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Old 07-14-2015, 08:42 PM   #1
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In the book compiled by Kiser D. Barnes, entitled Stories of Bah’u’llh and Some Notable Believers the story is related of the time when ‘Abdu’r-Raḥmn Psh was going to arrest the believers as they opened their shops. Many, if not all, will know the story, or at least the gist of it. The story is posted here, but note that the bolding is my own, highlighting purposefully regards leaving matters in God's Hands, and how God assists even the evil doer as it suits His Magnificent Purpose for his created creatures. This is story 56 in the volume:

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During the time that Bah’u’llh resided in the house of ‘Abbd, His fellow exiles had fully settled down in the city of ‘Akk, and most of them were successful in their humble professions. During the governorship of Aḥmad Big Tawfq, they enjoyed relative peace in their work. But with the arrival of a new Governor, ‘Abdu’r-Raḥmn Psh, the situation changed. For he proved to be one of the most hostile Governors towards Bah’u’llh and His companions. He was very covetous and when his designs to extract money from the company of exiles failed, he submitted an inflammatory report to the authorities in Istanbul. He complained that instead of imprisonment, all the Bah’s in ‘Akk were free and working. The response from the Sublime Porte—the office of the Grand Vizir in Istanbul—was that the edict of the Sulṭn must be obeyed, that they were prisoners and had no right to work.

Ḥusayn-i-shch has given a detailed account of this episode in his memoirs. It must be noted that q Ḥusayn was at the time serving a sentence in prison because of his part in the slaying of three Azals in ‘Akk, but through the goodwill of some of the authorities, he was allowed to go every morning to the house of Bah’u’llh where he used to work as a cook and return to the prison at night. The following is a summary of his notes:

When ‘Abdu’r-Raḥmn Psh received the note from the Sublime Porte condemning the exiles to imprisonment, it boosted his arrogance. He decided to use it as a means of extracting some money for himself …Having failed to do this, one evening he called on Shaykh ‘Aly-i-Mr, the Muft of ‘Akk (the religious leader of the city who usually wielded greater influence and authority than a governor) who was an admirer of ‘Abdu’l-Bah, and shared with him his plan of arresting the Bah’s in the morning. His plan was to arrest them as they came to open their shops and send them to prison. He also planned to restrict ‘Abdu’l-Bah’s freedom of movement in the city. He solicited the support of the Muft in this plan …That same night the Muft went to ‘Abdu’l-Bah, told him the news and strongly urged the Master to bribe the Governor, as otherwise everyone would be arrested in the morning. Disapproving the Muft’s solution, ‘Abdu’l-Bah assured him that God was compassionate and merciful, and that He would leave this matter in the hand of God. He advised him to go home and to rest assured of the outcome. It was late and Bah’u’llh had just retired. Nevertheless, ‘Abdu’l-Bah went to Him and gave Him the news. Bah’u’llh ordered that the believers be advised not to go to work in the morning. Everyone was informed and they all assembled in the reception room of ‘Abdu’l-Bah in the morning.

I was, at the time, confined to prison … but each morning was permitted to go to the house of Bah’u’llh where I worked as a cook and at night I returned to prison. On that morning, on my way, I noticed that the shop of q Muḥammad-Ibrhm, the coppersmith, was closed and so were other shops belonging to the believers. I was very surprised and wondered what had happened. I hastened to the house of Bah’u’llh where I found all the shopkeepers assembled in the reception room. I was told the news and went into the kitchen to work. It was approximately two hours after sunrise when a man pushed aside the curtain in front of the door with his walking stick. I looked up and it was Iskandar Effendi, the head of the telegraph office. He was in great haste but signs of joy could be detected in his appearance. He wanted to see the Master who was upstairs at the time. I went up and found that He was in the presence of Bah’u’llh. I told the Master that Iskandar Effendi had come to see Him and he was in a happy mood. The Blessed Beauty smiled and said ‘Go downstairs, q! He has good news. No one can frustrate God in His purpose.’

