This is the first of three articles dedicated to a very unique window into the past which opens with the key Bábí historical figures namely Shaykh Ahmad, Siyyid Kazim, Mullá Husayn, and Quddus. This post focuses on a brief overview of Shaykh Ahmad and Siyyid Kazim, the two luminaries who had great knowledge about Islam and devoted their lives to the advent of the Qá’im (He Who Arises) and the Mahdi (Rightly Guided One). Their role in announcing the advent of the Bab is similar to John the Baptist in announcing Jesus Christ. The Bab appeared in the historical context of Islam, the same as Jesus did in the context of Judaism.
An understanding of the word “covenant” is essential to understanding the relationship between God and man. In the secular world, a covenant is like a contract, in that it is a binding agreement between two or more parties, characterized by the obligations imposed on each and the benefits that each will receive. It is the result of discussion, negotiation, and compromise. It is a lateral agreement in the sense that all involved parties are of the same station in the order of creation; in other words, they are equals.