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Old 01-13-2017, 10:37 AM   #1
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Akka, White City

Does anyone know, why, Akka in Bahai Writings, is refered as "White" ?


The conjunction of these three resting-places, under the shadow of the Báb’s own Tomb, embosomed in the heart of Carmel, facing the snow-white city across the bay of ‘Akká, the Qiblih of the Bahá’í world, set in a garden of exquisite beauty, reinforces, if we would correctly estimate its significance, the spiritual potencies of a spot, designated by Bahá’u’lláh Himself the seat of God’s throne. - Bahaullah


facing on the one hand the silver-white city of ‘Akká, the Qiblih of the Bahá’í world; -Shoghi Effendi
 
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Old 01-13-2017, 01:35 PM   #2
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Akka is a city located at the Shore of the Meditrranean Sea.

Another name for the Meditrranean sea, is the 'white Sea', and the reason for calling it white sea, is The shores of the Mediterranean Sea have chalk and limestone, and when looked at it from far distance, the shore looks white, and the city of Akka, which is located on the shore, therefore looks white.


But the emphasis on White, comes from a Sign in the Quran (79:14):

"And suddenly they will be [alert] upon the Sahira"

In Islamic belief this verse is about, the Resurrection Land, where on the Day of Resurrection people are raised from there.

One of the meanings of Sahira, in Arabic is, "Flat White Land" .
In a Hadith which I found in Shia sources, and attributed to Shia Imams, Sahira, is a place near Jerusalem. In another Sahih Hadith which I found from Muhammad, the Land of Resurrection is pure white.

Bahaullah also Narrated a Hadith from Muhammad, calling Akka, white, which its whiteness is pleasing to God. So, to me, its all prophetic signs regarding Akka, where Bahaullah lived His last 24 years of Life.

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Old 01-13-2017, 02:06 PM   #3
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Mírzá Abu’l-Faḍl quotes in his “Fará’íd” (pp. 50–51), the following remarkable tradition from Muḥammad, which is recognised as an authentic utterance of the Prophet and to which Siyyid ‘Abdu’l-Vahháb-i-Sha’rání refers in his work entitled “Kitábu’l-Yavaqit-iva’l-Javahir”: “All of them [the companions of the Qá’im] shall be slain except One who shall reach the plain of ‘Akká, the Banquet-Hall of God.” The full text is also mentioned, according to Mírzá Abu’l-Faḍl, by Shaykh Ibnu’l-‘Arabí in his “Futúhát-i-Makkíyyih.”
 
Old 01-14-2017, 04:00 AM   #4
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Baha'u'llah cites several Muslim prophecies concerning Akka at the end of The Epistle to the Son of the Wolf:

The following hath been recorded concerning the merits of Akka, and of the sea, and of Aynu'l-Baqar (The Spring of the Cow) which is in Akka:

Abdu'l-'Aziz, son of Abdu'-Salam, hath related unto us that the Prophet -- may the blessings of God and His salutations be upon him -- hath said: "Akka is a city in Syria to which God hath shown His special mercy."

Ibn-i-Mas'ud -- may God be pleased with him -- hath stated: "The Prophet -- may the blessings of God and His salutations be upon Him -- hath said: 'Of all shores the best is the shore of Askelon, and Akka is, verily, better than Askelon, and the merit of Akka above that of Askelon and all other shores is as the merit of Muhammad above that of all other Prophets. I bring you tidings of a city betwixt two mountains in Syria, in the middle of a meadow, which is called Akka. Verily, he that entereth therein, longing for it and eager to visit it, God will forgive his sins, both of the past and of the future. And he that departeth from it, other than as a pilgrim, God will not bless his departure. In it is a spring called the Spring of the Cow. Whoso drinketh a draught therefrom, God will fill his heart with light, and will protect him from the most great terror on the Day of Resurrection.'"

Anas, son of Malik -- may God be pleased with him -- hath said: "The Apostle of God -- may the blessings of God and His salutations be upon Him -- hath said: 'By the shore of the sea is a city, suspended beneath the Throne, and named Akka. He that dwelleth therein, firm and expecting a reward from God -- exalted be He -- God will write down for him, until the Day of Resurrection, the recompense of such as have been patient, and have stood up, and knelt down, and prostrated themselves, before Him.'"

And He -- may the blessings of God and His salutations be upon Him -- hath said: "I announce unto you a city, on the shores of the sea, white, whose whiteness is pleasing unto God -- exalted be He! It is called Akka. He that hath been bitten by one of its fleas is better, in the estimation of God, than he who hath received a grievous blow in the path of God. And he that raiseth therein the call to prayer, his voice will be lifted up unto Paradise. And he that remaineth therein for seven days in the face of the enemy, God will gather him with Khidr -- peace be upon Him -- and God will protect him from the most great terror on the Day of Resurrection." And He -- may the blessings of God, -- exalted be He -- and His salutations be upon Him -- hath said: "There are kings and princes in Paradise. The poor of Akka are the kings of Paradise and the princes thereof. A month in Akka is better than a thousand years elsewhere."

The Apostle of God -- may the blessings of God and His salutations be upon Him -- is reported to have said: "Blessed the man that hath visited Akka, and blessed he that hath visited the visitor of Akka. Blessed the one that hath drunk from the Spring of the Cow and washed in its waters, for the black-eyed damsels quaff the camphor in Paradise, which hath come from the Spring of the Cow, and from the Spring of Salvan (Siloam), and the Well of Zamzam. Well is it with him that hath drunk from these springs, and washed in their waters, for God hath forbidden the fire of hell to touch him and his body on the Day of Resurrection."

