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Old 12-22-2014, 06:33 AM   #1
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And A Little Child Shall Lead Them

We shall see a noble example of this in the lives of the two illustrious brothers of Isfahn entitled by Bah'u'llh the 'King of Martyrs' and the 'Beloved of Martyrs'.

Varq's two children 'Azzu'llh and Rhu'llh who accompanied him to 'Akk also had the honour of attaining the presence of Bah'u'llh several times. Contact with the Supreme Manifestation of God left an abiding impression on their souls. Though young in age they both became charged with the spirit of faith. Rhu'llh in particular flourished spiritually in those holy surroundings. He may be regarded as one of the spiritual prodigies which the hand of God has raised up in this Dispensation. Although He was only about eight years old when He came into the presence of Bah'u'llh, his understanding of the Faith was very profound.

To cite one example: One day Bah'u'llh asked Rhu'llh, 'What did you do today?'

He replied, 'I was having lessons from - [a certain teacher].'

Bah'u'llh asked, 'What subject were you learning?'

'Concerning the return {of the prophets}', said Rhu'llh.

'Will you explain what this means?' Bah'u'llh demanded.

He replied: 'By return is meant the return of realities and qualities.'

Bah'u'llh, questioning him further, said: 'These are exactly the words of your teacher and you are repeating them like a parrot. Tell me in your own words your own understanding of the subject.'

'It is like cutting a flower from a plant this year,' answered Rhu'llh. 'Next year's flower will look exactly like this one, but it is not the same.'

The Blessed Beauty praised the child for his intelligent answer and often called him Jinb-i-Muballigh (His honour, the Bah' teacher).

On another occasion Bah'u'llh asked Rhu'llh how he spent his time at home. He answered, 'We teach the Faith and tell the people that the "Promised One" has come.'

After the ascension of Bah'u'llh, Varq, together with the same two children, went on pilgrimage to the presence of 'Abdu'l-Bah. As in the past, 'Abdu'l-Bah and His sister the Greatest Holy Leaf showed admiration and love for Rhu'llh, and both enjoyed talking to him.

One day the Greatest Holy Leaf noticed that Rhu'llh and his older brother 'Azzu'llh were playing in the garden. She called them in and they sat in her presence. Also present were Mrz Bad'u'llh and Mrz Dy'u'llh, the two sons of Bah'u'llh who later joined hands with Mrz Muhammad-'Al the Arch-breaker of the Covenant of Bah'u'llh. The Greatest Holy Leaf, often referred to as 'Khnum', asked them what they said to people when teaching the Faith.

'We tell them', Rhu'llh answered, 'that God has manifested Himself.'

Surprised at this remark, Khnum told them that surely they could not say such a thing straight away to people! 'We don't tell this to everybody,' responded Rhu'llh, only say it to those who have the capacity to hear such a statement.'

'How would you know such people?' asked Khnum.

'We look into their eyes and then know whether we can give them the Message,' replied Rhu'llh.

Khnum laughed heartily and then beckoned Rhu'llh to come close and look into her eyes to find out whether she had the capacity for hearing such words. In obedience to her request Rhu'llh sat down opposite the Greatest Holy Leaf, looked intently into her eyes and then said, 'You already believe in these words.'

Then it was the turn of the two sons of Bah'u'llh. Rhu'llh went close to them, looked searchingly into their eyes and sadly said to Khnum, 'They are not worth looking into!'

Truly, Rhu'llh was no ordinary child. He was an inspired being and acted as a spiritual giant. At a young age he wrote beautiful poetry which clearly demonstrates how deep was his love for Bah'u'llh and 'Abdu'l-Bah, how vast his knowledge of the Faith and how profound his understanding of the real purpose of life. He used to speak about the Faith in gatherings of divines and men of learning with such eloquence and knowledge, and produce such irrefutable proofs of the truth of the Faith that many were confounded after hearing him. His answers were profound yet simple and very compelling.

