The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
157Behold, the “mystery of the Great Reversal in the Sign of the Sovereign” hath now been made manifest. Well is it with him whom God hath aided to recognize the “Six” raised up by virtue of this “Upright Alif”; he, verily, is of those whose faith is true. How many the outwardly pious who have turned away, and how many the wayward who have drawn nigh, exclaiming: “All praise be to Thee, O Thou the Desire of the worlds!” In truth, it is in the hand of God to give what He willeth to whomsoever He willeth, and to withhold what He pleaseth from whomsoever He may wish. He knoweth the inner secrets of the hearts and the meaning hidden in a mocker’s wink. How many an embodiment of heedlessness who came unto Us with purity of heart have We established upon the seat of Our acceptance; and how many an exponent of wisdom have We in all justice consigned to the fire. We are, in truth, the One to judge. He it is Who is the manifestation of “God doeth whatsoever He pleaseth,” and abideth upon the throne of “He ordaineth whatsoever He chooseth.”
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Cross-References
Acceptance of good deeds dependent on good-pleasure of God,   K36, K73, 163
Appearance of Manifestation of God,   K15, K54, K55, K78, K80, K81, K96, K103, K138, K143, K158, K167, K172, K178, K181-K182-K183, K185-K186, Q106, n23, n24, n62, n75, n107, n128, n143, n160
Bahá’u’lláh
exhortations concerning recognition,   K50, K55, K80, K132, K134-K135-K136, K183, n155, n172
“Upright Alif” as symbol of advent,   n172
God
will of,   K47, K81, K131
justice of,   K170
Great Reversal (in the Sign of the Sovereign),   n171, n172
Purity of heart,   K116, K175, K179
Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í,   n171, n172, n182
Study Guide
What has now been manifest?
What is in the hand of God?
Complete this quotation:
He knoweth . . . .”
How many . . . ; and how many . . . .”
(See Note 171)
Who heralded the advent of the Faith of the Báb?
What did he prophesise?
How does Bahá’u’lláh describe this reversal?
(See Note 172)
What does Shoghi Effendi say the “Upright Alif” refers to?