The Prophet -- may the blessings of God and His salutations be upon Him -- is stated to have said: "In Akka are works of supererogation and acts which are beneficial, which God vouchsafed specially unto whomsoever He pleaseth. And he that saith in Akka: 'Glorified be God, and praise be unto God, and there is none other God but God, and most great is God, and there is no power nor strength except in God, the Exalted, the Mighty,' God will write down for him a thousand good deeds, and blot out from him a thousand evil deeds, and will uplift him a thousand grades in Paradise, and will forgive him his transgressions. And whoso saith in Akka: 'I beg forgiveness of God,' God will forgive all his trespasses. And he that remembereth God in Akka at morn and at eventide, in the night-season and at dawn, is better in the sight of God than he who beareth swords, spears and arms in the path of God -- exalted be He!"
 
Old 01-14-2017, 01:06 PM   #5
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Here are two more Hadithes that point to Akka and its surroundings. The Hadithes are long, so i provide my own summary and translation:


"The Mahdi shall witness the Great Events, and spreads the Feast of God, blows the Spirit into Religion of God and glorifies it at the point of Akka."
http://lib.eshia.ir/71735/2/66/%22%D...DA%A9%D8%A7%22


"God shall cause to appear a people with pure heart, and increases their number under the branches of a Tree which is near the Lake of Tiberias, for the Morning of Truth shall shine near it"
http://reference.bahai.org/fa/t/o/KF/kf-63.html

Lake Tiberias is located near Akka, and in our History, Abdulbaha and some of Bahais were in that area.

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Old 01-14-2017, 03:07 PM   #6
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When on Pilgrimage in 2012 I had not read this one, and I really really want to do it now

"The Apostle of God—may the blessings of God and His salutations be upon Him— hath also said: “He that looketh upon the sea at eventide, and saith: ‘God is Most Great!’ at sunset, God will forgive his sins, though they be heaped as piles of sand. And he that counteth forty waves, while repeating: ‘God is Most Great!-exalted be He—God will forgive his sins, both past and future.” (Bahá’u’lláh: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, pages 177 - 181)

To think I stood on that wall outside the Room where Baha'u'llah was imprisoned overlooking the ocean and its waves were rolling in for so long, but was oblivious of this Tradition!

Woe is me I will have to go back soon.....

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Old 01-15-2017, 09:22 PM   #7
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40 Waves

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When on Pilgrimage in 2012 I had not read this one, and I really really want to do it now

"The Apostle of God—may the blessings of God and His salutations be upon Him— hath also said: “He that looketh upon the sea at eventide, and saith: ‘God is Most Great!’ at sunset, God will forgive his sins, though they be heaped as piles of sand. And he that counteth forty waves, while repeating: ‘God is Most Great!-exalted be He—God will forgive his sins, both past and future.” (Bahá’u’lláh: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, pages 177 - 181)

To think I stood on that wall outside the Room where Baha'u'llah was imprisoned overlooking the ocean and its waves were rolling in for so long, but was oblivious of this Tradition!

Woe is me I will have to go back soon.....

Regards Tony
The first time I was on Pilgrimage was in 2001, and although I longed to count the 40 waves, there was no opportunity. At the end of the Pilgrimage, on the following day, a Baha'i working at the World Center asked me if I wanted to have lunch at Akka. (I had several hours before having to catch my flight)

So went to a little restaurant to have lunch, and she noticed me looking longingly at the sea, and said: "Would you like to count the 40 waves?"

She had read my mind, and drove me to a spot near the sea, where I could recite my prayer without locals wondering about it. Rather than chanting Allah'u'Akbar, I chanted Allah'u'Abha to the count of 40 waves.

Upon finishing, about 5 seconds passed, when I had an immense feeling of being forgiven of all sins, past and future, as though I had "been laundered". Thats the best way I can describe it. Like my old self had been put through a washing and set aside on the line, clean, all dirt and stains removed, and handed back to me.

Ya Baha'ul'Abha!!!
 
Old 01-15-2017, 09:43 PM   #8
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The first time I was on Pilgrimage was in 2001, and although I longed to count the 40 waves, there was no opportunity. At the end of the Pilgrimage, on the following day, a Baha'i working at the World Center asked me if I wanted to have lunch at Akka. (I had several hours before having to catch my flight)

So went to a little restaurant to have lunch, and she noticed me looking longingly at the sea, and said: "Would you like to count the 40 waves?"

She had read my mind, and drove me to a spot near the sea, where I could recite my prayer without locals wondering about it. Rather than chanting Allah'u'Akbar, I chanted Allah'u'Abha to the count of 40 waves.

Upon finishing, about 5 seconds passed, when I had an immense feeling of being forgiven of all sins, past and future, as though I had "been laundered". Thats the best way I can describe it. Like my old self had been put through a washing and set aside on the line, clean, all dirt and stains removed, and handed back to me.

Ya Baha'ul'Abha!!!
Ya Baha'ul'Abha

Now I am really missing doing that. I sat on that wall and watched those waves....had read this book a couple if times but this had not found its way into a thick skull!

God Bless and Regards Tony
 
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