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Old 11-09-2015, 01:41 PM   #1
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Murder attempt on Baha'u'llah

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During the life of Baha'u'llah in Adrianople, there was a murder attempt on him by poisonning, which left him with "a shaking hand" during the rest of his life.

My question is simple : was it his right hand, or his left hand ?

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Old 11-09-2015, 02:57 PM   #2
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Hello.


During the life of Baha'u'llah in Adrianople, there was a murder attempt on him by poisonning, which left him with "a shaking hand" during the rest of his life.

My question is simple : was it his right hand, or his left hand ?

Thank you.
I would think His right hand. In that culture the right hand was used for writing and eating, while the left hand was used to clean after bodily elimination.
 
Old 11-09-2015, 05:05 PM   #3
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I am just curious as to what prompted you to want to know that?
 
Old 11-09-2015, 09:23 PM   #4
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Hello.


During the life of Baha'u'llah in Adrianople, there was a murder attempt on him by poisonning, which left him with "a shaking hand" during the rest of his life.

My question is simple : was it his right hand, or his left hand ?

Thank you.
It was the hand He wrote with. As there was a noted shake in His writing after this attempt on His Life.

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Old 11-09-2015, 11:02 PM   #5
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It was the hand He wrote with. As there was a noted shake in His writing after this attempt on His Life.

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Thanks.

So unless he was a lefter, I assume it is his right hand.

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If Baha'u'llah is a Prophet, every detail matters. The right hand has a different meaning than the left hand.
 
Old 11-10-2015, 08:40 AM   #6
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more attempts

Maybe this is interesting

https://bahaiwritings.wordpress.com/...f-baha’u’llah/
 
Old 11-10-2015, 09:42 AM   #7
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Welcome and thank you, it was interesting. Baha'u'llah has stated his life was like living under a sowrd hanging from a thread, not knowing when it would fall!

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Old 11-11-2015, 11:28 PM   #8
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Sources refer variously to Baha'u'llah's hand or hands shaking after the poisoning. The problem is, where a source says his "hand" shook, it may mean, his handwriting was shakey. So the sources that use the singular are not necessarily saying, it was one hand and not two that was affected. Baha'u'llah himself speaks of this poisoning, in a tablet published in Persian in Maa'ideh-ye Asmani vol. 8 p. 125, but refers there not to his hand/hands but rather to his fingers.
 
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Thank you people for your contribution.

Mr. McGlinn, can you please tell me what Baha'u'llah exactly says about his finges in the Tablet you mentionned ?
 
Old 11-17-2015, 11:43 AM   #10
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Greetings GoaForce,

Shoghi Effendi was ambidextrous. He was so skilled with using both hands he once attributed this trait to his Grandfather and Great Grandfather during a tennis match where he constantly changed his racket hand to meet with each situation. In this context some have been led to conclude that Bahá'u'lláh was ambidextrous. This certainly makes sense given the standard of the exquisite calligraphy.

The story about the poisoning has been articulated in many ways because Bahá'u'lláh originally asked the loyal believers not to share this news with anyone. The stories actually originated from the early Azalis that opposed Bahá'u'lláh and this is why they vary substantially. Indeed some have become so distorted after the event they even suggest that Bahá'u'lláh attempted to poison the architect of this assassination attempt. In this respect historians have faced a number of challenges with this incident because it was not commonly known about at the time. One needs a deepened understanding of Bábí history to understand the issues involved because during the years of exile the Bahá'ís were widely regarded as Bábís. Thus to the eyes of unenlightened individuals this incident was about the pursuit of dominance within the Bábí community itself.

If you wish to obtain a summary of the way this is generally portrayed within the Bahá'í Faith you may find it helpful to read the early section in the following link from Volume 2, Chapter 7, of the The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh by Adib Taherzadeh. As it contains a reference to material offered by Shoghi Effendi it may help you to place this event in context. Do note however that that the term "hand" as used by Shoghi Effendi should not be read to infer a singular noun, rather it implies how the poison challenged Bahá'u'lláh's dexterity. In this context the poison impacted on His entire body.

The Revelation of Bah'u'llh, Volume 2, Chapter 7

There is of course much more to learn about this episode but until universities start to establish specific interest in this subject field a number of factors will remain obscured. All young religions face such challenges until their history can be independently verified to an academic standard. One of the key difficulties with religious history is it tends to be written by believers themselves and is based on their interpretation of events and hearsay. While it is fair to state that independent material of that time also has religious bias, by collating all available data and employing modern techniques it is possible to obtain a much richer understanding. Unfortunately until it becomes possible to conduct research in Iran along with undertaking laboratory testing of Bahá'u'lláh's blood and clothing, this aspect of Bahá'í history will remain veiled. But be assured that 'Abdu'l-Bahá took His Father's blood and had it sprinkled onto sand and then made into glass pebbles. Many of these still exist today so it may be possible to scientifically validate the exact poison used.

Enjoy reading about Bábí and Bahá'í history but try to understand that future history will be more about scientific evidence rather than people's conflicting opinions as is the case today. History is still a rhetorical art form. Shoghi Effendi enjoyed history and employed the modern approach as instigated by Edward Gibbon's in his great works the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Indeed it was Shoghi Effendi's favourite reading material. Therefore you will find many of Gibbon's historical approaches being employed by Shoghi Effendi directly in his own works, most noticeably in God Passes By.

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