A Concise Encyclopedia of the Baha'i Faith (Concise by Peter Smith

By Peter Smith

This accomplished and succinct encyclopedia lines the origins and improvement of the BahNB'! religion from nineteenth-century Iran to the trendy day, masking its critical figures and significant old occasions.

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2) His primary OF GOD,empowered to abrogate Islamic role and the major source of his greatholy law and replace it with his own ness was his rank as a self-sufficient (thus deviating radically from Shi'i Manifestation of God. In this role, expectations of the role of the Mahdi). Bahi'u'llih described him as one whose He also referred to himself as the 'Primal rank excelled that of all previous proPoint' (nuqti-yi-tila') from which all phets. (3) As forerunner, he was allied things have been created, and foretold with Bahi'u'llih (though subordinate in the coming of a further messianic figure, rank), and with him presided over the HE WHOM GODSHALL MAKE MANIFEST - destinies of the Bahi'i 'Dispensation'.

Ayyam-;-Ha (PA, 'the days of Ha") Intercalary days introduced into the Badi' CALENDAR (of 1 9 x 19 months (=361 days)), to make it equivalent to a solar year. In ordinary years there are four days, and in leap years five (the Arabic letter Hd has a numerical equivalent of 5). Bahi'u'llih specified that these days occur immediately before the month of FASTING. They should be a period of celebration, charity, hospitality and gift giving. 178-9 n27-9; Walbridge, Sacred 2 16. Azal, Subh-i(PA, 'Morn of Eternity') Religious title of Mirzi Yahyb (1831121912), son of Mitzi 'ABBASby Kiichik Khinum, one of his concubines (see N u ~ FAMILY).

Then, after the death of Muhammad Shih (September 1848), an armed struggle broke out at TABARS~, in which government troops eventually extirpated the Bibi combatants. Other conflicts ensued in 1850, convincing the new chief minister, Mitzi Taqi Khin, AMiR KAB~R, that the whole Bibi movement was a threat to public order, which could best be ended by depriving it of its central focus. Accordingly, the Bib was brought again to Tabriz, and executed in public by a firing squad on 27/28 Sha'bin 126618-9 July 1850.

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