‘Abdu’l-Bah went to the reception room where He was shown a telegram just received containing the order of dismissal of ‘Abdu’r-Raḥmn Psh. After a few minutes He went hurriedly upstairs. Halfway up, I asked Him if he could tell me the news. He smiled and said in a loud voice, ‘God has struck a severe blow at the Psh.’ He then went to convey the news to Bah’u’llh.

As to ‘Abdu’r-Raḥmn Psh, in the morning, accompanied by a few soldiers, he went to arrest the believers at their shops and send them to prison. To his surprise he found their shops were closed. At first he thought the late opening was perhaps due to the month of Ramaḍn when people were going late to work. Soon after, he went to the Police Station where he waited for the shops to open up. During this time he was unaware of God’s intervention … The above telegram was addressed to Shaykh ‘Aly-i-Mr, the Muft of ‘Akk, who communicated its content to the Psh … The Muft had been truly astonished by this event. For it was late in the evening when the Governor’s scheme had come to light, and in the morning the telegram arrived. He considered this incident to have been a miracle. He said to the Master, ‘I am almost on the verge of losing my mind over this episode. Please tell me, what did Bah’u’llh say late that evening when you informed Him of the plot?’ ‘Abdu’l-Bah responded by saying that the Blessed Beauty ordered the believers not to open their shops in the morning and advised them to leave their affairs in the hand of God. Bah’u’llh also declared that when a person leaves his affairs to God, he ought not to take any other measures himself, otherwise he could frustrate the plan of God.

In a Tablet Bah’u’llh describes ‘Abdu’r-Raḥmn Psh as an embodiment of Satan, one who ruled over God in ‘Akk. He asserts that God assisted him in his evil schemes for some time, until suddenly He took hold of him with might and power. Admonishing the ousted Governor, Bah’u’llh states that he was unable to prevent God from executing His will, and reminds him that men greater than him did not succeed in frustrating His purpose. He also refers to the fate of other hostile governors and officials who were either dismissed or stricken with disease through the power of God.
With most warm greetings

Romane

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Old 07-14-2015, 09:06 PM   #2
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oh dear Romane
such wonderful, inspiring story. it is what i just needed to read at the beginning of my day. you made my day

and i have a question which came to my mind after reading the story.
somewhere at nearly the end of the story it is said:
"Bahullh also declared that when a person leaves his affairs to God, he ought not to take any other measures himself, otherwise he could frustrate the plan of God."
it is what I had been thinking about for a long time.I found an answer which i thought was true but now again I think i don't know the answer.
so please tell me if we want something to happen and we don't know the way to do it, and it is becoming worse and worse by our useless efforts then how should we put everything in God's hands? does it mean that whenever we want something, we should behave like lazy people, doing nothing but only sitting and praying?! should we not try every solution which comes to our minds? should we not try and do our best to at last reach what we want?
in general, what is the nature of "leaving everything in GOd's hands"? and in what kind of conditions we should do it?
 
Old 07-15-2015, 12:30 AM   #3
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and i have a question which came to my mind after reading the story.

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Another answer had been composed, but I deleted it, as found a better one. This is a "Pilgrim's Note", and is a record of something Shoghi Effendi said. It is generally termed as The Dynamics of Prayer. This contains the answer to your question..

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Dynamics of Prayer for Solving Problems

Step 1: Pray and meditate about it. Use the prayers of the Manifestations as they have the greatest power. Then remain in the silence of contemplation for a few minutes.

Step 2: Arrive at a decision and hold this. This decision is usually born during the contemplation. It may seem impossible of accomplishment, but if it seems to be as answer to a prayer or a way of solving the problem, then immediately take the next step.

Step 3: Have determination to carry the decision through. Many fail here. The decision, budding into determination, is blighted and instead becomes a wish or a vague longing. When determination is born, immediately take the next step.

Step 4: Have faith and confidence that the power will flow through you, the right way will appear, the door will open, the right thought, the right message, the right principle or the right book will be given to you. Have confidence, and the right thing will come to your need. Then, as you rise from prayer, take at once the fifth step.

