Born in 1863 Shaykh Muhammad-Ibrahim was already, by his early twenties, a profoundly erudite Islamic mystic. His thirst for spiritual knowledge and his deep longing to reach the sublime heights of the ineffable, launched him on an arduous quest which led him, often by visions and dreams, to eventually embrace a Faith he once would have denounced as heresy, and to join a community of people he would at one time have considered unclean. Numerous were the strange occurrences and unexpected events with which the path of his search lay strewn, including the mysterious arrival of a man with a Book which, upon his reading of it, unravelled for Shaykh Muhammad-Ibrahim intricate and incomprehensible questions which had long baffled his mind.
Arriving on foot in Akká, Palestine some years later, he was rewarded for the purity of his longing and his earnest and steadfast search by attaining the presence of a personage he had seen in one of his exalted dreams – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the beloved Master. It was then, during the first time Shaykh Muhammad-Ibrahim attained His presence, that the Master bestowed upon him the title, Fádil (Learned) and it was during Fádil’s subsequent four months stay in Akká that he became the recipient of a knowledge that transformed his soul.
His return to Iran on the instructions of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá opened Fádil’s life to experiences readers will find fascinating. Particularly engaging are some accounts of the many encounters he had with Muslim clergy when he refuted their claims, defeated their arguments and proved the truth of the Bahá'í teachings.
A unique feature of this book is the inclusion of many Tablets ‘Abdu’l-Bahá revealed in honor of Jináb-i-Fádil. These Tablets and some prayer, provisionally translated into English, have been reviewed and approved by the Universal House of Justice.