of the teachings of Shaykh Aḥmad. The opinions he expressed became the subject of controversy among his supporters and opponents alike.
Regarded as one of the leading savants and prolific authors of his age, he composed numerous books and epistles in the various fields of learning that were cultivated
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