Tahirih's Insight into the Inner Nature of the Cause of Bahá'u'lláh

By Laleh Shahriary

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #88
Bosch Bahá'í School: Santa Cruz, California, USA
May 28 – June 1, 2009
(see list of papers from #88)

    There are those who speak about Tahirih's eloquence and charm, the very qualities which garnered her universal veneration. There are those who believe that Tahirih was perhaps the world's first "suffragette", the very element which reverberates the fundamental Bahá'í principle, the salient right that men and women are equal. There are also those who state that Tahirih arose fearlessly to advocate for a fundamental revolution, the very disposition which distinguished her from the people of her time. Yet there is one resplendent characteristic rarely mentioned, and that was her innate insight into the inner nature of the cause of Bahá'u'lláh. As the Beloved Guardian beautifully describes: "Her boundless energy was vitalized by her recognition of the Mission she had risen to champion." This ubiquitous characteristic was demonstrated during the short course of her life, but also in the poems she revealed. These are the very topics that we will observe during the coming session of `Irfán Colloquia. From the discussion, you will acquire an insight into the phenomenon that formed a chief pillar in the history of the Bahá'í Faith. We hope that you will catch a glimpse of Tahirih's vision, the compelling influence of a woman who threw off her veil, epitomizing the emancipation of women, the same veil that has suppressed women for hundreds of years.

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