Step 5: Act as though it had all been answered. Then act with tireless, ceaseless energy. And as you act, you, yourself, will become a magnet, which will attract more power to your being, until you become an unobstructed channel for the Divine power to flow through you.

Many pray but do not remain for the last half of the first step. Some who meditate arrive at a decision, but fail to hold it. Few have the determination to carry the decision through, still fewer have the confidence that the right thing will come to their need. But how many remember to act as though it had all been answered? How true are those words--"Greater than the prayer is the spirit in which it is uttered" and greater than the way it is uttered is the spirit in which it is carried out.

Originally published in 'Principles of Baha'i Administration', these steps were suggested by Shoghi Effendi to a believer as a method of finding a solution to problems using prayer. As 'Pilgrim's Notes' they are not authorised text, but being particularly helpful and clear, it was felt that believers should not be deprived of them.
Most dear friend in the home of this Faith, place these where you can see them. here lies the secret. Practice them, and you will learn that resignation and trust that Shoghi Effendi speaks of, whether explicitly or by implication, and will exult in the joy as you become a channel for God's grace and learn to leave matters in His hand. He solves all difficulties with ease. We need but leave it to Him, and lead our lives with action.

With my most warm greetings

Romane

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Old 07-15-2015, 12:49 AM   #4
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In the book compiled by Kiser D. Barnes, entitled Stories of Bahullh and Some Notable Believers the story is related of the time when Abdur-Raḥmn Psh was going to arrest the believers as they opened their shops. Many, if not all, will know the story, or at least the gist of it. The story is posted here, but note that the bolding is my own, highlighting purposefully regards leaving matters in God's Hands, and how God assists even the evil doer as it suits His Magnificent Purpose for his created creatures. This is story 56 in the volume:

Bahullh also declared that when a person leaves his affairs to God, he ought not to take any other measures himself, otherwise he could frustrate the plan of God.

With most warm greetings

Romane
Dear Romane - Must admit I love this passage but usually keep going like a train to solve the problem, Impatience!

A bit like Maramr, keep thinking God needs a little more help

Now if you are a slow leaner in learning Patience and ask God to assist you, I know where you will be heading, I will be waiting for you at the airport some places you just have to learn this virtue!

God bless and Regards Tony
 
Old 07-15-2015, 01:16 AM   #5
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Now if you are a slow leaner in learning Patience and ask God to assist you, I know where you will be heading, I will be waiting for you at the airport some places you just have to learn this virtue!

God bless and Regards Tony
Ah, my dear Tony.Perhaps we all need to ensure that we book for the same flight - we can entertain each other and boycott the patience

Most warm greetings

Romane
 
Old 07-15-2015, 02:32 AM   #6
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"Bahullh also declared that when a person leaves his affairs to God, he ought not to take any other measures himself, otherwise he could frustrate the plan of God."
it is what I had been thinking about for a long time.I found an answer which i thought was true but now again I think i don't know the answer.
so please tell me if we want something to happen and we don't know the way to do it, and it is becoming worse and worse by our useless efforts then how should we put everything in God's hands? does it mean that whenever we want something, we should behave like lazy people, doing nothing but only sitting and praying?! should we not try every solution which comes to our minds? should we not try and do our best to at last reach what we want?
in general, what is the nature of "leaving everything in GOd's hands"? and in what kind of conditions we should do it?
If you only knew to what extent this question has worried me for a number of years. I have been, and still am, in a situation where I see no way out and have faced this very problem. And I hate being passive and not taking measures.

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Old 07-15-2015, 06:38 AM   #7
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If you only knew to what extent this question has worried me for a number of years. I have been, and still am, in a situation where I see no way out and have faced this very problem. And I hate being passive and not taking measures.

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I am in EXACTLY the same condition so I understand how you feel.
 