There are some delightful stories related to this indefatigable child-teacher of the Cause of God. To cite an example: Although only twelve years of age, Rhu'llh attended with his father several meetings in Zanjn at which the divines of the city were present. The Governor of Zanjn, 'Al'u'd-Dawlih, had especially arranged these meetings in order that Varq might confront the divines in defence of his Faith. Hj Mrz Haydar-'Al has written about this in his celebrated book of reminiscences, the Bihjatu's-Sudr:

Varq...was prepared to prove, by the power of divine assistance, the authenticity of this most great Revelation which is promised in all the heavenly Books, and to establish the validity of the basic principles, laws both spiritual and physical, and even secondary matters in the Faith using the Qur'n as the basis of his argument...

This prompted 'Al'u'd-Dawlih, the Governor of Zanjn, to convene several meetings. He ordered the divines of Zanjn to attend, and arranged for Bah' books and Tablets to be taken to these meetings. After reading some of these, the objections of the divines were adequately answered sometimes by Varq and sometimes by Rhu'llh. The answers, which were all supported by the verses of the Qur'n, were convincing and irrefutable.

Since the defeat of the divines in their argument became evident to the Governor, who was a powerful and courageous personality, the divines did not dare to label Varq as an infidel and issue his death warrant. In these meetings 'Al'u'd-Dawlih often permitted the twelve-year-old Rhu'llh to speak with the divines. He used to prove the subject with amazing courage, eloquence and profundity. His talks were so sweet that the Governor admitted that the proofs which that child had adduced were a great miracle in his sight.

Another story goes like this: Once Rhu'llh and his older brother were walking in town. A Muslim clergyman riding on his donkey spotted the two boys and from their appearance he knew they were strangers in Zanjn. So he went to them and said, 'Who are you?' Rhu'llh answered, 'We are sons of Varq, a native of Yazd.'

'What is your name?' the clergyman demanded.

'My name is Rhu'llh,' came the answer.

'That is a great name,' said the clergyman. 'Christ was Rhu'llh and He used to raise the dead and give them life.'

'Sir, if you slow down the pace of your donkey,' Rhu'llh declared with great enthusiasm, 'I too shall raise you from the dead and give you a new life!'

'Rhu'llh' literally means the 'Spirit of God', a title of Christ mentioned in the Qur'n.

The clergyman hurriedly left saying, 'You two must be Bb children!'

The full story of the circumstances which led to the martyrdom of Varq and his twelve-year-old son Rhu'llh is beyond the scope of this book. Both of them were engulfed in a series of arrests and imprisonments. They were transferred from prison to prison weighed down with chains, their feet placed in stocks. As a result they suffered much hardship and torture until at the end Varq was martyred when in a rage Hjibu'd-Dawlih, the chief steward in charge of the Prison of Tihrn, pierced his stomach with a dagger. Rhu'llh saw his father fall to the ground, and then his body was cut into pieces. A short while later, refusing to recant his faith and earnestly wishing to join his father, that noble and heroic child was strangled to death. This was in May 1896.

Thus ended the life of two immortal heroes of the Bah' Dispensation. Both father and son have immeasurably enriched the annals of the Faith and shed such a luster upon it that generations yet unborn will be inspired by the example of their lives and moved to scale the lofty heights of service in the promotion of the Cause of God. --The Revelation of Baha'u'llah, Vol 4, pp 58-64
 
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:05 AM   #2
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How sadly the world just like this Mullah who fled from 'Rhu'llh', for fear of hearing the message of God, truth is mostly refuted by those who have no wish to hear of change, and the possibility of their loss of power or position, which usualy mean the same thing.

I find most people fear change, they are happy to beleive as their parents beleive, or even happy to have no beleif at all, oh to have this ability to gaze into a person's eyes and know if they would listen ( or have the capacity) or not.

What spiritual giants!
 
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