The Grandeur of Islam and the Magnificence of the Qur'an:
The Bab's Dala'il-i Sab`ah (Seven Proofs and the Baha'u'llah's Kitab-i iqan (Book of Certitude)

By Stephen Lambden

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #72
Louhelen Bahá'í School: Davison, Michigan, USA
October 6–9, 2006
(see list of papers from #72)

    With the now widespread negative attitudes towards the Islamic religion and its founder Prophet Muhammad (d. 632 CE), it is fitting that Bahá'ís remind themselves of the grandeur of Islam and the magnificence of the Qur'án. They have the duty of proclaiming the truth of Islam and its Prophet communicator of the Arabic Qur'án. Bábí-Bahá'í sacred writings celebrate the greatness of Islam and the exalted position of Muhammad -- may the peace and blessings of God be upon him and his family! Both the Báb (d. 1850 CE) and Bahá'u'lláh (d. 1892 CE), the 19th century founders of two recent, closely religions were born Muslims in an Islamic society. They spoke Persian, a key language of Islamic civilization, and wrote thousands of scriptural verses in Arabic, the language of the Qur'án and most important Islamic language. In this presentation key Islamic dimensions of the Dalā'il-i Sab`ah (Seven Proofs) of the Báb and of the Kitáb-i Íqán (Book of Certitude) of Bahá'u'lláh will be highlighted and analyzed. The nature and history of certain of the Qur'ánic verses and Islamic traditions cited in these works will be sketched as will aspects of the often non-literal, hermeneutical orientation of their exegesis. Both the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh claimed to communicate deeper dimensions of Islamic truth and history.

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