Old 07-15-2015, 08:31 AM   #8
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oh dear Romane
such wonderful, inspiring story. it is what i just needed to read at the beginning of my day. you made my day

and i have a question which came to my mind after reading the story.
somewhere at nearly the end of the story it is said:
"Bahullh also declared that when a person leaves his affairs to God, he ought not to take any other measures himself, otherwise he could frustrate the plan of God."
it is what I had been thinking about for a long time.I found an answer which i thought was true but now again I think i don't know the answer.
so please tell me if we want something to happen and we don't know the way to do it, and it is becoming worse and worse by our useless efforts then how should we put everything in God's hands? does it mean that whenever we want something, we should behave like lazy people, doing nothing but only sitting and praying?! should we not try every solution which comes to our minds? should we not try and do our best to at last reach what we want?
in general, what is the nature of "leaving everything in GOd's hands"? and in what kind of conditions we should do it?
I don't know if I have an answer for your question or not.
But the best way is to consult the Writings.
We believe Abdulbaha is the perfect example of a Baha'I. So He is the example of how a Baha'I should live.
All Faiths teach 'Submission to God's Will. And the Will of God is expressed periodically in each Age through His manifestations.
Therefore we seek from Baha'u'llah's teachings, the way to live in our Age.
I think that is what Submission to God's will is.
Bahaullah emphasized a lot about detachment from Worldly desires.
In one of the Quotes from Baha'u'llah, He says such word(I don't remember the exact quote) ; "Do not be upset if, things that happens in this World are contrary to your wishes. These things appear from the heaven off the Will of God'.
He also says, if we walk in the ways of God, the World to come will be instead full of joy, even if in this life, things appeared contrary to our wishes.

There is also the concept of Tests.
I remember a Quote from the Bab who says such words; 'if all the wishes of people come True, there will remain not even one single unbeliever'
To me it means, it is a test of belief from God, when things of this World appear contrary to our wishes. Because if anything we want from God, happens, then anybody believes.
So, now back to your original question, I think, it is ok to have goals and wants as long as these goals and wants are not in contradiction with the teachings of Baha'u'llah and as long as we are detached from worldy things.
And if things happen to be against our wishes, and if that upset us a lot, I think it could mean, we are stiil not so detached from our worldly wishes.
As I understand from Baha'u'llah, it is not possible to set our Heart on Worldy wishes and at the same time to have God in our Heart sincerly. These two are contrary to each other. Either we can have God in our heart or worldy wishes.
And off course this is a challenge for all of us.
I always remind to myself these things...
 
Old 07-15-2015, 08:42 AM   #9
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In one of the Quotes from Baha'u'llah, He says such word(I don't remember the exact quote) ; "Do not be upset if, things that happens in this World are contrary to your wishes. These things appear from the heaven off the Will of God'. He also says, if we walk in the ways of God, the World to come will be instead full of joy, even if in this life, things appeared contrary to our wishes

"Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will no doubt attain." -Bahullh, Advent of Divine Justice, p 69
 
Old 07-15-2015, 11:32 AM   #10
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thank you so much Investigatetruth and thank you Josh
yes, I believe you are right. the most important challenge (at least that is what i think) we face in this world is detachment.even when we are finally granted with what we wanted, we should be detached and oh, it is breathtakingly difficult! I can say hundreds of beautiful sentences about detachment but that is a topic easier said than done
I am sure this is the struggle each one of us is having to some extents. I pray that all of us can do our best and defeat our short comings ...
thank you again for the good explanation.

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Old 07-15-2015, 02:50 PM   #11
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When asking God for help it's important to thank Him in the same prayer for listening to your prayer
 
Old 07-17-2015, 11:25 PM   #12
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Good morning very dear spirit

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When asking God for help it's important to thank Him in the same prayer for listening to your prayer
What you say seems so obvious. How come I never thought of that? You have inspired me to begin doing so from here on.

With my most warm greetings

Romane
 
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When asking God for help it's important to thank Him in the same prayer for listening to your prayer
excellent point
 
Old 07-18-2015, 01:54 PM   #14
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Good morning very dear spirit



What you say seems so obvious. How come I never thought of that? You have inspired me to begin doing so from here on.

With my most warm greetings

Romane
The inspiration, dear brother, is from the Holy Spirit completely and not from this debased creature
 
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